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Last week, President Biden announced a number of executive orders on gun control, which are viewable on the White House website. I will reprint them here:  ”The Justice Department, … more
If you are a person who enjoys a good glass of wine, it is hard to get away from Italian wines.  Italian wines have increased in popularity in recent years because they are well made, of … more
As we roll through Easter, the start of spring and the overdue arrival of warmer weather, a meaningful phrase keeps coming to me: the greater good. It’s a phrase that clearly means different … more
“Fake it till you make it.” I love that saying because it is excellent advice! It’s what I do when I don’t know what else to do. When I was young, my father suggested … more
It is easy to be a pinot noir lover as there are very few poor examples of the variety in the marketplace.  This is probably because the pinot noir grape is very temperamental and can be very … more
My sister has been after me to write more. She says I need to take more time to record my thoughts and memories because, she says, I have stories to tell. I suppose she is right; this exercise is my … more
I believe that in another life I must have been Italian and a resident of Tuscany.  I say this because, although I try to be as impartial as possible, I love the wines of Tuscany.  I … more
Many people plant potatoes on March 17, but I’ve never managed to plant on that day.   Usually my soil is too wet. However, I start seeds in March for my summer vegetables and … more
As Cicero said, and as is etched on a shelf in the Boonslick Library itself: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  I firmly believe this is … more
The Frank Family Vineyards has just released their latest vintages and we get a preview if smoke, fire, drought or even politics that had plagued California in 2018 and 2019 has had any effect on the … more
A year ago this week, the world descended into the throes of the COVID-19 crisis. It’s fitting that our year of darkness appears to be ending as Sunshine Week 2021 gets underway. This annual … more
I depart from my usual column about wine to clear up a number of emails I have received concerning the ancient conundrum: price versus quality.  I will start with a line I have frequently … more
It’s hard to believe that I’m starting my second year of monthly environmental articles.  This is my 13th article, and those of you who have been following these writings know … more
Prosecco is an affordable dry Italian sparkling wine that can fit the bill whenever and wherever a sparkling wine is called for; but when is that?  Usually, sparkling wines have been reserved … more
What we remember and when we recall it can be baffling at times. Earlier this week, I saw a garbage can and mumbled to myself, “I want traaaash bags.” I caught myself midstep and … more
Like most of the nation, I have been watching and waiting with trepidation to see what the Joe Biden presidency is shaping up to be. Will his government set to work quickly to rectify the worst … more
With the price of wine as well as everything else going up, it’s hard to deviate from those varieties that are old and familiar.  By staying with “old faithful” one cannot … more
The emerging lesson of the 21st Century is that, try as we might, we will never exercise full control over nature. It is faster, stronger, and sneakier than we are. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, … more
You don’t judge a book by its cover nor do you judge a wine by its price.  In more than 30 years of writing about wine, I have sampled some monumental stinkers that sold for more than … more
Many of us, as we progress through the trials and tribulations of life, have lost track of or have completely forgotten an old friend who helped us through our college years, consoled us during our … more
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