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2019 Buffalo Bills Season Recap continued from pg 5 against anyone and that there were major toss-up games going into the season to begin with, there is some truth to the fact that they took advantage of a soft schedule, four games against the Jets and Dolphins and they played every game at 1 PM outside of at Dallas and at Pittsburgh. That schedule allowed for a similar routine week to week which coaches and players in this league crave. How will this team respond next year with games against Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson, a tougher road schedule, more prime time games and a much more imbalanced schedule? Plus, they aren’t coming out of nowhere. The film is there. People know the Bills are a team “on the rise.” The one that got away: Buffalo was able to rest everyone in Week 17 and lost to the Jets in preparation for the playoff game in Houston. Were the Bills playing with house money? Was the playoff appearance good enough for many no matter what? Some fans are ok with the loss because they feel like the team “arrived early” and that the “future is bright” in Buffalo. I go the other way. In sports, narratives change. And nothing moving forward is guaranteed. There are too many factors and layers in this league to say otherwise. It isn’t being negative, it is being realistic. The Bills went 10-6, went 6-2 on the road, came one possession from beating the likes of New England twice and Baltimore, won two prime time games against two trademark NFL franchises, grew the young core in the regular season and matched-up well with Houston going in. The narrative changed from there when they were up 16-0 late in the third quarter against the Texans with history on the line. -History being the first playoff win for the franchise since 1995. The Bills’ first drive of the game was amazing, the best and most creative all season, which ended in a touchdown pass (Tricky Bills) from wide receiver John Brown to Josh Allen. The Bills kept attacking until they didn’t late in the first half, settling and stalling for field goals in the second quarter and beyond. The Bills never converted another touchdown and that 19-point mark ended-up not being enough as Houston won in overtime 22-19. Bills fans can say what they want. They can blame officials for the 3rd and 18 Houston conversion late that should have been a delay of game or the live ball could have been, should have been touchdown to start the second half or the horrible call against Cody Ford. Buffalo fans can say that Deshaun Watson should have been tackled by one of two rushing defenders. But all in all, the Bills didn’t score enough … again. Devin Singletary didn’t get the ball enough. They stopped attacking. The Bills went conservative. Sean McDermott and Brian Daboll played not to lose. They didn’t score enough all season. They didn’t score enough in Houston. And that is why they lost when they had the game won. Thanks for the memories: Lorenzo Alexander retired after the playoff loss in Houston. A team leader, a man of his word, someone who represents Buffalo incredibly well and supports charity after charity. Class act. He deserved better in terms of success in Buffalo. What a warrior of a football player and an even better guy. 2020: All in all, it is way better in Buffalo than prior to the Sean McDermott-Brandon Beane leadership team and the Pegula ownership group. But if the Bills are going to take the next step, they need offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and QB Josh Allen to consistently attack, be productive and score more points. The expectation, having said everything already and with tons of draft picks and cap capital, is to win the AFC East in 2020 and make a run at the Super Bowl. Yes, the Super Bowl. Mike Lindsley has been in sports media for 20 years. He is the host of the “ML Sports Platter” Podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.


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Susan Royal A Way of Life in Drumming You see her in the Barndogs Plus, the Fab Femmes, 5-time SAMMY winning C-Jack Run Revue, The Tones, Shakedown and the list goes on. Drummer, vocalist Susan Royal takes a break from the drum kit to share a few stories with us all at Sounds of Syracuse. Chuck Schiele: Hi Susan. Thank you for doing this interview. Susan Royal: Chuck, thank you for reaching out to me so that I could share my story. CS: It’s my absolute pleasure, Susan. So, let’s tell this story. How did you get started in music? SR: I feel like I didn’t get started in music. Music got started in me. … CS: Okay, that’s the best response ever. SR: (smiles) … My childhood was filled with various types of music. My father was my first influence. He played saxophone in the US Air Force Band. After his service he created a local doo-wop singing group called The Emeralds. I always had music playing or being rehearsed in my home. I also have two older sisters that live in Rochester that play guitar and sing. So, I was soaking up all the wonderful sounds of vocal groups and jazz greats like John Coltrane and Miles Davis with my dad in one room. My sisters would be in the attic practicing and playing everything from Aretha Franklin

