Thursday Doors – February 2, 2017

Québec City – How My Heart Aches

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button below. 

I warn you now that this is not going to be one of my typical #ThursdayDoors posts.

#ThursdayDoors is meant to be fun but I’m sorry friends, this week I’m not feeling it.

If you’re wondering why the pics below look familiar, it’s because I have posted all of them previously.

I’m reposting these shots showing some of the beauty of Québec City, in contrast to the ugliness we saw there this past weekend 😦

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Through the doors we post here, we show and discover places we find interesting; places that are dear to us, places of historical, cultural, architectural or artistic beauty and significance. Places that are worth shining a light on.

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I promise I’ll get back to that next week, but right now I’m having a helluva time processing recent events here.

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If you haven’t heard, Evil reared it’s ugly head much closer to home than we’re used to in our part of the world.

Of course we do have crime here too: murders, robberies, rape, domestic violence, drugs and organized crime, just like everywhere else.

But compared to many parts of the world, crime rates are lower in Canada. Take Québec City for example. Our provincial capital, located a little less than a 3-hour drive from where I live, has a population of about 550,000. It is considered one of the safest small cities in North America, having registered a grand total of two murders since 2015.

Until this past Sunday night that is, when a deranged individual became unhinged enough to march into a suburban Québec City Mosque with guns and began firing indiscriminately at people.

Dozens were injured and up to now six have died. Fathers that will never go home to their families, shot in the back while they prayed.

The individual who was arrested and charged is a twenty-seven-year-old white French Canadian male; not a Moroccan immigrant as was previously and incorrectly reported by some news agencies.

Sadly we see terror attacks and hate crimes like this or worse on the international news almost every day.

It’s always ‘somewhere else’ isn’t it?

We feel a sense of sadness for the innocent victims of course, but it’s kind of detached no? I mean, just look at where it’s happening: Karachi, Mumbai, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Baghdad… yes it’s terrible what a few deranged, brainwashed individuals can do, “But you know ‘these places’…well they’re known for this stuff.”

But then Paris, Brussels, Charleston, Orlando..say what now?

Québec City – WHAT THE FUCK!?

The sad truth is that it takes a horrific event close to home before it finally registers and sinks in: Evil has no nationality.

It has no favorite religion, no preferred language, culture, or race.

No one group has a monopoly on Evil. Over the course of human history some individuals have exhibited an acute ability when it comes to Evil behavior, but make no mistake, it is a ubiquitous disease of the human mind and the human soul that knows no borders.

Like any disease Evil spreads when we do not take the necessary steps to prevent it.

It propagates itself  on the wings of microbes like fear, ignorance, mistrust, hatred, racism, and intolerance.

When we jump to conclusions or make negative assumptions that label entire groups of people, not only do we do ourselves a disservice, we disrespect those ‘others’ who are really just people trying to get through life – just like us. But most importantly we also spread a little more fear, ignorance, and mistrust out into the world.

We all do it, or we’ve all done it at one time or another – I know I have; unfairly forming negative generalized stereotypical impressions of others based on any number of our differences – skin tone, sex, age, nationality, language, sexuality, education level, socioeconomic standing, religion, occupation, political affiliation, appearance, how they dress…shall I go on?

When our political leaders are so hungry for power that they toss aside their moral compasses in favor of the rhetoric of ‘them versus us’ identity politics, we all lose.

True leaders lead by example. Scoring political capital by pitting people against each other is cowardly and downright reprehensible, and judging by the social and political climate we see around the globe, it’s catching on too.

We need to demand better of our leaders and of ourselves, because we all deserve it, and because our collective well-being and survival as a species depends on it.

We’re all human. We make mistakes. In stressful situations we make snap decisions about others, say things that we regret, and pass judgment without seeing the whole story or the whole person.

But when we allow those negative impressions to turn into ongoing systematic intolerance, discrimination, and hatred – for those deranged, unstable, impressionable individuals whose minds are infected by this Evil, the line between right and wrong disappears and acts of horrific violence and cruelty become downright justifiable.

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Right now I am angry and I am hurt. In the aftermath of this event, the mean-spirited, outrageously racist, ignorant comments, and deliberately incorrect statements shared by so many on social media are truly disheartening.

I am upset that so many people who should know better, people who have so much and came by it so easily relative to the rest of the world, could give in to their basest fears and show such resentment towards others for committing the terrible sin of simply being different from them.

For those small minded people who spew venom, resentment, and hatred towards others online insisting on their right to ‘express their opinions’ here are some examples:

“I love chocolate.”

