making sense of it all ….

by Sharon Santoni

eiffel tower in the morning light

The events in Paris yesterday were too sad and too dramatic for me to simply carry on writing about flowers and french living as if nothing had happened.

Thank you for the many messages I have received, asking if we are all safe here ….  We are safe …. but we are sad, so sad.

Living in the countryside, we are a long way from the violence of yesterday evening, but today the whole of France has a heavy heart, and nothing feels normal.

It is not the role of this blog to get involved with politics, my role is to provide a place of refuge where you can come to rest a while in the middle of your busy and stressful lives.

An action like last night makes a mockery of me chatting about pretty flowers, or garden design, or a recipe.   But it is the only thing that I can offer.  And maybe  the most distressing for each of us is that there is so little we can do to remedy or repair the hate and violence,  rife in so many parts of the world today.

My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones, and also to my children’s generation who has inherited this mess.  We have to help them make some sense of it all and find new strength to build their future.

Hold on to those you love.

 

 

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191 comments

Chris Murphy November 14, 2015 - 5:16 pm

So sorry to hear the sad news today France is very close to my heart.My thoughts are with you all.Love Chris Murphy.

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Janine November 14, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Well said! Prayers for France.

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Judy Parsons November 14, 2015 - 6:47 pm

Beautiful words.. Blessings go out to all.

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Sharon November 14, 2015 - 7:19 pm

Prayers for Paris. No words…

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kate November 14, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Thank you for providing a place of refuge and beauty. Here, in the USA, our hearts are heavy too- for France and our world. May goodness prevail.

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kathy Andersen November 14, 2015 - 8:40 pm

Your beautiful place of flowers is a place for people to visit when the world is suffering. Love to all in Paris.

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ella pearmain November 15, 2015 - 8:34 am

part of my family leave in france my grandchildren are frenh and I realy feel so much pain for the tragedy of yesterday

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LAINEE November 14, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Our heart felt sorrow to you & all your fellow Country friends & Family. Our hearts, Thoughts & Prayers are with all of the Citizens of France. The entire World, MUST unite to wipe out such hatred, BEFORE it gets a foothold on our Freedoms.
God Bless all of you.
Your Friends,
Elaine & Billy in America

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Karen LeMay November 15, 2015 - 1:16 am

Greetings and prayers from Manitoba, Canada.
Love your blog Sharon, thanks for all you share with us.
Your comments are spot on.

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Sharon Staudigel November 15, 2015 - 1:33 am

When you say good bye every morning, always say “I love you” and mean it. Retaliation does not help. Strength and love do. Our prayers to all of you.
9-11-11 Never Forgotten

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Susana Kerekgyarto November 15, 2015 - 2:31 am

My dear friend,I deeply deeply regret the events occured in France,because not just Paris is shocked but the whole nation and millions across the world even if they are not French people.Your blog from yesterday was very honest and I think great deal of you.

Kindest regards from Susana

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jan November 15, 2015 - 2:52 am

Your sentiments are mine as well. Some of my family is from France so it is close to my heart as well. Prayers for everyone.

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Christine Mueller November 15, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Please know your American friends are grieving along with our French family. Thank you for writing such a beautiful blog that allows us a moment to escape the realities of our world. You remind us to see the beauty around us and inspire us to continue to dream. Praying for France and for our world…

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Lynda Schekoske November 16, 2015 - 4:11 am

What heartfelt words and sentiments. I, too, have felt so sad the past two days as I think of my beloved Paris, its residents and friends who are experiencing such horror and grief. Like many, I don’t understand what motivates terrorists nor do I know how to stop their murderous, hateful actions.

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Sandra November 16, 2015 - 5:48 am

Well said. My thoughts are with you, your family the people of France and other troubled spots in the world today.

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Terry Fenwick November 17, 2015 - 9:12 pm

Yes sad and the whole world is sad because of this madness . . . and know we must be aware as this is possibly a beginning

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Nancy November 14, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Glad to hear you weren’t in Paris at the time….
Hope all your family is also safe…
and prayers for all those in and around Paris
Such terrifying times we live in

Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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marci piraro November 14, 2015 - 5:19 pm

Well said. You do offer us a refuge of beauty, but we cannot pretend the other does not exist. My condolences to France.

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Sharon Malan November 14, 2015 - 5:24 pm

Simply sending you much love. Difficult to comprehend this harsh world sometimes.

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Marty November 14, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Praying for Paris, for France, for Europe, for the World without ceasing. My heart breaks!

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Fran November 14, 2015 - 5:29 pm

I am overwhelmed by great sadness today…. my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in France.

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Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon November 14, 2015 - 5:31 pm

So glad to get your post. I worried about you and your children. I know it may sound trivial to some to speak of flowers and food, but we need it to balance out the horror that is becoming too familiar in our lives.

Stay safe.

M.

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LA CONTESSA November 14, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Keep doing what your doing!
WE need MORE people like YOU!
Good to know YOUR SAFE……………found out from one of the BROCANTE BABES posting!
Just read one attack was in CARLA’s Neighborhood!!!!!
SO SAD………………….XO

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Marta November 15, 2015 - 1:35 am

OMG! please stay safe everyone
I love Paris and France so much, and it makes me sad to hear the news.
I send a big hug with all my heart to all of you.
With love,
Marta from Argentina

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Robin November 14, 2015 - 5:31 pm

So beautifully said. Our hearts here in the states are all with France.

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Lory at Designthusiasm November 14, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Sending heartfelt prayers for France and the deepest of condolences to those who lost loved ones. As a New Yorker, the experience is unfortunately familiar to me (although I, thank God, didn’t lose anyone close to me) and I understand the incredibly shaky feeling one is left with in its aftermath. Please know that your chatting about pretty flowers and garden design is exactly what restores a sense of homey comfort to those horrified by these types of incidents. It’s what makes our own little world an enjoyable place to share with those we hold dear and yes, a little tighter on a day like today.

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Barbara Bathurst November 14, 2015 - 6:45 pm

I couldn’t have said it better or as well. My love goes out to France and I pray for the well-being of all there, as well as the rest of the world. Amen.

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Jenny November 14, 2015 - 5:32 pm

In times like these, when surrounded by pain and horror and sadness, the beauty of flowers, the joy of making a garden, the serenity of a walk through the forest and the balm nature brings may seem trivial by comparison with the agony endured by others. But those are the things the perpetrators of those atrocities are trying to destroy. So we must be sure to maintain our freedom to enjoy them, while we stand behind and beside the wounded.

