Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Toast to life after Ike; Family constitution

If you’re in a position to toast Hurricane Ike survival, consider raising a glass to the spirit of Mid-County. This one-year anniversary is a milestone.
Vya is promoting vermouth aperitif in a sweet blend makers say inspires a “warm tingling sensation” with a spicy aroma. I couldn’t imagine what would make me more tingly than getting back to my own bed after flooded homes and trailers. The extra dry label reads that a forest after the rain is the idea behind this blend with lavender, sage, orris and linden. It’s very earthy and I tried it on the rocks, as suggested, and would love to try it enhanced (or maybe thinned) with vodka or gin for the suggested martini. Andrew Quady of California is the maker of this wine that’s a step above what I’m used to.

Star power fuels DVD on Bethlehem’s brightest
A study of the stars is always interesting. Lawyer Rick Larson tells how a young man’s offer to install holiday decorations lead to his Biblical study. “The Star of Bethlehem: Unlock the Mystery of the World’s Most Famous Star” is a DVD that’s a little bit History Channel and a little bit like the TV drama “Numbers.” Math is a big part of how ancients worked to follow this star and Larson bring a new passion to the study. “The Passion of the Christ” producer Stephen McEveety helps bring this story to the public.

What a great play on words. The Gatlin Brothers have released “The Pilgrimage,” singing their respect for Johnny Cash. It’s all based on a Gatlin family member said that the music business would never be the same after Johnny Cash died and his house burned down. Larry Gatlin flipped over his placemat and began writing. If you like country music, this album is kind of a two-for-one.

Draft it and sign it
Scott Gale details the highs and lows of his family getting on track with their written plan in “Your Family Constitution: A Modern Approach to Family Values and Household Structure.” It’s a simple reminder for families to treat each other with respect. Here’s a quick list of “valued behaviors” from the book: Academic performance, chores and allowance, clean-up, listening and communication, politeness, sharing and taking turns and telling the truth the first time. Even households with only adults could benefit from these tips.

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