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Farmhouse Wine, where the fruit takes the spotlight

You know that satisfying taste when you bite into a fresh love-at-first-bite peach at a farmers market and you think ahh yes, this is the way a peach is suppose to taste. It's undoubtedly organically grown, locally sourced and free from added pesticides and chemicals. Now imagine how good wine tastes when the farmer gets out of the way of the fruit take the spotlight. 



There is a growing desire for sustainably-farmed foods that connect us to nature, and few have done more to spread this message in Northern California than legendary soil expert Bob Cannard. In 2003, Fred and Nancy Cline of Cline Family Cellars teamed up with Bob Cannard to create the Green String Farm and Institute in Petaluma, CA, where students from around the world come to learn Bob’s farming methods that cultivate healthy, biodiverse, living soils. These students will undoubtably go on to partner up with Mother Nature to create amazing wines. 

Now allow me to introduce you to Farmhouse wines. I was charmed to mak…

A New Year, another chance to get it right. 

A New Year sorta feels like getting a do-over...a second chance to get it right. Possibly you have a list I will commence on New Year’s Day of things to do more and less of. Good idea. It’s an orderly start so precisely on day 1 and well we’re here now... so go for it. However, know that you don’t need a particular day to change wishes to plans. I’m cheering you on and won’t judge you if take a re-start later in the year. On January 1, we will open the new book. Its pages are blank. You are the author. I pray you write yourself a great 2019...in fact, a best seller. I’m a fan of love stories but write what you like. This book is yours and it’s entitled Opportunity and its first chapter is actually New Year’s Day. I want you to know that at anytime you can say "Plot Twist!" and change the direction of your story. You’re also the Editor and the Publisher. I do hope it’s exciting that sometimes it keeps you up at night. Yes, there’s something quite monumental about a brand ne…

The miracle of a snow fall

Ohh Spokane, you look good in white. ❄️ "The fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" J B  Preistly

Real Estate Resolutions...Paradise is now for Sale

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION - Spend more time outdoors...

Paradise is for SALE: Looks like a movie, sounds like a song; Custom built log home nestled in 60 secluded acres of northwest paradise. This rustically elegant estate boasts 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms offering a natural appeal that's energy efficient. You'll appreciate the master suite spa, wrap-around screened in deck and spacious open kitchen. This is true recreational setting with a western town, private trout-stocked lake and a 1,296 sq ft guest home. The 6-car garage, central vac system and radient heat are just a few of the highlights. This remarkable property also has indoor/outdoor riding arena, hot walker and stables. only 30-minutes to the Colville airport. 

Call James Allen at 509 389-5478 for additional information, to schedule a tour and to overachieve on your Real Estate Resolutions. #realestatelife


Home Stories: Every Storm runs out of Rain

My beloved hometown pier in White Rock, British Columbia was torn in two by a fierce storm. Hearing about it felt like getting the news that a childhood friend that you’re still in touch with was seriously injured with an unknown future 💔

All I can say is Hang in there, friend...we’re on our way! 🇨🇦

The first two photos were ones I took on a recent trips. The “after” shot was from the Peace Arch News and “the calm after the storm” shot was posted by Wendy Stewart.









Art Matters: Angel Wings

My talented daughter-in-law Morgan Grace Clements created these lovely angel wing paintings for my dearest friends, the angels. Thank you, we adore them. You can follow her on Instagram @moclementsart








Local Spotlight on Myles Kennedy -Spokane, WA.

About last night: Fox Presents: Myles Kennedy & Co. Year of the Tiger Tour was a truly remarkable show. Spokane’s own Myles Kennedy is a talented singer, songwriter and wicked guitar player that’s best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in guitarist Slash's backing band, known as Slash, Myles & Co.
Around here your Myles connection could be from Mead High School’s jazz band. Maybe you remember him playing trumpet in the school's marching band. Possibly you were in a bar watching him in a local heavy metal band called Bittersweet. You could even be able to recall him from lugging his guitar across campus at Spokane Falls Community College Additionally, it could have been in the late 90’s playing with The Mayfield Four at 105.7 Peakfest in the Riverfront Park where as a Radio adverting rep I decided I would definitely specialize in Live Music. Whatever your connection is if your were in attendance last …

Waitress, the musical debuts in Spokane! 

"It’s amazing what baking can do" Thrilled to be attending the debut of the Broadway tour of Waitress, featuring music by Sara Bareilles. The award winning show opens tomorrow night at the First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, Washington and runs through the 16th. Get your tickets at TicketsWest. For award winning pie, go to Chaps Diner and Bakery. 🥧 "The woman of waitress or change in Broadway! " TIME-MagazineBrought to life by groundbreaking all-female creative team this irresistible new hit musical  features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screen writer Jessie Nelson choreography by Lauren LatarroTomorrow is going to delicious! #makemineLIVE #broadway Thanks WestCoast Entertainment 🥧 
(Pies from Waitress Art by Tyler Feder)

Charmed to make your acquaintance...

RIP dear John Reed
What a lovely, warm, hardworking and humble man. It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance and always a honor to see you at the historic Davenport Hotel. Mr. Reid passed quietly in his sleep last night at 88 years young 💛 The following is a post I made last thanksgiving as Mr Reed and my father hit it off like school boys.  “Introducing two men who refuse to retire; longtime Davenport Hotel door man John Reed and my father, Dr. William D Ross.  Reed has been at the Davenport Hotel for over 75 years, Though he took time off for college, Reed was hired at the tender age of 13 for 13 cents an hour as a busboy by Louis Davenport on June 1, 1942. Reed is the hotel’s longest serving employee by a landslide. In his honor, the hotel recently renamed its board room after him and gave him a new refrigerator stocked with all the fixins for gin and tonics, one of Reed’s favorite drinks. He works four days a week, showing no signs of cutting back hours.  My accomplished fathe…

Hudson Bay Stripes 

The Hudson’s Bay Company blanket is perhaps the most remarkable blanket in the world. The off-white wool patterned with iconic stripes of green, red, yellow, and indigo played a vital role in Canadian history and the iconic stripes are now considered a Canadian classic.  The Hudson’s Bay Company is a well-known retail group with claims of being the oldest company in North America. As far back as 1670, the company, then under royal charter from England, operated as a fur trading business, pioneering the exploration and settling of Canada. According to the official company history, blankets had been taken to Hudson Bay as trade goods as far back as 1668. But it was in 1779 that the Company first commissioned the English textile mill of Thomas Empson in Oxfordshire. The striped blanket proved highly popular with the native inhabitants of Canada. Easier to sew than bison and seal skins, and much quicker to dry, the blankets provided superb insulation during the harsh winter months. Often …

Waitress, the musical

How fortunate are we that Broadway is delivered to #Spokane? Thanks WestCoast Entertainment . 
Sometimes you just need to say STOP… this is not how my story is going to end and re-write it. Women are particularly good at this. 

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress the Musical tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker. Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. Her escape plan relies on a baking contest in a nearby county. This is a feel good story about finding the strength and courage to redesign one’s life. A do-over! This show is a recipe for happiness and features music from the remarkable @Sara Bareilles The show opens December 12th at the newly renamed First Interstate Center for the Arts, which incidentally I still call The Opera House. Watch for my review from opening night and cast meet ‘n greet. 
"WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!" says Entertainment Weekly and "a monumental contribution to Broadway!…