Alysa Salzberg

Alysa Salzberg
Location
Paris, France
Birthday
December 31
Title
Writer, copy editor, translator, travel planner. Head servant to my cat.
Company
www.alysasalzberg.com
Bio
A reader, a writer, a fingernail biter, a cat person, a traveller, a cookie inhaler, an immigrant, a dreamer. …And now, self-employed! If you like my blog and if you're looking for sparkling writing, painstaking proofreading, nimble French-English translation, or personalized travel planning, feel free to check out www.alysasalzberg.com.

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MARCH 27, 2014 12:46PM

He's here!

meandjulien 

Last Saturday, a week before my due date, I felt a little strange – and not just because I had a pressing urge to vacuum, my least favorite household task. By 11 pm, we’d decided to head to the hospital, suspecting that my water had broken.  It turns out it… Read full post »

MARCH 20, 2014 10:06AM

Nothing's gonna change my world?

If all goes according to plan (not that it always does), in nine days I’ll be having a baby.  

As my due date approaches, I find myself getting increasingly terrified.

I’ve heard this is normal for first-time moms, and when you think about it, that makes perfect sense:… Read full post »

There are lots of articles out there called or dealing with “What not to say to pregnant women”.  Sadly, like many of the commenters on this recent XOJane post about just that, I have to say that despite the subject’s ubiquity, there are still some people who just don… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2014 3:09PM

Parisian ghosts

ruedeconstantine1865 

 Rue de Constantine, Paris, ca. 1865 by Charles Marville 

(image source)

That man – do you see him there, on the lower right? – is still standing in his doorway today, looking out at the comings and goings of the street where his shop is found.  

It’s nRead full post »

A few weeks ago, my friend A. died unexpectedly in her sleep.  A heart condition she’d had all her life had finally caught up to her.  

I wrote about it here – about how A. was my closest friend in Paris, and in many ways, more than that, a sort of… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 1:14PM

The (uterine) walls have ears

“The walls have ears.” That’s what my mother used to say when other adults were around who were about to say something that she didn’t want me or my siblings to hear.  But I wonder if she knew that, apparently, we were already listening in the womb? 

Today, it&rsquo… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2014 10:11AM

Loss

 

A week ago today, I read an email that made me scream.

My friend A., my best friend here in Paris, my friend of nine years, had died in her sleep.

Despite my scream, despite the disbelief that made me ask my boyfriend to read the email toRead full post »

JANUARY 28, 2014 8:12AM

What the hell, guys?

 

I'm not a big news person.  I feel like watching or reading about current events  is a way to shave years off your life from stress…usually over things you have little or no control over.

But lately I’ve been hearing about this whole end of net neutrality in… Read full post »

 

Aliponcho 

 Baby-killer?

 

I get it – some people just don’t like cats.  Or animals in general, for that matter.

But when you’re pregnant, it seems like even folks who’d simply tell you they’re not “cat people” under normal circumstaRead full post »

JANUARY 13, 2014 3:36PM

Is a dog translator a good idea?

So, I have this cool gig blogging for a company called aiaTranslations.  Last week, Molly Naughton, the company president (who, like the gig, is also very cool), laughingly told me about a device that's in development that will supposedly translate dogs' thoughts into human words.

I'm allowed toRead full post »

JANUARY 8, 2014 5:31PM

Last Christmas lights of the season

 

The holidays have come and gone, and it’s hard for me to let them go.  I didn’t have a particularly good or bad holiday season, but I always feel a sense of warmth at this time of year, I guess. I know the world isn’t perfect, and I know… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2014 7:17AM

Enraged? Delighted? Craving a coffee?

Over the past few days, a story has been making the rounds in various online news sources:  Beautiful Existence (that’s really her legal name, this Buzzfeed article helpfully tells us) is a blogger and communications expert who decided to eat all of her meals at Starbucks for an… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2013 8:44AM

Holidays in the Danger Zone

toasts 

 

I. 

The beef smelled delicious, its perfectly seasoned perfume making my mouth water as I gratefully took my plate and set it down in front of me.  My portion was red inside, and swimming in traces of blood – just like I like it.

Normally.  But this… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2013 10:55AM

A mini-meet-up in New Jersey

When we were planning our trip to the US, we weren’t sure if we’d be able to do a big meet-up like the one I went to in New York last year.  My increasingly reduced mobility, due to the baby’s love of dancing on one of my nerves, pretty… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2013 4:26PM

Baby's first in utero spanking

Around three o’clock this morning, I woke up yelping and writhing in pain.  I wrote the other day about how the baby is leaning on (at least) one of my nerves; this is now the second time that I’ve felt the consequences when lying in bed.

The pain was incredible.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2013 2:14PM

This baby is on my nerves!

Well, I’m back from our trip to the States, and one thing I can say is, this baby I’m growing is on my nerves…literally!

A few days before we left for the US, I started to get a pain in my side if I walked for a while.  As with… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2013 8:33AM

Announcement: Pregnancy and a Pause

The past year or so, I haven’t been blogging here as much as I used to.  The main reason has just been…life.  I’ve written about the massive remodeling we did on our apartment (involving a temporary move), as well as changing careers, and planning a trip through Italy and… Read full post »

 

Although I’m not really into weddings, when it comes to thinking about nuptials, there is one way that I totally resemble Robert DeNiro’s character in “Meet the Parents”: my cat would play a pivotal role in the ceremony.

It’s not unusual, of course, for people toRead full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2013 12:29PM

A Venetian ghost story?

We expected magical things to happen to us when we arrived in Venice late last March. 

The unexpected snow falling on water and stone boded well. But in spite of that beautiful sight, it was a rather un-magical visit. What should have been peaceful strolls through the strange, byzantine stRead full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2013 2:14PM

Comment angst

 In the days before the internet, I was even more of a chatterbox than I am now.  The reason for the change has nothing to do with maturity (mature, me?), but rather the fact that most online articles come with a comments section.  It’s wonderful how, after reading something youRead full post »

Many of us who write here also post or write on other sites, as well. I know from time to time we link to those if we think what we've done might be of interest to our pals and readers  here.

I've been debating about this for the past few days,Read full post »

I’ve admired Ingrid Ricks since I first read her here on OS a few years ago.  Having escaped a troubled childhood, she had a few relatively serene decades until discovering she was suffering from retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative eye disease that slowly takes its victims&Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2013 6:18PM

Bye-bye waffle fries...and now pasta

I was born to be contentious.  My mom was a passionate supporter of Greenpeace, and never hesitated to talk about animal rights and the evils of, among other things, wearing fur.  And so, she probably shouldn’t have been surprised when, at age four or so, I confronted a woman we were… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 8:58AM

Is it okay to forget?

I hardly noticed the approach of September 11 this year.  It’s not that I wait for the day, but I was a New Yorker at the time, living just a few blocks from where the Twin Towers once stood.  

Ever since, when September 11 comes, I brace myself.  I… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 8:19PM

Three times I could have been kidnapped

1.

I’m maybe 8 or 9 years old at most, and with a group of neighborhood friends, selling lemonade and candies from my long driveway.  I remember we didn’t get much business in our quiet residential development.  But suddenly, a car pulled up, and out walked a man dressed like… Read full post »