Thin Mints, Triscuit Crackers, and Ben Grauer: New Year’s Eve Memories

New Year's Eve was always special tradition in my boyhood home because it was also my parents' wedding anniversary.  Just prior to my dad being shipped off to boot camp during World War Two, those two crazy kids drove from Detroit to that romantic getaway of Napolean, Ohio, where, ostensibly, it was the equivalent of a …

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By Any Other Name

I've been thinking a lot about vulgar language lately.  Recently, another blogger wrote a fine post on this topic, and I responded to it with a comment.  I've come to no startling, ground-breaking conclusions as I ponder all of this, but I do find myself to be a bit of a hypocrite.  I seem to have …

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Of Cell Phones and the Balance of Nature

Perhaps you were holiday shopping and missed it, but there was an incredible atmospheric happening around 3:00pm EST on Saturday. The sun exploded and colored the sky in celebration of something truly eventful. If you did see it, I can certainly appreciate that you might have thought it had something to do about you. Sadly, I'm sorry …

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Then Again, Maybe I Just Like How it Tastes

For a period of about ten years I lived, breathed, and thought about wine nearly every day. I subscribed to weekly food and wine newsletters from major California and Oregon newspapers, read books on wine making, and used words such as terroir and varietal. I'm sure I said those words when I visited wine stores, or at a dinner table with friends and family.  I would …

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