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Monday Classics: The Brandy Daisy

Monday Classics: The Brandy Daisy

Back in the spring I wrote a Monday Classics post about a cocktail called the Whiskey Daisy. The Daisies are a family or category of drinks – like a fizz or a sour – that are structured in a certain way. They begin with a base spirit, add in some citrus and a flavored liquid sweetener, and can be served up in a cocktail glass, or on the rocks where they are often topped with a bit of club soda. The daisy that we’re all most familiar with is the Margarita (the Spanish word for daisy), which contains tequila

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Friday Musings: Triple A

Friday Musings: Triple A

I spent this past Sunday night into Monday morning in the emergency room at HUP in Philadelphia. If this is something you didn’t know, don’t feel badly because very few people did. I don’t like emergency rooms and I never go unless there’s something happening that I feel unable to manage any other way. And to be honest, I’ve always been blessed with amazing health, and any concerns I’ve ever had usually turn out to be unfounded. When that happens, I feel a bit ridiculous, like I

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Celestial Cocktail #4: In Love and War

Celestial Cocktail #4: In Love and War

Long the subject of science fiction for us, the planet that occupies the 4th position from the sun is none other than Mars. Much of the wonder about the so-called “red planet” has been centered around the question as to whether or not it has ever been able to sustain life, or will ever be able to do so in the future. With temperatures ranging from -225 degrees to +70, and a poisonous atmosphere consisting of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and argon, the answer to that question would

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Friday Musings: Take Your Own Measure

Friday Musings: Take Your Own Measure

Have you ever had a moment where you read something that turns your way of looking at an idea or a concept completely on its head? It’s extremely powerful, right? It happened to me just this past week. Once again at the advice of my daughter, Wendy, I read an essay written by Joan Didion for Vogue Magazine in 1961 entitled “Self-respect: Its Source, Its Power.” This is the thing I love so much (and sometimes not so much) about Wendy. When I bring her a problem or a situation, she scans her

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Celestial Cocktail #3: On Which All Life Depends

Celestial Cocktail #3: On Which All Life Depends

Situated between Venus and Mars, Earth sits in the third position from the sun and is the fifth largest planet in the solar system. It is a terrestial planet, along with Mercury, Venus, and Mars, defined by its molten metal core, and a surface comprised of variable features like volcanoes, mountains, and valleys. It travels around the sun in 365.25 days and spins on its own axis every 24 hours, far more practical than the day/night cycle on Venus where you’ll wait 243 days for your morning coffee. We’ve

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