Monthly Archives: December 2008

More Talk about Paris Weather

Everything is relative, including the weather. Warnings on the radio, briefly closed autoroutes and this morning’s rare sleet shower prove that France is in the grip of a severe cold snap, the thermometer sinking to levels that in New England would be greeted as a welcome winter thaw. The Immigrant ventured out muffled in a […]

Joyeuses Fetes a tous et toutes!

Seven Blessings of This Year’s Waning Days The milder weather, a glint of sun Free concerts all over Paris–tonight, for example, organ and choir at Notre Dame As of yesterday, School’s Out!  Waaaouu! Neighborhood people checking in on neighbors they haven’t seen all year A new official policy to pick up used Christmas trees, so […]


  Just over a week ago the Immigrant was in Recife, Brazil, where at five thirty a.m. the sun is so brilliant it gives you an ice-cream headache.  Not to be too reductive, but maybe this helps explain why despite hunger poverty and a violent-crime rate to rival downtown Detroit’s, Brazilians have forthright smiles and […]