"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sand, Cursillo & Harry

1. I posted “The Morgan Classic in Italy” this week. If you didn’t get an opportunity to see it, “pop” on over.

2. Anthony DeCristofaro, “Your Daily Tripod,” provided some spiritual thought into the loss of life that has been in the news.

“Jesus died because all souls matter…especially sinners, particularly sinners.  All lives. The Pharisees. Peter’s mother-in-law. The Roman centurion. The leper. The man born with the crippled hand. The prostitute.  The woman at the well.  He did not walk around with a sign that said #JewishLivesMatter.  His mercy extended in ALL directions to the ends of the earth.  Jesus also left a little instruction booklet that can be boiled down into two rules: 

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:36-40”

3. Historicon 2016 was last weekend. I added a new page, “Historicon 2016.” Take a look for info and photos on my games as well as photos on some other games that went on. 

4. I enjoy building sand castles when we are at the beach. However, my talent has it’s limits. Check out these sculptures from Sandcastle Mike.

5. I thinking about getting one of these and putting in the kitchen. It is from a company in France called Polycave.

6. The Central Virginia 487th Men’s Cursillo is July 21st through 24th. Please pray for the team members and candidates.

7. Harry Chapin - "Cat’s In The Cradle."

Go over to "This Ain't the Lyceum,” where Kelly is hosting more takes.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Morgan Classic in Italy

While Dee and I were at the Hotel Garden in Sienna, I discovered a beautiful Morgan Classic. My knowledge of them is based on photos and old movies. They have always intrigued me and seeing one got my heart racing. I took a couple of photos with my iPad Mini.

The Morgan Classic
My buddy Jack next to the Morgan

The next day I asked Dee to get a photo of me next to the Morgan. We were walking down the line of parked cars, the Morgan being somewhat out of site. As we came around the last vehicle, there it was, but the owners were sitting in it, ready to leave. So I went up and introduced myself and explained my excitement in seeing a Morgan up close. Dee asked of she could take a photo of them and the wife agreed. She then suggested that we get in the car and they would take a photo of us. The husband backed the car out, left the engine running and had Dee and I get in. This was a very special moment for me. There we were sitting in the Morgan, the engine running, the road ahead clear. All I had to do was slowly push in the clutch, move it into first gear, slowly engage the accelerator as I let up on the clutch, then head out for a drive in the countryside.

The wonderful couple from England whose names I forgot.
Dee and me.
A closeup photo.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wines of Italy

While we were in Italy we had the opportunity to try many different wines. The reds were my favorite although we did have some excellent white wines as well. This is just a sampling of what we discovered. Photographs by Dee.

Wine disclaimer: I’m not a wine curmudgeon nor connoisseur. There will be no description of taste or aroma or of anything similar. The wines I’m showing are wines that I liked and enjoyed drinking. 

The first bottle of red is Antiche Cantine Terenzi Terra Madre. It is from the vineyards of 
Antiche Cantine Mario Terenzi, located about 50 miles south of Rome. 

The second bottle is Cantina Sociale Cesanese del Piglio Cerciole. It is from the vineyards of Cantina Sociale Cesanese del Piglio, about 60 miles east of Rome.

The third bottle of wine is San Cirino Chianti. It is from the vineyards of Fattoria II Colombaio, located in Monteriggioni, Italy in the province of Tuscany.

Now we get to one of my favorite wine vineyards, Castello Di Verrazano. A beautiful winery located in Greve, Italy in the province of Chianti. It is here where the Chianti wine is called “Chianti Classico.” The term "Classico," designates the Chianti is truly from the province of Chianti.

We were greeted by Gino Rosi, who provided a warm welcome complete with a monologue that was full of history and humor. He started us with a glass of ORO 24 Brut and a lesson on wines. Afterward there was a tour of the wine cellars and then lunch was served.

Tony and I are holding the wines that were served with lunch. We started with the IL Rose, then went to the Chianti Classico, finishing with the Chianti Classico Reserve. There was also a RED blend that we tried, but the photo of the bottle does not show the details of the label.

After lunch we were served Castello di Verrazzno Grappa. It is similar to brandy or cognac, but is a drink unique to Italy. One does not drink it like wine. It is to be sipped and the flavor enjoyed.