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Suzanne White

Author • Adventuress • Astrologer

Life on the Run

DRIVING HOME FROM PARIS 2014

by Suzanne White - on Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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When I come home from the US after a house swap in California I always rent a car in Paris airport and drive myself home to Provence. This vignette tells the story of the second part of my journey. Home at last!  

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GEEK SQUAD KEYBOARD SAGA

by Suzanne White - on Monday, April 15, 2019
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3 days ago my Macbook Pro laptop Keyboard stopped writing some letters. I called around. My trusty Mac Fixit Go-to-Guy is MissMac. Miss Mac is a savvy techie woman in San Rafael California who repairs Macs. She's not far from me and we have often worked together. I call her and ask: "Joyce, My keyboard won't print some letters." She had me do some manipulations pressing keys and hold letters etc. They did not work. "Maybe some water got in there. Do you drink when you write?" I confessed I do coffee, lemonade, wine and sometimes even water when I working. "Some liquid must have gotten in there. Better go to the Mac Store and get an opinion."  

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NEW ASTROLOGY SIGNS OF MUSICIANS

by Suzanne White - on Sunday, April 07, 2019
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HERE'S A LIST OF AGING MUSICIANS WHO ARE STILL WITH US This list inspired me to hunt down the actual birth dates and calculate the NEW ASTROLOGY SIGNS of a whole slew of musicians who are indeed aging, but are still around to delight and entertain us. If anyone has a name to add, please put it in a comment below. I have about 80 names of our aging geniuses. I'd like to hit 100.  

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THE ASTROLOGY OF LOVE REVIEWED

by Suzanne White - on Saturday, March 30, 2019
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JUST FOUND THIS glowing comment on my Suzanne White Books page. Benjamin Martin was commenting on THE ASTROLOGY OF LOVE - my book about astrological compatibilities. My ego couldn't resist posting it here. If you have any doubts about your current crush or sweetie or live-in love partner or spouse, you had better get this book. it will sort you right out. 

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MEN R WAFFLES WOMEN R SPAGHETTI

by Suzanne White - on Thursday, March 28, 2019
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MEN ARE WAFFLES. WOMEN ARE SPAGHETTI. Cryptic way of saying men and woman are entirely, totally different. But not so cryptic as that. This is wisdom every woman who lives with, or even communicates with, men must own.

A man's brain is constructed in such a way as to resemble a waffle. It's made of many many small squares into which said man files information. He has a square for the wife. One for the dog, One for the game, One for the car, One for the insurance, One for takeout the garbage, A sub square for don't throw clothes on the floor, keep track of own socks, use deodorant... but those sub squares are not nearly as important as the larger squares where current information goes. Immediately he hears a comment or remark, he stores it in the appropriate square. Meanwhile he is DOING something else. And since multitasking is not his strong suit that "something else" he is doing takes precedence over all other information he is being fed from an outside source. Example: You (wife, girfriend, one night stand, fling - whatever) are in the kitchen nursing the baby, cooking dinner and talking on the phone to your best crony. Multitasking to the max.

Suddenly the kitchen curtains catch on fire and flames and toxic smoke are everywhere. You and the baby high tail it to the TV room where Jim is currently located. You scream: "Jim! The kitchen's on fire."

Jim senses a new presence behind the couch where he is sprawled and turns around to see what it might be. You are still shouting "kitchen's on fire" at the top of your lungs, gesticulating and pointing kitchenward meaning that he better get the hell into the kitchen and put out that fire. NOW!

Jim acknowledges your presence and inhales deeply. Then he exhales a huge, irritated sigh and explains: “I'm watching the game."

One square at a time. Ladies. One square at a time.

WHY WOMEN ARE SPAGHETTI.

Women receive information and immediately stash it will nilly somewhere in their curly brains. I portray women here as harboring a brain like a large plate of cooked spaghetti. You pull on one and they all move.

©suzannewhite2019

 

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IN THE SAME BOAT

by Suzanne White - on Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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A young New York woman was so depressed that she decided to end her life by throwing herself into the ocean, but just before she could throw herself from the docks, a handsome young man stopped her.

"You have so much to live for," said the man. "I'm a sailor, and we are off to Italy tomorrow. I can stow you away on my ship. I'll take care of you, bring you food every day, and keep you happy."

