Transforming Wistfulness

I recently wrote about the regret I feel over France. The eight months we spent there felt wasted to me, because of the cultural whiplash I inflicted upon our daughter; because of the resulting need to homeschool her for half our time in Lille; and because that homeshooling robbed me of the chance to write…

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Transforming Jeux de Rôles

One thing I knew I’d need for sure once I got settled in to France: a tabletop role-playing group. Role-playing is probably my longest-lived hobby, and although it has recently graduated to part of my professional freelance repertoire, I still place it somewhere on the spectrum between pastime and obsession. It’s social and creative, it…

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Transforming Apples and Oranges

Wherein all our hero wants is a phone number. Theseus was a hero who would not take bull from anyone. To save the Athenians from Cretan tyranny, he had to navigate a labyrinth and slay the ferocious minotaur – then, worst of all, he had to find his way back out again. Of course, a…

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Transforming Cannonboobs

We’re sitting in a terrace outside Moulin D’Or, a restaurant in the Place du Théâtre, one of Lille’s many town squares. Actually we’re in the second-class terrace – the covered tables are for customers ordering food, mostly mussels or meat pies; mere coffee drinkers like ourselves sit on the outside of the fenced-in patio, closer…

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