• Parenting

    Mind your children’s manners

    As a parent to five children…yes…FIVE,  I’m constantly reminding them to mind their manners.  A day doesn’t go by without me uttering several if not more of the following phrases… “What’s the magic word?” “Please, say good morning to Mr./Mrs. so-and-so.” “Did you say thank you?”… The list goes on and on… However, I’m beginning to think that I’m part of a dying breed of parents.  Is raising children with good manners something that society just simply doesn’t value anymore?  Well, I’m not quite convinced because I often receive compliments from people concerning my children’s manners.   Are my children’s manners at finishing school levels?  No, but they’re good enough to…

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    The Beauty of Biodynamic Wines

    How does packing cow horns with fermented manure and following the lunar calendar lead to a process of creating incredible wines?  Well, this was exactly what I wanted to know.  A few years ago, I worked for Evening Land Vineyards giving tours of their Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola Amity Hills of Oregon.  They had recently started employing biodynamic viticulture principles.  Prior to this experience, I had never heard about biodynamics and was eager to learn as much as I possibly could. Biodynamics was founded by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861 to 1925) and is based upon the principles that farming is a holistic process between all living things…