A Magic Thing-Surf Chateau

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“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” ― Laura Gilpin River rocks chosen from the Arkansas that bubbles by. Cedar shingles and arched entries to the courtyard. Claw-foot tubs and beadboard, crisp white sheets and cozy couches. The Surf Chateau in Buena Vista, Colorado is like […]

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Bridging Seasons with Roussanne-Texas Tuesday

Summer to fall, winter to spring. While the calendar gives us a definitive line, the weather doesn’t always obey the equinox. One bleeds into the next, hints of change and temperatures tease. Depending on who you ask, this winter has been divine. I wish we’d seen more of a chill. I found myself reaching for […]

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Love is More Than Candy Hearts

Earlier in the week, it was parties and conversation hearts. Heart-shaped cookies and treats for teachers. Our day began with heart-shaped pancakes, homemade cards. We will open a nice bottle later today. Perhaps a Barberesco (stay tuned). That is enough for us. It is our 15th Valentine’s Day together. Our love has changed, our family has […]

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Lost Draw Cellars-Texas Tuesday

Drawing on family tradition, Andy Timmons began farming in the High Plains of Texas. Drawing on experience, he branched into grape-growing after years of cotton and peanuts. Drawing on the wisdom and inspiration of neighbors, he expanded into winemaking. We are drawing the rewards. When Timmons’ nephew, Andrew Sides, married, it was not just a union of hearts; […]

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Fulcrums and Finding Balance

We begin seeking balance in our earliest years. Slowly, we learn to uncurl our toes, distributing our weight evenly on the quest for bipedalism. Rather than grip, we believe. Grabbing assistance wherever we can find it, something stable, someone we trust. As years pass, we move on to other challenges, removing the training wheels. We persevere despite bumps and […]

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Cobwebs and Clutter

Crrreeeeeaaakkkkk…. “Hello?” With great trepidation, I enter. Gesticulations begin, wiping madly at the webs, the dust clouds. It is easier to just keep the door shut, or to open it briefly only to tuck away another box. It is much harder to enter. To really evaluate what is in there, tucked behind the boxes large […]

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Traffic Calming: Cheers!

On Tuesday, I reviewed some of the non-potable last-minute gifts . Today, the booze. I refuse to get out and about today. I braved the store yesterday (braved is the correct term) but for those of you that are still wondering what to bring to your hosts or to toast with your family, look no further. […]

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Traffic Calming:The Non-Potables

It is a phrase thrown round Austin frequently. The swell of construction, the influx of residents, the business of life all combine to form abysmal traffic conditions here. The irony is that the city’s reputation is that of a laid-back, fun-driven, everything is weird and wonderful place. Just don’t get on MoPac or I-35 if […]

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Last Bottle Marathon-Today at 9 pst

An epic battle is mounting in the cyber-galaxies. Not between the light and the dark side, but perhaps the white and the red side? The Last Bottle Marathon begins today at 9am PST. Still looking for a last minute gift? Wanting to fulfill last year’s resolution to begin a wine collection? Need to re-stock after relatives? Whatever […]

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