Beaux gosses

Do what you’re told, and everything will be all right. – Norman Jewison It’s the dog. It’s Bruce. Simply put, you just don’t like him that much. Your sister Julie agrees with you that the drooling is pretty gross. “But a guy’s gotta fart,” she says. You don’t laugh. Maybe someday you will find the … Read more

Happy birthday, Fanny Fox!

It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Elliot Years from now, long after I’m dead, a world-famous art historian will discover my body of work and write a 573-page internationally best-selling book about it. “This piece,” he’ll write about Autoportrait de l’artiste, “was painted on 16 December 2021 for … Read more

This time around

God always offers us a second chance in life. – Paulo Cuelho My father’s death in 2007 is the real deal, with a casket and flowers and everything. There is a wake and a mass, there is a burial. People come from all over to pay their last respects, to say goodbye. For all of … Read more

Love’s delight

The soul is healed by being with children. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky Antoine stands quiet and motionless at the edge of the table, studying the drawings in front of him. Behind him I wait, expectant. Finally, a chuckle through the nose. “Tu aimes?” I ask him. “Quelle fripouille,” he says, then: “Quelle chipie.” He loves it. … Read more

Choose wisely

I will instruct you and teach in the way you should go. I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. – Psalm 32:8 Early November 2023, Brooklyn. The leaves are dry, brittle; remnants of what they once were. They crunch underfoot, they fill the cracks. These ones on Dean Street, for example. “L’Architecte … Read more

Ya saber ayyoub

A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life. – Dr. James Dobson The original title for this week’s feature painting was Madame l’Inspectrice et son chien Boris. It didn’t stick. Neither did Crisse de grosses chipies. Understandably so. The first one, a little boring, fails to capture … Read more

Who’s walking who?

Receiving a gift is like getting a rare gemstone; any way you look at it, you see beauty refracted. – Proverbs 17:8 Under a crescent moon, a dog takes her cat for a walk. Steadily forward this dog moves, unafraid of the dark, sure of her footing on the flat, even terrain. She could stop … Read more

Nothing more

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. – Henry Ford A woman in a coonskin cap stands at the window, her footless legs as rooted to the floor as the plant beside her is rooted to its pot. This pot is blue, like the woman’s pants and tunic, its clusters … Read more

The sweetest goodbye

Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight. What more is there to say than goodnight? – Jimmy Durante “Allô, bonjour,” says the bird. “Allô, bonjour,” it says again three days later. “Allô, bonjour!” say the others that have gathered around it on this bright, sunny last day of June. In a couple hours, the movers will arrive to pick … Read more