Sunday, April 9, 2017


Wall Painting - Arthur Rimbaud - Charleville-Mezieres, France


Favorite Son of Charleville-Mezieres

Arthur Rimbaud is perhaps the best know person to have come from Charleville-Mezieres.  His name and face are nearly everywhere throughout this town.  The other day we found the wall painting above.  If you can read the writing included, it will give you an idea of his writings.  There are plenty of stories circulating about Arthur and it is difficult to tell which might be true and which might not.  There are few museums here in Charleville-Mezieres and one of them is dedicated to him.

Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was born the 20th of October 1854 and he died in 1891.   He is known as a French poet who had considerable influence on modern literature and arts.  He began writing at a very young age but completely stopped writing at the age of 21 just after compiling one of his major works - Illuminations.  He was a prodigious student who abandoned his formal education as a teenager.  He had considerable conflicts with his mother and ran away from home amidst the Franco-Prussian War.  He became known as a world traveller and adventurer.  He died of cancer just after his thirty-seventh birthday.

As a poet, Rimbaud is well known for his contributions to Symbolism and, among other works, A Season in Hell, which was a significant precursor to modernist literature.

Anyway, Rimbaud is big time around Charleville-Mezieres.
Spring Blossoms - Charleville-Mezieres, France
Spring is Passing Too Quickly

We fear that Spring is passing way too quickly.  It is so refreshing to feel the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the air on your face at the same time!  We wait for Spring to come just to watch it pass much too quickly.  We hope that you are able to enjoy it this year...while it lasts.  Plan a day out just to enjoy the beauties of the season.
Coq Girouette - Eglise Saint Arnould - Haudrecy, France
Coq of the Week

We not only found the storks we shared with you last week in Haudrecy, France but we also found this week's coq of the week there amongst them.  While we enjoyed the storks very much we were also very please to see that they enjoy the company of this interesting coq.  This guy really has an attitude - look at his face and tail feathers.  He looks a bit ornery...perhaps he does not enjoy being buzzed by the storks.   The storks really do have a large wingspan and they were seen flying very close to this coq's roost...perhaps that is intimidating to him.  We do enjoy the attitude and know that despite it, he is just as faithful and diligent as his brothers.  We too can have attitudes as long as we don't let them detour us from being faithful and diligent in our efforts to follow the Savior and return to live with our Eternal Father.  Steady as the coq!

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