« Notre-Dame est aujourd'hui déserte, inanimée, morte. On sent qu'il y a quelque chose de disparu. Ce corps immense est vide; c'est un squelette; l'esprit l'a quitté, on en voit la place, et voilà tout. » Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris (1831).
(341/365) « Insistons sur l'amour, la gentillesse, la compréhension, la paix. Le reste nous sera offert. » - Mère Teresa
Tomorrow, the Eiffel Tower and several museums, restaurants, and shops around Paris will be closed. Throughout France since November 17th, increasingly violent demonstrations have occurred every weekend by the group known as the Gilet Jaunes | Yellow Vests. The situation is deeply troubling and I pray that it will soon be peacefully resolved. I do understand the Gilets Jaunes’ motivation to protest planned tax increases on France's already exorbitant fuel prices; yet, I certainly do not agree with their methods which have escalated to violence, injuries, and damage to both private property and historical treasures. Last weekend, a riot at the Arc de Triomphe resulted in the destruction of Le départ des volontaires de 1792, aka La Marseillaise -- depicting Marianne, the embodiment of the French Republic.
Am I concerned about traveling to Paris in February? Yes and no. Yes, I am cautious about safety issues, but then I always am when I travel. Despite what we see on the news, not all of Paris is in crisis, not all Parisiens are protesting. Tourists are not the target of these protests, but they aren't inherently protected from them either. I want my fellow travelers to fall in love with Paris like I did the first time I visited (and indeed every time I return). Ultimately, I do believe that bad things can and do happen everywhere, and that we can't be ruled by fear or what-ifs. Nonetheless, I will be extra diligent as I plan our trip.
“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” - Alexandra Stoddard
“Rocks and waters are words of God.” - John Muir
September 30, 2018 (273/365) #domke #doorsopenmilwaukee
"If you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude,
if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors." - Joel Osteen
September 5, 2018 (248/365) "Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed." - Robert H. Schuller
le 15 août 2018 [posté le 17 août] (229/365) • La Fête de Sainte-Marie
Je vous salue, Marie pleine de grâce; le Seigneur est avec vous. Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes et Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni. Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs, maintenant et à l’heure de notre mort.
Le 15 août c’est la Fête de la Sainte-Marie, la Mère de Jésus. Bonne Fête to my fellow Marian namesakes!
Bisous, Melinda Marie
August 5, 2018 (217/365) "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
- Marcus Aurelius
June 29, 2018 (180/365)
“God honors a beautiful blend of gift and grit! He gives the gift and He expects us to have the grit to practice and learn how to use it effectively.” - Beth Moore