Slow Lane

On the Paris Street Where We Live


Our apartment is about five blocks from the magnificent Luxembourg Gardens in a corner of the 6th Arrondissement near Montparnasse.  It’s a bit like bridging the Upper West Side (our immediate neighborhood) and Paramus, N.J., represented by the massive stores and malls about four blocks in the opposite direction. Best part of the neighborhood: The…

The Eiffel Tower Awaits


In June 2007,  just a few months before the birth of our first grandchild, Kathy and I returned from a five-month sabbatical in France. We loaded a few thousand photographs onto my computer, picked a few hundred to develop, and then chose a dozen or so to blow up, frame and mount on our living…

What now for France?


The images from across the ocean have been painful: an office room, its floor covered with blood and papers; the arc of iron latticework at the Eiffel Tower’s base, framed around two soldiers, patrolling with semi-automatic weapons; massive crowds, marching for their very freedom of speech. There is no justification for terrorism. Not ever.  But…