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Food (or drink) for thought

on July 31st, 2007 by mark

Here’s a story to give us wine (and other adult libations)drinkers pause. I hate these things because they seem so definitive. But the long haul, at least anecdotally, has generally been that moderate wine consumption is actually good for you. What to do when you read something like that?

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The Summer's Horizon

on July 31st, 2007 by mark

The end of July and summer’s gleam is turning to a glint. On the horizon is the school year and realistically, it’s time to get a little more serious. I’m lucky, teachers do get a lot of time off, of course, and that’s how I’m able to do the writing and wine events I do. […]

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A Fair Judge

on July 29th, 2007 by mark

The people who operate the Ventura County Fair are some of the nicest most wonderful people it has ever been my pleasure to know. Through my pal Tom Shaeffer, I was able to be a wine judge for the fair and this year, I stumbled into it once again. Tom teaches at the school where […]

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Harold Bloom is a git…

on July 28th, 2007 by mark

So might Ron Weasley say. I have just finished book 7 of Ron’s inestimable pal’s eponymous series and once again Mr. Potter entertains, thrills, jerks a few tears and ultimately, provides a nice kind of escapism. But, it’s more than that. I’m a writer, though it’s true I don’t think I can match Mr. Bloom […]

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The black dog takes a walk

on July 26th, 2007 by mark

If the black dog isn’t gone altogether, he took a long walk today. His doing so allowed me to really count my blessings and interesting life. To wit: A few years ago when Stephen Ambrose died, it took me by surprise. I was unaware he was sick and having learned of his death, I asked […]

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The Black Dog

on July 25th, 2007 by mark

Lileks usually refers to it as “the black dog.” When I started reading him, I knew I liked him and related to what he wrote–for the black dog comes to visit me as well and he is here now. I tried the past two nights to drive him away, but he won’t go. He sat […]

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Make your mark

on July 24th, 2007 by mark

I have posted so many times on the global warming swindle that it’s time to ante up. So, here I will do it. Don’t just berate Algore and the crew–go ahead and purchase carbon debits–that is–the opposite of carbon credits. You can pay these people to tear down trees, fire up big diesel machinersy and […]

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Huzzah! Briglio is Back!

on July 23rd, 2007 by mark

Kelly Briglio is back in the limelight again. For those that don’t know Kelly, she is the chef that brought Westside Cellar in Ventura to fruition before promptly leaving after a parting of the ways with her then partner, Jimmy Mesa. Westside was a trendsetting place where petite entree’s that were exquisite and beautiful were […]

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Moving ahead in the Wine Business

on July 22nd, 2007 by mark

It was not hard to walk away from Wine Country This Week, as I explained earlier. As a freelance writer who makes his living in other ways, writing has got to present a challenge, an interest–some kind of hook. And yes, that hook can be money–but WCTW’s pay scale was not the best (nor was […]

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The Global Warming Swindle

on July 21st, 2007 by mark

This piece by the maker of the film, The Great Global Warming Swindle, is a must read. I don’t know what it will take to get public policy makers off the gw bandwagon, but if democracy really does work–certainly, the majority of the people see right through the bs that is global warming theory–and yes, […]

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