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The Gingerbread Man on the Metro

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 4:00pm 7 Comments

My secret weapon was a little wooden train.

I ordered it from IKEA, along with a shoe rack for our hallway. It was cheap, colorful, and compatible with my son Julien’s Brio track, and my plan was to keep it in my purse, still packaged, to pull out when things got really hard.…


Very sad news about a former OSer

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 3:30pm 7 Comments

I met Erica Herd, who blogged on Open as "Erica K.", at the big, lovely meet-up in Manhattan in 2012.  I was impressed by how kind she was - and how impeccably coiffed.  

Those of you who read her at Open, and/or who followed her to her Word Press blog, Suburban Hobo,  probably know about her warmth and…


The Little American

Posted on October 15, 2016 at 7:12am 19 Comments

That’s what some people here in France fondly call my son Julien.


But for a long time, I doubted he was very American at all.

Although I’m American, and although he’s visited the US a few times, he was born in a hospital in Paris, the city that’s been his home ever since. And as for me, the American parent, I’ve spent most of my adult life in the City…


Locomotives and hipster culture collide in an old Parisian train depot — and it’s pretty awesome

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 2:30pm 7 Comments

One of the perks of having an energetic, inquisitive toddler is that it makes you get out more — not to mention head…


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Alysa Salzberg commented on John Guzlowski's blog post No Title
"Congratulations on having this poem featured - and it is more than merited.  This is my favorite poem of yours. Hearing you read it was amazing. Not all poets' voices match with their work in my mind, but your voice perfectly fits this…"
Dec 13, 2016
The Songbird commented on Alysa Salzberg's blog post So Julien drew this picture....
"Sweet read.  We don't know them any better than they know us.  That's what we grow into.  I love still discovering confluent things about my daughter, 40 years on, and seeing sames in my grandson.  Some things just are…"
Dec 12, 2016
Julie Johnson commented on Alysa Salzberg's blog post The Gingerbread Man on the Metro
"That is so cute!  My youngest, who is 17 now, also had a fascination with the gingerbread man.  I've still got the little picture that she drew in kindergarten that's asks what do you want to be when you grow up? …"
Dec 12, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on Alysa Salzberg's blog post The Gingerbread Man on the Metro
"Kosh - I've heard that babies and toddlers' cuteness is a sort of self-defense mechanism. It makes us want to take care of them, despite how difficult they can be. Sheila - I think you described him quite well. It's a shame…"
Dec 12, 2016
nerd cred commented on Alysa Salzberg's blog post The Gingerbread Man on the Metro
"There's a book you might want to look into ... It's on amazon, of course. (He's adorable and now he's learned it's a good friend who will nourish you.)"
Dec 11, 2016
Rosigami commented on Alysa Salzberg's blog post The Gingerbread Man on the Metro
"Oh boy, the twos are a very intense time. It sounds like you are doing just fine, too. I can think of a couple nursery rhymes/songs that have cows in them. (Search "Mother Goose" and I think you'll find rhymes and melodies,…"
Dec 11, 2016
Phyllis commented on Alysa Salzberg's blog post The Gingerbread Man on the Metro
"Tastebuds won! I have to say, I don't miss having missed out on the terrible twos. Best to you on him not outsmarting you as you go through them."
Dec 11, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on John Guzlowski's blog post Outside. Leaves. On the ground
"Thanks for sharing this.  "
Dec 11, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on Tinkerertink69's blog post Love of my Imagination - a poem - Fiction
"I agree, we've all been here.  Hopefully if this isn't fiction, you'll make it out soon."
Dec 11, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on The Songbird's blog post UNITED // UNTIED
"Lovely and I love the picture you choose, too."
Dec 11, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on Julie Johnson's blog post The pivot point of the 'memoirs'...
"Love your photo and I love your writing. I don't get here as much as I'd like to, but I hope the next time I'm back, there will be more posts from you.  You really are an unusual, beautiful voice."
Dec 11, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on tr ig's blog post My Spirit Animal
"What a gorgeous dog.  And you definitely have me thinking about spirit animals and if you must keep them with you. is it like kindred spirits?  That you could come across one and then never meet again but still always savor that brief…"
Dec 11, 2016
Sheila Luecht commented on Alysa Salzberg's blog post The Gingerbread Man on the Metro
"Two year olds have their own private world and the world in which they try to understand yours. He seems very sweet and sensitive, egocentric, but what 2 year old is not! Best to you this holiday."
Dec 11, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on Myriad's blog post Searching for eagles, settling for cheese
"Love the mountain shots, am jealous and happy that you guys did see some eagles, and hate blue cheese. Thanks for taking us along on this adventure!"
Dec 11, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on Rosigami's blog post Another Holiday Baking Post! With PECANS!
"Love this. I wish I were as courageous about baking as I am about eating baked goods! But I know I have a tendency to burn things, and that keeps me from trying new recipes. Still, I love reading about them, and I loved this post!"
Dec 11, 2016
Alysa Salzberg commented on John Guzlowski's blog post My Father's Birthday
"So much said in so little words. This is heartbreaking and beautiful, like so much of your writing. The story of your little aunt brought me to tears."
Dec 11, 2016

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A reader, a writer, a fingernail biter, a cat person, a traveller, a good kid to be around if you don't like silence, a movie buff, a history buff, an insomniac, a dreamer, a cookie inhaler, an immigrant, sort-of married, a would-be fashion maven, an extrovert who needs a lot of alone time, an art lover who can't draw a straight line. I'm also Editor in Chief of "Beguile", a literary e-zine. We're always on the lookout for new voices. Come check us out at http://www.beguilezine.blogspot.

My header and background were thought up by me, but since I am just horrendous at drawing, the boyfriend very kindly drew the pictures, and helped put it online, while I sat around complaining and periodically snapping photos of our cat.  I love you, D!  Thanks! 

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At 2:47pm on March 11, 2015, Mimetalker said…

Alysa!!! Good to see you here.

At 11:22am on February 6, 2015, Heidi Banerjee said…

I have missed fernsy a lot, too.

At 11:20am on February 6, 2015, Heidi Banerjee said…
At 11:15am on February 6, 2015, Heidi Banerjee said…

Hi Alysa, please go to the post here.There are some comments for you to read.

At 2:44pm on December 29, 2012, Myriad said…

Thanks!  hope you had a good Christmas and will be back home soon!

At 5:46pm on December 24, 2012, Anna Herrington said…

Dear Alysa,

Merry Christmas to you and yours -- and Paris  : )

I've enjoyed getting to know you a little here online, my friend halfway across the world...

xo  Anna

At 11:23pm on December 17, 2012, Barbara Falconer Newhall said…

Love your pictures. Boyfriend also very nice for putting them up for you.

At 4:44am on December 10, 2012, Alysa Salzberg said…

fernsy! I've missed you, and have been thinking of you, as well. I hope things are getting better for you.  OS is awful right now but I hope it's not hopeless - but Our Salon is really quite delightful and that helps ease the pain of witnessing Open's decline.

At 6:56pm on December 9, 2012, fernsy said…

Great to see you Alysa. Been thinking of you. OS is hopeless, sadly. Hope to find out how you are doing asap.

At 12:52pm on December 9, 2012, Alysa Salzberg said…

Hi Heidi, it's been hard for me to get onto Open Salon as well.  It's frustrating, and very sad to see what the site has become....  I'm glad to be here, and glad you're here, too!



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