Shorthand… and family and friends

Hello, the other day, I read an excerpt of ‘The basics principles of Gregg shorthand’ where John R. Gregg said how much the support he had received from his sister had been important while his brothers made fun of him and his ‘obsession’. For me, shorthand is a solitary activity even if I can share…

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Enigma

Hello, during the confinement, I had a look at the Anniversary manual — the English one — and tried to guess the meaning of the texts. An exercise a lot easier and less frustrating when you have the solutions. I didn’t finish the manual and I am not sure I have enough motivation to do…

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James Baldwin : citations (French)

Hello, some quotes from James Baldwin, famous American writer. Here are the original versions in English: You have to decide who you are and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you. Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of…

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Ni vous sans moi… (French)

Hello, a short poem from an author of the 16th century, Marie de France: As it is poetry, so quite difficult, I will put the transcript (but I think it spoils the fun… if there’s any): D’eux deux il était ainsi Comme du chèvre-feuille était Qui au coudrier se prenait. Quand il s’est enlacé et…

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Marc-Aurèle : citations (French)

Hello, in these particular times, I wanted to post something that can inspire. Marcus-Aurelius was known as ‘the philosopher king’ and here are almost all the quotes in English: 1 – “God give me patience, to reconcile with what I am not able to change Give me strength to change what I can And give…

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Lettres de mon moulin

Hello, first paragraph of the book of short stories, “Lettres de mon moulin” by Alphonse Daudet. (I’m not very happy about my “lapin”, the “p” curves difficultly…) Again feel free to criticize… Edit: changes made.

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Chance ou malchance (French)

Hello, a long time ago existed a blog full of interesting texts, insights, wits, thoughts, humour… It hasn’t completely disappeared because its pages have been saved in another website. The name of the blog was: cheztom.com Here is one of the texts you could find on this blog: Edit: a little change made…

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Le Trésor du Baobab (part 1) (French)

Hello, here is a nice African fairy tale. It has been written into French by a well-known writer, Henri Gougaud who collected a lot of meaningful stories. I will post it in two parts… For the numbers, I will remove them later… when there will be no corrections to be made. So… by kind permission…

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