This is the opening overture, the first of a planned series of 8 posts about Carnival--the world's biggest party. Carnival is the name for pre-Lenten festivities celebrated in grand style mostly in the predominantly Catholic regions of Europe and the Americas. I am interested in sharing a few personal perspectives on Carnivals past, present, and future.
- faith and family,
- the great outdoors,
- the virtue of hard work,
- the value of being--and of having--a good neighbor,
- respect for elders, and
- a deep and abiding reverence for place and home.
Now, some 35 years after I left home, I can look back on the fun, travel, and adventure of 5 years at Notre Dame, 28 years in the Army, and 2 years on my own with a sense of pleasure and accomplishment. In what I hope is the middle of what I hope will be a long life, I aim to carry the basic values of my youth while tightly gripping the handlebars of wanderlust...
|A beer can collector spotted this unusual |
beauty in my home state of Nebraska
|This image captures the allure of Carnival|
Enjoy! or, as they say in New Orleans,