Dear friends


“Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.”

For many years, France and the United States have worked together striving for a world where their citizens could pursue their daily activities in a safe environment. This has become more important as the world has become smaller because of technology and our global economy.

Millions of tourists, including my husband and I, travel to Paris each year to take in the beautiful City of Light. We have also seen the results up close and personal of terrorist activity in both New York and Boston.

After Friday’s events, we extend our French allies our sincere sympathies for the loss of lives, wish full recovery for those injured, and prayers for strength as they move through this tragedy and learn to live with a new normal. Paris be strong. Your friends are with you.


Message to troops before the 1944 Normandy landings…


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20 Responses to Dear friends

  1. Amen to this, xo Johanna

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    Well said Judy.

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  3. Nancy says:

    Thank You! Prayers for Peace!

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  4. Joyce says:

    God help us all. Who could have ever imagined this savagery would surpass that of WWII?
    I thought of you last night when I heard that Belgium is home to terrorist cells; how much you enjoyed the beauty, reveled in the old world charm, and were grateful for the well tended resting place of your uncle.
    I have to note how General Eisenhower didn’t hesitate to call upon God for strength and courage in battle. I guess that’s changed, too. Sad.

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  5. Mary says:

    Perfect and well said. Thank you Judy – it’s time.

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  6. Beautifully said. Thanks so much for posting this.

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  7. joyroses13 says:

    Wonderful post and I also had thought of putting up the picture of Arch of Triumphe! 🙂 Paris will triumph! We only visited once, but it truly is a beautiful city , like no other.

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  8. quiltify says:

    I love Paris, and have been there quite often. My daughter lived in Paris for one year, and then Nancy for another. She was frantic tracking down her friends after this occurred. Her brother lost, as least, one friend; likely two, ultimately, at one of the restaurants. I am so sorry for the people and families hurt in events like this. I understand, but can’t grasp people being so mean to other people. To me, meanness is the worst of all sins, if not the only sin. God bless the people of Paris!

    That being said, I must go on. (I will apologize now, Judy.) We have a hand in what happened, directly or indirectly (community karma?) The issues behind these behaviors are complex. Unfortunately, we can’t go back to 1884 and change the behavior of the nations in power at the time and since. But, we can change how we treat people now and in the future. We need to rid ourselves of bigotry. We need to let go of the need to be the most powerful nation(s) rather than equals. We need to share our riches, as they came at others’ expense. We need to recognize similar events when they occur in countries we know little about or are not pure white; ie, Lebanon, Indonesia, etc. All lives matter. We need to help those trying to escape tyranny rather than treat them as if they are subhuman. We need to help young men of various colors succeed and assimilate. We need to hope the Sunni’s are allowed more say, and the Shiites govern more generously in Iraq. We need, we need, we need… We can help this to maybe resolve in the future by being generous, broad minded people. Or this could just be our community Karma and we must get through it. I don’t have the answers, so don’t misunderstand, but I am upset when we are only concerned when it happens to some people, not all people, and when we don’t know where this came from, when we should. And when we continue to behave the same.

    And Judy, I love your posts, and I’ll probably rip this down later, as I hate contrary people, but apparently here I am. LOL This post was not meant for you per se, because I think you do think like me, it was meant for the whole, everywhere.

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    • This is definitely not a simple problem, and we all see it through the glasses we wear. I watched the news all weekend, thought about our trip to Paris, my Uncles dying in WWII and the terrorism experienced here in NYC and Boston. You looked at it, saw some of the same things plus others. That’s fine because a couple of sentences certainly doesn’t cover the problems we are facing. Here’s hoping there are a lot more conversations that may lead to positive, peaceful outcomes for everyone.

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  9. Very well said. Thank you.

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  10. Well said. Judy and I have also been to Paris, but all of these attacks are baffling and heartbreaking.

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  11. KerryCan says:

    I give you a lot of credit for the courage to post on such a difficult subject–and you did it so well!

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  12. Grandma Kc says:

    Well said and I agree that the problem is not just Paris and it is scary as shit! What next? Amara was here Saturday and had lots of questions and lots of frustrations. She finds it inconceivable that so many innocent people were killed. “They didn’t do anything, Grandma. Why did they kill them?” The same could be said for everything that happened on Friday in this world. No one deserved it. I’m just terrified that it isn’t over.


  13. reocochran says:

    Let there be Peace on earth and let it begin with me. Amazing and meaningful post, Judy. ♡

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