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The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell.

-Rebecca Solnit


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Quartier des Contades, Strasbourg, France

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For the last 2.5 months I have been carefully tending to my window garden (two windows and a balcony). Today, I was finally able to taste the fruits of my labor. Literally. I savored half of my first sun-ripened strawberry. (LP got the other half, of course.) And my first summer flower bloom opened!

I’m delighted.

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It’s too hot for words.

My vinyl office chair is currently stuck to legs. I smell.

Last night, LP and I camped out in the living room, each in a sort of star fish position, trying to make minimal skin contact with anything, including our own skin or the sheets.

**Note** Overlooking the cringe factor, the kangaroo trick – licking the inside of your arm – really does help cool you down! But it’s probably best not to do in polite company.

Fans work, too. Sadly, our single fan was not enough to circulate air through our 4-room apartment. When the temperature hit 34 degrees inside – the time had come to buy another fan or two. However, this is France and for whatever reason the French are not so keen on moving air or keeping a large selection of fans in their hardware stores. We were in luck. Leroy Merlin had a dwindling (and overpriced) selection…We bought two – in this kind of heat you don’t share.

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Port du Rhin

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tulips, daffodils, spring, flowers

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Spring weather has finally made its appearance – two days in a row. Sunshine and blue skies. Pollen allergies. Vitamin D. My LP’s first priority this morning was getting hopped up on vitamin D (see photo above). His second priority was push-ups (see photo to left). He did just that at the Parc du Contades.

After my morning workout, I took to the sunshine, too.

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