"Quite disappointing," whispered my companion of the recent flight that was just poured. "The 1950s were just not a great decade for La Tache." Both the 1950 and the 1957 vintages were oxidised and tired, exuding whiffs of light soy sauce and dried Chinese mushrooms. read more
From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. After reading numerous inspirational writing books such as Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont, I resolved to keep a writer’s diary. So in 1992, I spoiled myself by buying a dark brown leather notebook with refillable inserts at Hermes and a fountain pen at Mont Blanc. I was going to take writing seriously, armed with the very best ‘tools’ to encourage me. read more
I’ve always loved philosophy and nearly became a philosophy major. My parents never overtly told me to change majors but my father often mumbled partly to himself and partly for my sake, “Why would you dwell on questions that have no answers? A useful life is about dealing with issues that do have answers.” So I changed from philosophy to political science but secretly never left philosophy since I focused on political philosophers and international relations. read more
My daughter’s social studies project last week was an unusual assignment: Write the “Declaration of Independence” from the perspective of sea creatures. It included a statement of sea creatures’ rights to life, liberty and freedom from land creatures, namely human beings. As I was chuckling about the list of rights which sea creatures were entitled to and their long list of grievances, it occurred to me that I should create my own list of “Wine Consumers’ Rights” when dining out at a restaurant.