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“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” ― César Chávez As you are aware, the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in 25 years occurred last Sunday, with the epicenter in Napa. Injuries were minimal, but the economic losses are estimated to be more than a billion dollars and potentially up to […]

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Eat. Drink. Read.

illustration for the San Diego Council on Literacy's Eat Drink Read event. with the words and a fork, wine glass and book in the logo

“It is no more necessary that a man should remember the different dinners and suppers which have made him healthy, than the different books which have made him wise.  Let us see the results of good food in a strong body, and the results of great reading in a full and powerful mind.” — Sydney […]

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The Little Match Girl :: Hans Christian Andersen

color illustration for  The Little Match Girl story  by Hans Christian Andersen written in 1845 The drawing was created in 1922 by Honor C. Appleton for the Hans Christian Andersen book Fairy Tales. It is a dreamy picture with golden hues of a child freezing to death in the snow having hallucinations of warmth and happiness and being reunited with her dead grandmother.

Most terribly cold it was; it snowed, and was nearly quite dark, and evening — the last evening of the year. In this cold and darkness there went along the street a poor little girl, bareheaded, and with naked feet. When she left home she had slippers on, it is true; but what was the […]

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What to Give This Holiday Season?

photograph of white beeswax candles lit and flickering lighting the darkness with it's hopeful light

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” – Richard Wagner Wine Harlots suggest you give of yourself this holiday season. (Knock it off you perverts; I’m being serious for a moment.) Tithe your time. Even if you have an abundance of cash (and if you do in this bleak economy, feel free to […]

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Falling Whistles

Falling Whistles Be A Whistle Blower for Peace necklace on a Elsa Peretti for Tiffany open heart key ring - photo credit Eaton Alive 2010

 “I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I still can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. “ – Helen Keller “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” –Edmund […]

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Carruth Cellars Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean North Coast Cuvee

photograph of the mosaic stained glass art piece Surfing Madonna by Encinitas artist Mark Patterson Carruth Cellars Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean North Coast Cuvee the image is the image of the Blessed Virgin Guadalupe in a long robe or habit on a surfboard surfing on an azure coblat blue sea with the worlds

“Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.” – Oscar Wilde “Why shouldn’t things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together.” […]

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Wine Bloggers Conference 2011

image of the wine bloggers conference a silhouette of a man standing on a wine barrel, head tipped back and with a red megaphone to his lips shouting out the wine news to the world

Things might be a bit quiet on the wine internets this week, as a couple hundred new media wine writers descend on Charlottesville, Virginia for the Wine Bloggers Conference North America (or as the elder statesman of American wine criticism Robert Parker fondly refers to us as blobbers). The highlights of the event will include a tour of Monticello, Thomas […]

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Layer Cake Wine Scholarship

Logo of Layer Cake Scholarship. The basic Layer Cake label with the three-tier frosted layer cake with the word

Welcome to Philanthropy Thursday, where we profile people, products, and organizations that showcase the best nature of humankind. “When a woman turns to scholarship there is usually something wrong with her sexual opportunities.” — Friedrich Nietzsche Geez, even Nietzsche is taking shots at the Wine Harlot. My sexual opportunities are just fine, Freddy, mind your business and […]

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One Day Without Shoes

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Welcome to Philanthropy Thursday Monday, where we profile people, products, and organizations that showcase the best nature of humankind. Join us tomorrow by spending One Day Without Shoes to heighten awareness of the challenging conditions the developing world experiences that we in developed nations take for granted. Not wearing shoes isn’t just painful, it can […]

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Fledgling Wine

fledgling wines benefit room to read, get a great pinot noir or chardonnay and help increase literacy in the third world

Welcome to Philanthropy Thursday, where we profile people, products, and organizations that showcase the best nature of humankind. “When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.”  —  Christopher Morley Do good. Drink better. Wine Harlots […]

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