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On the Fifth Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me: Five Organic Wine Guides

December 29, 2020

DaVero biodynamic farm saves seeds in this barn.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me: 

The fifth day of Christmas is today, December 29. It’s also the day for St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century who was murdered on this day in 1170 for challenging the King’s authority over the Church. 

Sounds a bit like organic and biodynamic farmers challenging the petrochemical laden establishment! Read more…

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me: Four Wine Books

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me:

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On the Third Day of Christmas: Three Phone Soaps

December 27, 2020

Santa’s Sleigh

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me,

Today December 27 is the third day of Christmas which celebrates the Feast of St. John the Apostle, the author of the fourth Gospel, three Epistles and Apocalypse.

And it’s also the day that in the classic song “The 12 Days of Christmas” my true love sent 3 French hens! But today with a COVID pandemic raging, it makes more sense that my trie love sent me THREE PHONE SOAPS!

Did you know a typical cell phone has 18x more bacteria than a public restroom? 

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On The Second Day of Christmas: Two Festive Wines

December 26, 2020

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

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On the first day of Christmas: a whimsical wine calendar from Wine4Me!

December 25, 2020

Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas! Read more…

ZOOM Poetry Reading with Art Predator: 7:30pm Thursday December 3, 2020

December 2, 2020

 

With almost all in-person live events cancelled because of COVID, have you joined any ZOOM poetry events? Read more…

Happy Thanksgiving 2020: COVID Edition with MusiKaravan Turkey Serenade

November 26, 2020


“It doesn’t feel like much of a Thanksgiving this year. Lots of chairs are empty, either permanently, as we are now counting our coronavirus dead in the hundreds of thousands, or temporarily, as we are staying away from our loved ones to keep the virus at bay,” writes Heather Cox Richardson on November 25, 2020 (Wednesday) as published on Facebook and sub stack.

Snow and grass near the Mill, Mammoth Mountain



“Lots of tables are empty, too, as Americans are feeling the weight of an ongoing economic crisis.
Rather than being unprecedented, though, this year of hardship and political strife brings us closer to the first national Thanksgiving than any more normal year,” she continues. “That first Thanksgiving celebration was not in Plymouth, Massachusetts. While the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags did indeed share a harvest feast in fall 1621, and while early colonial leaders periodically declared days of thanksgiving when settlers were supposed to give their thanks for continued life and– with luck—prosperity, neither of these gave rise to our national celebration of Thanksgiving.”

 “We celebrate Thanksgiving because of the Civil War,” HRC explains. 


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Trump in the Bunker as Biden Wins US

November 6, 2020

Such good news to wake up to! Read more…

Happy Anniversary to Art Predator Blog! 13 years, 13 hits

November 4, 2020


Break out the bubbles! Let’s celebrate! It’s my Bloggoversary!
13 Year Anniversary Achievement
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 13 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

On the night of the time change in 2007, I started this blog based on a newspaper column I wrote which was also called Art Predator. Because the date the night of the time change changes, I celebrate this event twice!

And certainly blogging consistently for so many years is worthy of celebration!

Art Predator (CC) Randy Stewart, blog.stewtopia.com.

In the beginning of this blog, it was very eclectic with a fair amount of my poetry and art included as well as wine! As I progressed as a blogger, I had the opportunity to do social media for a wine import company, but when that fell through when the economy tanked, I went into wine blogging anyway where I have found great success including wine travel around the world and lots of cases of wine come my way every month!

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It’s ELECTION DAY: Time to Cast Your VOTE

November 3, 2020

Four years ago on election day, I was sure I would go to bed and awake with Hillary Clinton elected as our next president.

artwork by J. Bjork, an Ojai artist

After all she won the popular vote by three million– THREE MILLION MORE people voted for Hillary Clinton than the guy who defeated her via electoral college and became the 45th US President. Read more…

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