The great New Yorker journalist A.J. Liebling described the liberation of Paris from German occupation in April 1945 in a wonderful book called “The Road Back to Paris”. As he rode through the delirious crowds of Parisians, he heard one phrase over and again, “On respire enfin.” “One breathes at last.” I now know how those liberated French men and women felt on that April day, because on a similar April day we discovered that our deleted site has been restored!
As you might have heard, I accidentally deleted this Via Lucis blog and its years of content with one stupid keystroke. The loss of the material was bad enough, although we could recover 90% of it from Google’s cached pages. But the three years of contact with readers, the comments, the exchanges, those were lost forever. I did everything I could to recover, but the WordPress support team could only respond: “Hi, I’m sorry, but deleted blogs cannot be restored or reused. Deleting a blog is permanent and the name cannot be used again.” But I also wrote to Michelle W., who had selected us as “Freshly Pressed” in December and she waved a wand and the site is back!
When the disaster occurred, PJ and I decided that the only thing that we could do was to start over and make the new site better. When we got Via Lucis back, we decided to improve the look of the original. We hope that you like this version as much as we do.
For those who wrote to us with words of consolation and encouragement, we thank you so much. To all who read and follow our work, welcome back to Via Lucis.
On respire enfin!