Archive for November, 2012

Raising money for Movember

November 30th, 2012 No comments

Bonjour everyone,

Just wanted to reach out and ask for any donations for the Movember campaign. Movember comes from the words “Mustache” (or “Moustache”) and “November”, when men grow out mustaches in support of those fighting prostate and testicular cancer. The slogan is “Changing the face of men’s health”, and indeed we have been changing our faces this month. Check out my mustache below.

My company has a team that is raising money together, and the deadline for funds is tonight at 11pm CST (Chicago time).

You can donate on my page here. If that does not work, try here. It’s a great cause and secure.

Any amounts welcome. Thanks so much.


Movember ‘stache, with some wine and Thanksgiving


November 23rd, 2012 No comments

I hope everyone had a festive and peaceful Thanksgiving, wherever you are located!

I spent the past 5 Thanksgivings in France, and just had my first one with my family since 2006.

I’ll be posting new content soon.

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The Economist’s France 14-page special report

November 19th, 2012 3 comments

The Economist this week has a 14-page special report this week in its print edition that focuses on France, from its economy to politics, under the central theme of how economic structural reform is necessary in order to avoid a “time bomb” going off at the heart of the Eurozone. You can access the Nov. 17, 2012 print edition contents here. The leader article introducing the special report is here, and the special report link can be found at the table of contents site under “Special report: France” (there are 8 articles).

I’m delving into all this right now and encourage you to do the same. Even if you don’t agree with the magazine’s analysis, it is a highly-regarded publication for a reason: for asking important questions.

This is the not the first time the British news magazine has waxed poetic about France’s economic woes and potential for growth. Indeed, French economic and business paper Les Echos puts past covers and stories into perspective (in French).

What do you think are France’s biggest problems and do you think Hollande and Ayrault’s government can solve them?


Back to the US after 5 years in la belle France

November 19th, 2012 5 comments

Hello, Bonjour everyone:

Apologies for the lack of activity on this blog in some time. I’m currently setting the stage to revamp its offerings and content to improve its purpose of informing and advising expats and potential expats.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your readership and likes and follows, you make this site what is.  My goal is to foster a community of readers, and with your help I will build that.

After spending the past 5 years in France between Lyon, Grenoble and Paris, from teaching English to going to graduate school and working in communications and advertising, I’ve recently moved back to the US to accept a great career opportunity in Chicago.

I’ve greatly appreciated my time of discovery, learning and friendship over the past 5 years, and I’m a better person for having lived in France and made great friendships there with French nationals as well as expats. France will always remain a special place for me, and I know I’ll be back there someday in one way or another.

I will continue to post to my blog and improve its content to share news related to France and expat issues. Now I’m reconnecting to my American roots but keeping my French cultural and linguistic reflexes, and connecting to the French expat community here in Chicago. Quite a role reversal but I’m ready for the adventure.

Thanks again for your readership, and if you have any comments or suggestions for what content you would like to see, feel free to post a note.

Best wishes for Thanksgiving. Posting soon…



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