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Music and Cocktails: Who Would You Rather Be?

Music and Cocktails: Who Would You Rather Be?

About half the music that I listen to comes from artists that I’ve known since forever and have loved for years. The other half is much newer and comes from songs that my kids recommended that I’ve grown to enjoy and love just as much. They will tell you that I influenced their interests when they were young and helped them gain a solid sense of appreciation for what music could bring to their lives, and now they continue to do the same for me. It’s a true statement on both counts. A few years back, my

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Movie Bars: I Had To Go See About a Girl

Movie Bars: I Had To Go See About a Girl

In 1994 Ben Affleck and Matt Damon finished writing a screenplay for a thriller that centered around the idea of a young “Southie” from Boston who is being recruited by the government because of his genius intelligence. After Miramax bought the rights to the film, president Rob Reiner encouraged Damon and Affleck to drop the thriller idea and focus instead on the relationship between the young man and his therapist, with an additional romantic twist thrown in. This became the film that we all know as Good Will Hunting that was nominated for nine Oscars and won two: Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay for Affleck and Damon. I can still remember watching the two of them up on stage at the Academy Awards that year. There are a number of bar scenes in the movie, the most analyzed being the one that occurs in the Bow and Arrow where Will puts a pompous Harvard student in his place and captures the heart of Skylar (Minnie Driver) in the process. This scene is certainly critical to the film because it reveals the extent of Will’s genius to the audience, while simultaneously establishing the instant attraction between him and Skylar. At the advice of my son Connor, who helps me so much in working through my ideas for these movie posts, I chose to look instead at the more understated bar scene that occurs between Will’s therapist, Sean Maguire, and his mentor, Gerard Lambeau, played by Robin Williams and Stellan Skarsgård, respectively.

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Monday Classics: The Widow’s Kiss

Monday Classics: The Widow’s Kiss

Today’s Monday Classic is the Widow’s Kiss, a fairly old cocktail created in 1895 by George Kappeler at New York City’s Holland House Hotel. This was a time when bartenders were just stepping beyond the standard drink formula of the main spirit, a sweetener, water, and some bitters, to experiment with the idea of including vermouth and other herbal liqueurs into their recipes. The Widow’s Kiss uses Calvados as its base spirit, an apple brandy from the Normandy region of France, also famous for its Camembert cheese

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Friday Musings: Illuminate Me

Friday Musings: Illuminate Me

Back in October I wrote a Friday Musings post about a drink from Death & Co. called Terrible Love. I questioned what the phrase really meant and asked you all to think about who your terrible love might be. I speculated that it might be a love that was bad for us, or one that could simply never be because of circumstances, or one that left us heartbroken. In the worst case scenario, it could be all three. I called that one the Trifecta of Terrible Love. Lately I’ve been reflecting on the idea again, particularly about the process we go through in trying to

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Friday Musings: It’s a Team Effort

Friday Musings: It’s a Team Effort

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to watch my sons coach their elementary school girls basketball team in a championship game, which they won for the first time in the school’s history. It had truly been a remarkable season. The five starting players were all talented and any one of them was capable at any time of giving a phenomenal performance. The team also had an outstanding sixth man, or girl I suppose in this case, who would come in off the bench when she was needed and get the

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