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Blessed to Have Met You!

I have been Blessed to have traveled the World. For Business. For Research. For Counter-Intel. For Missions. For Friendship. For Vacation. For Relocation. For War. For Peace. For Exploration. For Discovery. Meet New People. Take New Photos. Think New Thoughts. Make New Connections. Blessed by such Friends as these.

Paraguay has the foundations of a Great Indigenous People! And - Paraguay's culture is highly influenced by various European countries, particularly Spain, which are combined with the special and unique indigenous culture. The strength of this cultural blend is seen in Paraguay's forms of arts, crafts, music, festivals, literature, cinema, fashion, languages. Great People Make Great Art!

Fascinating Humanity: September 2012

The earthy tea was first enjoyed by the Indigenous people of Eastern Paraguay — originally harvested from under the jungle’s canopy. Now it is responsible for deforestation in Northern Argentina. Guayakí and Alex Pryor want to change that by bringing the plant back to its native environment.

Episode 140: Con Sentido (With Meaning)

For some children of immigrants and members of families with mixed national origins, life can be an interesting cultural balancing act. Having immigrant parents can lead to a feeling of being caught between two worlds and opens questions of self-identity. In this clip, a man with an American mother and Paraguayan father talks about his life and how when he is in the U.S., he is seen as being from Paraguay, and when he visits Paraguay, he is considered an American.

The different cultural art in Paraguay comes from different materials. Weaving, ceramics, and woodcraft are the three standouts of the indigenous artistic expressions. Great People Make Great Art!

Vintage globes in my closet ... Blessed Old Friends Around the Globe in my heart.

CASACL - Patagonia (Argentina & Chile) ... Argentinians and Chileans - great folk of the earth! “Love beauty; it is the shadow of God on the universe” Gabriela Mistral quotes (Chilean poet, 1889-1957)

Gotta love those Iowa Farmers! Great folk the conservative thinking and self reliant Iowans! Unlike most of his Iowa neighbors, farmer Dick Thompson isn't expecting the US Govt. to help him survive the drought. While others depend upon federally subsidized crop insurance, Thompson relies on old-fashioned farming methods to see him through. Boone, Iowa

Old Ways Help Iowa Farmer Beat Drought

Bringing down the Berlin Wall (1989). Spent My Time On That Wall! Blessed to have met both groups ... the ones tearing the wall down! And the ones standing atop the wall watching the ones tearing the walls down! Again - Blessed to have met you both! Glad those on the top of the wall finally woke up! Freedom isn't free!

I lost my mind one year and walked the "Swiss March / volk's march through the Swiss Alps, culminating after 80 Kilometers in Bern, Switzerland (50 Miles). I wore my uniform as I was with a specially trained USA Team. It blew me away that as we came into every tiny mountain village - there would be some WWII Swiss Veteran there to say, "thank you" to the "good American soldiers". God Bless the Greatest Generation for their testimony, and the Swiss for their memory.

I lived in Japan for three short years. I still carry a love for art forms, garden forms, and martial arts that is uniquely perfected in Japan. They do everything with superb attention to detail. For example - I would never grow Wisteria at the wild edges of my backyard garden, it is just too invasive and unruly. They have no fear of it in Japan. (photo: Wisteria, Kitayama, Kyoto, Japan) Blessed to have met you!

Finding Solace in the Majestic Mountains of Switzerland and peacefulness among its folk. I happily take my hat off to the Swiss. In a sea of despotism these people have maintained an Island of Liberty even into the modern age of the All-intrusive State. Just going on a visit to Switzerland is an eye opener for the average European and American. Time and again my same conclusion has been drawn: everything Swiss is like the very best of other countries, only better. Blessed to have met you!

Had these homemade cheesy poblano empanadas in Columbia, S. America. They are filled with rajas or roasted poblano peppers, and a mix of queso fresco, oaxaca cheese, and goat cheese. Poblano peppers, have the perfect blend of heat and flavor. In general, poblanos are relatively mild, however sometimes they can be on spicier side. They are also ideal for stuffing and can be prepared filled with a variety of different filling combinations. Great food in Columbia!

Cheese and poblano empanadas - Latin Recipes - Laylita's Recipes

Cretans are well known for notorious family and clan vendettas. They also have a tradition of keeping firearms at home, a tradition lasting from the era of resistance against the Ottoman Empire. Nearly every household has at least one unregistered gun. Guns are subject to strict regulation from the Greeks. In recent years a great deal of effort to control firearms in Crete has been placed by the Greek Police. Ha! Blessed to have met you - guns and all!

Cretans are fiercely proud of their island and customs, and men often don elements of traditional dress in everyday life: knee-high black riding boots (stivania), vráka breeches tucked into the boots at the knee, black shirt and black headdress consisting of a fishnet-weave kerchief worn wrapped around the head or draped on the shoulders (the sariki). Blessed to have met you.

Elafonisi (or Elafonissos) is a small islet connected to the rest of Crete by a shallow reef that can be crossed when the sea is calm. This islet is lying on the south-west corner of Crete and can be reached by boat from Paleohora or by car from the village of Vathi, until a point and then cross the reef. Great relaxed people ... Blessed to have met you.

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Cretans, are permanently in love with their island and all that it stands for. A happy folk loving life with a spirit passed down from the vivacious Minoans. Strength derived through perpetual contact with every ancient race and civilization. They've known the Dorians, Hellens, Sea Peoples, Egyptians, and the Byzantines. A special fire is found in their "rizitika" folk songs, and in their priest's eyes as he holds a handgun poised in his belt. Blessed to have met you!