Evidently, I can't share them here but I do drink other wines and will post some tasting notes when my new computer arrives.(I've jerry-rigged this one with an external keyboard to get a modicum of work done.) January 23, 2016 Last Monday -- January 18, 2016 -- I attended a thought provoking wine tasting in Paris.Turn left and the first building on your right is the West Fresno Regional Center which houses the West Fresno Library. One afternoon an Orthodox Mennonite couple-they dress like the Amish-- came in to the branch.Being that it's a small branch-- two full-time staffers and a part time aide-- I do a bit of everything: customer service, Children's Storytime and administrative tasks. (The Mennonites came to the valley to farm in the late 19th century).
Gordon wanted to present me to Shanken (not for the first time).These people are arrogant and have no respect for the law or common decency.I'll be writing more about this in the next couple of days. Fro's Barbershop and Good Barbeque, on your left you will see Pride Park.On sunny days, you'll find gathered there groups of men in hats, laughing and playing cards, their Cadillacs parked patiently at the curb. West Fresno is traditionally an African-American enclave, but it's on the edge of vast agricultural lands.That same day, two High Schoolers from across the street walked in wearing traditional Hmong dress! Would I be interested in applying for a library assistant position at the Elkhorn Correctional Facility in Caruthers?Additionally, West Fresno is remarkable for a sizeable Hispanic population. My internal reaction was to be indignant, "Correctional Facility?Please go to French Feast for link to Azay-le-Rideau article.June 17, 2015: My latest article in The World of Fine Wine. AZAY-LE-RIDEAU REVOLUTION Jacqueline Friedrich charts the exciting recent changes in this historic but isolated Touraine village, identifying the dynamic new producers whose scintillating Chenin Blancs and sparkling wines deserve far greater recognition including, she suggests, an appellation of their own Link to latest article, a terrific food and wine pairing session in Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Working on a bunch of articles right now: a quirky think piece for The World of Fine Wine, a short piece on Cot (aka Malbec) in Touraine and a longer piece on Tavel. I've also been spending an enormous amount of time reorganizing the wines and papers in my country house.Some of our customers are Oaxacan farmworkers-- Mexican nationals whose first language is not Spanish, but rather, Mixteco. They often share the fruits of their labor with us. When my boys were all finally in school, I was in the Fig Garden Library one evening studying my Anatomy & Physiology for an LVN program I was planning on entering, when I saw a job positing for a library assistant lying on the table. Every vocational test I'd ever taken pegged me either as a Nurse or a Librarian. Who would want to work at a Correctional Facility?!" But a little voice inside me told me to go see what it was about, and I did.