Patriot Day is always strange to me. Even the name seems off. The word “patriot” is a strong, courageous word, so I get it. It’s just…this isn’t a holiday. It’s isn’t an observance of a blessed event. It almost feels […]

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I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

SCENE: Our Tahoe on a drive to Austin for my regional Wine Consultant meeting. Discussion has turned to Christ’s call for us to be “light of the world” and “salt of the earth,” about which I was giggling over something […]

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I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.

Oscar Wilde

Thanksgiving  is one of my favorite holidays and not just because I love a good meal. (My ass is all, “Psshhhhttt. Like I don’t know.” Shut up, ass.) Cooking the meal of the year for my loved ones is part […]

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“What room am I in?” “305.” “What room did Mom die in?” “212.” “Don’t let them put me in room 212.” “I won’t.” His breath was strong and steady, but his hands and eyes darted back and forth as if […]

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