Sunday, April 22, 2018

Uisge Breatha

USIGE BREATHA...The Water of life! Thought to be the source of the word,


Yes, I'm one of those. A whisk(e)y fan. An ardent lover of the drink! In all forms: Scotch, Irish, Japanese, American. Rums, blends, single malts...all are imbibed and savored.

Mind you not just for the drink; not to get hammered, sloshed, tipsy, wasted, or otherwise loosing my faculties. But for tasting, finding those subtle differences, those unique flavors that the distiller worked so diligently to infuse in his/her product.

I sit with my favorite tasting partner, my wife Amy, and we share our thoughts on that which we enjoy. The aromas, the color, the flavors. We talk and compare, each adding to our knowledge and enjoyment. It is a shared time of reflection and conversation.

We can be a bit snobby.
We use a Glencairn glass, designed to enhance the subtleties of the dram we pour. We swirl (never agitate), watching the legs of the whisk(e)y as they slide down the inside of the glass. We nose, always with open mouth in order to facilitate the use of all of our olfactory senses and try and find all the unique scents and aromas held within this wonderful nectar.

Then we taste, rolling the drink around in our mouths trying to touch all our taste sensors. Not a drink, mind you. A small sip. Just enough to allow the liquid full access to our taste buds. Then we drink.

Slowly, the drink unfolds. Sharing its secrets, allowing us into its recesses and embracing us in its warmth.

It's so sensual an act as to almost be indecent.

Then we let the drink rest. To allow it to bloom. To grow. To develop and change. And it does. Each taste becomes something of its own, Never the same. Always unique. And then a bit of water. Again, the drink changes. The alcohol becomes subdued and new flavors arise. Its as if we've poured a new dram.

Then we talk, At first its about the drink, What did you taste? Did you find the smoke, the sea, the cherry? The grass from the Highlands?

But then we just talk. About us, life, the world. All things and nothing.

The drink opens doors and paths and I take my wife's hand and we travel forward together.

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Bouncing back

First let me say...I'm sorry.

Sorry for that whine fest of yesterday. Not sure what precipitated that but it was foolish.

Not that it was false. I truly was overwhelmed by my birthday. It's happened before. Not usually on big ones like 40 or 50 or even 60. I had a bad one at 24. No clue as to why. Just my weird brain chemistry, I guess. 😖

But please forgive me for my indiscretions. I'll try and do better next time.

My saviors from my funk were my family; my wonderful wife, my amazing stepson, my other kids and my fantastic friends. They grabbed me by my short hairs and dragged me back to the world of reality. Made me see that I am a blessed man.

I thank you all with all my heart!

Friday, April 20, 2018



I'm 65. Geeze!

This one's a toughy.
I don't know why.
I don't feel old, don't look old. But something about this birthday, this age, is wearing me down.

I'm depressed by this. Like, spontaneous tears depressed. Like, curl up in a hole and hide, depressed.

And I don't know why!
And that makes it worse.

Because I can't fix it!

I know 65 is just a number and doesn't reflect the real me. I've got a beautiful wife, great kids (including a fantastic stepson), food,
drink, friends. So, I should be happy.

But this birthday is killing me.

I know I'll be ok once this passes. I'll survive and carry on, living my life joyfully.

But right now.....

Monday, February 19, 2018

Dej Vu

Fight For Your Love Quotes 07
It's amazing

I don't post for a year and when i do its a repeat of my last post. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment or a fool stuck in a never ending cycle.

And the damnedest thing is...I'm still hoping! I still believe!

Wish me luck, folks. I will not go gentle into that great night....I will fight like hell for what a want and need and will not surrender till the last hope is gone.

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Image result for tearsIt's amazing.

One minute the world is wonderful. Birthdays, parties, cake, presents, love. Then,'re hit with the news that what you thought was glowing with love, is the glow from radioactive waste. That all your hopes for the future have been derailed. That the love you feel might not be reciprocated.

I'm lost.

I know life hasn't been all sunshine and roses but the one constant in my life was  love. And now that's in doubt. Not for me, but for the one I love. She is lost too.

She's overwhelmed by, work, responsibilities and me. I guess in my ignorance and wishful thinking I missed all the signs. And now, life has turned upside down.

But I'm not giving up. I'll give her space. I'll let her think. And then, when we can talk again, I will do all within my power to make us whole again.

Perhaps I'm a fool. But I believe we can fix this, fix us.

Wish me luck.

Friday, June 3, 2016

We've gotta change!

Happy Friday!

Courtesy, respect, tolerance...

What's happened to these words. Did they get removed from the English language when I wasn't looking? Have the people forgotten the meaning? Or are we so obsessed with expressing our point of view, of our being right, that we throw these words away?

There was a time when your right to your personal view was respected by others. Folks may not agree with you but they understood that you were allowed to express your viewpoint freely and  unencumbered. This concept was so highly valued that the founders of our country included it in the Constitution (the First Amendment). It is an idea that separates us from a majority of countries and allows us to be critical of a thought or concept while still respecting the rights of others to express their views as well. It's part of what makes America a great country.

But now, there is NO tolerance for opposing ideas, No civil discourse on politics,family, religion, personal freedom. Now it's "my way or the highway";  if you don't agree with my viewpoint, get the hell out, believe what I say or I'll beat you. Muslim...get out! Gun lover...evil person! Christian...surrender your right to chose your belief!'re wrong and you're going to hell!

This CANNOT continue! If we keep going the way we're headed, we will destroy ourselves from within, tear our country apart, lose that which makes us a great and admirable nation.

We can't change peoples minds or hearts with threats or violence.

It's time for the people of America to step back, take a breath and and realize that ALL views are important, even the ones you don't agree with. That every person has the right to say what they believe and live how they choose. Return to a time of tolerance and respect.

We've gotta change!


Friday, February 27, 2015

It's Time

Slow start...breath deeply.


Let's see if we can get this rolling again. it's been quite some time since I wrote on here. Been a long time since I wrote ANYWHERE.

But, lets try.

No great revelations. Just an attempt to stimulate a part of my brain that's been on hiatus.

Life has changed so much for me since my last post I'm at a loss at where to begin.

But here we are. Here we start.

Slow start...breath deeply.

Photo courtesy: Melanie Weidner