things left unsaid …

Whatever you’ve been meaning to say … I hope you say it today:


Speak gentle.

Speak thoughtful.

Speak breathless.

Speak bold.

Speak honest, even if honesty feels rusty in your mouth. 

Go on now. Take a breath …

Begin again. ❀


    1. They are, indeed.

      I have a thing for typewriters, although, like a lot of people my age, I probably romanticize them a bit because I never had to curse and grumble my way through using one. πŸ™‚

      (And now I’m typing sloppily into my phone, letting the autocorrect do its work. ..)

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      1. In Grad school we had to type our papers. late 70’s, the best technological weapon I had was an electric Smith-Corona typewriter. Smooth typing. I still have my mother’s Olivetti typewriter. Not very vintage, but a nice memory.
        (i took out the autocorrect function on my phone. Drove me crazy…) πŸ™‚

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              1. Yes! I suppose you’re right, although I use the word often enough not to think about it much.

                English steals so much from so many other languages, doesn’t it? A trickster language if there ever was one — inelegant, and unapologetically so. But it’s the only one I have, so … Most days I think I’m making the best of it. πŸ˜‰

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              2. See my above reply: I love english for its simplicity. And its music: “Life is but a walking shadow”? Difficult to say as well in any other language. πŸ™‚


              3. English is very musical. That’s why “rock & roll” only prospered in english. The words match the rhytm. Most Rock & roll in other languages is lousy. πŸ™‚ I think it was lennon who said once: “French Rock? French Rock? There is no such thing. Is there English wine?”

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              4. French is my mother tongue, english my father tongue. πŸ˜‰ Plus spanish which I speak everyday. French (or english) for its music. I started to write fiction in spanish, then in english. Love the finery of english, it’s precision. I will start a blog in French soon, see how it goes. Reading? Mostly english and french, unless there is an exceptional spanish language author like GarcΓ­a Marquez. πŸ™‚ The end result: I’m losing my spelling in french and english, because words can be so similar and different. A mess. πŸ™‚

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              5. I can only imagine how slippery it might become, after awhile, switching back and forth. πŸ™‚

                Knowing many languages is a kind of wealth, to me. I’ll always be jealous!

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              6. Jamais trop tard pour apprendre. (Never too late to learn) French is a good start, 60% of english vocabulary comes from French. Makes it easier to recognize the odd word. Try it.

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              7. So, funny story. Once upon a time, I attended a preschool where we spoke French half the day and English the other half. I was just a tiny thing — three? Four? — and could chatter comfortably and beautifully in French at the time. Funny how malleable the brain is when we’re little.

                It’s lost to me now, except for the French we spoke in ballet, which obviously was very formulaic, not at all like a conversational language.

                But I would, indeed, like to try again. πŸ™‚

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              8. Studies have shown that children of parents with different languages have a small loss of vocabulary 10-20% as compared to monolingual children until the age of 4. After 4, they have 100% in two languages. (Provided they keep speaking) If you want to pick it up, I suggest you try french songs (not Rock & Roll) ones that have subtitles, so you can hear and read at the same time. Then print the lyrics, and start looking word by word on Google. Plug that back into an Excel file (french-english) and you will start building your own vocabulary)

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              9. This is so interesting …

                And I like your encouragement … I’m looking forward to learning a new language (again), and I think after our conversation I’ll put French on the top of my list. πŸ™‚

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              10. I have, in fact! And I’m taking those words to heart.

                If only you knew what perfect timing you had when you shared them. They’re speaking to me in this season… Trust me. πŸ™‚

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              11. Yes!! Everywhere! Just in the last few days, we’ve had the loveliest warm spell. The cherries and redbuds are blooming now… Few things as beautiful as the Virginia hills awash in that inimitable shade of purple that the redbuds bring.

                Happy Spring to you too, I hope!! πŸ™‚

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              12. Ah … I’ve never seen them all in bloom. Spring truly has its own palette, which probably would seem silly and frivolous at any other time of year. But oh, how my eyes are drinking it in right now! Enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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