Even so, I can’t help hoping that my sons might share my taste in music and food, books and movies, ball teams and politics. Why should wine be any different?
It’s the alcohol, of course, which makes wine not just tricky but potentially hazardous. Nonetheless, I would like to teach my sons — 16 and 17 — that wine is a wonderful part of a meal. I want to teach them to enjoy it while also drumming it into them that when abused, wine, like any other alcoholic beverage, can be a grave danger.
As they were growing up I occasionally gave them tastes from my glass — an unusual wine, perhaps, or a taste of
In European wine regions, a new parent might dip a finger in the local pride and wipe it lovingly across an infant’s lips — “just to give the taste.” A child at the family table might have a spoonful of wine added to the water, because it says, “You are one of us.” A teenager might have a small glass of wine, introducing an adult pleasure in a safe and supervised manner. This is how I imagined it in my house.
The article goes on to explore the pros and cons of introducing one’s children to alcohol in the home and draws no firm conclusions, which isn’t all that surprising, given the source. It is interesting, though, and could serve as a thought-starter for parents.
Long-time readers know I had an unusual childhood, what with being dragged around the world at an early age… three years of which were spent in
Now here’s the interesting bit: my wine drinking stopped dead in its tracks once the family left
I don’t have issues with introducing children to the concept of responsible drinking. I further believe alcohol in moderation is a beneficial substance. That said, I never acquired the “wine with every meal” habit, nor did I introduce my kids to alcohol beyond letting them have the occasional sip of whatever it was I was drinking.
Typically American, eh?
Curious: I checked Viral Video Chart just after 1100 hrs this morning to see if “Fitna” made the list. And no, it hasn’t. Yet a Google Blog Search made at nearly the same time shows “Results 1 - 10 of about 12,058 for Fitna. (0.16 seconds).” I understand that not every one of those 12,000+ results are a video posting. Still and even, I went about 12 pages deep into the results and found at least two-thirds of the entries consist of the video, and about one-third was comment.
So. Do you think VVC is being PC, Gentle Reader?
Case in point… VVC lists the following stats for the Hillary-in-Bosnia parody vid (quite good, it is), which is currently Numero Uno on the VVC charts:
Viral sharing of this video: Spreading across the interweb like Wildfire!
0 duplicate videos
190 blog posts
I’m quite sure there have been more than 190 blog posts of “Fitna” during the past 24 hours. So much for VVC’s credibility.
Further… in The Times (
“This heinous measure by a Dutch lawmaker and a British establishment... is indicative of the continuation of the evilness and deep vengeance such Western nationals have against Islam and Muslims,”
Mohammad Ali Hosseini, called on the Dutch, British and other EU governments to block any further showing of “this blasphemous, anti-Islamic and anti-cultural film”.
A coalition of Jordanian media said it would sue Mr Wilders and urged Arab leaders meeting at a summit in
Governments in the Muslim world are wary of a repeat of what happened two years ago when the publication in
I think we’re in for an interesting weekend. “We,” in the global sense. It’ll be business-as-usual here on The High Plains of
There was a good travel article on
Seen from below, in the lower city of
The photo is the town of