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Nicolette November 14, 2015 - 7:46 pm

It is the beauty of the French lifestyle that the attackers want to destroy- the appreciation and celebration of daily life in France like spending an evening in a neighborhood restaurant with friends or enjoying music at a concert.
You bring snippets of those simple pleasures into our lives each day. Reading your wonderful posts and lingering over your photos help me focus on the beautiful simple things of life.
My heart is heavy for all those in Paris and France. But I know the French and all us Francophiles will never let terrorists take away the joy we find in all things French.

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Lisa November 15, 2015 - 12:41 am

Well said Nicollette. My heart is heavy for France and the world today.

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Marilyn November 15, 2015 - 3:58 pm

My thoughts exactly, Jenny. While we cannot fight physically we can stand up for our freedom by nurturing the things and ideas these people are trying to destroy.

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Penny L November 14, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Yes, beautifully put. It really is incomprehensible, but I think we owe it to those poor innocent people who were caught up in this to carry on noticing and appreciating the beautiful things in this world, so that evil has not won. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and everyone in France trying tocope with what has happened.xxx

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Sherine Rohwein November 14, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Perfectly spoken……the heaviness in my heart for all of France and our world –
I always remember that beautiful song – let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me ❤️ Keep making our world beautiful.

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Diana Banic November 14, 2015 - 5:33 pm

We are all with you,with all France…we are so sad for this tragedy…We send you our love❤️❤️❤️

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Cherry November 14, 2015 - 5:33 pm

So sad for the world. Sharon you offer us a refuge,even if it is just for a moment. We all need this to refuel our energies and go forward!

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Mary Ann Falciani November 14, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Paris. There are many Americans
who stand with you and wish we could help during this sad time.

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Debra November 14, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Beautiful – even when you’re not trying. All the world is sad today.

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carol Transou November 14, 2015 - 5:37 pm

What a horrible tragedy. No one can make sense of this tragic event.

We mourn for France, for the victims, and for the senseless violence that seems

to be loose in the world.

We hurt – because France is hurt.

Carol Transou

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Judy Lambert November 14, 2015 - 6:04 pm

That is exactly our sentiments. We mourn along with you. To take such a beautiful city and tear it up is devastating. We stayed in the La Halles area and could put ourselves there. We send love and prayers for the recovery of Paris and France back to the beauty that the world knows it for. Our thoughts are with you!

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Wilma Austin November 15, 2015 - 12:55 am

We in America mourn with you in this dispicable tragedy.
Thank you for your words today. Your column helps to make us all sisters throughout the world.

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Betty Baker November 14, 2015 - 9:01 pm

My thoughts and many prayers are with all of France today and the days to come are with you all. It makes no sense.

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Teresa November 14, 2015 - 5:36 pm

So very very sorry for France as well as the whole of humanity.

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Barb November 14, 2015 - 5:36 pm

It was with shock & deep sadness that I learned about the disaster in Paris, my heart goes out to you all! Many world wide stand in support & prayer for your nation. May world leaders be united in their decisions in how to help & how to deal with the violence that creates such tragedy!!

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Dorene November 14, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Sharon,

My heart is heavy too, here in the United States, for all of you in France, and for all of humanity. No, we cannot undo what has been done. But for me, it is a call to move forward and reach out to others in loving ways, more than I done in the past. It seems like such a small gesture, but if millions of us do it – how powerful.

Thank you for bringing beauty into our lives. It is so needed.

Much love,
Dorene

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PEGGY BRASWELL November 14, 2015 - 5:37 pm

prayers + I will say a prayer for all of France. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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Pat November 14, 2015 - 5:38 pm

Oh Sharon, we are so, so sad here too.
xo Pat

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Gail, in northern California November 14, 2015 - 5:40 pm

What you bring to us may seem trivial right now but, believe me, it isn’t. All of us seek beauty and peace and we find it here.

I cry for Paris, for all of you.

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psharpe November 14, 2015 - 5:40 pm

So emotionalmy sadden this day. We ( the world) needs relief at times about flowers, recipes and that things are well in some parts of our world. Thank you for providing that at the appropriate times.
Condolences to all who lost previous ones!

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Kendra Bergen November 14, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Throughout the world there are heavy hearts over these events. Your post today is perfect in grace and wisdom and confirms for me the reasons I follow the blog of a complete stranger. May God bless and comfort those whose hearts are broken over this travesty. And thank you for bringing touches of joy and beauty into this evermore crazy world of ours.

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Diana November 14, 2015 - 5:42 pm

So well spoken, Sharon. I too live a long way from the metropolis but I just am feeling so sad and depressed by what the future holds…..these poor people and poor Paris…

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Susan olson November 14, 2015 - 5:43 pm

As so well said by Chancellor Merkel “today we are all French!” Our hearts are breaking but we stand with you !

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Jane Smythe November 14, 2015 - 5:44 pm

Sharon – I am a devoted follower of your blog, living in Canada. I am heartsick about the events in Paris. Bloggers have given us all a renewed sense of how we all share common values no matter where we live. Sending you strength and compassion and prayers for peace.

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Tina November 14, 2015 - 5:45 pm

The United States is with you! So very, very sad!

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Brenda Chambers November 14, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Hello from Texas. Last night I said a prayer for France and the world. Your blog was perfect for this sad time in our lives. Flowers, words and beautiful countryside that some of us can only imagine bring a bright spot in our lives. Keep doing what you do and bring cheer into our world. Brenda.

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Pat November 14, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Sharon, heartfelt sympathies for what your country is going through…Americans are sending warm healing thoughts and prayers…please do not cease your beautiful posts, it is more urgent than ever that we all focus on what is GOOD, TRUTHFUL AND BEAUTIFUL…this is the way to overcome the darkness that surrounds us…Be Blessed!

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Susan Streep November 14, 2015 - 5:48 pm

There is no mockery in reminding the world that beauty somehow exists alongside all of this horror. It is so important at this time for people to remember that. People throughout the world are standing alongside you. Vive la France!

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Karin Claessens November 14, 2015 - 5:48 pm

Glad to hear you and yours are safe.
Thanks for your blog. It offers a welcome break from this incessant obsession for hate and destruction.
Unmistakably, at this time we are all enveloped by raw pain, let’s remain steadfast in
positive choices and commit moment-by-moment to link our hearts and minds.
I remain hopeful that we will deal with the challenges and create opportunities to reinvent our world. The future of our humanity, of our children’s demands it from each and everyone of us!

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Valorie November 14, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Absolutely heartsick about the events in the most beautiful city in world. I hold you all in my heart, now and forever. Sending so much love to France.

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Barbara Novello November 14, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Terrible events and too close to the last one there….our world is indeed a mess and I worry and wonder about our children and grandchildren’s future.
Thanks for your post -prayers and hugs.

