Hope coupons

I saw this flyer on a wall in central Paris. It reads:

Hope coupons to take away

Terrorism has no religion

In memory of the 129 [now 130] victims and the 352 injured in the Paris attacks of Friday November 13, 2015.

In memory of the 43 victims and the 239 injured in the Beirut attacks of Thursday, November 12, 2015

The strength of words surpasses the strength of weapons.

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© Christine Buckley, November, 2015

It was reassuring to note that all the vouchers (with a phone number, a guru’s Instagram feed or God’s personal email address?) had been ripped off.

I’ve created my own version with our address, so that people who want to unite in taking small actions can find each other more easily.

Download the English flyer here et téléchargez la version française ici. Want to translate the flyer into another language? Please let us know and we’ll upload it here.

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Why can’t we all be carrots?

That question sounds like it could be the title of a song by my friend Dick Turner, a bit of a Renaissance man. He posted the musing on Facebook a few days ago, alongside the following photo that has made the rounds on social networks:

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Despite our hopes for a new beginning in 2016, this week started with brutal bombings and shootings that killed scores of people in Baghdad, followed by more deadly terrorist attacks in Istabul and Jakarta. Great artists like David Bowie, C.D. Wright and Alan Rickman left us far too soon.

Yet we can all determine how the rest of the week goes. I’m going to start by grabbing my favorite carrot by the hand, cranking up Turner’s song “Love Makes the World Go Round,” and making like this pair of root vegetables.

Yes some people think it’s money
Or a fancy house in town
Others think that power
Will make their world spin round

But have you ever asked yourself
Why lovers never frown?
It’s ’cause they have the answer, they know
Love makes the world go ’round

© Dick Turner 2016