Ice in the sun

Posted: January 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm   /   Columnists

Florida Panther Hockey With little difficulty, we were able to leave Fort Myers and reach the Bank Atlantic Centre in less than two hours. It does involve a route that goes due south on the “I 75” to begin with, followed by a dogleg to the left. Then it’s a matter of straight ahead through […]

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Divided loyalties

Posted: January 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm   /   Columnists

Ya, I’ve got a credit card. I don’t use it very often. No, really. I don’t use it very often. The last time I used it was to renew my business registration. I’ve used it for plane fare and booking hotels and I use it when there isn’t another method of payment available. As far […]

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Baseball’s Grapefruit League

Posted: January 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm   /   Columnists

They are gearing up for the baseball season in Southwest Florida, affectionately known as the Grapefruit League. Mind you, the players will not show up for about a month. Pitchers and catchers first, thank you, followed by the rest of the gang about a week later. Preparations are well underway for the 2011 baseball season, […]

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Cooking with lager

Posted: January 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm   /   Columnists

For over 500 years, the Benedictine order thrived in Italy. While their motherhouse was Monte Cassino, their greatest abbey was located in Maçon, Burgundy. In 1112, a group of thirty monks established a small monastery in Citeaux, located in the heart of a forest just north of Beaune. They took the name Cistercians from the […]

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Feeding the uneducated palate

Posted: January 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm   /   Columnists

“You’re drinking liquid with liquid!?” The wine expert was shaken, even stirred. “Well, it’s my wife you see,” I began. “She has this book group and they…” The verbal shovel with which I was about to dig us a hole was grasped by more resolute hands. “Two soups, two wines—one red, one white. That’s the […]

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Staying warm

Posted: January 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm   /   Columnists

Here I sit in the early morning light, with my feet jammed into great big, warm, fluffy slippers, in a state of utter confusion and fear. Oh, do be quiet. I’m probably not anymore confused than many of you when it comes to energy. And I’m as afraid as the next person to crank up […]

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Alsatian style wines

Posted: January 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm   /   Columnists

Once the Holy Roman Empire stabilized northern Europe, the demand for wine outpaced production. The present major wine producing areas of Bordeaux and the Loire Valley were devastated by Viking raiders, which resulted in increasing the importance of the wine regions of the Rhine, Moselle, Rhône and Burgundy. Within these areas monasteries were founded and […]

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Just another game

Posted: January 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm   /   Columnists

I am certain that Coach Dave Cameron had a strong inkling that something was amiss when he called “time out” after the Russian Juniors had potted their third goal to tie the game in the third period. The Canadians had roared to a three-goal lead to start the third period. They had the home field […]

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It happened too soon

Posted: January 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm   /   Columnists

I wondered when it would happen, the realization that I am, indeed, a senior citizen. In a weird way I don’t feel like I’m a senior. In fact, if I don’t actually spend too much time looking in a mirror, I can ignore the physical aspects of aging altogether. In my mind I’m just me. […]

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Wine in the beard

Posted: January 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm   /   Columnists

The emperor Charlemagne expanded and consolidated the Holy Roman Empire from the North and Baltic seas, south of the Alps and Pyrenees. This is an important fact as now many of the wine-producing areas fell under the influence of the bureaucracy inherent to such an Empire. Lands were granted to Nobles and Monasteries and the […]

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