Every four years the citizens of the United States chooses who will lead the country. It is a somewhat convoluted process of registering to vote, then actually being able to vote, followed by having those votes counted, then the winner of each state sends electors to actually select the winner who is then forwarded to Congress who seals the deal. At the end of it all, someone is inaugurated on January 20.
In 2016, as everyone on the planet must know by now, former First Lady and Former Secretary pf State Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million over businessman and reality star Donald Trump. But because DT won more electoral votes in an election that has been called into question because of Russian influence, DT will be put in office tomorrow, and we will say good bye to President Obama.
Eight years ago was a cause of celebration in this house. My son asked to stay home from school so we could watch the inauguration together. We celebrated four years ago as well when we each wore these “The New Groove” shirts with Obama on them.
Tomorrow we are not celebrating.
We are mourning.
I was just minding my own business one day last year when I noticed Coachella was trending on twitter. So being the nosy person that I am, I went to see what was happening –and next thing you know
I GOT TWO TICKETS FOR COACHELLA!
And now that the line-up was announced yesterday and
is headlining on Friday night, I am so excited!
To celebrate, KCRW DJ Jason Bentley dug deep into the line-up with Randall Roberts from the LA Times. So beyond RADIOHEAD and BEYONCE, who is playing? And who should you go see? Read more…
Say goodbye to 2016 and to all of those “stars” we lost and do it in cosmic style by gazing skyward where you might catch a falling star to wish on and see a comet too while listening to “star” songs from videos by
- Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire
- Leonard Cohen,
- and believe it or not, The Muppets (in Star Wars regalia!)
while toasting them with sparkling wine on Sparkling Wine Day! All this and more below!
(Some ideas on which sparklers and what to pair them with here in the post “Around the World in Bubbles on Sparkling Wine Day New Year’s Eve”).
in memoriam: Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Ali, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Harper Lee, Pat Conroy, Gene Wilder
Each year, important figures in our lives die. 2016 was no different. Often, my friend Ron Wells takes the time to reflect on the impact of these people, often musicians, actors, and writers, who, through their work on the page, the screen or the stage, speak for us: they articulate for us our experiences, our joys, and our struggles in life. I edit what he sends and add images or videos or other clips but I don’t always have time to do so. Here’s a collection of Ron’s tributes that have been published on this blog David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, or are being published for the first time below: Harper Lee, Pat Conroy, and Gene Wilder. Read more…
Did Santa bring you your heart’s desires? He did for me!
And I got a new 15 degree sleeping bag from Mountain Hardware which will serve me well for my Pacific Crest Trail backpacking trips in 2017! Read more…
happy happy happy happy
Welcome winter! Welcome light! Happy holidays! Happy Hanukkah, Happy Omisoka, Happy Jul, Happy New Year, Merry Christmas, Merry Saturnalia, and everything else to you all!
How better to celebrate all of these special moments with friends and family than with some bubbles… and a really great Cabernet Sauvignon? And while a “Holiday Cabernet” just might pair well with the relatives, what are some other pairing ideas?
Thinking beyond turkey and ham (for which I usually go for zinfandel and here are some recommendations from Lodi), Sue and I took to the task the other day by putting together charcuterie and other appetizers, and tasting three festive wines that have holiday wrappings. Reviews and recipes below.
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