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Letters From A Devastated Artist (2)

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality” -Beatrix Potter Dear Teacher, Why does our school reward mediocrity? Teacher, do you even know what that word means? By the way, I learned that word and many more at home at the age of six from a […]

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Letters From A Devastated Artist

“I didn’t become an artist. As long as I can remember I always have been one.” Dear Mom, I don’t like school. I don’t fit in. The rest of the kids make fun of me. Why am I always left standing by myself when they choose teams for sports? Why do the captains argue in […]

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Super Spring Clearance Art Sale

Chris has told me I must do a Spring cleaning in my art studio. So here goes. ONE DAY ONLY! All original watercolors are $149. many are valued at $450-$550. The selected watercolors are also available in Giclee limited edition prints for $49. valued at $85. There will also be a nominal shipping charge. Enjoy! […]

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Join Me Friday At Book Launch Party & Tasting (Signing) For Sex, Lies & Religion

I will be personally signing books on March 19 from 6-8pm at what I call a “book tasting.” The book launch party and tasting will be held at my favorite hometown bookstore, Landmark Booksellers in historic downtown Franklin. There will be complimentary wine and cheese served for all who attend. It is a come and […]

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What Does The Word Sacrament Mean To You?

Growing up in an evangelical world, the word sacrament was rarely used, and if so, with a negative connotation. It was not until the past three years, attending our neighborhood Episcopal parish and researching my book Sex, Lies & Religion that the enormous implications of this word came to light. I began to realize the […]

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An Introduction To Wine (Part 6): “The Earth’s Erogenous Zones”

As we have seen in the previous five posts, great wines don’t come from just anywhere. The earth has her own erogenous zones. There are a few places of harmonic convergence where every facet of the vineyard and every nuance of the grape fit together perfectly. In those rare places, both grapes and ground transform […]

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An Introduction To Wine (Part 5): “Where It All Begins”

The third aspect where wine begins (the grape) is: 3. Tannin – is perhaps the most intellectually intriguing aspect of wine, especially red wine. It can significantly add to a wine’s greatness. To best understand the concept of tannin, think about the bitter, astringent (sour), taste of tea brewed too long. That same harshness can […]

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An Introduction To Wine (Part 4): “Where It All Begins”

The Aspect of Agriculture Let’s start with my favorite wine quote of all-time: “Winemaking is agriculture’s highest art form” -Anonymous For all its complexity, wine is born of something utterly simple – a GRAPE. A grape is by weight: 75% pulp / 20% skin / 5% seeds (usually 2-4 of them) PULP is the soft […]

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An Introduction To Wine (Part 3): What To Look For?

Wine has five qualities: 1. Distinct Varietal Character In other words – “The more Granny Smith-ish the Granny Smith apple is, the more it can be savored and appreciated.” The same is true for grape varieties. Each variety of grape presents itself in a different way. You either love Bleu Cheese or you hate it, […]

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A Caribbean Respite

Every morning for the past two years, I have awakened to the burden of an incomplete book. And for the last six months, the tenth anniversary of cre:ate has added to that load. As of Feb.14 both of those long realized dreams have come true. The book, Sex, Lies & Religion is complete, released globally […]