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[email protected] In My Tree November 14, 2015 - 5:55 pm

Our best weapon against these hate crimes and terrorist
is to pray to the Lord God to stop Satan in his tracks

amen

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Robin November 14, 2015 - 5:57 pm

Paris is one of my favorite cities, my heart is aches for the people of France. Praying for God to comfort those who have lost their loved ones and for quick healing of those injured.

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Mary in Oregon November 14, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Merci Sharon for all of your friendly, fun and loving emissions – and your intriguing stories. For those and many more reasons I am heartsick that friends like you and so many other french citizens as well as the rest of the world have had to endure another unnecessary and terrible attack last night. I became physically sick when the alert came on my home page, Words escape me. Stay safe and know you and all of your friends and family are in my prayers.

Mary in Oregon

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Donna November 14, 2015 - 5:59 pm

The evil in this world is incomprehensible! I grieve for all those mothers, fathers, loved ones who lost a family member. My ONLY hope is in my future for my eternal home in Heaven.

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Judy November 14, 2015 - 6:00 pm

We come beside you in sadness, we cry with you, we stand with you in doing our part to make this world a better place. Remembering all in prayer. God bless you.

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Lorrie November 14, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Dear Sharon,
My heart aches for the people of France and especially for the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless act of terror.
Retreat into grief and shock at such times is needed in order to try to come to grips with the reality that is. Yet beauty is healing. Simple acts of ordinary life – the rituals of cooking and cleaning, gathering with family, and yes, arranging flowers – offer solace during these terrible times.
Please know that the people of Canada stand with you in grief and solidarity. Prayers and hugs across the miles.

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Shelly November 14, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Sharon,
The moment I heard about what was going on, my thoughts went to you first thing!
I am so glad you and yours are okay! Please stay safe!
Blessings

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Patti November 14, 2015 - 6:04 pm

Happy to hear you are safe. Living in the US (BOSTON) I know of cowardly attacks.
Since I was up till very very late watching the tragedy unfold–my answer was to dig out my Christmas decorations–a season of PEACE, LOVE and HOPE

B

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Kathy November 14, 2015 - 6:15 pm

Dear Sharon – The world shares in your sadness today as we pray for France and for our childrens’ future. We so enjoy your blog – a source of calm and normalcy that we all seek in these troubling times. May your beautiful country feel the love that we are sending your way.

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joie November 14, 2015 - 6:19 pm

This is so sad and so wrong. My heart aches for those who have lost loved ones. My French heritage cries with you and my American side stands beside you.
Joie

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Pamela November 14, 2015 - 6:19 pm

I hope you’re safe and I’m praying for your safety and I hope none of your friends were involved in any of the attaches that happened just know that you are or are in my prayers stay safe please.

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Henriett November 14, 2015 - 6:20 pm

There is no words, I was schocked….. I am praying for all French people.

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Kim November 14, 2015 - 6:21 pm

Sharon,

My heart aches for not only Paris, but for France and our world.

You show the beauty and joy of your corner of the world. Your work inspires people and brightens their days near and far. Don’t ever think it’s trivial.

Be well,

Kim

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Rosalina November 14, 2015 - 6:25 pm

Yes we all stand together in prayers for the people of France. I know many do not believe but there is a evil force that is alive and only “… Comes to murder and destroy.” Please continue to bring us beauty by your blog. We all are grieving but need to remember that beauty still exists.

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Jill November 14, 2015 - 6:26 pm

Dear Sharon and family…many thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and all the people of France. Please know that all the world of peace and normalcy are with you and we all stand beside you. The people of reason are a majority and we must find a way to stop this violence for our children’s future. Our love to you all.

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Jenna, Reno NV November 14, 2015 - 6:28 pm

Sending love, warmth, hope, healing and prayers. France is the country we have visited the most and that is because it is a most wonderful place with kind people, good food and beautiful landscape. Paris, it self, is a magical city!

Please, when you are ready, keep posting. You are a bright spot in a world tarnished with darkness. <3

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DOROTHY SHEWAN November 14, 2015 - 6:31 pm

In this most difficult of hours for France, as you come to grips with such an attrocity and the sadness and fear that it has evoked most particularly for the people of Paris but also for all of us as citizens of the world, may i wish you BON COURAGE in the days ahead. I hope that that is an appropriate phrase of encouragement that also conveys love and hopefulness for more peaceful times for all. It was the expression Ellie spoke of most recently in a post and one that seemed dear to her heart. My thoughts are of all of you today and always.

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Dana November 14, 2015 - 6:31 pm

What you write about matters Sharon, because life matters. You show us a beautiful side of life, something our children need to see, as we all do. Our love, our thoughts and our prayers are with France.

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Kathi November 14, 2015 - 6:32 pm

I respect your desire to not post about gardens and shopping etc at this time. I have a deep love for your country first discovered at age 23. Now at 55 I have been blessed to have been there a half a dozen times in various parts of your beautiful nation. Most recently in September -Provence at La Bastide de Marie. (Which is absolutely fabulous).
It deeply saddens me to see these attacks. God be with you and those who have lost loved ones. May justice prevail.

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Amy November 14, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Sharon, family and Beautiful France,
. It is with a heavy heart to hear of what happened in such a wonderful place. But Sharon, thank you so much for the beauty that you bring to us about France. Sadly life also has an awful side. Keep strong, our prayers are with you and all of France. ….. Amy

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May November 14, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Prayers for France

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Sherry N. November 14, 2015 - 6:41 pm

My heart breaks for Paris. In my prayers for you all and for all who are grieving today.

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Maria Luiza November 14, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Love and prières from Brasil.
En français, em português, in English, and I think and in all the languages of this our very sad world today.
Thank you for bringing us your daily offer of beauty and peace, it is what every creature in earth should do, and we wouldn’t see things like this ever happen.

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Rosemarie Danet Correa November 14, 2015 - 6:51 pm

We Stand With You. Prayers for us all.

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Marianne November 14, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Sharon, what relief to receive your message today, which was beautiful and from your heart. May God bless you and your family and keep you safe. You bring smiles and beauty into our lives each time we receive your blog, and so many of us look forward to such a lovely start to our days. I think we can never have enough flowers to make us smile and appreciate their beauty. And you give that to us so often. Senseless attacks like this on innocent people is pure evil and it leaves fear in its wake, just as it did for the utter devastation of 9/11, a memory that never fully fades. Prayers for your country and its people. Sincerely, Marianne. S.I., N.Y.

