The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Monday, November 16, 2015

Friends... and France

      On Thursday (11/19), there will 100 local authors gathering together at the Spencer Road library. This fun event will run from 6-8 in the evening, and there will even be refreshments. (Yum!)

      Some of my writing friends and acquaintances will be there. Donna Volkenannt. Pat Wahler. Doyle Suit. Robin Tidwell. Marcia Gaye. Sheree Nielsen.

      This is not my first year going, and even though I don't sell many books, it's the connections that I enjoy... the camaraderie we share... the encouragement that's thrown my way--that's why I keep coming back to this event. It's writing friends--all over the world--who ensure that I keep writing.

       Which makes me think of my friends and family in France. The France I know is far from Paris, far from any big city. And yet, still, I am saddened.

   
      This is the France I know...

My sister, daughter and granddaughter... hiking
surrounded by the Pyrenees

I've never been to Paris (except the airport). All I know of France is beach towns, tiny villages, and a few largish cities (Pau, Bordeaux and Toulouse).

However, I've always found France to be a country full of people who are passionate in their conversations and their appreciation of life. Their priorities aren't all askew. They protect their past as they continue to move forward.

To see their country attacked... It's reason for all of us to stop and hug and reach out and think. 



 


       

16 comments:

  1. I can't understand anyone who thinks random violence is a good thing, ever. The French will overcome this.

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    1. Shay--I agree. Who wins when someone dies?

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  2. Troubling, deeply troubling. I am happy your family is safe.

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    1. Linda--And it seems like the trouble keeps coming, from all different parts of the world.

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  3. Yes, connections! Friends mean so much. Isn't a shame that the world now concentrates on how we are different instead of concentrating on how we are different!

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    1. Claudia--If we really sat down and talked to each other, we would see how alike we are...

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  4. Enjoy your event, Sioux.

    Happy your family is safe. This stuff is scary and every time it happens we're reminded just how tenuous our sense of safety is. Prayers to France and all the world, for surely each of us is grieving.

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    1. Lisa--Yes, we can't even stay locked up in our house. That is not always a safe option...

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  5. Amen, Sioux. I am encouraged, though, by the spirit and hope and love I see in its people.

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    1. Cathy--I have faith (and hope) as well.

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  6. Okay, I don't know what happened, but my comment vanished right in the middle of typing. Probably wanted to kick me out because it didn't recognize me any longer ... wah.

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  7. So the real comment - hope your French friends are okay... sending love. And what are the details on that event?

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    1. Lynn--My friends and family ARE okay, thankfully.

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  8. So glad your family and friends are safe. It's a scary world.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  9. So glad your family and friends are safe. It's a scary world.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  10. I too am glad to hear your loved ones are safe. Senseless violence is always such a shock whenever and wherever it happens. Sending love and prayers to all who have suffered.

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