Daily Archives: June 12, 2019

Advocating for the Unborn

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The unborn are a difficult demographic for which to advocate. They make no demands on anyone. Morally, they are uncomplicated, as they have committed no sins nor no good acts. Unlike people in prison, drug addicts or impoverished people, they do not complain nor resent condescension, and never complain about anyone not being politically correct.

They don’t need childcare, education or money. Unlike illegal aliens, they are not accompanied by any racial, cultural or religious baggage that seems to upset certain demographics so much. In fact, they enable everyone to feel good about themselves without having to form any kind of real relationships, and when they are born, you can forget all about them. You don’t have to support them, feed them or watch over them, because at that point, they are no longer unborn.

You can love the unborn without any of the complications that are associated with loving the born. It doesn’t change one’s wealth, power or privilege. You don’t have to rearrange any social structures, apologize nor make any reparations to anyone. The unborn are, in fact, the perfect ones to love if you love Jesus and hate people that are already born and conscience.

Prisoners? The sick and infirm? Widows? The poor? Immigrants? People whose views of life or religions differ from yours? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? Those are the ones the defenders of the unborn are so ready to throw under the bus. The “them vs. us” mentality isn’t what MY Bible was about.

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

George Washington Carver

Scouting locations

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I have a friend in New York who works as a location scout for film and television. I’ve learned a thing or two from her as I scout retreat locations for my business….what to look for…legal considerations…who to talk to…how to invest in the right elements….

We spent most of May in the Napa Valley checking out wineries, boutique hotels, entertainment venues and restaurants for my wine connoisseurs retreat.  I’m designing a number of different retreats with different themes. It’s all-consuming, but enlightening and a lot of fun.

I revisited the pristine winery,  Chateau Montelena, whose name you may recognize from the film, “Bottle Shock.”  It was mad famous for winning the white wine selection of the historic, “Judgment of Paris” wine competition back in the 70’s…and if you’ve not seen that film,  I highly recommend it.

Chateau Montelena’s Chardonnay was in competition with nine other wines from France and California under blind tasting, and it was judged the best wine in the competition, putting California on the map as a world renowned wine Mecca.

We did a tasting and added some bottles to our collection.  We spent the entire day there, in fact, trying to figure out how I could integrate it into my retreat agenda. 

We also went to Castillo di Amarosa in Calistoga. I became familiar with this particular winery and its interesting history when an old friend produced a documentary about it, which was broadcast in San Francisco when we lived there.

We had visited a number of times in the past. The last time, our elder daughter accompanied us, and I thought of her when we were there. It has been fun to watch Dario Satui develop his enterprise into a real kingdom, and his wine is exquisite. So is his amazing restaurant, which we also visited.

John was definitely a force to be reckoned with.  (Actually, he was a real sweetheart, and was very helpful to me on this business/pleasure trip.)

The grounds at Beringer were beautiful, and John picked up some of their private reserve cab for our own collection.

We tasted flights of sparkling wine at Tattinger’s. The chateau at Domaine Carneros is considered one of the most beautiful wineries in North America. Designed after the Chateau de la Marquetterie in Epernay, France, a property of Domaine Carneros principal founder, Champagne Taittinger, the Domaine Carneros Chateau is a landmark of the region. The views are stunning.

So I managed to accomplish a lot. Hopefully, I’ll make it back there in August to solidify some deals and to formulate more details.

I’m doing a lot in the Willamette Valley as well…another locale for wine retreats. I’m also working on art retreats. This is blissful work, really.