“I hate brussels sprouts.”

Those are opinions you fucking idiot!

They are based on personal firsthand knowledge and experience and they use actual quantifiable data and provable facts.

Chocolate tastes good, makes me feel good, and makes me smile.

I find brussels sprouts watery, they leave a bitter aftertaste in my mouth, and they make my pee smell funny.

However if you find yourself saying things like:

You know black people are…this…

And all Muslims…that…

Yeah but Jews are always…

See a pattern here?

Those are not opinions, those are generalizations. They are based on prejudice, ignorance, and when they are negative, a desire to devalue or dehumanize others, often to compensate for one’s own perceived shortcomings.

Unless you’ve actually met and spoken to ALL black people, or ALL Muslims, or ALL whoever you choose to malign, when you make proclamations like this you are simply proving to the world that you are a racist! Not to mention a pretty pathetic human being.

The annual Québec City winter carnival starts this week, though I suspect this year it won’t be as festive as previous ones.

People are funny that way; they tend to have a difficult time having fun when they see Evil flourishing around them.

Now somebody please, click on the blue button below and show me some of the beauty in this world. I know there’s lots of it out there; I’m just having trouble seeing it at the moment.

Thanks for putting up with this rant, I’ll be back to normal next week 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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126 Responses to Thursday Doors – February 2, 2017

  1. I am so sorry that this happened so close to home for you. And sorry that it happens anywhere, really. It’s so horrible and makes my heart so heavy. Thank you for reminding us to seek out the beauty. It still exists amongst the horrors and is what I choose to seek.

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  2. Well said! The doors you shared today are lovely. I especially liked the yellow set near the top. It’s cheerful, and makes me think of hope. Hopeful for a better tomorrow with less hate, and more tolerance for one another.

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  3. Sue Slaght says:

    Norm this is a powerful piece of writing. Bravo to you I say. May kindness shower into the hearts of all.

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  4. Leah says:

    You call this a rant, I call it words of wisdom. More love. More acceptance. More help for the mentally ill and disenfranchised. What else does the world need? I don’t know. Less hate. Less judgement.

    Peace, brother.

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  5. Thanks for sharing these! I got my quota of Quebec refilled now!

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  6. Amy Sampson says:

    Well said! 😢

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  7. Candy says:

    My grandchildren are in pre-school and they learn about kindness and tolerence, firendship and sharing. Why do adults so easily forget those lessons?
    Sorry Evil has come to your town.

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  8. Priscilla says:

    I’m afraid of our “new” leader here in the states. I think with his leadership, these kinds of horrible acts are only going to worsen. He sets a very bad tone all around the world. I’m so sorry your city is having to deal with these horrific problems.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      We have leaders like this here too. Up to now they haven’t gained too much traction come election time but they keep trying.
      We’ll just have to keep voting against them until they get the message and go away.

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  9. Perfectly expressed. The anger will lessen, but hopefully not the lesson that we should never generalize. Love is the answer. We just need to spread that answer to obliterate the evil.

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  10. Powerful post, Norm. It is shocking how often these horrible events are happening lately. We are almost used to it in the US (what an amazingly sad thought), but to have it occur in Quebec City fills me with great sorrow.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      The fact that it happens anywhere is proof that we have a long way to go. And as you say, the fact that we can get used to it is sad indeed.
      Here’s to hoping for better days ahead 🙂

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  11. Sherry Felix says:

    I find that more and more the news makes me cry. Let’s hope we find find ways to fight evil.

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  12. This has indeed hit close to home. I never thought we could experience such an ugly and inhuman act happen here. With all the other stress going on in this world, People need to feel safe and to respect each other’s differences.

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  13. bikerchick57 says:

    Amen, Norm. Amen. My heart and prayers go out to the City of Quebec.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you. There’ll be a lot of hand-wringing and self analysis around here by the media and our politicians over the next little while. Hopefully some positive changes come of all this.

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  14. Donna says:

    Thanks, Norm, for sharing such a powerful, heartfelt and timely post. There is beauty and goodness all around us. We need to stand together and share our voices (as you have so brilliantly done).

