Archive for the ‘Juicy Tale’ Category

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An Impatient Publicist©

Tweet “An Impatient Publicist” will be the name of my book, when it’s published, because I am she. I’ll have my soap opera Cheesecake in the Vines buried in there somewhere, because it’s too good of a story to be left unwritten, and I’d like to develop these characters of intrigue. I didn’t write about […]

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When Cork Dork Is Too Simple a Name, or a.k.a. Charm School Dropouts

Tweet I love W. Blake Gray, of the Gray Market Report. When he read this story last year, he commented, “Hilarious, Jo. I don’t know how many if any of these things I’ve been guilty of, but I know in the future I’ll be wary of causing Pourus Interruptus.” I’ve had time to think about […]

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Reconnecting with a Grandmaster ~ Richard Mansfield

Tweet Back Story When I was working at Belvedere Winery in the 1990s, Richard Mansfield was hired to be the winemaker for Bradford Mountain Winery. As colleagues go, I adored Richard; because, besides educating me, he could really make me laugh. One instance was when we both traveled to Oregon to participate in a road […]

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The side of democracy that our founding fathers never saw coming… the double edge of that sword

Tweet I run the risk of sounding pugnacious as I write this… I  know. And, I may never hit the send button. If you’re reading this, I decided to publish it, with this immediate disclaimer. Please don’t think that I’m just a whiny wench. I’m extremely frustrated and just trying to work it out in […]

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Some days I feel like the little red hen

Tweet Remember “Hey, you, get off of my cloud!” Or, the Little Red Hen story…. When the bread was finished, the tired little red hen asked her friends, “Who will help me eat the bread?” “I will,” barked the lazy dog. “I will,” purred the sleepy cat. “I will,” quacked the noisy yellow duck. “No!” […]

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Seventy Five Years Later, Who is That Eponymously Sparkling Woman?

Tweet “Wake up dear, we’re going to take a walk across the bridge today!” Imagine being six years old and your father insists that you make history with him, by walking across the newly finished San Francisco Gold Gate Bridge. Fast Forward to College… Attending Stanford University, you fall in love with and marry the […]

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Dear Undercover Boss Rick Tigner, why was I chosen to be involved?

Tweet [Image borrowed from The Press Democrat’s site: KENT PORTER/The Press Democrat] FROM THE PD: In an upcoming episode of CBS’s hit series, Undercover Boss, Rick Tigner, president of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, gets choked up during the hour-long reality show. Production of the show started last spring, around the time that Tigner’s boss and mentor, […]

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The Diminishing of Writing: This is What It’s Reduced To, Boys and Girls

Tweet On the back end of wine website Roulé Rogue, a blog for which I’m now writing , this was what the spam said as it laid there waiting for my approval. Now, understand how ridiculous this is; because, being an author on a blog is a backstage pass, perhaps even having the duty of […]

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Everything on the Internet is Free, Including Customer Service

Tweet Everything on the Internet is free, including customer service for something you haven’t paid for… It’s become a funny world. I enjoy sharing the requests I get, because they always hit me with a “What?” moment, and getting them out of me is great stress release. This is a new one… Dear Jo: Hello, […]

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Is This a Diamond in the Rough Story?

Tweet I remember reading a story by Cyril Penn in August, on WineBusiness.com, and I was flying by my seat of my pants at the time, but it hadn’t left my frontal lobe. The story was called, Coppola’s Attorneys Lay Claim to the Word Diamond and or Diamond Shapes, and I thought, “What?” It’s a […]