lummi island wine tasting may 24-25 ’19 Artists Studio Tour

Friday Breads This Week

Pain au Levain – Made with bread flour and freshly milled whole wheat and rye flours. After building the sourdough and mixing the final dough it gets a long cool overnight ferment in the refrigerator. This really allows the flavor to develop in this bread. A great all around bread – $5/loaf

Sweet Corn & Dried Cranberry – Made with polenta and bread flour, enriched with milk, butter and honey for a soft and tender crumb, then loaded up with dried cranberries. Has great corn flavor but is not a traditional quick cornbread. A delicious bread that makes great toast – $5/loaf

Bear Claws! – Made with a danish pastry dough rich in cream, eggs, sugar and butter. The dough is rolled out and spread with almond paste, powdered sugar, egg whites and just a bit of cinnamon to round out the flavor. Then, because bears love honey, topped with a honey glaze after baking. – 2/$5



Studio Tour Artists

Lummi Island hosts three Artists’ Studio Tours a year: Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, and, of course, the Second Weekend in November (it’s a Long Story). This Tour we are hosting paintings of birds by Anne Gibert together with knitted bags with embroidered birds by Sue McCaslin.

We put up the show a couple of days ago; below are a few samples!






















Studio Tour is scheduled for 10am- 6pm on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26th across the Island. As we go to press we are anticipating being open 10-6 on Saturday for Artists’ Meet and Greet, along with Wine Tasting from 1-6 pm. At present, with apologies, Sunday hours are uncertain.









Mar a Lago Update: Question Authority, Think for Yourself

Some many years ago, Timothy Leary materialized as a speaker at WWU. It was sometime in the Reagan years, and he had been out of public view since the days of “Tune in, Turn on, Drop out” in the Sixties. His new Mantra was “Question Authority, Think for Yourself.” He went on at some length about this (see short video).  Since I was already dropped out, with irreconcilable Differences with anything that smacked of Authority, and a seething Disdain for the awful Presumptions of Authoritarianism, I mostly just Nodded, with a vague concern that before the evening was over he might try to sell me something. As if somehow all that Acid had Backfired on him, fried his Circuits, and left him Defenseless against Corporate Takeover.

In the years since, our entire Planet has continued accelerating toward the Right…you know, those people that H L Mencken had in mind when he said, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is Clear, Simple…and Wrong.”

One of the great puzzles of Human History is why Authoritarianism has had such consistent appeal in so many times and places, why so many across the world have so often willingly embraced it, and why the open ideas of the Left have been such Poison that the Right is compelled to Destroy them by any means possible. At the simplest level, for various reasons large numbers of individuals feel safe under the Thumb  of Authority Figures, while the rest of us only feel Safe when we have the freedom to pursue our own Muses.

As in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Forces of Light and Darkness are lining up for a Battle for the Future of Life on our Planet. The Authoritarians do not believe there is a Problem, but rather see the entire Planet only as a Field for Short-term Exploitation, just another Perk from the Dominion Over the Earth Thing morally enshrined in the Bible. For decades, going at least back to the first Earth Day in 1970, there has been a constant stream of scientific reports that have continually reinforced the network of facts about Global Warming and the increasing Existential Threat irresponsible human resource exploitation habits pose to the very existence of Life on Earth.

For more on this, listen to this recent episode of Hidden Brain…

Washington Post Tweetster Lie Count to date: 10,000 as of 5/1/19


This week’s wine tasting

Elicio Rosé ’18    France    $12 
Syrah-grenache blend; bright vibrant pink; fruit-forward notes of fresh raspberries and summer flowers.

Demarie Langhe Arneis ’17    Italy    $16
Clean, minerally, refreshing, and thirst-quenching, with palate of citrus, pear, and green apple, and Great summer wine!

Coupe Roses La Bastide  ’17 France $12
Carignan-Grenache blend; aromas and flavors of the garrigue underbrush of the high Minervois, laced with  notes of blueberry and Carignan’s tarry black notes.

Demarie Barbera d’Alba ’16    Italy    $19
An ancient Italian varietal, this Barbera is big, round, with aromas of prune and spicy mulberry that linger on the palate with notes of plum, blackberry and cherry.

Corte Volponi Ripasso ’15     Italy    $21
A classic ripasso, with rich nose and flavors, good tannic backbone, and a great pairing for rich Italian fare.

Wine Tasting

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