Churches and stores and homes alike,
built upon Incan foundations.
Man can conquer and subjugate
but never erase great nations.
Their brilliant constructions have been unearthed,
ingenious in their design.
Earthquakes and tremors cannot take them down.
as they stand the test of time.
Edifices awe, intrigue, inspire,
they challenge us as we stand
upon the grounds, the sacred earth
of a people, proud and grand.
In that I am a semi-retired Boomer and a grand-empty-nester, my husband (albeit less retired) and I are attempting to check off the items on our Travel Bucket List. Traveling to different countries is always an eye-opening, expansive experience. Delving into different cultures; the language, cuisine, crafts, and history, broadens our knowledge and perspectives on our world. This is particularly true when touring a country with a well-documented, rich and deep history, such as Peru.
Have you been anywhere that has changed or impacted your perspectives, views, even your life?
I remember my Mom in the kitchen preparing dinner almost every evening. Even if she was short on time and wouldn't necessarily cook everything from scratch, the process definitely involved some labor involving ingredients and the use of the stove or oven. I am convinced my Mom would enjoy the conveniences available to me now that allow me to "assemble" dinner. At least that's what I tell myself! On the other hand, my mother-in-law cooked everything from scratch almost every evening, and this continues to this day. Oh well, in this instance, I tell myself that I am a most modern woman adapting to modernity. However, this theory is negated by the fact that two of my extremely busy children have somehow turned into incredible, inventive cooks who use wholesome, fresh foods, often from green markets. I think I've run out of excuses and theories.
Does anybody still cook most every night? If not, what are some of your "assembling" techniques?
I do love New Year's Eve. Though I no longer want to be in the thick of wild celebrations or standing in line to eat an overpriced meal at a restaurant, I do love the process: the accounting of the year (highs and lows, all part of the fabric of life), and the renewed commitment to appreciate who and what are good in our lives. I also like looking forward to the next year with the illusion of a "clean slate". That's where those pesky resolutions come into play.
What are some of your resolutions? How would you describe your success with past resolutions?
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