Quinta das Carvalhas 10yr Tawny Port: Moto Bene

Pic of 10yr Tawny Port by Quinta fas CarvalhasBetween Tawnies and Rubies, I find myself drawn more to Tawny.  No, I don’t think it’s because the name takes me back to the 80s and that sexy Whitesnake video.

This porto, much like Miss Tawny, is very yummy.  It’s not too syruppy with just the right amount of sweet.


Seven Military Leadership Lessons from Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes is a great comic strip. I have several of the compilations and my kids love them, as well. As the Angry Staff Officer mentioned, Bill Waterson frequently managed to sneak life lessons into the strips…some for the kids, some for the grown-ups.

The Angry Staff Officer


When I was seven, my mother did the worst thing I could conceive of: she took my Calvin and Hobbes books away from me. Why, why would she do such a horrible thing, I asked her at the time, probably kicking and screaming and waving my tiny fists.

It was a very simple answer: I was acting too much like Calvin.

Little did my mother know, taking away my comic books for a little while would do nothing to cure my obsession for Calvin and Hobbes. Oh sure, I stopped dressing up as Stupendous Man and giving the baby-sitter a hard time; I simply got more subtle. I went ahead and took the lessons from Bill Watterson’s masterpieces and made them a part of my life. Not only that, I took it a step further and made them a part of my military leadership style.

Which maybe explains a…

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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.

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. 

Music Monday – Don’t Try Suicide

A couple years ago, I posted a Music Monday on September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day. In the wake of Robin Williams apparent suicide, I thought it relevant to reblog it.
The bottom line: There is no shame in asking for help, there is someone(s), somewhere who cares about what you’re going through, and people will miss you if you take your own life. Reach out!

Lorwynd's Thoughts

If you are thinking about suicide, find someone you can trust and tell them you need their help or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).  Their is absolutely NO SHAME in asking for help!
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  As such, the three selections today all deal with the subject of suicide.  The artists: Queen, Kix, and Mike Corrado.
While I generally find Queen’s lyrics to be witty or insightful, or thought-provoking, I’m really not sure about this one.  It first glance, it sounds straight forward: don’t try suicide.  Rather than going for the slower, heart-wrenching, depressing sound that most songs about suicide use, Queen went uptempo sound with a catchy sound.  A few lines seem a bit out there, but the ones I have a real problem with are in the chorus:  “Nobody cares” and “nobody gives a damn.”  I would say that, as…

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Blind Justice

A quote from the The New Yorker article, “Whom Does Kobe Bryant Represent?”, about their interview of Kobe Bryant and his response to questions about the Trayvon Martin case:

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” Bryant said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

I couldn’t agree more with Kobe.  It doesn’t matter what color, nationality, region, gender, etc. you are, just blindly jumping to someone’s defense without know the facts isn’t any more helpful than persecuting someone without knowing the facts. This is one of the biggest problems perpetrated on our society by the 24 hour news media. “This just in…we don’t know all the facts…” Spewing forth information without facts, without ALL of the facts, causes tension and tempers to flare, and people leaping to defend or persecute blindly, or worse… completely misinformed.

Oftentimes, even after a case (when we’re talking about criminal proceedings) has gone through trial, we, the non-jurors, don’t know all the facts that were disclosed and the instructions given to the jury. Ultimately, it comes down to each individual juror interpreting what they heard, with all of their prejudices and beliefs, and voting for or against a conviction.

In almost every instance, it is better to learn the facts, what’s really going on, who’s really done what, and why before deciding to defend someone…or to yell and scream for another to be punished.

Hours after his interview hit the street and he’d been bashed in the media by folks who questioned his understanding of “being African American”, Bryant tweeted:

“Travon (sic) Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work #myopinion #tweetURthoughts.”

It would be interesting to know if that’s truly what Kobe believes or if he caved to pressure and was trying to save his image. I hope it’s really his feelings on the subject, because if they are, agree with them or not, he’s come to them after listening to the facts of the case and made his decision.

Music Monday – Love Thy Neighbor, revisited

In honor of Nelson Mandela’s passing, I’m reblogging my Music Monday post, Love Thy Neighbor, which included two anti-apartheid songs, Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid, and Sing Our Own Song by UB40. RIP, Mr. Mandela. Your struggles impacted the world in positive ways!

Lorwynd's Thoughts

No, this isn’t a post about hooking up with the cutie across the hall or having a neighborhood swing-a-thon.  This week’s Music Monday is about caring for your fellow human beings, taking an interest in their plight and helping out in some way.  I’m not saying folks should take up arms to free the oppressed or spend their life savings feeding the poor or quitting their job and becoming a missionary.  I’m just saying you should recognize that, often, there is someone in a worse place in life than you are and that if a chance to help presents itself, consider doing so.
Tears in Heaven
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne gathered an all-star group to cover Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven in 2005, with sales benefiting Disasters Emergency Committee.  The artists included Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige, Rod Stewart, Steven Tyler, and Slash…

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