December 2017 archive

Dec 31

Accessories for Wine Lovers.

It is important to know how to open a bottle of wine properly and to have the correct tools to do the job effectively. We start with the standard corkscrew – it should have at least 5 rotations in the length of the “screw”. The reason for this is there are a number of wines …

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Dec 30

Out With the Old…

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to reflect on the past 12 months and hopefully something can be learned from the experience. It is also a good time to lay plans for the coming year’s goals and activities. What are your goals for 2018? Do you have plans to travel? How about new …

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Dec 28

The Oldest Port I’ve Stored in my Cellar.

Quinto do Vesuvio 1990 – When I purchased this bottle all the professional reviewers were saying it was a big one….so big, in fact, that it would keep for 30 – 40 years. Well, to date, this is the oldest bottle of wine I have ever kept in my cellar. Vintage port is aged in …

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Dec 10

2017 – End of the Year Review

  This year’s travels — Early in the year – Atlanta, I enjoyed the time with young Mr. Pi, though I did catch a nasty bug on that trip.   Jinan in Springtime, as always it was great to meet with so many of my friends and students.     In conjunction with the Jinan visit, …

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Dec 08

Building Confidence in Your ESL Skills

  The more I learn the more I realize how little I know. * Recently, I had the pleasure of receiving praise from one of my long term students. She had just returned home from an international business trip. She was so excited to exclaim that, I “gave her the confidence” to communicate with foreigners …

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