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On Mondays, I like to share some of the things I've been thinking about over the weekend.


A Quote

"A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the indiviuals and in the way they express their love."
--- Pearl S. Buck


On Thursday, Tom and I will celebrate our 38th anniversary.  Last week, as we were dealing with a car salesman, the fact of our anniversary this week came up in conversation.  The young salesman asked us for our "secret" to so many years together.  (He recently celebrated his 3rd anniversary.)  Tom answered . . . make each other laugh.  And I think that about sums it up!  

I also think the Pearl S. Buck quote (above) is a good "secret" to a long marriage.


To Read

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Last week, the New York Times Magazine devoted their entire issue to the 1619 Project.  This issue - which includes essays, timelines, poetry, and photography - commemorates the 400th anniversary of American slavery, retelling the story of America's origins by "placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center."

I started reading over the weekend, and highly, highly recommend it.  Here's the link.  It is very well-done -- and vital to understanding the role of slavery in America's history.  SO worth reading.  I hope you'll set aside some time this week to check it out.


A Word

In doing some reading about the 1619 Project over the weekend, I came across a sentence that read (something like this; not a direct quote): The bondage of slaves brought to America, their enforced servitude, and their struggle for equality became the leitmotif of our national narrative.

I knew exactly what "leitmotif" meant in the context of the sentence, but hadn't heard/seen the word used since college.  I decided to look it up . . . 


A perfect word, I'm thinking.


To Cook


Probably my favorite dinner of all time . . .  is a nice risotto with a basic salad.  But I've never really had success making risotto on my own.  Until last weekend, that is . . . when I made a batch of this most excellent Tomato Risotto from a David Tanis recipe.  So good!  And not a hassle to make at all.  I'm looking forward to playing around with the basic recipe so I can have risotto in my regular dinner rotation from now on!


Oscar Watch


Tom and I saw another movie on our "Oscar Watch List" over the weekend:  The Farewell.  

This is definitely a movie worth seeing.  It's subtle - a slow burn kind of movie.   Well-acted, funny, and very touching; really, it's just a delight.  Highly recommended by both Tom and I.

And that's it for this morning.  I hope your Monday is off to a great start!



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Happy anniversary ---------------wishing you many, MANY more years of laughter.


Congratulations on many wonderful years together! You two know how to celebrate beautifully.
Risotto used to be one of my favorite things to make and I made it often, then the whole problem with lactose became apparent and, well, that was that. The tomato risotto sounds amazing! The word leitmotif is one that pops out at me whenever I see it. It's a word to pay attention to, just as you point out. I've been reading to articles the NYT publishes on the subject of slavery and they are sobering. If only they were required reading in history classes across this country.


I've never run across the word "leitmotif" before! (Now I bet I'll see it a bunch.)

I've been cheating and making risotto in the Instant Pot the last few times... turns out pretty great!


Happy anniversary! My husband and I are coming up on our 12th, and I think you're absolutely right -- we have our moments, but we can always make each other laugh, and that seems to go a long way.

Tomato risotto sounds good!


Laughter is so important - it's great in the good times and helps in the not-so-good. The 1619 project is going to be interesting reading, and I have a real appreciation for just the right word to convey meaning. I can rely on the NYT for that and a lovely risotto recipe. Thanks!


Happy Anniversary! It's true that laughter is key, I think. Works for us anyway.

Leitmotif is a word that I have not seen or heard in years! And it's a good one. Fletcher's cousin's husband just wrote an article about slavery in VA (he's retired, but still writes occasionally for the paper he worked for/at in Richmond). Interesting how so much of what we have been taught in school is not accurate. Interesting and frustrating.

Looks like a good movie!

I'm enjoying these Monday posts Kym.


Happy Anniversary! I have been treating myself with the 1619 Project for the past few days - some of the poetry... just wow. Words can sometimes make all the feels!

I too had to look up leitmotif (and I was clueless as to what it meant!) and yes!! So perfect!


Happy Happy Anniversary! Agree that Pearl Buck's quote is right on!
The NYT's 1619 Project is indeed long overdue for all of us here in these United States!
Love Wagner and leitmotif, for starters...I think Wagner is my fave opera composer...
Thanks for the recipe: I think Norman might even like this one...he likes tomato sauces and pastas; time will tell... and thanks for your sharing. Good "stuff."


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