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beryl November 14, 2015 - 7:02 pm

How do we teach and reach the ones that do not have a heart for human life and humanity, how can we get them to know and realize that life is and CAN be so beautiful, lived with love and laughter and caring, how can we get through to them and explain that we are blessed to experience this world for the very short time we exist???

You are and always have been a blessing in my life, even though we do not know each other, I am thankful for you.

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Stephen Johnson November 14, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Yes… Not everybody can be this moment’s emergency services, and it’s not their role to be. The Paris attacks made a mockery also of small business people with their ordinary agendas, of primary school teachers who sing songs with their class, and a thousand other roles whose day to day life seems far less important today than it did last week. Yet they’re more important. Normal is what people defend, and cherish when they don’t have it. And being normal in the face of abnormal is what everybody can be, and it’s their role to be. I look forward to the next snippets from you more than I did last week.

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Naomi Du Toit November 14, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Thinking of you all Please take care This is so sad We are left with heart ache and sadness

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Steven November 14, 2015 - 7:11 pm

Thank you for today’s post. We are all incredulous of the events yesterday in Paris; but this is the state of our world currently. Sad that there is so much hatred and that it manifests in these evil acts. Most of us, I’m certain, live a version of what you portray – quietly conducting ourselves and enjoying the beauty life holds – family, friends and the great creation we share. I don’t see many men comment on your posts; I follow the blog and enjoy every new reveal. Please continue to share your lovely talent. Peace to all. And condolences to all affected by this dreadful event.

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Donna Shaw November 14, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Well, I am going to come out swinging and tell all the religious zealot terrorists of the world, you better run. Good will always triumph over evil.

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Nancy G. November 14, 2015 - 7:15 pm

Sharon,
We are so saddened at the senseless violence in your country. The shock and helplessness you must feel remind me of my own feelings on September 11, 2001. Your blog is an oasis of calm and beauty for me, and brings me such pleasure reading about your country which I love. Sending love and prayers to all who have suffered losses of loved ones and their sense of security.

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Marian from UK November 14, 2015 - 7:22 pm

Sharon, have been waiting to get a post from you so I could reply. We are all so shocked and saddened here in England – it was not just an attack on France but on all of us and on what we hold dear. Pretty flowers, gardens, beautiful houses and lovely landscapes are exactly what we need now – not atall trivial – but very very real. I agree with Jenny – they are the values that these evil people are trying to destroy and we must not let them, not for a minute. So a lovely post, sent with all those who were killed or injured in mind, would not be out of place because the intention will be full of love and from the heart. And finally, family, you are right, we must hold on to them and the wonderful times we share. Thinking of you all in France with sadness and love.

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Monica November 14, 2015 - 7:23 pm

My heart is heavy for France……… I pray with fervor for the world and terror we are experiencing. I stand with France in support.

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AnneHH November 14, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Dear Sharon,
I write to you from Washington DC sending prayers, sympathy and support to you, your family and friends and all of France. I love Paris and my heart breaks for the cruelty and senselessness of yesterday’s horrors.
Please do not minimize the importance of the blog and the pleasure it gives to so many of us to see a glimpse of nature’s beauty through your gifted eye. When you are ready, please know how thankful your readers will be for your posts.
Anne xo

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Darina November 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Heartbreaking news…my thoughts are with you xxx

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Wanda Watkins November 14, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Prayers for everyone during this terrible time. Always look forward to hearing from you and especially this morning. Your words touch so many people. You have a way with words that speak to your heart whether it be about countryside, flowers, beauty in all. Thank you! Blessings to you and your family!

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Lynne Beattie November 14, 2015 - 7:36 pm

My love, thoughts, prayers and sorrow to you, your family and all of France following this horrendous event.

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Rita November 14, 2015 - 7:39 pm

You give us much more than pretty photos, you give us a connective mess with each other. We may be different genders, religions, and/or citizens, but we are connected at the heart with your creativeness and sharing. Thank you….

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Rita November 14, 2015 - 7:42 pm

That should be ness, not mess!

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Susan November 14, 2015 - 7:39 pm

Please know our hearts in Kansas, USA are with you in your beautiful country. I have never been lucky enough to visit France but I still carry that dream at the age of 65. So I visit via your posts. The cruelty of your losses is made even starker by the unique beauty
France offers the world daily.

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Dawn Johnson November 14, 2015 - 7:42 pm

Thank you for your heartfelt post. I understand how you feel. It was like when the US was attacked on 9/11. We felt like nothing would ever be normal again and that the world is no longer a safe place. Everybody felt like they couldn’t find joy anymore in light of what happened. The feeling lasted quite a while. I remember some comedians struggling over whether they can ever be funny again etc. But little by little day by day, the little joys began to take over again and people learned to live … yet again and slowly heal. So while it may take a while to feel like sharing the small beautiful things, eventually that is what will help people heal. In the meantime, my heart and prayers are with you all and I know we here in the US are hurting with France. My heart country ❤️

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Rachael November 14, 2015 - 7:43 pm

Sharon,
It doesn’t make a mockery of you. Your passion for flowers and brocante tours and decor is what makes you, you. It is beauty in the world that we need to celebrate and focus on when there is so much ugliness around us. Thank you for your blog, the escape it is. Please post about flowers once more.

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Margianne November 14, 2015 - 7:49 pm

We, here in the US, are devastated about these horrendous events in Paris. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your fellow countrymen. Many of us remember 9/11 all too well and we can’t understand why this is allowed to happen. Our countries need to be strong, ban together and not permit these awful deeds to go unanswered. Our prayers are with you and your lovely country. I am reading your lovely book, My Stylish French Girlfriends and love it. I hope they all are safe too!

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Vicky from Athens November 14, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Sharon, I’m glad you and yours weren’t touched physically by yesterday’s violence. And I’m so sad for those who were. But we are all touched emotionally the tragedy in Paris. In times like these we all need to see glimpses of the France we know to be beautiful and peaceful so please don’t think your entries to be anything other a welcome diversion for all of us. Thank you for providing us with this place of refuge.

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DORÉ @ Burlap Luxe November 14, 2015 - 8:19 pm

Sharon, it was shocking news to hear of such tragedy in Paris, and thought of my fellow bloggers and their deep rooted connection to a life in France. My friends just left but a few days before this criminal act on Paris and sat in that very cafe days before.
We can all ask what is wrong with mankind that such a moral decline in being a human of good nature has led to such a horrific act? I will never understand evil and will pray for their evil acts.

Nice to hear that you and your extended family did not have to suffer the hands of the enamy here. And will continue to pray for the French and their Paris.

Beauty, comfort, and poetry in that days ahead of you.

