Fear and hope

Henry Moore (1898-1986), Refugees, Tyssen Museum, Madrid, detail

Are the two verbs opposed? Given the enormous challenges the world has to face (among other things: the announced death of the planet, the vast migratory movement that is still in its infancy, the destructive identity withdrawal, the new poverty engendered by a type of globalization ), Fear can make us flee, incite us to melt into the mass, to wait and, above all, not to take responsibility. But it can also provoke the opposite. We mobilize, oblige us to understand and analyze the issues, roll up our sleeves and take our responsibilities. More than ever, we are at the juncture between two worlds, the old and the new: there is an urgent need for a return to politics.
Christmas announces peace; It is to be constructed. By refusing that events decide for us, that others think for us. By creating opportunities for reflection, listening to others, questioning, exchanging at the risk of dispute, but benefiting from learning from them and moving forward together, deciding what is to come and living Of hope.
Daniel Duigou / Saint Merry

Source: Fear and hope – Saint-Merry

Are the French rude? Wherever you go, there you are

This ridiculous article from the New York Daily News really ticked me off,  for several reasons. Firstly, if there are any people who should be sensitive to an underserved reputation for rudeness, it should be New Yorkers. I’ve dined in Paris and New York, chatted with waiters, and asked for help from strangers in both cities. My own experience is that Parisians and New Yorkers are for the most part friendly and accommodating to visitors, mainly because they are so proud of their city, I think. Secondly, if this NY Daily News reporter had a bad experience in a Paris restaurant, how unfair is it to label “the French” as rude?  I once received a smart-ass remark from a waitress at the Carnegie Deli, but I didn’t blame every New Yorker from Times Square to the Catskills.  Worse, what if I blamed “the Americans” because Sophie the waitress was having a bad hair day? I’ve always liked the saying, “Wherever you go, there you are!” 
Read this story below from the New York Daily News, and please comment. I’d like to know what you think!
[ Mike Stevenson / Pas De Merde]

The French were so rude to me in Paris that I had to seek out American eateries | NY Daily News

I went to Paris, but ate like a New Yorker.

Blame the French. My first experience in the City of Light was met with a wave of rudeness — particularly in restaurants — despite how reluctant I was to believe the stereotype that the French are cold.

It’s tough being an American in Paris. Especially when the only French words you know are “Bonjour,” “Merci” and “Au Revoir.”

My sister and I made an effort to greet everyone we met with the proper pleasantry in French, but despite our attempts at speaking the language, we weren’t exactly treated hospitably. [ . . .  ]

Read more of this nonsense at:http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/french-rude-paris-opted-american-food-article-1.2928043

Dubuffet Drawings at the Morgan Library

If you live in or near New York’s Madison Avenue, there’s only a few days remaining to see this exhibit at the Morgan Library (closes January 2) I love the drawing below – Jean Dubuffet’s L’Arnaque (The Swindle), 1962.
[ Mike Stevenson / Pas De Merde]

A leading French artist of the twentieth century, Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) eschewed traditional notions of beauty in art in favor of what he perceived as more authentic forms of expression, inspired by graffiti, children’s drawings, and the creations of psychiatric patients. Drawing played a major role in his development as he explored on paper new subjects and techniques and experimented with non-traditional tools and modes of application.

Source: Dubuffet Drawings, 1935–1962 at the Morgan Library | French Culture

Girl’s Paris note gets reply from Louvre

An eight-year-old girl who sent a letter addressed simply to “somewhere in Paris, any house” has received a reply from the Louvre Museum.

Iris Corbett, from West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, wrote the note as she wanted to find out about the French capital.
She asked about about food, the Eiffel Tower and what the city was like after France’s Euro 2016 final loss.

The Louvre responded with answers to all her questions.
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The letter comes in a week when a similarly vaguely-addressed Christmas card found its way to the intended recipient in Suffolk.
Iris got the idea for her letter having seen her brother let go of a balloon and thinking it might end up in China.
Iris’s mother, Helena Tyce, said she was really pleased her daughter’s note received a reply.

She said: “Kids have these fantastic, creative ideas; you follow them through and nothing happens.

“I didn’t expect anything back, I really didn’t, we were so surprised and thrilled.”

The family are now planning “an adventure” on the Eurostar to visit Paris during the next school holidays.

Source: West Bridgford girl’s Paris note gets reply from Louvre – BBC News