Bonjour from Paris!

I’m in France for ten days with my history-teacher husband. On the itinerary are many places we’re both eager to see, including Lyon, some chateaux in the Loire Valley, the Bayeux tapestry, and the beaches and battle sites of Normandy. But Saturday was a special day for me. We visited the Paris sewers. Yes, there is
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Percolating Ideas and Brewing Revolutions

I’m at a Starbucks right now, sipping my double-tall-extra-hot-nonfat-latte, and thinking about the history of coffee. It arrived in Europe during the seventeenth century. What did people drink before then? Like in Shakespeare’s day? Not water, if they could help it. In most towns and cities, water was foul-smelling, bad-tasting, and contaminated. It was used
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Poo Dans La Rue

I recently had a load of cow manure delivered to my back yard by a local farmer. It wasn’t smelly or anything. It had been aged and composted and was quite beautiful to behold, if you go in for that sort of thing. Like crumbled chocolate cake. As I spent a delightful couple of hours
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