With nothing to lose, combined with the fact that she had always wanted to go to Italy, the woman accepted. That night the sailor brought her aboard and hid her in a small but comfortable compartment in the hold. From then on, every night he would bring her three sandwiches, a bottle of red wine, and make love to her until dawn. Three weeks later she was discovered by the captain during a routine inspection.

"What are you doing here?" asked the captain.

"I have an arrangement with one of the sailors," she replied. "He brings me food and I get a free trip to Italy ."

"I see," the captain says.

Her conscience got the best of her and she added, "Plus, he's screwing me."

"He certainly is," replied the captain. "This is the Staten Island Ferry."

 

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DRAGUIGNAN EN PROVENCE

by Suzanne White - on Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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DRAGUIGNAN VAR FRANCE

As most of you know by now I live in a small city in Provence by the unlikely name of Draguignan. There is only one Draguignan in all of France whereas there are at least 5 Chambons and maybe 6 Bellevues. Draguignan is unique. Some Dracenois lore lays claim to a Dragon who has lived there since the middle ages. I never saw him swanning around downtown. But some insist he is there.

Poor Draguignan. She is a nowhere city of 40,000 people.Although 40 kms north of St Tropez and 70 kms west of Cannes Draguignan is anything but a cultural center. The monuments are non descript, the fountains spurt up from incongruous sharp-edged basins and the people are shrug-shouldered nonchalant. Draguignan’s chief industry is the National Artillery School. The trendiest fashion color is khaki. The women decorate themselves with masses of clanking baubles and toddle around on high-heeled shiny sandals. Glitter is all the rage.

I use to hate living in Draguignan. But thanks to this article, written (in French) by a native Dracenoise, to counter all the criticism that Draguignan is subjected to by its grouchy citizens who are never satisfied, I have come to see why it’s really an ideal place to live. Bottom line? I know the Rolling Stones will never come to Draguignan. But now that I think of it, maybe the terrorists will pass us by as well. sw

MY DRAGUIGNAN By Roxanne Sara (a native Dracenoise)

In light of the harsh criticism that Draguignan has fallen victim toI will state my point of view as a native right here on Facebook. This entry is for those of you who are interested. If you are not interested, don’t take the time to read this as I intend to write long!

First of all, like any youngster born "in this backwater" I felt that living here was boring. So I went to live somewhere else. I lived in many different cities where finally I never found better. Everything was expensive and I had live with pollution andconcrete.

Here in Draguignan, living between the sea and the mountains, being able to commune with nature only steps away, to watch my daughter play at the edge of the river and take her to hunt for mushrooms in the forest seems so much more essential than eating at Macdonald’s, Going to Fun City or visiting other vapid attractions which help maintain our planet’s problems and affect everyone: overconsumption, pollution and capitalism.

Today, our day began by finding a parking place in the shade at the Jarre parking lot in less than a minute. Then we took a walk in the park which is so very pleasant since it has been re-arranged and embellished.

Then we walked over to the Boulevard Foch to buy a book. Wecrossed Mireur street, which I particularly like for the authenticity that emanates from it. I passed some people with kindly eyesand smiled back at the merchants who greeted me. (Of course some folks don’t respond. But even though there are jerks everywhere there lots of nice people too.)

My mouth watered as we stood in front of the “Cook’s Helper” showcase window which displays their delectable food in glass jars (To avoid waste and the use of plastic, the jars are returnable.)

Then we went over and past the he Wood Tree Toy store. I couldn't help but smile when I saw my daughter's eyes light up looking in that window.

From there, we went up the street past the church and took the old market street. There we came upon a pretty grass square where we sat for a bit. After that, we went to see Trans street which has recently been dressed in Technicolor to offer new pleasure to our eyes. There we stopped to buy some delicious spring rolls at Anh Dao for lunch. We took the little street that leads to the market place and we stopped at a shop to buy a bottle of fresh water from a very nice lady. We continued to the market square where we bought a small pot of fresh homemade cream at the Légal cheese shop. We continued on street by street up to the beautiful new Boulevard Clémenceau. It’s very sunny on that street. We will have to wait awhile for trees to grow up again so we can enjoy some shade.

