The Earliest Memory

Thirty-two years ago, in the northwestern US state of Washington, the previously dormant volcano Mt. St Helens erupted. For me, it is an early memory that has been reduced to a vague recollections and second-hand accounts.  What survives are images, like faded sepia-colored slides in my mind.  I remember understanding that something very large was… Read More The Earliest Memory

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My Lonely Chateau Margaux (Repost from June 18, 2010)

In September of 1992, in the duty-free section of ferry-boat freshly departed from Rosslare, Ireland, I bought a bottle of wine.  Already buzzed from the romance and contrived sentimentality of a backpacker’s trip in Europe and excited by our arrival in France, I decided to splurge on a 1982 Chateau Dauzac Margaux.  I, of course,… Read More My Lonely Chateau Margaux (Repost from June 18, 2010)

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