This is a public service announcement. I woke up this morning to entries from two blogs that I hope you will go and see. In the case of the first, Wagonized, I hope you will listen, too. La belle France Belleville is a wonderful artist, who produces beautiful and powerful graphite, pen and charcoal drawings. As if that weren't enough, she is also an immensely gifted singer who recently recorded a couple of songs with a friend from California. You can hear them here. I feel sure that there's a law somewhere prohibiting one person from having that much talent. I urge you, though, to rise above your base instincts, as I'm struggling to do, and refrain from alerting the authorities.
La belle France, the country, stars in Linda Mathieu's blog, Frenchless in France, and no more strikingly than in today's series of photos. Fall is coming to the south of France and bringing with it oranges, golds, ripening grapes, and the softest of light and air. Envy could raise its weasely head here, too, as you think how lucky Linda is to live amid such beauty. I'm still trying to be good. Together, we can do it.