Anything which offers profound history to a nation and the world itself deserves a moment of silence when destroyed. It doesn't matter if it's purposeful destruction, such as the case with ISIL members and cultural heritage or a neolithic tomb turned into a picnic table, or a possible accident such as Brazil's National Museum. Such is the case today with Notre Dame. One need not be Catholic or even Christian to fathom the gravity of the situation.
The Cathedral has sat in disrepair for years. "Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre-Dame received one of its
most significant overhauls between 1844 and 1864, when the architects
Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc redid
the spire and the flying buttresses and added several architectural
tweaks. That restoration followed decades of neglect and partial damage at the
hands of French revolutionaries, and was prompted in part by Victor
Hugo’s publication of his 1831 novel “Notre-Da…
You know shit is going down hard when the locals come out of their houses to point and stare at the fast-approaching storm front. Such was the case this evening as we made our way from Warren to home.
Most people up north have a good sense for the weather. Better Half and I should as well, given our passion for aviation and our volunteer service during disaster relief missions. However, neither of us really paid much attention to today's weather other than, "It's supposed to rain some after 7 PM." We planned to be home by then.
Ah the best laid plans of chicks and men.
We planned to leave early, say 9 AM. We planned to just drive up to properties in the Youngstown OH area. We planned to just drive back home. But we overslept, and had to run down south to pick up my mother's meds, and the truck needed gas, and we weren't on the road until after 2. What to do? Carry on!
Last week's early spring temps carried into the weekend and, thanks to
Beef barley soup is one of our favorite meals. Though the price of beef has risen considerably over the last two years, the recipe we use allows for the cheaper, tougher cuts of meat.
The recipe originally came from Mr. Food Test Kitchen.
"Our recipe for Deli-Style Beef Barley Soup is so authentic-tasting,
it'll have you wondering whether someone swapped yours with one from
your favorite deli. This nutritious and hearty soup is great for cold
winter nights, 'cause it'll warm your heart and your tummy."mrfood.com Deli Style Beef Barley Soup
The simplicity appeals to me. It takes very little time to prepare, contains only a few ingredients, and isn't weighed down by heavy spices and salt.
I've toyed a bit with their recipe, mainly because the menfolk in this family don't know the meaning of "normal portion" when it comes to this meal. I generally get 8 servings out of this recipe, though it's considerably less if my father grabs a mass…