I’m always amazed by the positive power of the morning. As the sun climbs over the horizon and the first rays of light touch the world around me, it whispers the promise of our greatest blessing; a new day, a fresh start that Nature gives us every 24 hours.
I love great “value” wines. For a wine drinker, there are few things better than buying a low-cost bottle of wine, opening it, and having it surprise you, outpacing its cost with good flavor and quality. The 2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon did exactly that for me. I bought this wine at a local wine shop (shout out to Sunset and Vine in Blowing Rock, NC for this selection. Support your local wine shop!). My wife was grilling out some spicy jalapeno burgers. My cab stock was low, so I picked up this bottle for $16 to pair with our meal.
I posted this on Memorial Day on Facebook (back before I had a blog and still had an active Facebook account). It was probably the my favorite post on that platform, and so on this Memorial Day, I added it here as a constant reminder of a generation who didn’t stick their heads in the sand and fought against evil and oppression, no matter the location; no matter the cost.
When I first started this blog 7 months ago, I had a simple goal. I wanted to learn how to write again. Over the years I’d noticed my writing had turned banal and repetitive. Most of what I wrote was for work, but even then I saw no reason I shouldn’t be able to make my prose cleaner and concise.
A common misconception says it is difficult to be both an introvert AND a traveler. Introverts are thought to be more comfortable in the confines of their home and never venture out unless they have to. Horse-pooey. I’m both a strong introvert and I love to travel. I’ve traveled around the world and enjoyed every minute. Contrary to popular belief, introverts can make the best travelers. Here’s why.
In late 2016 I was struggling a bit. Life was moving along OK, but I felt like I wasn’t doing anything productive or creative. Things were just too mundane, I wasn’t learning anything or challenging myself in any way. I was just going through the motions.