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November 14, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Paris. Standing proud.

People of Paris and France.

We stand with you against this act of pure cowardice.

Poster at Theatre National de l'Opera-Cominque in Paris, 1900 (Georges Rochegrosse, 1859-1938:PD.reprod of PD art, artist life)

“Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery of fear – not the absence of fear.” (Mark Twain) (Theatre poster, 1900.George Rochegrosse/PD)

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Gothic stained glass window, 1220? Varennes-Jarcy, France. Nat.Museum of Middle Ages, Paris (USPD.Artist life+70/

Gothic window, Varennes-Jarcy, France.







  1. sustainabilitea / Nov 14 2015 1:54 am



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  2. Nurse Kelly / Nov 14 2015 2:09 am

    Thanks for posting this


  3. memadtwo / Nov 14 2015 2:38 am

    Very moving to see all the people singing together.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 14 2015 2:44 am

      The worst of times can bring people together – and remind all what is important. Thanks for singing along


  4. Eagle-Eyed Editor / Nov 14 2015 12:55 pm

    Thanks for this tribute. Many cities around the world have also lit up their buildings in red, white and blue to show their support for Paris. What a beautiful thing to do.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 14 2015 4:33 pm

      The glowing images are striking. Seattle’s bridge is beautiful and as a bridge, symbolic.
      Thanks for raising comment in support


  5. Kate Crimmins / Nov 14 2015 4:03 pm

    Adding my voice to the song….


  6. The Coastal Crone / Nov 14 2015 4:08 pm

    With them in spirit! Thanks for posting. I need to check on a blogger in Paris as I am sure she will be posting soon.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 14 2015 4:36 pm

      I was checking on bloggers last night, too. The world has changed forever…again. Hearts, thoughts and hands reaching out. Appreciate you standing in support


  7. Unconfirmed Bachelorette / Nov 14 2015 6:53 pm

    The Ghandi quote. Thank you. It’s difficult to not feel hopeless at times like this. But hate is not invincible.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 14 2015 7:08 pm

      Find footing and balance while absorbing what it all means. The world is different now – yet still the same. Sun still rises and warms. Trees still sway and bend in the wind. Strength and hope and good will endure just like the deep rooted oaks. Take heart. Appreciate your comment

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  8. reneejohnsonwrites / Nov 14 2015 7:08 pm

    Standing with you. This is particularly devastating to me since I was just there two weeks ago. Lovely, heartfelt post!


  9. Robin King / Nov 14 2015 11:11 pm

    People…baffling. Thank you for sharing this.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2015 9:38 pm

      As Shakespeare, and Ray Bradbury both wrote “Something wicked this way comes”. May be a good time for all to review “Animal Farm” and that Bradbury dark fantasy. At least you can close the book on those two and walk away. People? Another story all together. Thanks for adding your thoughts

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  10. Robin / Nov 15 2015 2:31 pm

    Thank you for that wonderful Ghandi quote. It’s heartbreaking, the way we humans have not yet evolved beyond violence.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 15 2015 9:44 pm

      If wishes were horses. Difficult to deal with those who have an entirely different belief system – and refuse to accept any view but their own. Inch by inch progress is gained, but so much heartbreak along the way. Thanks for joining the songs for the people of Paris


  11. marthaschaefer / Nov 16 2015 1:23 am

    No words, such sorrow and fear for mankind.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 16 2015 3:51 pm

      Three steps forward and two back. Back to the drawing board. There will always be problems if one cog of the human machine refuses to mesh with the others…and others fail to recognize that fact. The world is different now, yet still the same. Thanks for puzzling along

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  12. jmmcdowell / Nov 17 2015 7:19 pm

    Well said. Will a time ever come when people will treat others with the respect and dignity they want for themselves?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 18 2015 12:59 am

      As the King of Siam said in the movie, “It is a puzzlement.” Thanks for mulling it over


  13. Kourtney Heintz / Nov 21 2015 11:10 pm

    Great post Phil.I agree 100%.


  14. jannatwrites / Nov 23 2015 3:19 pm

    That Gandhi quote is quite appropriate for the time, Phil.


  15. themofman / Dec 20 2015 7:56 pm

    Merry Christmas!

    Joyeux Noel!


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