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Month: September 2017

Friday Musings: And My Heart Goes Still

Friday Musings: And My Heart Goes Still

I just finished a little book recently called Bluets by Maggie Nelson that my daughter suggested I read. It’s a collection of 240 prose poems (or what the author calls propositions) written over a three year period while she was recovering from a heartbreak. I know, I know. Perfect for me, right? 240 snippets on love and loss, my favorite subjects. It is true that I tend to gravitate towards them, but it’s not because I’m a particularly melancholy person. In fact, I think most people who know me would

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Celestial Cocktail #2: Morning Star, Evening Star

Celestial Cocktail #2: Morning Star, Evening Star

Our next planet in the Celestial Cocktail Series is Venus, which sits between Earth and Mercury, occupying the second position from the sun. In terms of size, Venus is almost exactly the same as Earth, so if we once again compare the sun to the size of a six foot door, Earth and Venus would both be nickels. With the most circular orbit in the solar system, Venus travels around the sun every 225 Earth days in a backwards motion, from east to west, rather than west to east like every other planet

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Monday Classics: Yellow Jacket

Monday Classics: Yellow Jacket

I received a wonderful new cocktail book as a birthday present over the weekend called Speakeasy, by Jason Kosmos and Dushan Zaric. They opened Employees Only in 2004, a Prohibition-style bar in the West Village in New York City. The book focuses on classic cocktails that have been reimagined, truly one of my favorite subjects. While looking for a cocktail that I’d be able to feature for today’s post, I came across the Yellow Jacket which had the interesting combination of Reposado tequila, St.

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Friday Musings: Furiously Kind and Relentlessly Gentle

Friday Musings: Furiously Kind and Relentlessly Gentle

I was having a talk with my little granddaughter the other day about effective communication. Keep in mind that this child is not even 3 months old, but she has such a forceful way of expressing herself that I thought it was time to have this conversation. She was in the bathtub, which is usually her happy place, but at that moment she happened to be fussing and fretting over nothing. “Nora, Nora,” I said, “that will get you nowhere. You need to articulate your feelings if you expect people to get you.

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Celestial Cocktail #1: Go Swiftly

Celestial Cocktail #1: Go Swiftly

I’m very excited to bring you a new cocktail series today that centers around the planets in the solar system. We’ll begin with Mercury, which is a perfect place to start since it just came out of retrograde yesterday and made our lives much easier. I’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s begin with some of things we all know. Mercury is the innermost planet, or the one that’s closest to the sun, and it’s also the smallest. In relative terms of size, if the sun were a 6-foot circle, the Earth would be the size of a

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