An Ode to the Sommelier’s Instrument

Every wine lover has a favorite. It’s the one you grab each time you are opening a special bottle. Maybe it’s stored separately, in a box, even. There’s something about it you just love, but it’s hard to explain because to an outsider, it looks the same as all the others. It could be tied…

The Writer’s Bite

Sometimes it takes a moment of stillness to bring you back to where you need to be. I think it’s safe to say that we are all going through that right now. A moment. A day, week, a month? How long has it been since you last saw friends? Family? Your manicurist? Almost eight full…

A Private Family Matter, A Book Review

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.                                     John F. Kennedy My quest to find out more about my aunt from those who knew her at a younger age brought me to the actor, author, and one time professional football…

Europe Trip 2013: First few Days in Austria

I apologize for neglecting to post on the blog, but I have been traveling via plane and car to the destination where I am currently writing: Kleinlobming, Austria–in the beautiful Austrian state of Styria. An American friend and I have traveled here for the wedding of our Austrian friend, which will take place later this…

39 Minutes in Venice Beach

She just wanted to get a taste of what it was like in the morning before it would be corrupted by the movement of the day. After picking up her rental, which was much bigger than the car that she drove at home, she made her way out to Venice Beach–just for her taste. This…

John Lennon Didn’t Play Football

This may be a series: Letters from my Aunt. My idea for this blog in the beginning was very different than most of the posts that I have been writing along the way. I saw this as a place to share stories; mainly historical stories about strangers. I never intended to share so many personal…