From there, we went up the street of the République where we stopped at the children's clothing shop and found a cute hat at -50 %off (3 EUROS). To our great surprise, we were able to view the museum project that promises to embellish the city centre. Goody! The Photos and the description of the project really charmed us!

A huge congrats to the municipality which is always fighting to improve my city, our city. So far the results are spectacular.

It's been a year since I've seen so many smart improvements in such a short time. Congratulations to them because in these difficult times they still manage to invest in great projects . Can’t help but wonder where the money was going before Mr. Strambio (our mayor) took charge.


Our little walk was very pleasant, except for the heat, so we decided to stop at the municipal swimming pool. We enjoyed our lunch on the lawn in the shadow of a tree. The paddling pool and its slides are really perfect to delight little ones.

Later, when it cools down,we will probably ride our bikes down to Aups bridge or along the river which has finally resumed its proper bed thanks to the work done (once again) by the municipality. After the disastrous floods in 2010, much work had to be accomplished so we could go back to respecting nature.

We are quite happy to live the simple, safe life that Draguignan offers.

This month of July has been busy. We benefitted from our walks to the farmer’s market that offers such high quality products on Saturday, Thursday morning strolls on the Boulevard, And picnics and concerts in Haussman Park on Tuesday nights. We participated in the great patriotic party of July 14 with a very successful fireworks And we danced to the musical group that played for us on Cassin square. We ate some delicious pesto soup and I will stop there as there are too many other events to mention.

We are not far from the sea and we go there to picnic some nights. We are not far from the Ste Croix Lake where we go to watch the shooting stars raining in the night sky in August. Or we go there andfind a private beach corner during the day where we can enjoy the calm of nature calm and go swimming in the refreshingly chilly green water from the Verdon river.

I won’t make a list of the fabulous treasures that surround Draguignan or I will never get this written.


You can add the great programming at the city’s theatre and all the cultural events at Chabran Center.


So no. Idefinitively do not understand people who get bored and feel uncomfortable here. If you only love Macdonald’s, theme parks, discount houses and supermarkets and see those places as indispensable, you won't feel well here in Draguignan.

If you are alone you may not feel well either because all these wonderful things I mentioned are for sharing. For the others, I simply believe that chronic critics are merely dissatisfied people, who will never feel well anywhere.Thank you to all the positive people who think like me (you help to spread good vibes). Thank you to the municipality that amazes me and allows me to rediscover my native city in a new and better way. Thanks to the administrative team who must work hand in hand with the city’s leaders to achieve such beautiful changes. Thanks also to the very nice,smiling merchants I passed this morning and every other day. Thanks to the daily life of Draguignan that offers me this great quality of life that cannot any longer be found in large cities. Thanks to life. Thank you.

#PositiveAttitude #Bonheur #Simplicité

 

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Lost and Found on Facebook

by Suzanne White - on Sunday, March 17, 2019
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HOW I GOT MY FACEBOOK PAGE BACK. I am a Tiger. Scorpio variety. I live for victories and am demolished by failures. So on Thursday when my Facebook page went down out of nowhere, I could not believe it. I knew FB was having technical troubles. I felt I had done something against the rules. Turns out for once it was not my fault. But I simply did not know what I know now. I was not only hacked.  

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Pulled Over!

by Suzanne White - on Friday, March 15, 2019
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Not one to intentionally break driving rules, I was shocked as I drove home from Trader Joe's today when a police car took off after me at a 4 way stop. I had stopped. Like really stopped. The officer was coming out of a small street to my right and did not stop. He moved ahead to to beat me at starting up. I felt bullied.  

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The Dentist on the Train

by Suzanne White - on Friday, November 30, 2018
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This story happened exactly two years ago. I just saw my dentist a week ago. I see him again next week. He has to replace a couple of fillings. Life on the run does go on. 

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Author Suzanne White

About Suzanne White

Suzanne White is the High Priestess of Chinese and Western Astrology. She's American and has lived in France for 50 years. She spends some months in America every year on house swaps. Suzanne says: One day I'm a rip-roaring Yankee and the next day I'm an dainty, elegant Parisienne My totally bi-lingual life is a kind of "managed schizophrenia". It's fun. I live for fun. I will probably die of it too.