In legal terms…

…our appeal of the notorious road running through our school campus was upheld in one court and then over ruled by a higher court. This means our lovely, understanding, intelligent ‘Marie’ (I’m using these adjectives to describe him lest I use some less than charitable ones) can put the road through whenever he wishes. Although, after consulting a lawyer in Nantes, our Headmaster discovered that anytime the Marie wants to run that road he has to notify us and then we have a period of time to appeal the ruling before he again tries to overrule our appeal in a higher court of law. And allegedly this well thought out battle, invented by who-knows-who, can last for years! Brilliant isn’t it? Anyway, I’m going to stop using my limited legal vocabulary because, even though I took a law class in grad school, one of my brothers actually is in Law School. And I really wouldn’t want him to read this and laugh at me. It is never good for one’s morale to be laughed at by a younger sibling. Ever.


I also feel that this is a well-timed post. Law School Brother and his beautiful wife just gave birth to their absolutely gorgeous first daughter! So I’m pretty sure he is busy falling in love with my beautiful niece and I am guessing that reading my blog posts is currently not a huge priority. Just a guess. So think I have my bases covered!

So there you have it. It seems as though the road will be delayed for a time but the looming threat is still hanging over us. It would be such a shame to lose all of this beauty.



About thechavagnesexperience

Philip Gonzales, BA, MA, Mphil is a full time teacher at Chavagnes International College and that includes all the tasks involved in living at a boarding school: being on rotation for early morning wake-ups, nighttime dorm duties, supervising study halls, participating in daily communal meals, and the like. He teaches philosophy, classical civilization, religion and boxing mostly to the senior students in the upper school. He has earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from Ave Maria University, an advanced Masters degree as well as an MPhil degree from the Institute of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium and is now actively pursuing his doctorate. His travels in pursuit of his PhD have taken him to Poland to the University of Warclow and to the University of Maynooth in Ireland. Throughout his academic career he has been award an Academic Merit Scholarship at Ave Maria University, the Roby Scholarship from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to study for a semester in Rome, as well as another Academic Merit Scholarship from KU Leuven to complete his MPhil degree. He has taught at the American College of Louvain in Leuven Belgium. He also has membership as a Junior Member of the International Hermeneutics Society and is a member of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein. His PhD dissertation is concerned with the philosophy of Edith Stein and Eric Przywara and their reinterpretation of the analogy of being. Sarah Gonzales, BA MA is a part time English teacher at Chavagnes International College. She also contributes to the pastoral support of the College and her students. Having transferred from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to Ave Maria University she earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Literature. Her thesis pertained to Virginia Woolf’s work and the language of images and time as presented in the form of the modern novel. She also received an advanced Master’s degree in European Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven writing her thesis on the concept of the Nation and the Nation State with the specific case study of Northern Ireland. She has been awarded a Rotary Club Scholarship for her excellence in community service, as well as the Roby Scholarship awarded to aid her studies in Rome. Sarah also has experience teaching religious education as well as figure skating to students of varying ages. She currently enjoys living in France where she raises her children and is free to pursue a variety of interests at her leisure.
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