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Wine, Women and Song – Johann Strauss Jr.


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The Wine and the Cup -Rumi


The Wine and the Cup -Rumi

The wine of divine grace is limitless:
All limits come only from the faults of the cup.
Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.
Grant a great dignity, my friend, to the cup of your life;
Love has designed it to hold His eternal wine.

Red Wine Compound Not Linked to Longer or Healthier Life


Red Wine Compound Not Linked to Longer or Healthier Life

In recent years, much has been made about the health benefits of red wine. Research showed that resveratrol, a natural compound present in grapes and, by extension, red wine, has antioxidant, antimutagen, and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, in 2012, one of the field’s leading researchers was accused of fabricating data, and now a new study has found no association between the compound and these purported health benefits. More… Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: VINEGROWER’S DAY


Vinegrower’s Day

This pre-harvest vineyard festival in Bulgaria involves pruning the vines and sprinkling them with wine. Ritual songs and dances are performed in hopes of a plentiful grape harvest. In some areas, a “Vine King” is crowned with a wreath of twigs from the vineyards. Everyone treats him with great respect, for it is believed that fertility depends on the King’s happiness. Visits to well-known Bulgarian vineyards are organized, the vines are pruned, and guests are given an opportunity to sample the local wine and foods. More…Discuss

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Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 2nd, 2014


Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Image of St. Joan de Lestonnac

Feastday: February 2
Patron of abuse victims, people rejected by religious orders, widows
1556 – 1640

St. Joan de Lestonnac was born in Bordeaux, France, in 1556. She married at the age of seventeen. The happy marriage produced four children, but her husband died suddenly in 1597. After herchildren were raised, she entered the Cistercian monastery at Toulouse. Joan was forced to leave the Cistercians when she became afflicted with poor health. She returned to Bordeaux with the idea of forming a new congregation, and several young girls joined her as novices. They ministered to victims of a plague that struck Bordeaux, and they were determined to counteract the evils of heresy promulgated by Calvinism. Thus was formed the Congregation of the Religious of Notre Dame of Bordeaux. In 1608, Joan and her companions received the religious habit from the Archbishop of Bordeaux. Joan was elected superior in 1610, and many miracles occurred at her tomb. She was canonized in 1949 by Pope Pius XII. Her feast day is February 2.

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WORD: CALCAREOUS


calcareous 

Definition: (adjective) Of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate.
Synonyms: chalky
Usage: Immense accumulations of bird-guano gave the sides of Mount Mendif the appearance of calcareous rocks. Discuss.

 

News: WINE AND DINE, MINUS THE WINE


Wine and Dine, Minus the Wine

The world is in the midst of a wine shortage, and it does not look like it will be letting up any time soon. Global wine production has been on the decline since it peaked in 2004. Last year, the demand for wine exceeded the supply by 300 million cases. Part of the problem is that European wine production has plummeted 25 percent since 2004. Winemaking in other parts of the world, like the US, Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and New Zealand, has been stepped up, but it is not yet able to keep up with global demand. More… Discuss

 

Cat Stevens ( Trouble)



Trouble 
Oh trouble set me free 
I have seen your face 
And it’s too much too much for me 

Trouble 
Oh trouble can’t you see 
You’re eating my heart away 
And there’s nothing much left of me 

I’ve drunk your wine 
You have made your world mine 
So won’t you be fair 
So won’t you be fair 

I don’t want no more of you 
So won’t you be kind to me 
Just let me go where 
I’ll have to go there 

Trouble 
Oh trouble move away 
I have seen your face 
And it’s too much for me today 

Trouble 
Oh trouble can’t you see 
You have made me a wreck 
Now won’t you leave me in my misery 

I’ve seen your eyes 
And I can see death’s disguise 
Hangin’ on me 
Hangin’ on me 

I’m beat, I’m torn 
Shattered and tossed and worn 
Too shocking to see 
Too shocking to see 

Trouble 
Oh trouble move from me 
I have paid my debt 
Now won’t you leave me in my misery 

Trouble 
Oh trouble please be kind 
I don’t want no fight 
And I haven’t got a lot of time