The news last week from Paris – that terrorists murdered people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and at a kosher market- was absolutely heartbreaking. It was an evil, blatant attack on artists and writers and their right to free speech, and also on shoppers and workers targeted because they were assumed to be Jewish.
It’s so hard to comprehend the religious extremists around the world who seem to enjoy slaughtering innocent people. But I think we can all try to personally combat their hideous intentions. As a writer, I’ll continue to exercise my right to free speech, and not edit my words or ideas because someone else might disapprove.
And for today, I can offer my readers images of a happier Paris. Join me on a visit there in the company of my son, who gave me a whole new joyful view of the City of Light.
I hope this journey through Paris brought a smile to your face and helped you remember that no religious fanatic can kill the joy and creativity that is woven into the fabric of such a great city.