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  15. lifelessons says:

    Well said, Norm. Can’t wait for the world to shift back to sanity. It seems as though we’ll never get out of this cursed cycle, as though some part of our communal nature needs that excess before returning to normality. Just a shocker that our “leader” seems to be at the head of the cuckoo parade. The word leader has become an oxymoron.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank Judy. As someone who works in marketing and communications, I have to disagree with your assessment of your leader. He is boorish, uncouth, and lacking in basic manners, but he is no cuckoo. He’s actually one of the craftiest PR individuals I have ever seen. This whole circus of outrageous tweets, statements and policies is designed as a deliberate distraction. While he and his cronies dismantle regulations and rules designed to protect the people, they are lining their pockets like bandits, and the public and the press are tweeting about Bowling Green thinking how clever they are.
      Outrageous is ALWAYS meant as a distraction.

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      • lifelessons says:

        Frightening, Norm..and always appreciate a wider view. Although it is frightening, I can see the possibility of truth in what you say. Chilling. But, in the goals he has set for himself, he is still a fool. Even the least animal doesn’t foul its own nest.

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  16. mickscogs says:

    Here in Melbourne we had a similar event recently where a deranged man mowed down 10s of people in street with a car killing 6 (so far). The ensuing social media sickened me. Great post Norm.

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  17. susurrus says:

    I wish with all my heart that we could all see that brutality is never the answer to any question. Like you, I mourn the lives lost or changed, and for everyone who lives in danger or in fear, everyone threatened with oppression, every heart struggling with overwhelming grief for a man-made reason. In the context, my picture may seem lightweight but I thought of it because it comes from New Orleans, a city that refused to have its spirit diminished by tragedy.

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  18. I thought of you this morning. I haven’t been reading as many posts lately due to having my baby. I missed your doors and looked you up today. It must have been meant to be because your post this week is special.

    I am very sorry for the loss in your community. It is a loss for all of us. Your rant is not a rant at all. It is the heartfelt reaction to something unfathomable.

    I only wish there were an easy solution. All I can do is send you light and love and try to live my life positively and raise a baby to do the same. If we could all do this then perhaps this ugliness would stop?

    It probably seems dumb to say this but looking at your doors brings me happiness. It shows that there is more goodness than evil. Keep ’em coming.

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  19. Debbie H says:

    I feel for you Norm, it’s been awful news after awful news in recent times. Your rant was spot on and well said. Take it easy and go to visit my doors post for some relaxing Australian doors. Hugs to you 😊

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  20. dennyho says:

    Your colorful doors are a tribute to the diversity we can embrace when we all play nice. Sadly, there are those outliers (of every color/nationality/religion/etc) who make ugly statements like what happened near you. Evil is everywhere yet so is beauty. Hoping your Winter Carnival is a succes.

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  21. I was shocked as well. Hate seems to spread like cancer. It doesn’t know boundaries and borders, and as you said, it doesn’t know nationality. I am sorry it happened in your beautiful country.

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  22. jan says:

    My heart goes out to you – it’s always disheartening to think that in such a beautiful city, in such a basically wonderful country evil things can happen when fueled by irrational hatreds. And of course our Moron in Chief was quick to point out that he’s preventing this from happening in the US by banning muslims…

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jan. We have morons running for office here too. I’m kinda proud of the fact that up to now we’ve rejected them in recent elections but there seems to be more of them waiting in the wings, and some of them seem to be gaining traction 😦

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  23. restlessjo says:

    It really does need all of us to care enough to have the rant, Norm. As you say, it’s always ‘somewhere else’, but I no longer feel secure when my son goes to a music venue. What kind of a world have we perpetrated?

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  24. Judith says:

    How ever much we care about terrible things that happen around the world it is only when the unspeakable happens close to home that you really feel it. Life would be unbearable if we felt the pain of all the murder and mayhem we read about round the world. The only good that can come out of the attack in Québec is that thousands of people will react as you did and will feel compelled to challenge hate and intolerance wherever they meet it.

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  25. Corina says:

    Reblogged this on Wasted Days And Wasted Nights and commented:
    Violence has no nationality. Wise words in this post.

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  26. Corina says:

    Excellent post. Thank you.

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  27. Thank you so much for this heartfelt response to a tragedy near you but a tragedy that impacts all of us around the world. I do wish we could find a solution, or maybe we have. It’s people like you reminding us of the profiling, stereotyping, and sometimes lack of understanding and empathy that really cause so much unrest that we rarely see until something like this happens. Peace to Quebec. And to you for making me think about what’s happening. — Rusha Sams

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  28. Thank you for sharing your opinions. I don’t like brussel sprouts either. I agree with your other points, too. It is nice to be part of a community that is looking to share beauty and share our differences and similarities throughout the world. Doors are a great metaphor for how different and alike people are everywhere. Sometimes we use doors to adorn a building and sometimes we use them to shut people out. Thanks for letting us in and I hope you can celebrate the beauty of your festival.