Xx
Bisous

Doré
Sometimes when are needs are met, we don’t seam to need them anymore….and yet we see this is not always true, sending big hugs to you and your Paris.

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Patti Stanfield November 14, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Dear Sharon,

Thinking of you and praying for you, your family, and France. I also pray for this world that has become so lost. Thank goodness for you!!! You bring to us the way life should be, the way we would like to keep it, the way we would like our children to inherit it. You bring us love, joy, creativity, beauty and encouragement. I would like to encourage you to keep sharing. We need to spend more time on the beauty of life than give credence to those who are bent on destruction of themselves and others. You are so close in proximity to what happened yesterday yet so distant in your choice of quality of life and freely sharing that with all of us. We love you for it! So hard to imagine what happened yesterday.

Patti

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Linda from California November 14, 2015 - 8:27 pm

It is my fervent hope that each time zealots seek to destroy beauty and innocence, they actually cause a shift toward a massive outpouring of love….such as your post did today Sharon.
I first visited Paris as a 15 year old in 1970. It changed my life, my world forever. After that, I could never visit enough! That is what love does. The French people are heroic, resilient, and most of all loving. Coming from the USA, I’d never seen people kiss a friend or lover or even their child in public. It shook my world to know that love, and displays of love were so beautiful. This can never be destroyed, because it is what we humans are here for.

Post your interpretations of beauty Sharon, as a donation to the planet. You are a gift to us all….so don’t hold back. It has been my practice to always visit your blog when the heaviness of the world becomes more than I can bear. Please, we all need it now more than ever…

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Jean November 14, 2015 - 8:34 pm

We stand with Paris and have heavy hearts with you. Today’s world and violence in this world is incomprehensible.

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Elise McCune November 14, 2015 - 8:41 pm

Australia stands with France.

Hello Sharon,

We need blogs like yours to show we won’t be changing our pattern of life because of indocrtinated young men who blow themselves up and kill the innocent.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

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Sondra Daly November 14, 2015 - 8:56 pm

I’ll keep you and all Parisians in my heart. Such a sad sad day.

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Peggy in the U.S. November 14, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Praying for peace, comfort and healing for all.
Merci Beaucoup for bringing calm, comforting natural beauty to our days through your blog.

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Sherry November 14, 2015 - 9:27 pm

Sharon, glad to hear you and your family are safe. I concur immensely with the many …prayer is needful and sometimes that is all we can do! It’s not about religion, but I have seen this scripture verse more in this new decade than ever before on the internet: 2 Chronicles 7:14 ” If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” There is so much wickedness all over the world. Knowing there is a refuge, calms the panic, the anxiousness when we see the atrocities happening everywhere! Where else can we go but to prayer… I am there now!

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Claudette Donaldson November 14, 2015 - 9:33 pm

Prayers and love for France from Kansas, USA. In the daily stresses of life I so enjoy your posts that show love, beauty, and peace. After the hate filled events in Paris, I realize my daily stresses are small. France is strong and we stand with you. If only the terorists and their families could experience some of this love, beauty, and peace.

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Vicki November 14, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Our hearts mourn for France today. We pray for your nation and all nations who seek freedom from this evil in the world. We pray our children and grandchildren will stand strong, worship the true God and love His creation. Your Blog brings us all joy and inspiration from the beauty of His creation. Take courage, our prayers for the good people of France will continue. Keep writing about what you love.

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Cindy in Oklahoma November 14, 2015 - 9:57 pm

Please know even someone as far away from Paris as Tulsa, OK is feeling great sorrow for Paris today…. and praying for those who are suffering….

I was struck today as I watched people place flowers, light candles, say a prayer in front of a cafe. Isn’t it a beautiful thing to rest the world’s weary eyes upon after such carnage….. There is nothing insignificant about kindness, beauty, peace and refuge, Sharon….This world needs more.

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Mary S November 14, 2015 - 10:01 pm

Sharon – my heart goes out to all people of France. I was in Nomandy on June 6 a coupld of years ago and visited the American Cemetery. I was moved to see all the homes and businesses that flew the American flag along side the French flag. I’ve just ordered the flag of France to fly on my house in support of your country. Evil is real. It is active. And it doesn’t discriminate. The next atroticy will likely be in the USA. It’s time for freedom loving people of the world to stand shoulder to shoulder and to take out these animals once and for all. My God bless you all and I pray for your reocovery. As we here in the US know you can’t erase what happened to innocent people and it will forever be etched in yours and our memory – just like 9/11 is for us. I’m so sorry for you all.

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mai November 14, 2015 - 10:24 pm

Australia stands with you in this. Nothing, absolutely nothing will prevent us from travelling in your beautiful country, a place we visit annually and love dearly for the warmth and friendliness of its people. We will come back. For now, we send our best love and healing thoughts.
Keep doing what you do Sharon, that is sharing so much joy and beauty in the simple but important grounded things; the countryside, plants, flowers and the sustenance of food from nature’s bounty. Today I shall make one of your lovely apple tarts, it will make me feel close to your beautiful country. But I shall weep.

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Karen (Back Road Journal) November 14, 2015 - 10:31 pm

We are all praying for Paris and everyone affected by this tragedy. It is impossible to make sense of it all…what is happening to our world?

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Kathleen November 14, 2015 - 10:43 pm

i am so sad also it is just sad and senseless .i am so sorry for you.. your people ..country and our world .just sad..

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Susan (une femme) November 14, 2015 - 10:55 pm

Sharon, our hearts go out to all affected by this horror. It’s all so terribly sad. I know the French people are resilient, and in the long run will not be cowed.

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Faith Boggio November 14, 2015 - 10:57 pm

Prayers for France and the rest of the World!!

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Sherry Hawkins November 14, 2015 - 10:57 pm

I am thunderstruck by this attack against all that is tolerant and peaceful. Civilized nations must consider it a universal threat and stand with France.. In the U.S. and Europe we all grieve these events and extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Let us continue to demonstrate the values we cherishIn our lives. Thank you, Sharon, for the respite and beauty you provide for us wherever we are and for allowing us to see the reactions from across the globe.

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Lynnette November 14, 2015 - 11:19 pm

My love and prayers for all in your beautiful country. ❤️❤️

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Kathryn Gauci November 14, 2015 - 11:29 pm

We all share your sadness, Sharon, and are with the French people- and others who have been killed or injured – in spirit.
I know what you mean about thinking that talking about recipes and flowers seems trivial at this point as I post lots about art on my Fb site. I felt bad to add more posts at this time, but it seems empty. What the others have said is right. We must still show the beauty that is France, No one can suppress that.

