Archive for the ‘Jo’s World’ Category

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Labor Day, a Sobering Holiday

What labor Day Means to Me… is not what you might expect. It’s not a day to go boating for the last time of the season; or, heading off to the beach one more time, before I settle into apple picking. No BBQ’s for me today. Nay… It’s pretty sobering for me. It’s time to […]

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A Boomer Writer Watching Millennial Writers

…as I watch Millennials struggling, because time isn’t moving fast enough for them, I remind myself that life is like an LP. The quicker one gets to the center, the faster the revolutions.

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What NOT to do if you’re a writer ~ A True Juicy Tale

The statement below (on Facebook within a private group) inspired the following blog story… It’s a secret that I’ve long held; and, it’s “What NOT to do if you’re a writer.” This became the title, when I thought about how to position this memory. I’ve held it too long, I need to just let it […]

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What I Would Love to Tell Clients ~ But, they’d think I was just making excuses

Purchased image copyright: kasto / 123RF Stock Photo   This morning, Cathy Huyghe – a brilliant journalist for Forbes (Harvard grad, et al) and an independent wine writer for “Hungy for wine” was at the Mobile X Festival 2016. While attending, she wrote on Facebook and then quoted the following: PR people’s greatest challenge, in […]

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Top 10 things I’ve learned in the past 10 years of wine blogging

It’s  now been 10 years of wine blogging for me. My anniversary date is December 29, 2005. So, I celebrated on that day by not writing anything, and continuing with my last week of the year’s stay-cation. I can now let a weekday go by and not feel that I have to write a blog […]

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Sauvignon Blanc Claw Factor

What’s the Claw Factor? Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that has a fascinating range and it deserves its own rating system, in my humble opinion. On one end of the spectrum, there are the commodity Sauvignon Blancs. You know, the ones that have no character, no finesse, and something important is missing (like flavors). On […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

I’m so thankful for a wonderful family, now all over the US (Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Florida, and California). This all happened in my generation. (Incredible!) My friends are all over the globe, and that number has greatly expanded via social media. Where are you from? Places I’ve yet to […]

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And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy

Definition of indigenous: “…originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. 2. innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to): feelings indigenous to human beings.” From this definition, can we find many indigenous grape varieties? I would say […]

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With wine, how much does matter

Once upon a time, in a tasting room, not so far away, I was telling some visitors about wine having health benefits. They thought that was pretty cool. They bought some wine (for their health), and left to visit more wineries. As soon as they left, my tasting room manger came flying around the corner […]

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Trashy Love Story, or… Why I Drink Wine and Not Gin

From the Facebook page Born & Raised in Maine, I saw this picture. It inspired me to share and write: “In Maine, it could happen, but for me… It was squirrels, thankfully.” My friend Terry Mcnulty: When we used to camp at Lake Pillsbury, we would take our food and put it in a big […]