On Just by a Nose

Monday Morning Greetings to everyone. Hope you had a weekend bountiful with joys.

Our weekend gave us a Friday night of ballroom dance, plus an wonderful trip on Saturday to the Cincinnati Museum Center where we saw Hidden Hawaii (Omnimax Theater) and the A Day in Pompeii travelling exhibit. Interesting how both focused on life: the film about the growth of life in Hawaii, yet Pompeii was a tribute to life that has passed.

While Hidden Hawaii’s scenery was more than stunning, and the artifacts from Pompeii where incredible! Hopefully I can do a post just about the exhibit, which is on its third of four stops in its US tour. I feel lucky to have seen it!

Leading us into the Monday Morning Entertainment feature, I think of these quotes about noses.

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out my nose.” (Woody Allen)

Go back to reform school, you little nose-picker.” (W.C. Fields)

When you are up to your nose in shit, keep you mouth shut.” (Unknown)

Have a good week everyone. Oh – the answer to the “why” question the video my spark is “Because they can.”

On a Visit to San Cassiano di Controne

San Cassiano di Controne, small village high on a mountain above Bagni di Lucca in Tuscany, is where my paternal grandparents grew up. I haven’t been there since 1964, so Debra’s blog has helped take me back. Enjoy! For anyone who loves Italy, see other posts here and/or her Bagni di Lucca and Beyond blog in her sidebar …. and thank you Debra! Ciao.

Bella Bagni di Lucca

The hamlets that make up San Cassiano were once quite highly populated, but like many of the villages of Bagni di Lucca, it is now a quiet place. We parked the car at the bottom of the village and walked up towards the church and the main square. Along the way we met Arnoldo and his son Fabio who had been collecting fig cuttings to plant.


Arnoldo speaks good English as a result of living in America for 15 years. He came back to his home in San Cassiano in 1971 and has lived here ever since. You can’t blame him, the village is lovely. It sits high on the hill with sunshine all day and spectacular views all around.

He told us that there were 7 parts to San Cassiano. The village will obviously require several visits.

We walked past the War Memorial with the lists of the town’s…

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Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 132

On Politics
Outside of the verbal gaffs, the GOP primary is becoming a snore.

Rick Santorum needs to move on to something else, but not as a mathematics teacher.

Newt Gingrich is right – Government needs new ideas. Sorry Newt – but all aren’t centered in one party/ideology. As a matter of fact, most may be outside of either party.

Oral arguments of some aspects of the US healthcare law starting next week at the US Supreme Court. SCOTUS Blog is a wonderful resources for this topic, especially posts by Lyle Denniston, who already has lately published 3 posts on this topic. I also provide a link to SCOTUS Blog in the sidebar > Resources.

On Headlines from The Onion
Long Lost Jules Verne Story Found: The Camera Phone
Study Finds Newborn Infants Can Tell if Parents are Losers
Atheists Unbless Florida Road
Greenpeace Releases Rescued Dolphins into Forest
Area Woman Loses Respect Earned Last St. Patrick’s Day
Area High School Carrying On Without 2011 Seniors

Interesting Reads
About Military Budgets
Bernacke vs. the Gold Standard
Darth Vader and Project Management
2016 Presidential Race
This Article Generating Thousands of Dollars in Ad Revenue Simply by Mentioning new iPad 

On March Madness
Go ABK … Anybody But Kentucky!

After clawing their way back into the game, my Bearcats lost to a better Ohio State team. Nonetheless, a tip of the cap to the team.

The NCAA says that graduation rates are important. BTW, did you hear about the pearl driver in Yuma, Arizona?

On Potpourri
The teaching profession has always been difficult, yet it is insanely demanding in today’s world. Here’s an interesting read: Confessions from a Bad Teacher.

See this slide show about visiting Tallinin, Estonia.

I will have a post this weekend.

Because I started the week with a Buddy Miles tune, here is another one (Dreams) from the same LP (Them Changes) to send us into the weekend. Have a good weekend everyone, and in the words of Garrison Keillor; Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Malbec

Malbec is a Bordeaux grape, but interestingly, their winemakers shun Malbec in favor of blending Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Actually, not that much Malbec currently grows in France. Never fear though – Malbec has found a welcome home in Argentina.

Thriving in the dry, hot wine regions of Argentina, Malbec is a full-bodied, dark wine delivering many flavors for red wine enthusiasts as bold, dry, intense, complex, some tannin, rustic, and fruit. In other words, Malbec is a wonderful wine for dishes featuring red meat or barbecue!

Although buyers can find Malbec wines from Chile, France, and California, Argentine Malbecs are the most readily available, tasty, and found in a wide price range. The following brands provide good options in the $8-12 range: Alamos, Norton, Trapiche, Altos, and Don Gascon; but Ocaso is my absolute favorite in this price range. (Tim, a must for you to try.)

I encourage anyone desiring a hearty red win to start trying different Malbecs to find the one that delivers the taste that pleases their palate. Since numerous choices are also available for anyone desiring to go higher in price, I suggest doing your research or talk to a knowledgeable wine merchant.

Cheers … and enjoy not only this glorious fruit of the wine, but also the video below about touring the Mendoza region of Argentina. It’s an ad, but fun to see for those enjoying travel. Besides, the tango music is a plus.

On Satire News Bits: Vol. 10

This week I’ve been keeping the posts on the light side, so hey – the perfect opportunity for a mid-week dose of satire courtesy of The Onion. Which is your favorite?

New Social Media Startup Claims to be a Cross between Facebook and Facebook

Smoking Speeds Mental Decline

Area Woman Becomes First Grandma Courtney

Junior Building Inspector Closes Down Area Tree House

An Unopened One-Gallon Jar of Hellmann’s Mayo Quietly Expired Last Week

Disturbed Beltway Sources Report Congress Eerily Cooperative Today

Crush Last Nearly Entire Bus Ride

Fruit Flies Seek Out Alcohol

Truly Authentic Mexican Restaurant Shuts Down Immediately

Widower Replaces Dead Wife and Kids with Miniature Horses