garden after weeding

image: Anne makes progress against the weed infestation in her flower bed

|| 12 September 2021

A Surprising Photo

Of the photos our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat sent from her recent visit to France, the one that surprised me the most was taken in the produce section of a market. More . . .


|| 9 September 2021

Where The Soap is Sold

After I posted the French soap Nouvelles a few days ago, I received an email from our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat with information about the store where the soap in the photos is sold. Kat sent along a photo of a card showing the store and the two brothers who own and operate it. More . . .


|| 6 September 2021

Savon de Marseille

Such lovely things to buy in French shops. From her recent visit to France our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat sent photos of a display of French soap she spotted in a shop in Pont-l'Evêque. More . . .


|| 1 September 2021

French Chic in Trouville

One of the first photos our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat sent from France on her recent visit carried the subject line: French Chic in Trouville. While Kat’s other examples of French chic I recently shared with you were women doing their shopping in a small French city, this young woman is lunching in a seafood restaurant in a chic seaside resort. Privacy regulations required me to put a blur mask on her face, but I will provide an explanation on what you cannot see. More . . .


|| 29 August 2021

Times Change in France

With Covid restrictions on travel to France, our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat has not been able to travel to France as frequently as previously. One of the first email she sent after arriving for her most recent visit carried the subject line: Times Change. More . . .


|| 25 August 2021

Food Shopping in France

Of course, a chief reason to visit France is to eat good French food. Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat has been shopping regularly in the French shops and markets to prepare her own French meals. She sent comments about food shopping in France. More . . .


|| 22 August 2021

Chic and Slim Parisiennes

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat is in France visiting and shopping in an area that sees a lot of weekend visitors from Paris. She has sent photos of chic Parisiennes to assure us that they are still chic and slim. And to show us what these chic Parisiennes wear for shopping on a casual weekend. (Merci, Kat) More . . .


|| 15 August 2021

Catfish Gumbo

Summer is the time for gardening — and for fishing. My brother has been doing both. A couple of days ago he arrived bringing tomatoes and okra from his garden and catfish from his recent fishing.

Tomatoes, okra and catfish meant that I had the major ingredients for Louisiana-style Catfish Gumbo. More . . .


|| 8 August 2021

Let Her Suffer

When I was 14, my brother and I shared a hospital room when we had our tonsils removed. My brother, eight years younger, suffered no noticeable post-surgery pain. But I was in agony. And it was my own fault.

Not long before the tonsillectomy, I had studied in high school General Science class that aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) in sufficiently high doses prevented blood from clotting.

Frightened by the idea of having something cut out of my throat, I missed the part about high doses and convinced myself that if I took as much as one of the aspirin the doctor prescribed for the post-surgery pain, I would bleed to death.

After the surgery, my mother, distressed by my suffering, pleaded with our doctor to explain to me that aspirin would help, not harm — that there was no medical rationale for my fears.

Our family doctor, father of five, just sneered down at me and said: "Let her suffer."

Grumpy, gruff Dr. Smith has been dead for decades. But I am sure were he alive today, if asked to convince the unvaccinated that their fears about the Covid vaccines are unwarranted, he would just sneer and say: "Let them suffer."

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone