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The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci

The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci (Louvre paintings)

I haven’t been able to write for several days because of flu symptoms. But I thought I should “drop in”.


The events in Paris have left me numb. I looked at the photograph of persons who died at the Bataclan. Some were very young. President François Hollande called the massacre an act of war.

It is my understanding that Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is pulling Canada out of the Middle East. I wonder whether or not he will reconsider this decision in light of Friday’s brutal and senseless attacks.

This time, President Hollande was blamed. Terrorists always find a scapegoat.

The attacks will no doubt complicate the migration crisis. Europeans may fear some refugees are terrorists in disguise.


In Canada, tout le bataclan is translated as “the whole kit and caboodle”. But the word “bataclan” has acquired a new meaning.

I feel so sorry for the victims, their families, their friends. France has lost one of the Four Freedoms, freedom from fear. I grieve for France. French Canadians look upon the French as cousins.

My kindest regards to all of you.

Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor, sings Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Sì dolce e’l tormento, SV 332

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

© Micheline Walker
15 November 2015