lummi island wine tasting June 21-22 ’24 summer solstice

Hours,  June 21-22 ’24

         Fridays  4-6 pm     Saturdays 3-5 pm

Credit: György Soponyai/Royal Museums Greenwich/Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021

Summer Solstice 2024 is happening as we write on Thursday, June 20. This is the moment when the sun is momentarily directly above the Tropic of Cancer, the highest latitude it achieves each year, and the longest day of the year between the moment of sunrise and the moment of sunset.

Some cultures also call this Midsummer, halfway between the Spring and Fall Equinox. The dotted lines show the paths of the sun on the solstices and equinox.

This year is particularly interesting because it is the earliest solstice since 1796, when George Washington was President of the brand-new USA. For a comprehensive and quite interesting explanation of the elusive nature of measuring calendar days, check this out at


Friday Bread This Week

Multi Grain Levain – Made with a sourdough culture and using a flavorful mix of bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat and rye. A nice mixture of flax, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and some oatmeal add great flavor and crunch. And just a little honey for some sweetness. – $5/loaf

Polenta Levain – Also made with a levain, known as sourdough, in which the sourdough starter is fed and built up over several days, then mixed with bread flour and polenta in the final dough mix. This bread is a nice rustic loaf with great corn flavor. – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Gibassiers – A traditional french pastry recipe from southern France. Made with a delicious sweet dough full of milk, butter, eggs and olive oil, with orange flower water, candied orange peel and anise seed. After baking they are brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with more sugar. – 2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before 5 pm Tuesday  will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list at least a week before visiting!


This week’s wine tasting

La Vielle Ferme Rosé  ’22   France    $11
Classic and tasty blend of grenache, syrah, and cinsault from northern Provence;  fruity, dry, crisp, delicious, and smooth, all at a bargain price!

La Vielle Ferme Rouge  ’22   France    $11
Great drinkability, with seductive bouquet of red fruit, spices, and cherries, well balanced palate full of delicacy, freshness, and very soft tannins.

Hess Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ’21          California             $26
Intense aromas of bright red cherry and raspberry, followed by notes of cedar and black pepper accompanied by layers of juicy, full raspberry notes, smooth tannins, and lingering finish of chocolate and roasted espresso.”



Economics of the Heart: Supreme Court Vs. The Constitution

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It is now plain to see just how effective Leonard Leo and Republicans have been over the last several decades in transforming America from a nation of laws into an autocratic Christian State. These successes correlate closely with the loading of the Supreme Court with  Catholics and far-right Protestants over the past twenty years. 

These are the wonderful people who abandoned protection of everyone’s Constitutional rights for the whims of ultra-rich, ultra-self-entitled billionaires. These are the Men (and woman) in Black who brought us Citizens United (changing “one person, one vote” to “one dollar, one vote”); Hobby Lobby (legalizing prejudicial discrimination against selected subgroups of customers), and Dobbs (reversing the long-established precedent of a woman’s Right to make private choices about her own body.)

Our present situation is the result of what we might call Supreme Court gerrymandering by Leonard Leo and his forced-birth police, who seem to have taken control of every Red State government. Creepy stuff, reminiscent of Star Trek’s Borg phrase, “Resistance is Futile,” which  serves to instill a sense of fear and hopelessness in their adversaries.

This self-centered unwillingness to negotiate proclaims that fighting back is not only futile but also a waste of effort and resources, and underscores the Borg’s relentless, ruthless nature and unwavering objective of assimilating all individuality into their hive collective. This is exactly the same tyrannical mindset that led Mitch McConnell to break from many decades of precedent by refusing to bring Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Senate floor after Scalia’s passing for being “too close to a election” (nearly a year), but brought Barrett’s nomination to the floor mere days before an election.

For most of our lives we elders have held the Supreme Court in high esteem, relatively faithful and conscientious arbiters of the nuances of a Constitution we all respect and to which many of us have sworn oaths to protect and defend. But now the Court has become deeply entwined with the politics of Leonard Leo, the Christian Right, and increasingly authoritarian Maga Republicans.

These issues led to an assessment by the Harvard Law Review of the need for reforms in general and two arguments for reform in particular because first, some of the Court’s recent decisions have been substantively so wrong that some intervention is needed to undo them and avert similar decisions in the future; and second, existing formal arguments for Court reform identify a set of changes, consistent with widely held political values, that would answer that need.

The arguments are heavy going for the non-lawyer, but well worth a read. They center on three perspectives for reform:















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