Monthly Archives: May 2014

I Go to the Doctor (Take 2)


As the Republican Party keeps up its bitter assault on the Affordable Care Act, I continue to be amazed by the more far-reaching, no-frills, government-supported and regulated health care system of France. Today I made my second visit since our arrival to Dr. Mariele Crespo-Mora, whose office is a three staircase walk-up on the upscale…

Life on the Set of Aix-en-Provence


For nearly five months now, we’ve lived on a most remarkable movie set, a place of music and laughter, outdoor life and ancient buildings, cobblestone streets and old-fashioned lights, suspended from metal stanchions.  In a dozen days, the time will come for us to move to a new location, meet a new cast.  But Aix-en-Provence,…

Aix-en-Provence’s ‘Wild Beauties’


At its best, the sometimes stylized, creative imagination of the French is without peer. Who but the French would think of putting an exceptional exhibit of carved, painted, drawn and wire-sculpted wild animals in an 800-year-old church?  With an Afro-Brazilian band just outside to lure in the crowds? On something called European Museum Night, which…