find what you’re good at, part deux, with pumpkins

Here’s the thing. I’m a little worried. I know that there’s a condition called garden fever, and that this craze for growing things can seize all walks of life, be you American or French, man or woman. But I’m concerned that my intense obsession with this garden is a little out of control. I mean, …

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blackberries, windfall apples, and coming full circle

Yesterday, I started my new job. I am quite literally a 'pion,' a word that transcends both English and French to become the universal mot juste for 'person at the bottom of the food chain.' This morning, at the café downstairs, the father-in-law's crew of old men buddies laid into me. “PION!” they said, sucking …

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