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Marilyn November 14, 2015 - 11:40 pm

Thank you for your tender words. Yes, it is sad that the younger generation is inheriting this mess. I hope they are wiser than we were and can live in love.

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Dorothy November 14, 2015 - 11:40 pm

The senseless violence damages everyone’s soul.
I treasure your blog for the beauty and joy it brings to so many.
Know that my best prayers were offered for France and her people

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Eileen November 14, 2015 - 11:49 pm

It does not make a mokery of what you bring to us. What you do is what our positive lives should be apart of. Your site and photos bring much joy. We have the normal stresses in this busy modern life, and these tragedies try to take away the beauty and positive thing in life that we deserve to enjoy.

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Deborah Peterson Milne November 14, 2015 - 11:52 pm

So well said Sharon. I do worry about our children’s/grandchildren’s future. Our world has a long, long way to go to embrace life & live our lives in peace. To live life like the French people do; with grace, love, and a true appreciation for everything that makes life beautiful. Stay well, & stay safe.
xx Deborah

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Elvie November 14, 2015 - 11:54 pm

So sad yesterday to wake up in Australia to hear the terrible news what happened inbeautiful Paris.
We have friends who live in Normandy,have not heard from them so hope all is. Well .Glad everthing is good with you.So so sad.

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Irene Peterson November 14, 2015 - 11:56 pm

I completely understand your reluctance to write a flowery blog after the chaos of yesterday in Paris. BUT, it is your insight into all things beautiful that helps us through
the terror. God bless all of France.

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Debe November 14, 2015 - 11:58 pm

Checking in to see if your family is safe & sound. Happy to hear you are. Yesterday was the sound of hearts breaking, all over the world.
Take care!

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SHIRL SMITH November 14, 2015 - 11:58 pm

PLEASE PLAY YOUR OLD BLOG “BE STILL MY HEART AGAIN”
IT IS SO APPROPRIATE…..LOVE TO ALL XX

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Esther George November 15, 2015 - 12:14 am

Hello Sharon, I’m so glad you and your family are safe, there are no words to express our sadness for what has happened to France all we can do is offer our prayers. Do these people not know? Life is to be lived, respected, celebrated. Love and prayers Esther from Sydney. PS thank you for sharing beauty in a world that’s gone a bit topsy turvy.

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Jennifer November 15, 2015 - 12:18 am

You’ve said it all, perfectly. Thank you.

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Connie November 15, 2015 - 12:22 am

Dear Sharon, I am so sad for France and the world. Thank you for your blog, although I have never commented before, I am a devoted fan……And thank you for your comments today…….this is tragic…..

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Kim Arsenian November 15, 2015 - 12:33 am

My son, and the other young men in his band were in harms way last night. They were playing a heavy metal show a few kilometers away from the concert hall that was attacked. The venue they played locked down when they realized what was happening. As a Canadian Mom, I watched helplessly as Paris was attacked, terrified, waiting for word from my son. I never want to feel that way again! My son and the rest of the boys in the band are safe now, continuing their tour of Europe in Germany tonight. Today, I am still horrified by the images I am seeing in the news. My heart simply aches. So, images of home and garden? That is exactly what I want my son to imagine when he puts his head down to sleep tonight. It is all here waiting for him when he gets home safely a week from now. God bless the families who are grieving tonight. God bless Paris, and God bless “home sweet home”. We have to start somewhere, right?

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Cynthia Evans November 15, 2015 - 12:34 am

Sharon, ce soir, nous nous tenons aux côtés de tous les Parisiens, et les français. The world is heartbroken. However, please do not think that this makes a mockery of your or anyone’s daily joys. In fact, I think an attack like this elevates all our mundane kindnesses and our attempts to bring a bit of beauty and joy into the lives of all we touch as well as our own. Indeed, isn’t that what we wish for all on this planet-la tendresse, la beauté, la paix? So, I thank you for giving me a touch of France, which is my happy place, to look forward to amidst the cares of each day.

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Trish November 15, 2015 - 12:41 am

Bon Courage! Australia stands with France.
We need more beauty in the world such as your beautiful blog provides.

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Sandra November 15, 2015 - 12:53 am

Our hearts are heavy today for all the suffering in France. We understand your pain for we suffered greatly on 9/11 and also at the Boston Marathon bombing were we live in a suburb of Boston. We pray for all of you and hope the world will come together and recognize how much danger we are in. We must stop their madness.

Today three generations of family were together to celebrate a Confirmation and Birthday. Later we watched a video on You Tube about the refugees arriving in Europe with their destination to Germany. I urge everyone to watch it even though it is frightening to watch, it will alert everyone to the dangers we face. It is called The Anti-Migrant Video Going Viral Across Europe. Are prayers are with all of you in France.

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Mary Ferguson November 15, 2015 - 1:02 am

I have such a heavy heart for the terrible terrible shootings. I pray that all this will end. Those people are SICK. I am so glad that you are safe and I hope and pray for everyone in Paris and France.
God bless you all, your in my prayers.
Mary

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Kay November 15, 2015 - 1:04 am

Chatting on about flowers and garden design is one of the ways to stay sane in this insanity. Beauty is healing. Things that feed our spirits are essential to moving forward. And move forward we must. We can’t let them win.

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Leslie in Oregon November 15, 2015 - 1:21 am

Dear Sharon,

The connection you give us to France, and to beauty and grace, is more important than ever, in the face of the desolation and grief we feel for France and for humanity. Thank you for voicing your thoughts and feelings today, and for giving us a place to share ours…we stand en solidarité avec la France. De tout coeur avec vous, Leslie

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gail November 15, 2015 - 1:29 am

Very nice posting Sharon but…sorry to say that I think no one will ever, ever “make any sense of it”.

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Lee Fox November 15, 2015 - 1:32 am

May you, and all of and the sane world, that mourns with you, find Peace.

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Michelle in Illinois November 15, 2015 - 1:37 am

Sharon,
Thank you for your post and blog. Even though we have never met, I too thought of you, your family and your friends from your book when I heard the news. As so many others have said your blog is an enjoyable part of many of our lives. I’m sadden of the events in Paris and the heartbreak the families are going through. Seeing pictures of the Eiffel Tower today will all the added police was a reminder of yesterday. My heart is heavy for France tonight. Praying for you.

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Zona November 15, 2015 - 1:50 am

Oh my, I thought I would never get to the end of your fans loving responses. You are so loved my friend. I thought of you the minute I saw the horror that was happening on TV in your wonderful Paris. My hope was that you were happily cooking the lovely mushrooms, in your kitchen, safely at home, that you spent the day collecting. I was thrilled to see your blog pop up and I nearly cryed with relief. Even though the police would like to see everyone in Paris stay home and make their jobs easier I can see the people NEED to be together, walking standing crying and holding each other, even if it is in silence or singing March On together. It is therapy to console one another. You can’t do that hiding in your home with the doors locked and the shades pulled down. Fear will just over take you. You must not let it. Please know that we the people of the United States of America are with you in heart and soul, arm in arm, together to victory and beyond. It will be a long road, but we will defeat them… we must.

