Thursday, March 19, 2020

News from France

Hello Everyone,

Some of you have already seen this photo and some of this info thanks to Facebook, but it bears repeating, and repeating, and repeating. Please stay home. After people in France weren't respecting the rules, it was time to crackdown and since Tuesday at noon, we have been on lock down. The whole country. (We learned from Italy, where when the north was on lock down, people fled south, further spreading the problem.)

Please flatten the curve. Please Google this term if you don't understand. And note this important graphic:

This graphic above is from Harvard Global Health Institute. 

If you have free time and are reading about the virus, I'd suggest watching the press briefings from the World Health Organization:

You don't have to be in the media to read and watch the briefings. 

The transcript of the latest briefing is up now. Here is an excerpt from the Director General:

"Don't assume your community won't be affected. Prepare as if it will be. Don't assume you won't be infected. Prepare as if you will be. But there is hope. There are many things that all countries can do; physical distancing measures like cancelling sporting events, concerts and other large gatherings can help to slow transmission of the virus. They can reduce the burden on the health system and they can help to make epidemics manageable, allowing targeted and focused measures. 

But to suppress and control the epidemics countries must isolate, test, treat and trace. If they don't transmission chains can continue at a low level, then resurge once physical distancing measures are lifted. WHO continues to recommend that isolating, testing and treating every suspected case and tracing every contact must be the backbone of the response in every country. This is the best hope of preventing widespread community transmission."

Stay safe everyone.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Parc Asterix

Many of you know that our family members are big fans of Disney. But this year, we switched gears and got passes to a French amusement park called Parc Asterix. It's a bit further away, but after 82 visits to Mickeyland, it was time for a change. And it's been great! Many rides are bigger, higher, faster, and we are all a bit older, soooo.... 

Here is a little video of some shots I took earlier this week. It's only visit number four...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

♫♪♫♪♪ Memories... ♪♪♫ the corners of my street... ♪♪♫♫

In French, souvenir can mean to remember or it can mean memory.... And of course a boutique de souvenirs is exactly what you think it is...

This word creates trouble for French people who try to use it like this, "I have many good souvenirs," when they mean to say memories... This often doesn't mean they bought something...

So if you drive down here, you could say you've literally taken a trip down Memory Lane, right?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sainte Julie

For all the Julies out there. This is your saint day! This image is from a piece of artwork at the church in my adopted hometown of Thomery, France.

Sainte Julie was born in 1751 and grew up loving to play teacher. She later became one... 

Shock from a murder attempt on her father left her in bad health for many years. She spent 22 years completely paralyzed! 

During the French Revolution, she harbored loyal priests in her home. This made her a target, and resulted in her fleeing in secret three times in five years to avoid exposing her friends. 

Around this time, she had a vision of Jesus surrounded by a large group of religious women dressed in a habit she'd never seen before. A voice told her that these would be her daughters and that she would create an institute for young Christian girls. She and a friend then founded the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. 

In 1804 she was miraculously cured of her paralysis and began to walk again. About ten years later, she nursed wounded and starving affected by the Battle of Waterloo. 

She was canonized by Pope John Paul VI in 1969.