Summer in Lausanne is glorious. Having an active and very mobile nearly 16-month old means we leave our flat at least once a day, often twice, and it’s been a wonderful way for us to get to know our new neighborhood.


Around the corner from us, there’s a park with a playground, view of the Alps, splash pool for kids, and a deer enclosure.


A 10 minute bus ride takes us to a grassy beach with a snack bar with decent food and a rather good beer selection, a toddler-friendly playground, and oh, Lake Geneva and the Alps! A 20 minute downhill walk takes us to another waterfront park with a playground, mini-train for kids, and gelateria. In the opposite direction is a large estate with extensive grounds. Currently there’s an outdoor installation of sculptures that are intermixed with the playground, café, gardens, and aviary.


Every day, M and I spend a great deal of time outside. Sometimes we have errands, but mostly we explore, walk, and play, and I soak up as much sun and inspiration as I can.

When Max sleeps and when I have childcare help, I work. I currently have four “projects,” each of which is exciting and potentially all-consuming, so I’m trying to find a balance between them and do some work on two per day.

  1. Collaboration — I’ve mentioned my “secret project” on Twitter several times. It’s actually a collaboration with Andrew, and an exciting one that pretty perfectly pairs our interests and strengths. More on this, I hope, in the fall.
  2. Novel — The revision continues. It’s going much more slowly than I’d like, but I’m pleased with the results. This is the best it’s been, and that’s hard for me to say because I tend to be extremely critical of my own work.
  3. Research — This is brand new as of last week. I’m doing some research on landscape and literature with a professor here and thoroughly enjoying it. Living here, I’ve become completely preoccupied with landscape, and of course I’ve always been lit-obsessed, so this is another perfect pairing.
  4. Students — Haven Education is still going, and I’m working with some wonderful families right now.

So it’s a summer of exploration and a summer of serious work, both of which make me happy. I am glad to be finding myself again as M becomes increasingly independent and also to be discovering and sharing new things with him.


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(As a reminder, this is my final cross-post to LJ. You can subscribe to this blog at either via the RSS feed or by email.)



Why, hello there! It’s been a while since my last post. Life has been busier than usual. Andrew had his public thesis defense in April and is now officially Dr. Sempere. He had a show go up two weeks later and fell off the stage and broke his heel on opening night. Of course he still ran sound that night and continued to work on the show while in a cast. Then we headed to the U.S. for three weeks on what was a rather insane trip — TX, CA, and MA, so three time zones, two weddings, two big backyard parties thrown by parents, and one college reunion. And yes, we traveled with a very mobile toddler with one parent who had a broken foot. It was insane, but we survived. We got home on Sunday and have been catching up since!

Two quick updates:

— I am planning at long last to stop cross-posting to LJ. If you’d like to keep following this blog (and I hope you do — I promise to post more often!), you can subscribe at either via the RSS feed or by email. I’ll take the LJ link down at the end of the month.
— Before leaving, I had a piece published in Medium’s The Message about teaching Humanities in the middle school that Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended. It was a tough piece to write, but it seems to have struck a chord with many people who are just as confused and dismayed by both what happened and the death sentence. Please check it out.


I saw two dance videos recently that I liked for their combination of classical and contemporary styles. The first, surprisingly enough, is an advertisement for Rag & Bone’s new menswear line. The dancers are Baryshnikov (yes, Misha, really) and Lil Buck, and the song is by the Venetian Snares. It’s a fun mash up of styles, from the aesthetic to the music and movement. And yeah, I may have drooled over the clothing line just a little bit 😉

The second went viral recently, and with good reason. This is Sergei Polunin, a Ukrainian ballet dancer, dancing to a song by Hozier. I love pretty much everything about this — the dance, the song, the space, and the videography. Oh yes, and Polunin’s tattoos. He’s had critics, of course, saying that he ruined his career, his ability to play roles, etc. by getting inked — that body art distracts from getting into character. I think that’s silly. It’s like saying people of different races or genders can’t play certain roles. The whole point of performance is to become the part, and he does this beautifully.

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