Love to you and your family,
Suzanna from Surprise, Arizona

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Cheryl November 15, 2015 - 2:12 am

I recall the horrible feelings of dread and loss after 9/11, and I also can tell you, as many others have here, that it is the reminders of the beautiful things of ordinary life that brought us all back to being able to feel normal again..as much as one can in a world such as ours has become. Keep sharing the beauty and joy, Sharon. It’s a very important job. Love and healing to you all in France.

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Carole from Ky. USA November 15, 2015 - 2:25 am

Thank you for taking the time to write to us in such a devistating time. You write with your heart and it is beautiful. May the love of our Lord comfort all.

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Carol Miller November 15, 2015 - 3:16 am

I love reading your posts but can truly understand your sentiments today. I travelled your beautiful country in 2012 and hope to be able to return someday. I live in Australia and last night the Sydney Opera House was decked out in blue, white and red. Today they have hoisted your flag over our iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Many, many friends have also changed their facebook profile picture today to your flag. It is a very small gesture, however, we are so far away and feel helpless but please know that the people of Australia and the world unite with you in your grief.

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Frances Kruger November 15, 2015 - 9:18 am

yes I feel the same way and I saw the Flag flying to-day on the Sydney Bridge,it was wonderful and I have also changed the colours on my fb page,they are only small things ,but we can only pray that it doesn’t happen again. Bless you.Fran. Australia. Queensland.

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Penelope November 15, 2015 - 3:23 am

Our thoughts and our prayers are with all in France and touched by this tragedy in Paris. I love France and my heart goes out to you and to all of you who live there. So sad! God bless you and your family.

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Anne November 15, 2015 - 4:03 am

My sincerest sympathy for your country’s lost. Memphis, Tennessee

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Botanic Bleu November 15, 2015 - 5:30 am

Sharon,
At times like these there are no words to take away the pain, confusion, and loss, but beauty and compassion help ease the pain and remind us that the vast majority of people seek beauty and compassion, not mayhem and destruction. Thank you for being a voice for beauty and compassion during this incomprehensible violent act. All across the United States of America, people are standing with France.

Vive la France!

Judth

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dottie monta November 15, 2015 - 6:46 am

Dear Sharon,
Your beautiful words comfort me. May our prayers comfort you and your beautiful country in these days of sadness. We love you and Paris and France!

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Maricarmen November 15, 2015 - 8:16 am

Dear Sharon;

You are in my thoughts and in my heart since I had the first news of what happened in Paris. I can’t understand those kind of hearts, minds and souls that can make possible such great hate and destruction. But people like you and souls of love should win the battles and will, God bless France and God bless you, I send my love from Bolivia.

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Frances Kruger November 15, 2015 - 9:14 am

Hello from Australia,I am so sorry this happened in your country and to your people and yes I had a heavy heart too when I saw the new’s on T.V. I have put the colours of France on my fb page and I did visit Paris in 2000,I think I was lucky to go then. I wish you and your family and friends all the best in the future and your Gardens and Photo’s that come into my email all the time is a place of refuge when things are bad in the World,so don’t stop we need you. Love Fran.xx

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Wendy Winch November 15, 2015 - 10:01 am

Our thoughts are with all the families who lost loved ones at this sad time. We plan on travelling to France in 2017 from Perth Australia . We will still make that trip despite what has happened. We all have to unite against these people

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Sherry November 15, 2015 - 10:59 am

Beautifully said. We watched the reports of the horrific events unfolding on the BBC news during a break from the Children In Need fundraising night – a time when we all come together in the UK to help raise funds to support children and their families who are in need of help or support in some way. This evil attack just hit us like a rock. Friday was also World Kindness Day…
This weekend we all have heavy hearts here, and as you said, we all feel so very sad. Yesterday we watched how the Parisians responded – not by closing their doors as requested, but by opening them to people in need of help.
Paris, our friends – we stand with you.

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Debbie November 15, 2015 - 11:07 am

Horrible events. People singing national anthem leaving stadium a show of solidarity. I often wonder how many flower and candle tributes are to be left around the world before politicians and others wake up to this massive problem the world faces.
My thoughts are with the people of France again.

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Helen November 15, 2015 - 11:35 am

Like myself many Australians are Francophiles . We may be far away but that has never stopped an Aussie from the lure of travel to a beautiful country! I first discovered France in 1969 and have since returned a few times.,How can one not fall in love with France. And my French speaking daughter has fulfilled her dream to live in Paris for a time.
We are horrified by the chilling events of Friday evening. Good people far outnumber the evil and I have faith in the global community to galvanise as one to eradicate this barbaric, deluded cult.
Your homey chats about gardens, flowers,family, friends and dogs are the sanest antidotes to the senselessness of the attacks.
My heart goes out to all those who have been affected by the Paris atrocities.

Kind regards
Helen.

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Amanda Rush November 15, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Hearts united with courage, around the world, for a future of peace .

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Carryn McLean November 15, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Oh dear Paris and France how we weep for you. Take heart from the love and prayers going out to you. Courage in the knowledge that good, loving people stand with you. While these evil doers will harm us and our loved ones they will not win for there are billions more people who are good and loving and just wish to live in peace with each other.

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Delaine November 15, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Sharon, I’m so relieved to hear that you and your loved ones were safe from Friday’s tragic events. My words seem so inadequate, but please know that America stands with France, and that you are in our thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to the ones that have lost their lives in these senseless and evil acts. I pray for their families as they grieve. Please take care.

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Marcelinalinda feit November 15, 2015 - 2:37 pm

I am so sad at what has happened. I pray for the victims and family. Your blog means so much to me. The beauty you send us and again your special words and thoughts begin the healing. Thank you Sharon and God bless you and France.

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Ellen November 15, 2015 - 2:53 pm

My heart is with you and all of France. As with any tragic event, the day to day life can seem difficult, almost senseless in the wake of the event’s horror. But it is that routine, that every day life that helps us to keep our sense of being. Finding beauty in the every day items and treasuring every moment gives us purpose in times like these. Thank you for the light you spread – you allow us to savor a beautiful moment while some of the world around us does not make sense.

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Lori Widlicka November 15, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Paris the City of Lights, may your light and soul of life endear for as long as their is love, children’s laughter, wisdom, and the wonder and awe in the beauty and spirit of Nature’s gifts.

