I woke up today with an urge to cook! Although, when I say cook, I mean throw something together on my tight schedule. Lunch for today will be:
Tomato Mozzarella Panini
Easy, Easy, and so tasty!
Bakery Italian Bread (pre-sliced saves time)
Mozzarella (splurge for the good stuff, trust me!)
Fresh Basil (chopped)
Assemble your masterpiece in layers. If you do not have a panini maker or a George Formen grill, a frying pan will work.
When done, drizzle with balsamic glaze (I always make a little puddle of glaze to dip in). Enjoy!
One year ago today, I was savoring the picturesque Swiss Alps. There is no way to capture in pictures and words the beauty. The views are simply breath-taking. I have travelled to many places, but the Alps opened my eyes in ways I never thought possible. I used to rush through life without being in the moment, but the mountains shattered my perceptions. I made a vow to slow down and savor each moment, a promise I still hold to today.
Winds of Change
By Susan Cunningham
The wind howls;
Carrying away all that has ever been.
The wind howls;
Washing away the imprint of the past.
Replaces the wind with the dawn of a new age.
Echoes throughout, melting the past into an uncertain future.
Nothing is the same,
Nothing will ever be again.
Written in March 1996 after learning of my mother’s terminal illness. Summer storms remind me of the night my life changed forever.
I published this post two years ago from my family’s vacation to Universal Studios in Orlando. Our family has taken many vacations, but none hold a candle to our time spent at Universal. Is it the rides, the food, the artistry? We have amusement parks here in New Hampshire, so why does this one hold such a special place in our hearts? It took years to figure out it wasn’t just what we did while there, but what we felt. Universal became our own little oasis away from every day, and not so every day, stress. The memories we made still elicit that feeling of contentment. When we have a bad day, we pull out one of our many photo albums and smile!
The theme of the day….crowds.
As expected, the influx of Harry Potter fans to Universal Studios created a river of people to navigate through. The star attraction, Escape from Gringotts boasted wait times ranging from 120 to 350 minutes. Even entering the famous alley way from J.K. Rowling’s hugely successful books felt a little like crowd surfing. But….the final product of almost four years of planning is definitely worth the trip.
A writer’s paradise abounds on the shores of Lago Maggiore, Italy. This is a poem I wrote while enjoying the splendor of this Italian lake.
Memories imprint like fossil to rock,
Moments in time, forever caught.
Aromas dance like fairies along the docks,
Gently caressing the spirit to thought.
Visions abound to move the soul
Can we freeze time before it goes?
Water glistens shining waves of light
Feeding serenity while I write.
Never a sweeter taste will be,
Than sunrise over Lago Maggiore
Unfortunately, I spoiled him as a puppy by letting him cuddle during my writing time. Having an 80 pound lab as a “lap dog” may not be comfortable, but its good for the soul.
The end is the merger of hope and devastation; blending of sorrow with helplessness. The end is a point where effort fades and resilience is crushed; when state of being relinquishes to fate. The end is not reached; it is thrust upon us.
When the frail collapse, they taste the dirt; bleed into the earth. Only the strong can taste the dirt and find nourishment. I have been blind too long, a victim of a system long powerless. Change is now the seed, planted deep into the soil; to be watered by need, tended to by the desire for greatness.
Excerpt from The Kingdom of Belamour
by Susan Cunningham
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