11/16/15, Not Again

Hi Everyone,

I am speechless with grief over the violence in France. I have spent hours talking to friends and relatives in Paris. I am devastated to see the violence, the loss of life, the tragedy, the victims, the terror in Paris. My heart goes out to anyone who lost loved ones, who were injured, and all of those who are now shaken and afraid. It breaks my heart to see the city I love so much, my home, and innocent people, so savagely and senselessly attacked.
It brought to mind the words of General Charles de Gaulle, in June, 1940, the day after France fell and was occupied by the Germans. Posters appeared all over Paris with General de Gaulle’s message to believe in truth and honor, to fight for what is right, and to never, ever give up, and stand by all that we believe in, with faith and courage. It is a message that always brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. It is a love letter to France.

His final words in the message bring to mind the situation France, and the Parisians are in now:

“To All Frenchmen……I ask all Frenchmen, wherever they may be, to unite in action, in sacrifice, and in hope. Our country is in danger of death. Let us all fight to save it!!! Long Live France!!” General Charles de Gaulle (and in the original:….”je convie tous les Français, ou qu’ils se trouvent, a s’unir dans l’action, dans le sacrifice, et dans l’Esperance. Notre patrie est en peril de mort. Luttons tous pour la sauver!! Vive la France!!”)
I pray that peace may reign again in France quickly. God bless all our troubled nations, and keep us safe….

love, Danielle

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10 Comments so far
  1. Janine Hewitt November 16, 2015 11:44 am

    How very sad! Thoughts,prayers, and condolences to victims and their families and friends and to the nation of France. We all have aching hearts these past few days. It was such a stunning and shocking,senseless act on innocent lives. Seeing the victims faces and their stories make it all the more real and grief filled. My Belgian father along with my mother named me Janine because I was born on July 14,France’s Bastille Day…..May God bless France!

  2. Genevieve Giovannetti November 16, 2015 12:39 pm

    ❤️ From Corsica (France)

  3. Rob Scott November 16, 2015 6:07 pm


    Thank you for your words of comfort.

    I am so happy you are safe.

    My prayers go out to the people of France and all those touched by this act of terror.

    I think it is important to be resolute in the struggle against terrorism and violent extremism.

    I was asked where was God is all this. If you want to know where God is then look at the outpouring of love and all people coming together in solidarity. God is Love.

    Paris is the city of Light and no act of terror can dim the spirit of their people or those of us around the world who share similar values.

    We must never, never give up like the message from General Gaulle you referenced.

    So Grateful for this blog and for all of us who come together and share ideas that are comforting and bring healing.

    Keep Shining!

    We must light up the darkness.

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity to ALL Mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Chicago, IL

  4. Lorraine November 16, 2015 6:20 pm

    I immediately thought of you Danielle when I heard about this horrifying event. There is no way to even begin to grasp why events like this occur. I’m so glad you and your family were not in harm’s way and I’m sorry your beloved city of Paris has to endure this horror.


  5. Barbara November 16, 2015 8:23 pm

    Dear Danielle,

    Thankyou for your post.It is sad to hear of the tragedy which struck Paris in such a premeditated, organised way with the warning of future attacks!

    It is a relief to know you are safe! I immediately thought of you when I heard of the Paris attacks.

    I understand how much Paris means to you, as your home and as a stimulating environment, essential to creativity.

    Your books presaged such events and have described exactly what it is like! I don’t know how you do it!

    Keep safe Danielle and know you are much loved by this reader amongst many others who bless you!

    I thank you for your literature which so engages and absorbs the reader that it is like a ‘little holiday’ and a favourite place to return.

    A big hug to you and a reminder to stay flexible and mobile. The world needs you Danielle for years to come!

    In Sydney, the Opera House andthe Sydney Harbour Bridge sported the French Flag Colours in Solidarity with Paris and France. In Canberra, the red white and blue lights lit up a major bridge.

    We are with you all in spirit!!

    Please update your posts to let us know you are safe.


  6. Ally November 17, 2015 2:32 am

    Un grand merci de la France pour votre article .
    Nous sommes fort et unis devant l’adversité .

  7. J-C November 17, 2015 7:26 am

    I think our kids still in danger in France indefinitely. Us and them, sooner or later will go to Paris. Since, obviously, they are
    incapable of ensuring our security, we must protect. But how !? “Aid yourself and heaven will help you.” It is urgent not expect manna.
    I try to convince them to avoid, where possible, public transport, times and places of high traffic.Vigilance and observation, concealed by a heavy weapon strange to someone may be visible.
    This is a modest step, uncertain and incomplete, but it is human! I prefer to believe that it can reduce the risks.

    At 105 years old, I propose flamenco! It is a very sensual dance specially adapted to the age and 5th and Novelistes totally victims of their passion. Danielle, I would not want to upset you, keep writing to the end, likely, but 300% of your time, I doubt, the day “j”, you will have other shelters and motivations !!!

    P.S.: – Can you tell Pat. “empathie” no “ampathie”! Thank you!

  8. Keyla Marques November 18, 2015 2:54 am

    my thoughts and prayers goes to all who lost someone and to those who lost their lives.

  9. Joann M. November 18, 2015 6:24 pm

    Prayers going out to the victims and the people of France. I pray that they will all find peace and love and strength in these trying times. Vive la France and God Bless us all!

  10. Evelyn December 24, 2015 7:27 pm

    When I left the Army in ’70 I went straight back to scoohl to get training. Then it was 20 years in the USCG where I wasn’t told what to do 24/7. After retirement a little more scoohl then a job offer. I was hired because they knew my military experience and work ethic. I’ve worked steadily ever since. Where I live now there are many ex and retired military. All the ones I know are hard workers and many own their own successful businesses. None feel they’re owed anything.