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Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

Authors and Books: Is It Possible to Research Too Much?

I recently read a Writer’s Digest interview with the prolific, wildly successful author, Dennis Lehane. He was asked: “Is it possible to do too much research?” Very much. I lost a year on Th...
Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

Book Review: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

For a reader aspiring to write, The Given Day offers among the finest examples of how to write strong men. How to write relationships between strong men and weak. How to show authenticity wh...
Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

Wine: A Baker’s Dozen For Spring and Easter Tables

Easter brunch, lunch or dinner in my memory-bank is leg of lamb, ham, cold salmon and egg dishes. Fresh veggies and yeast breads. Light and spring-like, is the way I think of celebrating thi...
Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

Wine Glasses: The New and the Idea Behind an Excellent Glass

I have a special affection for wine glasses. Streamlined, elegant, thin, an unrolled edge, a stem that feels natural –– and crystal –– the unmistakable ring of crystal that zings in the swee...
Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

George Washington Distillery Mt. Vernon: Limited Quantities Available Now

The historic George Washington Distillery at Mt. Vernon is offering unaged Rye and aged (two years) straight whiskey for sale. The tour of the Distillery and Gristmill is sold out for the on...
Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

Book Review – Powerful Premise: Writing the Irresistible by William Bernhardt

Who doesn’t want to write the irresistible? How many books do you own on writing fiction? I have shelf-after-shelf, stack-after-stack, and a bulging category on my iPad. I started my collect...
Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

Wine and Flowers for Your Easter and Spring Table: Roses, Radishes, Carrots and a Fine Gewurztraminer

When I opened the March 2016 Southern Living magazine (an annual gift from one of my three lovely sister-in-laws) the do-it-yourself arrangement below popped up. Roses, ivy, radishes, Brusse...
Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

Red Wine for Thanksgiving: Go Bold and Balanced – Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

A French Beaujolais Village or California or Oregon Pinot Noir are the go t0 red wines for Thanksgiving. My family will enjoy Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 at our house this year along with ...
Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

Thanksgiving Wine: Dr. H. Thanisch Riesling QbA – The Hock Glass and Sugar In Your Wine

In 2013 I reviewed this wine from the 2010 vintage, and will repost some of the general details of the estate here. The Thanisch family split winery holdings a few years ago. This Riesling i...
Maggie Villines · 1Y ago

Book Review: Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

I’ve read Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi at least three times over the years. This fascinating historical, fictional look at the lives of the people in a small town in Germany during W...