…River Front Home?

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We Americans seem to like the idea of a home on the edge of a lake or river.  Water, I suspect, has almost always fascinated, and  yet also frightened, people.  Look at maps from the past 500 years or so and you are likely to see sea monsters drawn in the oceans or at the edges of the map – indicating that horrible, man-eating and ship-destroying beasts lived and awaited the unwary sailor.

I am not fond of the ocean unless I am on the shore looking out at it.  I don’t like to swim in the ocean for there are critters in there with big, sharp teeth that make me look miniscule…but to whom I may appear a tasty morsel!

Today’s photo was taken as I was riding down the Maranon River in Peru on a boat.  It’s a river-front home in Peru.  Not quite what most of us would have in mind for a river front home.  Most of the homes we saw along the river had fewer than four walls…and had to be overrun with bugs and animals and filled with mosquitoes.  Yet, to the people who live in the rain forest, it is home.  And as we are fond of saying, “There’s no place like home” – even if you live on the banks of the Maranon.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1944, German occupiers shot more than 300 Italian civilians as a reprisal for an Italian partisan attack on an SS unit.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Pope Innocent III (1160/1-1216) declared that a waiting period should be observed between betrothal and marriage, which led to separate engagement and wedding rings. The first recorded account of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477 when King Maximilian I of Germany (1459-1519) proposed to Mary of Burgundy (1457-1482) and offered her a diamond to seal his vow.

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