Gratitudes on this Thanksgiving Day

Gratitudes have always been my key to brushing away the cobwebs of disappointment, the shadows of fear, the chimera of lingering doubts, and the pain of promises broken. Today on this official day of Thanksgiving, I share a few of my gratitudes in photos. All of which have put a smile in my heart. .


Eleven marvelous trips to France and memories in photos. This of Villefranche at night. A photo turned to oil.


A visit to Strasbourg with our dear friends


Killer Burgers in Portland with my son and daughter-in-law


Being present at the birth of my granddaughters


Wistful moments


A proud Mom with her volunteer firefighter son and grandsons


A beautiful daughter who is teacher, Mom, wife, and friend


Memories of my union days


Bonifacio, where it all started in 1963 and ended with my new novel MOTHER TONGUE


Bringing France home in the pottery and colors of Provence


Being Helio’s number one fan!


Having adventures–flying over Denali

Paperback cover final

The publication of my new novel in paperback and Kindle

Aveline Estelle & Minnie

Having Minnie in our lives

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Best friends for 63 years!


And happy to be @docflamingo and not a turkey today!


MM&M at the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

IMG_1098Okay, three days into my blog and I’m on finally on the right topic on the right day! That’s what happens when grandmothers are still recovering from touring France with two little ones.

IMG_1099The most delightful place to take youngsters in France is one of its many wondrous castles.



Children of all ages can pretend to be kings and queens, knights and archers.

IMG_1105Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle 55 km south of Strasbourg is a perfect example. It is filled with artifacts and has beautifully restored room and educational displays.

IMG_1096As you can see from the collection of photos our 3 1/2 year old enjoyed every nook and cranny, from drawbridges to arrow slits.


Plus, for the grownups, there is the incomparable view and the authentic medieval or Alsatian food in the restaurant serving everything. Even a snap-on tray high chair to secure the toddler.