selections of cheeses

image: Murray's Cheeses. Courtesy Murray's website

|| 30 November 2020

Cyber Monday Shopping

As a dedicated online shopper — especially since the pandemic began — I always find the best bargains on Cyber Monday. (Though I found some good ones yesterday on Cyber Sunday: the reason I never wrote a Sunday Nouvelles)

In September I shared with you information about Murray’s Cheese, one of the oldest cheese stores in New York. Because temperatures this autumn here at Provence-sur-la-Prairie have been unusually warm, I delayed ordering cheese from Murray’s. Even though Murray’s packages their cheese carefully for shipping, all vendors from whom I have been ordering, have warned about delays in shipping in the pandemic. (And I have experienced some of those delays.) I wanted my cheese to have the best chance of arriving unspoiled.

With the arrival of colder weather and the added inducement of 25% off sitewide for Cyber Monday, this morning I placed an order for several of Murray’s cheeses. I will report after I have had a chance to sample them.

Murray’s Cheese Nouvelles

Murray’s Cheese Website


|| 26 November 2020

Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks and for sharing. Because I am so thankful for you my Chic & Slim friends, I share with you, as I have on past Thanksgivings, my two best-loved Thanksgiving messages.

From NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in his Thanksgiving column 2013

AS WE CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING, let us remember that the difference between being surrounded by a loving family or being homeless on the street is determined not just by our own level of virtue or self-discipline, but also by an inextricable mix of luck, biography, brain chemistry and genetics.

For those who are well-off, it may be easier to castigate the irresponsibility of the poor than to recognize that success in life is a reflection not only of enterprise and willpower, but also of random chance and early upbringing.

Low-income Americans, who actually encounter the needy in daily life, understand this complexity and respond with empathy. That’s why the poorest 20 percent of Americans donate more to charity, as a fraction of their incomes, than the richest 20 percent.

Compassion is not a sign of weakness. It is a mark of civilization.


From US President Theodore Roosevelt in his Thanksgiving Proclamation 1908

FOR THE VERY REASON that in material well-being we have thus abounded, we owe it to the Almighty to show equal progress in moral and spiritual things . . . The things of the body are good; the things of the intellect better; the best of all are the things of the soul; for, in the nation, as in the individual, in the long run it is character that counts.

Thanksgiving Blessings to you — Anne Barone


|| 23 November 2020

Audrey Hepburn & Pretending You Are In Paris

Among my other chores, I am currently trying to trap a large raccoon that has done considerable damage in my garage. Rocky Raccoon has to go. I hope your life is not, as mine, currently complicated by any (semi) wild animals. Below are a couple of articles that I think you might enjoy. The Pretend Paris has a lot of interesting and fun suggestions. I am going to try that French cake recipe.

Audrey Hepburn’s older son Sean Ferrer spoke about his mother with interviewer Cath Clarke

My mother was like a steel fist in a velvet glove in The Guardian

And if you want to pretend you are in Paris, Stephanie Rosenbloom gives you tips on how you can feel as if you are in that city enjoying its delights.

How to Pretend You’re in Paris Tonight in the NYTimes.