Bonjour, mes amis! I am going to tell you a little bit about myself on this page, and I'll do it through pictures, if that's okay. First thing: I don't like make-up much, as you can tell on this photo taken by my daughter Maïa.
I was born in the Basque Country, in the red spot on the Northern side--the French side. My father was Basque, my mother was Basque. So I am 100% Basque. Basque by blood, French by culture, American by adoption.
I write mostly in English. French is associated with painful experiences, mostly from childhood. So English gives me the necessary, healing distance to tell about these emotional experiences without collapsing.
Both my parents were born in a region of the Basque land that looks like this. My mother's, close to St Jean-Pied-de-Port and one of the points of departure of the St James of Compostella pilgrimage, belongs to the mountainous, Pyrenean Basse-Navarre province, my father's, close to the Atlantic Ocean and to St-Jean-de-Luz, belongs to the Labour province. I was born in Bayonne. When you click on the image, you will see a presentation of all these places.
TThis is a view of Bayonne, my hometown --twin city of Bayonne, NY. I used to walk that bridge when I went to work as a guide to the Musée Basque or to the Art Museum, Musée Bonnat. That was in 1977 and 1978. Ouch!