On November 8, 2016, I woke up feeling so, so happy and proud to be an American. I went to work listing to Beyoncé’s Run The World on my iPhone and sporting my “I Voted” sticker I had been specifically saving for the occasion. I did mini-Election Day lessons with my 9th and 10th graders, and collected Election-based essays from my 11th and 12th graders (as we … Continue reading I’m Still With Her.
Starting on November 1st, 2016, France launched a nationwide campaign called, Moi(s) sans Tabac. Its slogan is a play on words; it means both “Me Without Tobacco” and “A Month Without Smoking”. The campaign was influenced by the UK’s similar campaign, “Stoptober”. Approximately 13 million people still light up in France, including 20% of pregnant women. Smoking is the leading cause of premature death in France, and … Continue reading Campaign: Moi(s) Sans Tabac
Believe it or not, I never really had to deal with setting up or canceling les charges, or utilities– water, gas, electricity, heat, phone/internet/cable, until arriving in France in 2014. All of my US apartments came with included utilities, as did my first French apartment. So, due to my complete lack of vocabulary and background knowledge, I initially had a bit of a hard time when … Continue reading TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: How to Open and Close Your Utilities
Since moving to Lille a year-and-a-half ago, I’ve been blessed with my fair share of visitors! Lille is extremely centrally located in Europe, making it a perfect stop-off point between London, Paris, Amsterdam, and most of Belgium. There was Abby (June 2015), Mom & Dad (July-August 2015), Shelly & Stacy & Jess & Mayumi (August 2015), J0 (September AND December 2015), Laura (October 2015), Claire (October 2015), Laith … Continue reading An Itinerary for the “Perfect Weekend in Lille”
As much as I try my hardest to stay up-to-date with current world affairs, I admit that sometimes pop culture completely passes by me (I actually had to Google what “The Dab” was the other day). I love comedy, but I shamefully admit that I didn’t really know much about Amy Schumer until my sister went to see her live show in Milwaukee about a year … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo
Dear Readers, After almost six years of blogging, I’ve finally created a Facebook page! Please, help me get her off the ground by “liking” the page here. As always, thank you very much for the support. Bisous, Dana Continue reading “Like” My Facebook Page!
Have you ever been so, so far deep into something, that you don’t even really realize how bad it was–how bad you were, until you finally start to come out on the other side? Unrequited Love is defined as simply loving someone who doesn’t love you back. It’s a horrible feeling, and one that I feel like most people have felt at one point or … Continue reading Hello From the Other Side