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  29. Vicky says:

    Understanding the world is quite hard work at the moment… It’s rather nice to head off out of it and look at doors! That first photograph is just lovely, peace to Québec city…

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  30. Beautiful pictures, Norm. I’m so sad about what happened there.

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  31. Lynn says:

    Norm, I was so touched by this piece this morning. With so much hatred swirling in the news & social media, I find there are times when I am just at a loss for words. Thank you so much for this beautifully written piece. I have shared over at my place!

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  32. Well said. I totally agree with you. I have also been having trouble processing what happened in Quebec. We went to the vigil in Montreal on Monday night as I felt it was important to show solidarity and not just watch events unfold on TV. I do hope that this will be a wake up call for a lot of our politicians though I see that some of them are still stuck in their habits of creating fears to win votes & supports…We do need to change mentality through education and more contacts between the various communities…(Suzanne)

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      A wake up call for the politicians and all the “radio poubelle” talk show hosts who stir up shit for fun and ratings. Merci Suzanne 🙂

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      • Totally agree with you though I fear that those who hate Muslims aren’t very receptive to all of these messages of getting to know each other to find that we all basically the same: human beings with family wanted the best for them. I have been very impressed by the messages of the various Imams who spoke at the two funerals and I do hope that people on both side will try to better understand each other.

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  33. facetfully says:

    You may call it a rant, but words that need saying and at least an attempt at understanding!

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  34. joey says:

    While I believe there are many of us who could post rants, social justice concerns, or political opinions every day, there’s something to be said for letting it out now and again, giving it more power, letting others know we’ve had enough. This post seems right to me. As you know, I’m not a religious person, but even to me, there is something so repugnant, so inhuman, about committing acts of violence in any place of worship. There is no place safe from evil. I fear for the future and all of humanity.
    Thank you for sharing the still beautiful doors.

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  35. marianallen says:

    What pains me most on social media are the howls of delight when something bad happens that also confounds the theories/politics of “the other side.” You know the kind: “Dems are livid that mosque shooter is Muslim” or “Trump supporters left speechless by truth about fill-in-the-blank,” as if the lives of other human beings are just markers in a goddamn GAME and bullets are about scoring points off each other. THANK YOU for this beautiful, heartfelt, and deeply human post. It does me good to read it.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      You’re bang on about the howls of delight. I want to believe these people just don’t realize what they’re doing, otherwise…well as you said treating the lives of other humans like a game is shameful 😦

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  36. Thank you for paying tribute to your beautiful city with your photos. You and all those affected by this terrible tragedy are in my prayers.

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  37. Thanks for both your words and the beautiful photos, Norm. My heart’s been broken so many times over the last too-many years with stories like these, no matter which group (or none) the killer is from. Intolerance and hatred from groups that espouses those things is bad enough, but from groups or people, no matter what group/religion/political beliefs, that claim to be tolerant is unbearable. The vicious words and sometimes actions in my own country attest too well to that.

    janet

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  38. slfinnell says:

    We need a Love button on the comment section in order to help spread some. Trust and believe, that disease called hate is running rampant and it’s up to Good people to start the change. Thanks for venting for the like-minded folks of the world.

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  39. Sometimes a guy just needs to say what he and a lot of us are feeling, and this recent tragedy so close to your home certainly seems like one of those times. 🙂 I don’t know when exactly we lost our common sense, tolerance, and civility, but in a lot of cases it is gone and we are left with posting every random thought that comes into our head on social media. It seems like some days the major goal is to say, photograph, or do something outrageous that goes ‘viral’ or ‘trends.’ Excuse this term, but it seems like a lot of people have become media whores and they don’t care what they have to do to capture the headlines. In this case when his name appeared in the headlines, it was the result of worshippers being struck down in their place of worship for no reason other than lack of tolerance. Interesting because if there is one thing we need right now is more prayers because so many in our society right now are sick and need help to recover. Peace to you, Norm, and your beautiful Country.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Letting it out does help a lot. Overall though I usually hesitate and think long and hard before putting up a post like this because I do not want this blog to become political. I have no appetite for debating or arguing with people on the internet.