Forever Paris,
Lori

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Ann November 15, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Your words this morning were perfect and please know that here in the US we grieve for France and the whole world which seems to indeed have made a mess of things.

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Gretchen Bertman November 15, 2015 - 4:50 pm

My heart goes out to France and the French people.
Please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers for healing and peace.
Gretchen Bertman

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Karena November 15, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Sharon, thinking of you and your country during this time of grief. If only everyone would spread more love and kindness across the world. We must all pull together at times like this!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

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Maryanne Flaherty November 15, 2015 - 7:16 pm

Sharon you are a class act. In a situation like this your normal beautiful blogs would not be appropriate. Look forward to this moving on…… But not for a while….. The US and it seems the rest of the world sends its love to Paris and France and the families of those affected. Thanks for all you do. Maryannexo

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Kelly Dodson November 15, 2015 - 7:34 pm

So devastating and no, you can’t make sense of something like this. So incredibly sad that our race has those living in it that believe taking lives of others makes what they believe or follow okay. It’s not okay. My heart and prayers go out not only to those in Paris who have lost beloved family members or friends but also to those who have lost anyone to an act of senseless violence. We call ourselves civilized…things like this make me think we are not quite yet to that stage.

Que Dieu soit avec nous tous!

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Sally November 15, 2015 - 9:05 pm

Sharon, I have been very lucky to have visited France and Paris many times. What beautiful experiences they were, and never to be forgotten. It’s so
hard to comprehend the brutal mentality of these terrorists.
Your blogs are peaceful landing places in our crazy world. Bless you for all your thoughtfulness.

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[email protected] November 15, 2015 - 9:53 pm

You have said it perfectly. Just as you always do.
I love you, Sharon, for being the person you are…an inspiration to all of us.
You have evidence of the love people have for you and what you do by reading ALL the comments today.
xx’s

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Iris November 15, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Sharon
It’s relieving to hear you and your family are safe. I thought of you when news broke on Friday about the attacks. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been affected by this tragedy as well as with all the people of France. It is heart wrenching to fell unsafe in your own country. We of the civilized world cannot comprehend such barbaric behaviour. Your blog is a safe haven where we come for some solitude. We will not change how we live our lives. Keep doing what you are doing. We so look forward to your posts perhaps more now than ever before.

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Del Lancaster November 15, 2015 - 10:23 pm

Your friends from New Orleans send our prayers for the citizens of France and all of Europe. Please don’t stop doing what you do. The barbaric idiots will never win.
Warm regards. Del Lancaster

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Noelle November 15, 2015 - 10:23 pm

Blessings from the U.S.
Please take care of yourself, make time to reflect and grieve. When you are ready, your audience will still be here waiting for you to share what is beautiful and right with the world.

Noelle

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Susan November 16, 2015 - 12:02 am

From Birminghan, Alabama…our thoughts, our prayers, our love go out to the people of France. We stand with you, always.

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Cindy November 16, 2015 - 1:32 am

From Charlotte, North Carolina…our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Blessings,
Cindy

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Saundra Clark November 16, 2015 - 1:44 am

We all feel the pain of this horrific act, and our hearts go out to those friends and families with loss. I was in Paris last month with my brother as we lived there as children and I can’t help but think about the faces we saw at restaurants where we ate and hotels were we stayed and only hope these people, too, survived this violence. I am glad you and your family are OK. I live in small beach town in Oregon, but this brings us all together and united.

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Debs November 16, 2015 - 2:13 am

The pain has been felt the world over. We were in Paris in June and like Sandra, I have been wondering about the lovely people we met.

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Stella Wilson November 16, 2015 - 3:07 am

From Salt Lake City, Utah. This pain is felt around the world. My deepest sympathies are with you and all of France. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I had the pleasure of visiting Paris thirty years ago, such a lovely place. My love to you all.

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Katherine November 16, 2015 - 3:25 am

It is sad and senseless, but we all must continue on and live. If we ran indoors and hid, these beasts would be in control. The world feels the heartache of France and we pray.
Read our messages Sharon and know that we all have our arms wrapped around you right now.

Share the beauty of France with all of us as you always do.

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paola November 16, 2015 - 10:27 am

un grande abbraccio da tutta l, italia .vivv la france

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roberta costa November 16, 2015 - 11:04 am

I am in shock and disbelief. I love France so much. Some of my happiest and most carefree days have been spent in Paris and the beautiful French villages. I am sending you all lots of love and hugs. I will keep you in my prayers. “Do not let evil defeat you………….”
Love
Roberta

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Karen Abel November 16, 2015 - 1:55 pm

There are no words to describe the sadness I feel for you and beautiful France. France and the city of Paris are my favorite places. They will remain my best-loved even though the world around you has suffered such horror. My thoughts and blessings are with you! Karen A~

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Linda Gilbrech November 16, 2015 - 4:10 pm

I’m so sad for the people of France and for the families of those who were so needlessly taken.

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Ruth November 16, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Sharon,

My sincere condolences to all in France who have lost someone in these senseless terrorist attacks. So glad to know that you, family and freinds are safe. This truly affects everyone worldwide with such sadness. You have a wonderful following of so many beautiful people as shown in all these emails! We must all support each other at times like these. I look forward to your weekly blogs of so much beauty and peace in your beautiful French countryside and will look forward to many more 🙂

Love from Canada
Ruth

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Betsy November 16, 2015 - 6:11 pm

Hugs and prayers, Sharon…for all of you! ♥

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Christoph November 16, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Dear Sharon, I have been following your blog since we searched for some French Christmas inspiration for our apartment last year. I returned today because I knew you would not write about flowers, but open your heart and share your sorrows and grief, which are all mine – as a family father, friend to many French people, citizen of our beautiful Europe, believer in love, freedom, love, truth and beauty. Your blog is about all this, it embraces the ideals of family and friendship, of hospitality and interest in the stranger, of shared beauty and brightness. And even flowers, of course – I have been laying a simple white rose at the French embassy here in Berlin today, and will not stop to trust in the possibility of peace and freedom, in a world where we all belong. My thoughts are with millions of people who are suffering all around the world. Thank you for sharing some moments of rest

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StagerLinda November 17, 2015 - 2:50 am

Prayers are with you, your family, friends and everyone in France. This tragedy is overwhelming. May God be with you.

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Anjelique Fuselier Ardoin November 17, 2015 - 5:25 pm

My heart and prayers are with France!

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Elaine November 19, 2015 - 4:14 pm

So very sorry for you and all of France, hugs to you Elaine

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