American Decency: Not Too Big to Fail

Education does not necessarily make one smarter. I think the most recent election underscores that statement: millions of educated voters decided to spin the wheel, throw the dice, and bet on the candidate with no experience who spent the last year and a half offending nearly everyone but white nationalists. Some folks chalked it up to stagecraft, gimmick, something to appeal to the low information voter who simply knew he or she was not better off […]

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Ingress, Pokémon and Published!

You may have noticed our absence as of late. Rest assured we are alive and well — traveling, tasting and tweeting. We are spending less time indoors, and more time out. And the result? Weight loss and a better outlook on life. In addition, I can add “author” in a mainstream publication, to my list! Resistance is NOT Futile We’ve joined the Resistance! What is that you ask? Are we suddenly starting our own political […]

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Violence, Prayer and Thanksgiving

Proponents of open carry often joke, “A liberal is simply a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.” I disagree. I work in downtown Houston. One morning, I was walking to a client’s office, using Clay Street. Clay is a one-way street that starts at West Dallas and runs to the Toyota Center. If you’re walking northwest against traffic starting at Root Park across from the Toyota Center, you will pass Athens Hotel Suites, AT&T, South […]

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Old Man Yells at Cloud. Again.

And the public gets what the public wants But I want nothing this society’s got I’m going underground – Going Underground, The Jam With those words, Paul Weller perfectly encapsulated so much. It was a worldview that once guided my generation, tiny as it is in comparison to the one before it or those that have come after. Yes, we had our sheep, as every group will, we called them “posers.” The difference was that […]

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Bill Cosby, Drinking and Consent

Consent is defined by West’s Encyclopedia of American Law as “voluntary acquiescence to the proposal of another; the act or result of reaching an accord; a concurrence of minds; actual willingness that an act or an infringement of an interest shall occur.” It goes on to say that “consent is an act of reason and deliberation.” Further, a person who possesses and exercises sufficient mental capacity to make an intelligent decision demonstrates consent by performing […]

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Bedfellows, Bloggers and Bollocks…

Once upon a time there was a semi-famous writer who penned for a big glossy wine magazine. Short in stature, but tall on ego, he sought to school the new breed of wine critic — the wine blogger. Beware Strange Bedfellows When a reporter/critic gets too close to her subject, there’s too great a chance for a conflict of interest or, at least, the appearance of one. I recognized, at the height of the tempest, […]

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Dishing with Jameson Fink at Grape Collective

Recently Jameson Fink asked us to be his very first wine blogging duo interview for Grape Collective’s Speakeasy feature. A mix of journalism and commerce, Grape Collective is the brainchild of Publisher Christopher Barnes. In addition to Barnes and Fink, the site features a number of other writers like Wall Street Wine columnist, author and Senior Editor Dorothy J. Gaiter, Senior Editor Meg Houston Maker, and a host of Contributing writers including CBS News Radio’s […]

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Wine Swingers

Be a Swinger, or Divorce Your Wine Guy!

People love to ask about our favorite local wine merchant. Truth be told, we do not have many. In fact most of our wine is shipped to us. So it is pretty safe to say our favorite wine usually comes via FedEx. When I wrote a version this post back in 2010, we did not have a favorite wine guy. Or girl, in Houston. Then our good friend Iris Allen invited us to a hidden gem in […]

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