IMG_0159 2Hey there! I’m Nadine. I was born on the West coast of Canada in ’73, travelled around a bit, and now live with my husband T. (a systems architect), our 4 boys, a few dozen wild wall-lizards and a wayward cat, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region of France.

The Auvergne is a hilly farmland area in the middle of the country, home of the Chaine des Puys (a line of dormant volcanoes). It’s very sparsely populated. It’s part of the so-called Diagonale du Vide or “Empty Diagonal.” I’m a bit of a country girl and a hermit crab at heart, to be honest, so I find the name very romantic and the situation quite practical. However, I’ll admit it does get lonely at times.

You’d think that as a mother of four, I wouldn’t get lonely, but I do. I yearn for the kind of (grown-up) “kindred spirits” with whom I can meet up for a quick cup of tea and just jump right back into an old conversation. And that conversation is truthful, and raw, and sometimes ventures into the muddy areas of life, yes; but it’s also usually got a blooming under-theme, something bright pushing up out of the darkness, with a bit of side-splitting laughter thrown in. You know what I mean? Or sometimes we just chill and talk about shoes and handbags.

So here I set up a little “home base” on the web, from where I (and maybe you, sometimes?) can hang out and watch the flowers grow. I do love flowers —and words— and I have the feeling you do, too. Am I right?

I write a lot — I mean a lot! — maybe you do too? If not, and you’d like to write more, maybe I can help a bit with that, by sharing some “tips and tricks” I’ve learned in the last few years. The words only started pouring out of me about three years ago. Before that, I was blocked for about two decades. [Edit March 2019: I’m a process writer more than anything, it seems; so the writing “tips and tricks” are embedded in my posts. But one fellow blogger, via his email query asking for the above-proffered writing tips and tricks, inadvertently spurred me to crank this out, as a kind of quick-reference guide: The way I write. Thanks for the motivation, Aeryk!]

I must admit I have a blog-starting addiction. Each time I start a new blog, I hope that this “will be the one.” (Sort of like I used to hope that each new love would be the one, in my pre-commitment days). I think that in the past, my problem was I wasn’t really sure of the goal of any blog/website (/love) I started. Also, I’d get really excited by attempting to control every little bit of it, most of all the aesthetics. Sort of like I did, and still sometimes do, with my life, in fact.

Now that I know that my blogging goal is mostly to connect with other readers and writers, I’m not too worried about the control or the aesthetics, as long as it feels all right, it’s all easy to manage, and facilitates “flow” and conversation. So I think this’ll do.

Maybe if you join in every now and then with some words of your own, you’ll help this one stick? If so, I think I love you already. 😉 And maybe I can get busy working on the “life” part, next. I’ll be sure to share the journey along the way.

Thank you for being here. Hope to read you soon. 🙂


xo N

October 2018

P.S. I’m on a graphic-art profile photo kick. Drop me an email if you want one; I’ll make you one, too, if you’ll send me a photo! And I can write whatever words you choose, on your sunglasses. 🙂 (Limited time offer :)) [Update March 2019 — no one has taken me up on this yet?!?!?!? Perhaps I should just write a how-to post instead.]

P.P.S. If you’re looking for my Github blog, you can find it here: https://nadinejl.github.io/

Edit Jan 2019: RIP beloved stray cat. May you bring as much furry warm purring company to others in your next lives as you did to ours.



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  2. Hello Nadine,

    Thank you for leaving your delightful and enthusiastic comments at SoundEagle’s post entitled “The Quotation Fallacy “💬”” at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-quotation-fallacy/.

    It seems that SoundEagle is the first living being to comment here. That is somewhat surprising and unusual, given the maturity of your writing and the quality of your blog, which is ostensibly prolific and often insightful as well as perceptive.

    Given that SoundEagle’s writing here is the very first comments on this “About” page since your new blog’s inception, SoundEagle would like to wish you and all of your blogging endeavours and book publications a new dawn and a satisfying journey of being top-notch and impeccable in 2019 and beyond.

    SoundEagle hopes that you continue to do very well and find fulfillment in whatever you enjoy doing and savouring, especially through your new blog here as a conduit and outlet to share and document your thoughts and opinions, and as a vehicle or medium “mostly to connect with other readers and writers” via your “little “home base” on the web, from where I (and maybe you, sometimes?) can hang out and watch the flowers grow”.

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  3. Hi Nadine,

    SoundEagle would also like to wish you and your family a wonderful festive season with a special post at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/season-greetings-from-soundeagle-merry-christmas-happy-new-year-and-joyful-holiday/

    Happy New Year to you!

    May you realize all of your visions and achieve whatever goals you have set yourself in 2019!

    May you find the answers, or rather, the flowers, that you are looking for and then inform us in your future posts!

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  9. My writing is out of the gate now, so that’s a good start. Trick is to keep it going. I’d cross my fingers but I need them to type.

    (there’s an emoji for that: 🤞🏼)


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  10. It sounds like you live in a gorgeous place!
    I am in Australia, but in 2005 I had a short visit to the UK and France while we were living in Colorado (my husband is American) and got into the Alps between seasons which was so lovely. I will never forget how enchanted I was to hear little children speaking French while playing in a nearby village 🙂

    I can relate to not having a goal with my blog…it’s really just a creative outlet, but I agree, that it has been the connection with others, and being exposed to such overwhelming talent that is the highlight for me now.

    I’m not on WP as much as I used to be, but I look forward to reading more!

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    1. Thanks for this wonderful comment! Yes, where we live is a blessing, sometimes like all things which remain constant I take it for granted, and you help me remember that we are in fact living the dream that we worked very hard to enact some years ago.

      My parents met in Australia, they loved it there, what a beautiful place, I hope to maybe check it out one day.

      I agree it’s really a creative outlet, and a place to connect, and yes read some amazing talent, for me as well, and I guess that’s as good a reason as any for now. Thank you so much for visiting here, Vanessa, yes it is good to “cut back” from WP at times since it can get addictive, much like social media, but I do look forward to checking out your blog again as well. :))
      xo Nadine

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  11. Hello Nadine,

    I recently just returned to the blogosphere, having been away to care for my beloved mother full time, as described in the post that I just recently published. Thank you for reading and commenting on the post, which I have spent the last week expanding. It is now nearly twice as long, and includes my musical compositions and performance.

    I am delighted to see that you have continued to write about many pertinent social issues with incisiveness and fervour on your blog.

    Wishing you a lovely September and a happy Sunday!

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    1. Dear SoundEagle/Craig/Khai… how wonderful, that you cared for your mother at the end of her beautiful and meaningful life… truly this is the most important kind of work. The post was beautiful. I am looking forward to putting aside some time in the coming days to re-read your now-lengthened version.

      What a heartwarming comment regarding my blog. Thank you so much… your encouragement truly means a lot to me and couldn’t come at a better time in some ways. Much gratitude. And happy Sunday to you too! Off to movie night with the family now. :))

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