Day 107: Something Beautiful—Beauty and Tragedy

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

Normandy was the site of unspeakable tragedy during the WWII invasion. That time erases evidence of atrocities of any sort, seems wrong. To scrub a landscape bleeding with the death of brothers, sisters, fathers, and friends—almost sacriligious.

The spectacular cliff formations near Etretat now stand spotlighted in a land that lay in ruin 70 years ago. Maybe these places grow more beautiful because of the blood that was shed. We cannot be given back the past, but we can hope that beauty may grow in a place blessed by the blood of good people. We can hope that these places grow so beautiful as to inspire a painting like the one Monet painted (below) to immortalize Etretat. A memorial. A testament. And hope.


My thoughts are with the victims of today’s bombing in Boston. May you find peace.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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