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…
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…
I am exhausted, so much so that my brain fog seems to have permanently warped into a vortex of confusion. I find myself searching for the correct words when speaking or writing. Who needs those, right? We're all good provided the message gets across.
I have not kept this blog updated for that reason. My normal routine is suspended while Mum is in the hospital, and I've stepped down from much of my day-to-day things - including command of my CAP unit. That was bitter-sweet.
Mum finally got it into her head that her recovery speed is entirely dependent upon her mindset. She stopped fussing over every ache and pain. She stopped fighting the therapists with regard to what her limitations are (comfort vs compliance). And she seemed to take it very well when her surgeon told her that she could not smoke or drink again. (In fact, he told me to get rid of all the ashtrays and pour out the alcohol - Mum didn't bat an eye. Better Half and I poured out her bottle of scotch last…