12002583_10152990580072385_3286634816118711504_o (3)My dear Friends, You might wondIMG_1194er why I’ve been so silent after my trip to the UK and the Isle of Man…well, there is a very good reason, almost as good as a baby, the upcoming issue of Droit et Cultures on ….well I will leave you the surprise till it is published…but because I love you so much, here’s a glimpse at the almost finalized manuscript….and it hasn’t been an easy path as some authors….behaved like authors…. but that’s now fine, and this issue will introduce some superb authors, to Michael Hornsby, my co-editor, and my own delight. 

Anyhow it isn’t the time to tell you about work but about this forthcoming Jewish New Year! May this year be sweet, FINALLY….We are days away from the sad commemoration of the Twin Towers’ attack, we are living the most massive refugee migration in a long time, a time we, Jews, would have prefered never to witness again, when people who are caught between a tyran and an army of ignorant fanatics have no choice but to try to flee in the most miserable conditions to our shores…I won’t dwell on this either but all I hope is that the Apple and Honey, our symbols for the new year, will mean sweetness for all in the world, a regained notion that we are ONE WORLD and should share it in a respectful way. I am in no way naïve yet truly believe humans are better than the present state of the world tends to depict.

I love the tradition that on Rosh Hachana, only sweet things have to be tasted for the pre-meal Seder, to the extent that the salt in which we usually dip our challa is replaced by suger on that particular night.

So my thought go to all of you, my friends all over the world. My beloved Canadian friends Marie-France, Grégoire, Cécilia and François who welcomed me once more like one of them and made me feel so much at home in Montreal, I was even lucky enough to get a very private tour of the Musée des Beaux-IMG_0818Arts by the very knowledgeable United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Prof. François Crépeau who probably enjoyed his last peaceful moments with us given the present terrible situation of migrants. 

sculptures dans un vignoble de l'Estrie, là tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté....
sculptures dans un vignoble de l’Estrie, là tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté….

In the Eastern Provinces of Quebec, or  in TadoussacIMG_0739

and in the amazing Grand Manan Island where I spent three delightful weeks in company of some delightful friends but also my books and my laptop to wrap up this eventful Droit et Cultures issue 71(1). Thank you to my wonderful landlords, Pete and MarylinIMG_0287

as well as the incredible Laura Buckley, best chef, events organiser and hotel manager of New Brunswick!cottage girls

 I also would like to extend my very special thanks to Cody and  Justin who allowed us on their boat to enjoy New Brunswick Day fireworks and spoke so beautifully about their gorgeous island. I’ll be back friends, with good French Wine as promised!!! And also, the person I didn’t expect, as I was leaving my quiet island almost in tears, the adorable Dennis who opened some of his adoptive island secret to me on my way back….and finally Fernand de Varennes who helped me conclude my New Brunswick Journey by casting an Acadian light of his own on his beautiful province…and on the day of the Grand Tintamarre.

I’ll be back to this paradise, of course, and will leave you with some of my favourite moments during a summer made of many ferry crossings which would sound like miracles to the Syrian boat people trying to escape one of the worst madness experienced by the world in a long time. May it cease and may Men all come back to reason, Urbi et Orbi!!!

Shalom Achchav!!!!

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the amazing Altmejd exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Montreal
the amazing Altmejd exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Montreal

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yes Quebec produces wine...and organic at that!
yes Quebec produces wine…and organic at that!
the incredible wife of Christian Barthomeuf, the creator of the Ice Cider Clos Saragnat. So much passion and devotion for such a great taste!
the incredible wife of Christian Barthomeuf, the creator of the Ice Cider Clos Saragnat. So much passion and devotion for such a great taste!

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gorgeous Vermont
gorgeous Vermont

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beautiful Maine
beautiful Maine
the most organic and peace loving ice-cream with an avant-guard concept!
the most organic and peace loving ice-cream with an avant-guard concept!
my only visible neighbours in my GM cottage ;-)
my only visible neighbours in my GM cottage😉
prior to boarding, at Blacks Harbour
prior to boarding, at Blacks Harbour
to give you a rough idea....
to give you a rough idea….
my main occupation for 3 weeks!
my main occupation for 3 weeks!
ferries, ferries, and more ferries!
ferries, ferries, and more ferries!
Pete Cronk's lovely cottage. Mine three weeks a year ;-)
Pete Cronk’s lovely cottage. Mine three weeks a year😉
Beautiful finback whale. I saw many but this is one of my only clichés!
Beautiful finback whale. I saw many but this is one of my only clichés!
the only puffin I saw on the Island...and it's my friend Anita who actually took the picture!
the only puffin I saw on the Island…and it’s my friend Anita who actually took the picture!
Herring Traps on Grand Manan Island
Herring Traps on Grand Manan Island

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Full Moon on Grand Manan
Full Moon on Grand Manan
Sunset over Maine from Whistle Lighthouse
Sunset over Maine from Whistle Lighthouse
Grand Manan's Hole in the Wall
Grand Manan’s Hole in the Wall
For me, this is GM, nature, sea and isolation.
For me, this is GM, nature, sea and isolation.