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Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Leonard Cohen’s impact on the music world cannot be measured. He has influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Bono, all major influencers themselves, and only a handful of artists in the total list. His presence was like a stone being thrown into a lake; the ripples he caused went on forever. Rolling Stone called Cohen the “poet of brokenness” in an article written by Mikal Gilmore shortly after his death in November of 2017. Gilmore felt that despite Cohen’s

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Poetry in a Glass: Brightly Into Brilliance

Poetry in a Glass: Brightly Into Brilliance

There is a famous sign that welcomes visitors to the Napa Valley that includes a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson that reads, “…and the wine is bottled poetry.” Isn’t that a beautiful thought? I needed a new direction for my Monday posts and I admit to be totally inspired by this idea. Cocktails and poetry… yes, that would work, but what would make it even better would be to make it a series about using wine as a ingredient in drinks, in much the same way as I did with my beer

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Friday Musings: Star Dance

Friday Musings: Star Dance

In the play Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare wrote, “There was a star danced, and under that I was born.” Today is my birthday. Obviously, I am not one of those people who likes to keep it a secret. I love my birthday. I always have, and I suspect that I always will, despite the fact that the number I’m turning seems alarmingly high, especially since I feel like I’m about sixteen. And the problem is that it keeps going up. How did I get here already? 

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Friday Musings: Speak My Language

Friday Musings: Speak My Language

Gary Chapman is a theologian and relationship counselor who wrote the book The Five Love Languages. Although I’ve only read excerpts from it, I have taken the quiz, and I find myself fascinated with the concept. Dr. Chapman maintains that there are five basic ways in which we give and receive love: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. Although we practice all of them at one time or another, we tend to favor one more than the others, and this is

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Mercury Goes Direct

Mercury Goes Direct

Just a few weeks ago I wrote about the phenomenon of the planet Mercury and its retrograde phase. This little first rock from the sun controls certain major aspects of our lives that include communication, transportation, and technology. In short, it can wreak a bit of havoc when it appears to be spinning backwards in its orbit because we suddenly can’t speak or write properly, can’t navigate our way around the block, and can’t rely on our cell phones to help us out in either of these situations. The good

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