Ellen and Joseph are Californians who retired to France in 2017. Ellen is a former government attorney who writes this blog and walks their wild terrier. Joseph spent many years in Washington as a political activist and advisor, including several years in the West Wing of the White House as Special Assistant to President Jimmy Carter. He pursued a further career in business, then turned to writing fiction. Joseph's political thriller, "The Paris Plot," is available on Amazon and by order through bookstores worldwide. A sequel, "Chatelet," will be published later this year. Joseph and Ellen live in Paris, but enjoy spending many weeks in Normandy each year as well. The tiny house in Lonlay l'Abbaye is a holiday home and a place they would like to share with friends and family.