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More Gore

on February 28th, 2007 by mark

Off to Los Olivos tomorrow after school to write a profile on Wild Hearts winery…I’ll comment on their wines at a future date. For now– This post over at HughHewitt.com by guest blogger Dean Barnett is darned funny. You have to see it for its wit. Barnett previously wrote a post in which he, fairly, […]

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Piling On the Fraud…

on February 27th, 2007 by mark

I simply must follow up on this from yesterday’s post: This post over at Drudge is taken from a Tennessee group that did the research and, I think, it’s proof positive that global warming is a big hoax–at least the way Al Gore describes it….Gore says it is not a political issue, it’s a moral […]

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Food, Wine, CO2

on February 26th, 2007 by mark

Well, the first two pieces for Wine Country This Week are out, but they are not web accessible. The Central Coast edition is just getting up and running and so these are available only in the dead tree version. Apologies. If they get linked, be assured I’ll link them. If you’d like to see a […]

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Amazing Grace

on February 25th, 2007 by mark

Sue and I packed off and saw Amazing Grace today. This was a fine film for a lot of reasons. It did indeed adapt the story of William Wilberforce a bit. Wilberforce’s life work was the abolition of slavery and it took nearly his whole life to accomplish that end. But it is his faith […]

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Explanatory per the Author

on February 24th, 2007 by mark

A couple of friends and some family have inquired about the post two ago. Allow me to explain the mundane particulars: As the adviser for both the yearbook and the newspaper at the high school, I have created several very specific situations in order to make both publications work. I enjoy doing both and if […]

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Mercy

on February 23rd, 2007 by mark

There was rain yesterday in fine and strong amounts. It was the kind we needed–the rain fell most of the day in consistent and steady showers. Occasionally, it would get heavy, but never torrential. It was perfect. We need about 10 more days of it, of course, and whether or not we get them is […]

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Dropping

on February 21st, 2007 by mark

When failure appears, it comes not like a thief in the night, focused, quiet and dignified. It announces its presence and even sends messengers that it is on its way. Failure almost never sneaks up. Rather, it is confident when it comes and it never has to fake itself. There are times, however, when it […]

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Wine and Politics…

on February 18th, 2007 by mark

In a rare blend of my wine writing career and my fascination with the loonyness that surrounds the global warming debate, Appellation America has seen fit to publish my response to the fine wine writer Alan Goldfarb. Mr. Goldfarb himself was kind enough to respond to me in an e-mail to ask permission to print […]

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Simple Things part II

on February 16th, 2007 by mark

Tonight is the weird feminine pagan ritual known as Bunco. Mind you, I’ve rather convinced myself that it actually does exist, a good friend of mine says he has witnessed the rite, but still-I remain skeptical. As it is Bunco night, that meant daddy-daughter night. Peanut has a bit of a cold and so she’s […]

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It's the simple things…

on February 15th, 2007 by mark

The pace of writing quickened today and for the first time in many years, I wrote a flurry of pieces of all different kinds. I hacked out four letters of recommendation, a “teacher article” for the yearbook, a half dozen long and involved e-mails and, most importantly, an academic essay. That’s right, an essay. I […]

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