I am so grateful to my college friend Melissa Lawrence for allowing me to guest post at her terrific parenting site, CloudMom.  Melissa is a mother of five who shares all that she has learned in her years as a parent:  from swaddling to breastfeeding to learning not to take it all so darn seriously. […]

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After a year of blogging the first draft, and three years of edits, my book is finally here! Home Away: A Year of Misapprehensions, Transformations, and Rosé at Lunch. Read it. Love it. Review it on Amazon.  Now we can say, for real, Launa Wrote.

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  “Why haven’t you been posting on your blog, Launa?” It’s a question I’ve been meaning to answer.  But it’s taken me awhile to set it all straight in my own mind before explaining it here to you. You know how sometimes when you haven’t spoken for awhile, you need to make some icky throat […]

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When my husband and I moved our family, sight unseen, to a tiny village in southern France, planning to stay for a year, we thought we knew what we were doing.  In our mind’s eyes, it was crystal clear: our children would magically learn to speak French, I would somehow master recipes and cooking implements […]

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All-ohe-eeen

November 4, 2011

First row:  Vampire, princess, Superboy.  Second row: Captain Jack Sparrow. Third row:  World’s Most Unlikely Hippie,  gory Goldilocks, French Native American, Fortune-teller, British Cleopatra. Fourth Row:  70’s disco man, Park Slope Food Coop Zombie Cartwalker, bat.  Fifth row:  Cereal killer.   When you speak French, there are few words as difficult to say as “Halloween.” […]

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The Tiny Things

August 16, 2011

The beetles were getting romantic. The girls made a bouquet.   One of the thousands in the field. We saved these for you.

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A Hundred Generations Ago

August 12, 2011

Yesterday we drove to Nimes, (home of denim — as in “de Nimes,” – of Nimes.  Betcha didn’t know that!) We walked around the beautifully preserved Roman Temple, La Maison Carrée, which means “The Oblong House.”  The thing is spectacular. We learned all about Corinthian Columns (the crenelated, fancy ones, unlike basic Doric and Swirly […]

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The very very best reason I can think of to learn to speak French is that it’s seriously, exceptionally, wonderfully gorgeous, and you really should get here someday, even if it’s just for a few weeks.  But save up your pennies because Euros cost 140 each.  And learn some French,  because being in France with […]

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Then and Now

August 7, 2011

Tonight I made ratatouille for dinner.  I cut two big eggplants from the garden, then chopped and salted them to get them to release their bitterness.  I gathered basil, thyme, a bowlful of tomatoes, and a gargantuan zucchini with a skin as tough as a winter squash.  I chopped onions and peppers, and cooked each […]

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Kind to les étrangers

June 22, 2011

Not long ago, I took the girls shopping at Macy’s because, as preadolescent girls, they both “needed” new clothes.  We undertook this trip in alignment with my new parenting philosophy — to say Yes more than No.  And by and large, the trip was successful.  Because I keep more Yeses in my pocket, they seem […]

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