John and Caprial … Oh my!

Cook’s Pots & Tabletops really provided a great class this evening with John and Caprial Pence bringing a taste of Spain to Eugene. I have attended a few cooking classes and I have to say that this is one of the best in all regards. The instruction was great and the food was even better.… Read More

Inspiration From Genius

On a recent trip to Chicago I had the fortunate opportunity to go to the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park. I have always admired Frank Lloyd Wright and have found inspiration from the expression of his philosophy and values evident in his work. There is no detail too small was one… Read More

Music On The Half Shell 2012 Finale

Summer went by so quickly that it seemed like a blur and this post got pushed to the wayside. It was such a sweet evening and fun time that it makes it fun to write it later because it makes me revisit the evening … so bear with me on this one as I get… Read More

Sentimental Waters

This is a fishing blog that is punctuated with some thought provoking quotes and pictures of good times. Enjoy! “To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation- come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy.” ~ Norman Maclean from the book “A River Runs Through… Read More

Bologna! The Culinary Epicenter of Northern Italy

  WOW!!! Cooks Pots & Tabletops did a really great job tonight bringing in sister and brother Francesca and Tommaso Tori from Bologna, Italy to teach some of the secrets of Bolognese pasta making. It was definitely a hands on course with everyone getting the opportunity to mix and roll their own pasta dough, “sfoglia”,into… Read More

Next Stop Anfield!

On July 28th I watched a football (soccer) match between Liverpool F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur F.C., both of the English Barclays Premier League, played in Baltimore, Maryland at the M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.  The match was played at 1 p.m. in +90 degree weather before a largely pro-Liverpool F.C.crowd of +42,00… Read More

2012 Summer Ending Memories

Although we still have some good weather to come and Summer isn’t over yet, after Labor Day it just feels like a natural transition is coming between the seasons. This past week was like a time lapsed version of my Summer, sped up into one week with all of the highlights and joys … work,… Read More

Saturday Pleasure

Is there a better way to spend a Saturday morning then floating on the McKenzie River? I’m sure that others may have an opinion to offer, but for me on this Saturday it was as good as it gets. Feeling the rhythm of a river is like feeling a pulse, you don’t want it to… Read More


SMILING EYES, HONESTY, TRUTH, FRIENDLINESS … CHARMING!!   CHARM comes from the Greek notion of charisma, that compelling attractiveness certain people have that inspires devotion, or as Albert Camus believed gets you to the position of  “yes” without having actually asked the question. “Charm is being written out of modern life at a time when… Read More