Jason Stephens Cab Sav & Linden Late Harvest



Mmmmm…..Winesgiving continues with my favorite red of the night, Jason Stephens Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, and and tasty dessert wine, Linden’s 2008 Vidal Blanc Late Harvest.

Revelry Cab & Libration


The first two victims of Thanksgiving that I like… 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon by Revelry Vintners and a red blend by Los Carneros called Libration.

Paradise Springs of Clifton 2012 Melange


We’ve had this in our wine rack for a couple years.  I’ve always heard that wine gets better with time.  I know I liked this Mélange two years ago when we tasted it at the winery in Clifton, Virginia.  I know I like it tonight.  Is it better than two years ago?  I have no idea.  I can’t really remember what it tasted like back then, but we wouldn’t have bought it if we didn’t like it.

Velvet Moon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon


Mmmmm…..I like this cabernet sauvignon by Velvet Moon.  It has a very velvety, full mouth feel with a slighty smoky, spicy finish.  At under $10 at Trader Joe’s, I highly recommend it.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – September 14 – 20, 2015

September 14th

You should give me a chance
This can’t be the end
I’m still loving you

from “Still Loving You” by Scorpions

While I love Bon Jovi and their ballads, as well as many others out there, Still Loving You ranks as my number one metal ballad.  Klaus Meine’s got a great voice and he pours all his angst into his pleading vocals, professing his undying love.

The video is from the Acoustica performance in Portugal.  I enjoy the sound of this version, but it doesn’t have quite the same impact without the soaring vocals Klaus has in the original version.

September 15th

We have a love that’s strong and true
It’s true in every way
I want to be with you
Each and every day

from “Happy” by Surface

Oh yeah! This was the jam back in the day.  Surface made quite a living on their love songs.

Watch “Happy” on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIC6MHLaZLs

September 16th

Do you see what I see
A rainbow shining over us
In the middle of a hopeless storm

from “I’m Free” by Jon Secada

Jon Secada has a great voice and this is a great song.  Such a powerful message.  When things look bleak, look for the positives, the signs that things will get better.

September 18th

Got fire in your veins, burning hot
but you don’t feel the pain
Your desire is insane, you can’t stop
until you do it again

from “Urgent” by Foreigner

Great energy in this song.  It conveys the need, the hunger, the…urgency.

Watch “Urgent” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FHnNIoNUZig

World Suicide Prevention Day

Well, apparently the President Proclamation* naming September 10th to be World Suicide Prevention Day isn’t overly news-worthy. I have news on just about all day and didn’t hear anything about it.  I understand that it’s a day that’s supposed to make people focus on the issue, just like National Suicide Prevention Week is supposed to bring focus on the problem for a whole week.  I’m sure there’s also a suicide prevention month, but here’s the problem…

Suicide happens every day.

Suicides happen every day.

Multiple suicides happen every day.

Okay…did you get that yet?


Too many people take their own lives every day.


Suicide is a big problem in the United States, and around the world.

I’m not talking about those who have terminal illness who’ve thought rationally about their decision to end their life, their suffering, with as much dignity as they can.  I’m sure those are also included in the statistics, but they aren’t really the focus of this post.

The suicides that concern me are the ones in which someone reaching out to the individual considering taking their own life might have made a difference.  I’m writing this for the people out there who have trouble in their life that they just don’t see a way through, whether it’s problems in school, home life, bullying, PTSD, finances, and any myriad other issues.  In most instances, the person struggling just can’t see past their problem(s).  Many times, all it takes is someone intervening, talking to them, showing them that they aren’t the only person dealing with that problem…giving them hope, showing them that there is a way through the trouble.

Is it a guarantee that intervening will prevent every suicide?  Of course not, but it’s certainly worth trying.

Learn to recognize the signs of someone considering suicide.

Learn the risk factors.

Get involved!

Keep it going all year, not just for a month, a week, or a day.

You can make a difference.

You could save a life.


Here’s a Music Monday post I wrote a few years ago:  Music Monday – Don’t Try Suicide.  The discussion of the last video, Lucky One by Mike Corrado, talks briefly about PTSD.  The post also has a few links to websites focused on suicide prevention and information.

*I didn’t realize one country’s president can designate anything a Worldwide event, regardless of how important, but I guess our President’s ego is big enough to dictate such. 

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – September 7 – 13, 2015

September 8th

Light a candle, blow the world away
Table for two on a TV tray
It ain’t fancy, baby that’s OK
Our time, our way

from “Born To Be My Baby” by Bon Jovi

One of my favorites songs from the New Jersey album.  Me and my baby, taking on the world, living the our lives the best we can.

September 9th

Baby does what baby please
baby must have what she sees
but not this time the tables turned
and, baby, you just got burned

from “Shot Through the Heart” by Bon Jovi

From Bon Jovi’s debut album, Shot Through the Heart wasn’t a huge chart breaker, but I like it a lot.

This concert video is from Bon Jovi’s 1985 tour and features an intro that’s not on the album.  To hear it, play the video from the beginning.

September 10th

Face the truth and realize
You don’t need his alibi’s
No more

from “When It’s Over” by Loverboy

It’s always obvious to those of us looking at a relationship to see when one of them is cheating, isn’t it?

September 11th

Watch it now
The eagle in the sky
How he dancin’ one and only

from “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes

Coincidental that these lines came through my speakers on this date?  As Toby said “the eagle will fly, and it’s gonna be Hell.”  Powerful and dangerous when protecting its own.  Beautiful to watch soaring across the sky.


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