Diamond ring

As a child, I was bombarded with advertising claiming that ‘diamonds are forever’ and that one’s true love was measured in carats. Me being a nonconformist, I of course never subscribed to this view. So then, what is a good measure of one’s love? Well, at the start of the 21st century (seems so long ago!), I had a glimpse behind the scenes of the longest running marriage I had ever known–my grandmother’s aunt and uncle, F. and J.. As… Read more »

“Un soir fait de rose et de bleu mystique, Nous échangerons un éclair unique, Comme un long sanglot, tout chargé d’adieux;”(Baudelaire, La Mort des Amants, Les Fleurs du Mal) As a self-professed francophile, naturally I couldn’t resist opening my Valentine’s Day post with ‘un peu de poésie française’ (a little French poetry). Nothing more romantic than the verse above from Baudelaire’s “La Mort des Amants.” Sounds gruesome when translated into English, The Death of Lovers, but….trust me….Baudelaire is hot. And… Read more »