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  40. Colline says:

    Hear, hear Norm. I was shocked when I heard what happened in Quebec City. To be honest, at first I thought it was a prank. It only shows that statements mad by people in power and reported in the press (i.e. Trump) does affect the person on the street. Hate speech propagates speech. As you suggest, leaders should propagate community, collaboration, peace. In this way the haters of the world would not be so brave to act out on their inner desires.
    May your week encouraged you to see the beauty in the world and the positive side of human nature.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Colline. We have the same crap here too. Conservative leadership candidates trying to score points but declaring they want to install testing of immigrants for Canadian Values – WTF! Between the last federal election and the last provincial election here, I have never been prouder of the way the people have soundly rejected this exclusionist ideology. I just hope that trend continues 🙂

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  41. Joanne Sisco says:

    Thanks Norm. I appreciate you talking about this. It’s been a sad and horrifying topic in our home all week. When you talk about something hitting close to home, this is it. This mosque is a short 3 minute walk from my in-law’s home in QC. I know this neighbourhood very well and it’s rattled me – and them – big time.
    Our posts of tolerance and goodwill never reach those with black hearts … just the same as their posts of fear and hate don’t reach us. It pains me when family members and people I thought I knew use their social media pages to spout the fear us-vs-them rhetoric. I wish I knew the solution to this world-wide plague.
    When I saw this post this morning, my first thought was to park my own for another week in respect for your message … until I read the end of your post. I’ve always believed in trying to see the beauty in life first. Thanks for nudging me back in that direction at a time when I needed the reminder.

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    • Thank you Joanne, for linking your post to Norm’s.

      I appreciate everyone who is struggling – trying to remain upright and trying to move forward in spite of the devastating and outrageous events of late.

      Please, and thank you, do continue to spread the beauty that is in our world and please, and thank you, voice your sorrow so that we can share the burden.

      There isn’t much else we can to do, sometimes, other than share and bear witness.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks so much Joanne. I had been wondering how close this place was to your in-laws. This is truly scary. Hope for better days and keep trying to be kind and helpful and good in the meantime – that is my solution 🙂

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  42. willowdot21 says:

    Norm so sorry for your city’s loss. I know that sounds trite but I do mean it. I understand what you are talking of having been born and brought up in London and now living in the home counties. We must all have more tolerance and understanding and yes love. Let your pain and anger out you will feel better. xxxxx

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  43. Dan Antion says:

    Norm, I am so sad that evil has visited your home. I am sad that it still exists in the world, and I agree with you that our collective actions are what give evil the fertile ground in which it can flourish. We’re are tilling much fertile ground here, south of the border with your country, and I fear that it will not end in a protected peace, but in more violence.

    You said: “No one group has a monopoly on Evil” – That is so true, but so many don’t believe it. We ignore the facts, we miscount as quickly as we misjudge and we substitute “alternative facts” for the real facts that don’t support our position. Thank you for sharing the beauty within your city and the beauty within your heart. Thank you for giving us a place to come together and share the things that make our world brighter. I hope we will someday see the end of senseless violence.

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  44. reocochran says:

    This is such a gorgeous layered photograph! That main one had me staring and seeking all sorts of course details, Norm. I am so sorry for all the horrible events caused by people all around the world. I wish it all could stop. Growing up, “all we need is love” the Beatles sang. Wish it could come true! ❤ take it easy, Norm! hugs xo

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  45. ianbcross says:

    Words fail me, Norm.
    But I can comment on your photos. The Chateau Frontenac towering over the street of stone houses is an impressive photograph. Solid doors with solid primary colours. Not like the crumbling wrecked doors of Old Delhi.
    Best wishes, Ian

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  46. RuthsArc says:

    Thoughts and prayers to this beautiful city.

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  47. jesh stg says:

    Sorry, sorry, sorry Norm. It hit close to me when Paris was hit in 3 places, because our son (living in Holland) and his friend (from the USA) were supposedly there, visiting each other. After an agonizing few days I read on FB that they both had left the evening before the attack. This madness of having to live under a death threat wherever and whenever has to stop.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      We live in a big complicated world with big complicated problems, so there are no easy solutions. But there are ways to go forward together in peace, there has to be 🙂

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      • jesh stg says:

        What is remarkable – as far as I know- this is a modern problem, and individuals so deranged (as a retired psychologist it gives me much to think about!) Hope you’re doing better:)

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  48. Oh, Norm, don’t apologise, it’s not even a rant, I’d call it a state-of-the-world address. When it hits close to home, it happens. It’s terrible to realise one is surrounded by racists. Peace to Quebec and all of us.

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  49. Reblogged this on ladyleemanila and commented:
    Thursday doors by Norm 🙂

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  50. Anisha says:

    your rant was indeed very moving… hope u get beck to ur happy mood soon!

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