Dear Bernie Supporters…
Jan24

Dear Bernie Supporters…

I’ve been around the political block many times. I’ve had candidates I cared so passionately about that I walked cold New England streets, knocking on doors to convince people to make that same choice. I’ve made political contributions, sometimes more than I could afford, to help someone I thought had a real vision for America. I’ve believed. But two things have characterized my approach to voting. First, I...

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Why I’m Not Feeling the Bern
Jan18

Why I’m Not Feeling the Bern

I’ll admit I’ve had a hard time warming up to Bernie. Maybe it’s because he’s always shouting, yet giving me few concrete policy points. I feel I’m being lectured by the mean old man down the street who is telling me to “get off my lawn” but giving me no more rationale than “because I said so”. I am not a personality voter and I wouldn’t waste my vote for the frivolous reason...

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Late to the Resolution
Jan05

Late to the Resolution

As I do around December 31st, I had all my resolutions lined up. There were the usuals: get more exercise, lose weight ,┬áblog more. I realize these sorts of vague resolutions are a clear recipe for failure. I’ve seen enough New Years by this point that I know you need to be specific. Like Mark Zuckerberg, who is challenging us to run one mile a day for each day of 2016. I don’t mean to diss the Zuck, but if I’m going...

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The Proustian Force is With Me
Dec21

The Proustian Force is With Me

As near as I can tell, I am the only person in the United States — perhaps in the Western world — who is immune to the lure of Star Wars. I remember seeing the original when it came out and thinking how dreadful the acting was, like the high school play with really good special effects. I’m not sure I saw The Empire Strikes Back, but I had completely lost the plot when those Teddy Bears started flying hovercraft...

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Rock Stars
Oct09

Rock Stars

It’s that time again, the cusp of what we hope will be our rainy season. That means it’s time for landscaping. You see, if you are planting California Natives, and you want to keep them as drought-tolerant as they should be, you do your planting in October through November. That lets your plants get settled and — hopefully — get plenty of water from Mother Nature, then wean off water with the natural...

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Fleeing the Flames
Sep14

Fleeing the Flames

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that for the last several days, I’ve been dealing with the evacuation of my mother from one of the Ground Zero communities in the fast-moving Valley Fire, which fire professionals are calling one of the worst California wildfires in decades. Among the factors making this fire so dangerous: more than four years of a historic drought which has left forests and grasslands tinder dry, coupled...

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Happy Campers?
Jul17

Happy Campers?

I mentioned earlier that I’m reviving Wine Camp at the request of an old friend. Being French by birth, this friend thought having his son and his son’s friend spend a week or ten days at a winery sounded like a great break between the end of summer and the start of college. Not being a winemaker, he was not aware of the fact that, in winemaking, there are only one maybe two guys who get to swan in, swirl wine around on...

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Wine Camp Redux
Jul14

Wine Camp Redux

Long-time readers of this blog may remember when I introduced my innovative Wine Camp, my vineyard-based child re-education program. Basically, if you had a problem kid, I proposed, for a reasonable fee, to put them to hard labor at Two Terrier Vineyards. I guaranteed that I’d send them back reformed, grateful and holding two complimentary bottles of Two Terriers’ wine. I never really had a chance to put it into action on...

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Now We Are Six
Jan08

Now We Are Six

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that Amelia May, my goddaughter, is one of the undisputed stars. She was born as The World’s Most Beautiful Baby, transitioned into The World’s Most Beautiful Toddler, then became a dancer and a princess as The World’s Most Beautiful Pre-Schooler. Now she is Six. And Six is a wonderful age. Because Six is when all the initial promise...

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Start as You Mean to Go On
Jan01

Start as You Mean to Go On

I love the feeling of January 1st, with a crisp, shiny new year ahead of me. Time to make those resolutions and tick some items off the Bucket List. Just because I haven’t been that good about keeping resolutions doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try it again. Hope springs eternal and this time, this time, I really believe I’ll make it happen. I know you are supposed to make small incremental goals like “put on...

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