Friday, January 19, 2018

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Cimetière de Montmarte, a good place to think and rest while in Paris

Graveyards are peaceful places to visit.

I went to Cimetière de Montmartre the last time I visited Paris. I was tired from all the walking and decided to go to a quiet spot. Famous people buried there include the neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, the founder of modern neurology who discovered Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and Charcot disease; Dalida, the famous singer; Alexandre Dumas, the novelist and playwright; Jacques Offenbach, the composer; Émile Zola, the writer; Georges-Fernand-Isidor Widal, bacteriologist who invented the Widal test for typhoid; and François Roland Truffaut, the filmmaker who ushered in the French New Wave. [(Read my ruminations on Les Quatres Cinq Coups (translated The 400 Blows.)]

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I wrote about graveyards because, by the time you read this, we will have buried Lola Gló. The cemetery is nowhere near as beautiful as this, of course—just a patch of land with green grass and a small tombstone—but Lola has gone home to be with the Lord, rejoicing and praising her Maker and Redeemer. Job 1:21 resonates with me:

He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD."

Thanks for your prayers.

2 comments:

  1. Sorry for the trivial comment but that kid on the first photo looks like she's facing some sort of crisis, lol!

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