January 9, 2008


Such is the title of the book I'm almost finished reading. The author is Elizabeth Gilbert. It could too easily be pigeon-holed as a "chick" book, but it isn't. Her writing is often hilariously descriptive, but it is her unflinching look at the inner workings of human spirit and our editorial, often whip-wielding brain that is the real gem of this book. It is a wise look at a journey, brought on by bitter divorce, that takes place over the course of a year. A third of it in Italy (eat), a third in India (pray) and a third in Bali (love). You will feel that you've been on a trip after reading this ... a trip outside AND inside yourself.

January 1, 2008


I've found two calendars for 2008 with a unique twist on the theme of wine. The first, put out by Napa County Farm Bureau, bares it all for the protection of Napa Valley's agricultural resources. 13 brave, male vintners drop their drawers and pose for strategically-photographed scenes of Napa wine country. Proceeds benefit the NCFB in its effort to preserve the legacy of Napa Valley land and wineries. Can these boys make a farmer tan sexy? Buy one and find out! To purchase: www.napafarmbureau.org/napauncovered.htm

The second calendar is entitled 'Wine Dogs USA' - a 12 month celebration of the canine ambassadors of American wineries. As the calendar states, "It is a well-known fact that behind every great winery there is a loyal dish-licker." There are two volumes available for 2008, with photos culled from the Wine Dogs books. (There are a couple cats included, for good measure). I purchased mine on Amazon, but I'm sure you'll find them elsewhere, too.


As I sit here, composing a poem, a quote from Camus came to mind. I wanted to share it here, as I think any artist's endeavors encompass hope, daring, generosity and belonging. May we all find our best creative star this year...

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
Albert Camus


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