espionner

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Espionner  [ɛs.pjɔ.ne] English translation: to spy It has been said that Mark Zuckerberg covers his computer camera with tape and our FBI Director, James Comey, strongly suggests we all do the same. My design consultant Michele envisioned something more aesthetically pleasing than a piece of duct tape stuck to her beautiful iMac. This little frog figurine was a gift, Michele does not recall where it came from, but felt it was a perfect solution to deter those who might try to spy via the computer camera. G-

Coller

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Coller  [kuh lay] English translation: to glue The origin of collage is from the French word coller an art technique popularized in the early 1900’s by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The collage shown here is one of many designed and produced by my creative consultant, Michele. You can find more examples of her photo and paper/found object collages on her Coller Pinterest board. G-

MODE

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Mode  [mɔd] English translation: fashion My Business Manager and Creative Consultant are having fun with the window display for the giant fashion house Christian Dior while traveling in Monaco, France. They find composing images through mirrors brings forth unique and interesting photographs. Look for your reflection in objects, mirrors or a pool of water when you are traveling and have some fun. The result will clearly be superior to a selfie! G-

Bonnes Fêtes!

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Bonnes Fêtes! [bohn feɪt] English translation: Happy Holidays! Here’s to a happy, healthy, scrumptious 2014! Enjoy! Now, I must get back to work. This is turning out to be my busiest holiday season yet! PS- My Business Manager and Creative Consultant have finally completed my latest book—- “The Aubergine Caper”, I will be providing more information soon. G-

Sunset

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Coucher de soleil  [kuʃe d sɔlɛj ] English translation: sunset I witnessed this beautiful sunset while on vacation in the South of France. After a much needed nap I walked over to my window and pulled back the draperies to see if the rain had stopped and I could not believe my eyes. I had only a few seconds to find my camera and capture this image before the sun completely disappeared and as you can see, it is breathtaking. I wish you could have been there to see it in person. G-  

détendre

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détendre  [detɑ̃dʀ] English translation: relax Worry is useless, or so I keep telling myself. My first book, “But… what if it doesn’t rain?”, is about this very topic. As the story goes, I was about to embark on a much needed vacation when I was informed of an imminent surprise visit by the famous restaurant critic Mimi LaRue. I never know when Mimi or another restaurant reviewer is going to stop by one of my restaurants to scrutinize everything from the menu to the starch in my chef’s toque. Luckily I have very good help that allows me to sneak away to a quiet spot and meditate before the first diners begin to arrive for a most spectacular dining experience! My mantra is “food is my life”. Now, please excuse me while I relax my mind. G-