A Return to Sonoma, Virtually-Part 1

There are always gifts in trials. And this is one with unprecedented trials, and unexpected gifts. I miss my students, but am grateful for the extra time with my own children. I miss baseball, and drinks with friends, and browsing stores, but am grateful for the slower pace and virtual reunions. Teaching virtually means a […]

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Mending-Thoughts on Easter

The birds are returning in the backyard. In the last week, my Rising Sun Redbud has gone from purple blossoms, to apricot hearts, the color now in various shades of chartreuse. Nature is not missing a beat in this radical shift. In fact, there are many stories indicating a healing is taking place. Sitting on […]

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Vina Vita- Kuhlman Cellars

I’ve sat down to write many times over the last five months, unsure of where to begin. The changes around here have led to unexpected understandings. Those understandings, new peace. That peace, challenged by change. I’ve missed my time here. I’ve missed the time to delve into wine discoveries, mid-week jaunts to the Hill Country, […]

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Differentiation-Paso Robles Wines

Courtesy of Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

{Photo Courtesy of Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. These wines were shipped as media samples. I received no other compensation.} The beginning of the new school year is a time of gathering. Gathering information, identifying needs, discovering gifts. With a vast array of personalities, interests, backgrounds, and strengths, I have to find a way to […]

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Ch-ch-ch-changes…

So, after eleven years as a stay-at-home mom, and fourteen years away from my own classroom, I am going back to teach Kindergarten. And I start Monday. And I interviewed yesterday. So to say this has been a whirlwind decision is an understatement. I wasn’t actively looking for full-time work. I was perusing occasionally, and […]

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My Summer “Go-To” Monday Wine-Sauvignon Blanc

I love a good crisp wine all the time, but especially when the temperatures soar. In a wine store with a wide variety, I’ll pick up something from the Loire Valley, Saumur or Muscadet, perhaps. I love a good Picpoul Blanc. But for grocery store grabs, and any occasion actually, I go for Sauvignon Blanc. […]

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Celebrating My Portugality- #EsporãoDay

{I attended this event as media but no other compensation was provided. Thoughts are my own.} In honor of the inaugural Esporão Day, the winery and Evan Goldstein, MS invited me an other writers from the area to “celebrate our Portugality.” Without this country’s agricultural and epicurean contributions, our tables would look very different. Without […]

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Recent Fun, Food, and Libations in Austin-Texas Tuesday

As media, I get invited to some pretty fantastic events around Austin. I don’t receive compensation other than the yummy food and drink. Here are a few I recently attended: Last Thursday, The Wine and Food Foundation held Toast of Texas, an event honoring the wines featured in Jessica Dupuy’s list of the best wines […]

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It’s Peach Season-Peach and Oat Scones

It is peach season here in central Texas. Fredericksburg is famous for its orchards so expect to see several stands on the side of the road if you’re wine touring. But we won’t be stopping. Our tree is so heavy with fruit we had to support one of the limbs this month. It is a […]

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