You are Amazing

“Stop being so f$$%&*% hard on yourself! Seriously man. You are not perfect and guess what, neither am I, and neither is anyone else. I don’t care what bull#$$@ you’ve told yourself over the years or what baggage you are caring with you from your school years. Look, cut yourself a break and let it go.”

— Craig Beck

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Speak Only in French Morning Croissants

A photo from today’s Speak Only in French Morning Croissants meetup in Salem, Oregon, which is a monthly event for a French meetup group that I organize called French In and Around Silverton. We meet twice a month, once for morning croissants and French discussion and again for French brunch with a mix of English and French.

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Weekend at the Oregon Coast

Last weekend, on the spur of the moment, I drove to the Oregon Coast. It’s just under an hour and half drive from home. I booked a hotel with an oceanfront view, which is the best way to go because you can spend half the time in your hotel room and still feel that the trip was well worth it.

I sat on the beach, eating clam chowder and a shrimp sandwich; later, relaxing in my room and listening to the sound of the ocean, I watched the waves. In the morning, as I walked on the beach, a flock of sandpipers busily dodged the surf. These creatures, with their spindly little legs, are very cool to watch, and they definitely work as a team!

On the beach in the morning, wearing my hoodie…looking and feeling like a monk.

An awesome flock of sandpipers!

Enjoying the waves from my hotel room window.