September 2018 Newsletter

The State of the State Yesterday was spent on the sorting line of RR Winery. Pinot Noir grapes came in from our original vineyard on Ribbon Ridge–beautiful, plump clusters, sweeter than table grapes, fresh and bright tasting, in compact, tight clusters. For all the years I was involved with helping to start a vineyard and […]

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Super summer reads!

Let me jump right in here. Summer is rushing past, but it’s August…time of getaways, time of the solar eclipse. We all want to hide out once in a while, and August is the time to do it. Here are some books for the journey. Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: […]

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The curtain has fallen on another year of great books, and it’s time to take stock of what has passed. Nearly six months ago I did a little mid-year check in, and I realize that most of the great books I read last year were during that first six months. For personal reasons, I sought escape […]

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I learned of British mystery writer Ann Cleeves quite by accident when the mystery series Vera first was aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting a couple years ago. I was captivated by the dumpy, grumpy, woman-of-a-certain-age head of the Northumberland Police Department’s major crime unit. Played in the series by Brenda Blethyn, DCI Vera Stanhope uses and abuses her sergeant, […]

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