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We’ve all heard the motto, “Do what you love,” but when you encounter someone who’s actually doing it, it’s pretty awe-inspiring. On our recent trip to France, I got lucky, and got to participate in a tasting with David Meil, the president of Les Antiquaires du Cognac, an artisanal cognac distillery. Les Antiquaires du Cognac takes […]

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Reader, if I were not already a fervent believer in the power of paint, the use of paint in French chateaus would have changed my mind. But in fact when it comes to the power of paint, I’m like the Cowardly Lion: I DO believe in paint; I DO believe in paint. So I didn’t […]

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This is a quote from the poet G.K. Chesterton, which I’ve always loved because it is so improbable. It does not have much to do with this post – the poetry part, anyway – but this is about a cheese that’s worthy of poetry, and of a stop if you’re touring Sonoma County. St. George […]

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We took a weekend off – way off.     After my dad died, my stepmother stopped celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with us – to do things without my dad that she had done with him was just too painful. A few years after that we started looking for a new tradition, something we could […]

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Tenaya Lodge

It’s 7:31 on Sunday morning and it feels so weird not to be at the schoolhouse! Instead, I’m at a mountain wonderland called Tenaya Lodge just outside of Yosemite with my sister Melanie, who cleverly managed to get invited for a free weekend. We’ve explored the new spa, Ascent, which is gorgeous, learned about the […]

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