There are very few creatures I love more than Butterflies. I learned quite a lot here. Including that if you send the Save Our Monarchs Foundation $25 they send you a 100 milkweed packets. My balcony garden will be tripling in size this year. If you don't have $25, you can send them a self-addressed stamped enevelope and they will send you three packets. If you don't have a stamp, send me your address, I'll take care of it for you.
I keep reading about France and thinking about how there is a persecution complex that runs rampant in this country and is decried as an attack on freedom when in fact it's usually just people whining. What happen in Paris is a real attack on freedom of expression and should be acknowledged as such. And it is not the fault of anyone except for the people who committed the crime. I know I am lucky enough to know people who don't generally blame an entire group of people for the actions of the few but when I do hear it it makes me feel an innate sense of disappointment at the ignorance. It often in my mind renders the person throwing out such bigotry as ignorant as the people who commit such horrible acts as it is the birthplace of hate. As someone working at being a writer this is an act that hit at the very heart of what I believe more than anything. Be at peace and speak out against hate. Today as they say, we are all French. I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire
I have now been to 11 different Minnesota wineries. A couple of them I've visited more than once. I'm not an expert but I do have a little experience. Well, back at the start of November before all the holiday insanity hit me I went to the one that I believe has been the best so far. The name of the place is Millner Heritage. The tour I was taken on was over an hour long and I learned more about wine than I had in all my previous visits. Everyone working was knowledgable about the product which has not always been the case at other places. We were greeted immediately when we walked in the door and offered a glass of mulled wine which I had never had before (I did enjoy it a great deal). I tasted 15 different wines and liked a great many of them. The whites were quite standout and I bought six different bottles that I served throughout the holidays. I really cannot say enough about what fun this place was and how everyone there seemed to be having a good time. I am really looking forward to going back when it is warm and I can walk around the grounds.