“I always had music playing or being rehearsed in my home. I also have two older sisters that live in Rochester that play guitar and sing. So, I was soaking up all the wonderful sounds of vocal groups and jazz greats like John Coltrane and Miles Davis with my dad in one room.” to the Beatles. Through my sisters I learned about harmonies and songwriting structure. I can remember when they brought home the Woodstock album in the mid-1970s. That was my first time hearing Jimi Hendrix and it freaked me out but in a good way. In grammar school I participated in the chorus at Most Holy Rosary School that’s where I gained formal music knowledge. I was the child in school constantly tapping on my desk with pencils or tapping my feet on the floor. I just enjoyed hitting on any surface to resonate sound or a beat. It drove everyone crazy. So after a few years of failed attempts at saxophone and clarinet lessons, my father gave in and helped me purchase my first Ludwig drum kit from Bonnie Music. I’m self-taught on drums. Playing drums came natural to me. Once I saw people like Karen Carpenter on television playing drums and singing it really opened up my eyes to the possibilities. Seeing the Beatles on television made me want to learn more about Ringo and his style of playing. Then I saw Sheila E. on the American Music Awards in 1985 and I was mesmerized by her playing, showmanship and style. I was hooked. In my early years I spent a lot of time listening, learning and watching what other


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drummers were playing. In the late 80s early 90s I started attending drum clinics sponsored by The Music Center owned by Buke Babikian. I attended clinics held by Frank Briggs, Chester Thompson and Omar Hakim. I would try to incorporate what I learned by viewing others into my own playing. When I would go out to local clubs I would always watch the drummers’ technique. I would go to open mic nights at places like B&B’s on South Avenue or Shifty’s and sit-in with the guys that were jamming. I often heard the line “not bad for a girl.” The more I practiced the better I became. When you become good at something, you become more confident and no one can take that away from you. I’ve always loved playing simple solid grooves with bass drum, hit-hat and snare that drive things forward. Being solid is what keeps you working. It’s all about keeping time, having feel and a solid groove for me. CS: How did your playing and professional progress factor into all of this action? SR: I’ve been playing in bands locally since the early 90s. I’ve always had an eclectic taste in music so I would try to learn as many different types of rock and blues or R&B songs when I first started to get into various local bands. I’m really grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given to play in Syracuse. I’ve been a drummer for many years with the C-Jack Run Revue owned and operated by producer Charles Jackson. The Revue in 1997 was a 5 time SAMMY award winning collective of R&B artist in the Syracuse area. We opened for Najee, Jay Z, Montell Jordan, Jody Watley and various other R&B acts. During the same time period I played in an original female power pop trio called Mighty ISIS with bandmates Jessica Rudy of Guardrail and Natalie Neal. By the 2000s I had played in another original rock and blues project called Ology with lead singer Robyn Stockdale. (Creative director and owner of Graphik Nature Studios) By 2004 I joined a modern rock three piece band called The Bufftones later renamed The Tones with Dave Rockower, Nick Reitz and Matthew Zych. The Tones had a power punk sound and played originals and covers. We gigged at CBGB’s in New York City and various clubs in the Boston area. By 2008 I was a founding member, drummer and vocalist with The Shakedown. The band consisted of Sean Patrick Taylor, guitar and vocals, Shane Kelsen, keyboards, guitar and vocals and Matthew Zych on bass, guitar, and vocals. We played Americana roots rock ‘n’ roll music. The Shakedown was my last original project to date.

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I learned a lot about working in a real recording studio and the importance of preparation and working with a great producer and sound engineers. As a band we grew closer together as people. We covered a lot of miles together trying to promote our record. It was my second time doing a mini tour of playing shows in clubs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Boston, Vermont, Virginia, and Memphis. The Shakedown is currently on hiatus but whenever we get a chance to get together it’s like a musical family reunion.

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humbling experience working with various local drummers to prepare During 2011 and 2012 I played a few shows with two percussion and drum parts for these amazingly talented women Kate Kolb and Missy Ragonese in shows. Part of the proceeds for that a three piece rock n soul cover band called MISS 3. We played event would go towards various charities everything from 4 Non Blondes to the Pointer Sisters with a little ranging from the Carol Baldwin Breast Hendrix mixed in. Playing with Missy and Kate really kept me on Cancer Research Fund or military my toes and challenged my drumming and singing skills. families. CS: With whom are you working, these days? CS: Do you play instruments other SR: Around 2013 I was invited to join The Barndogs PLUS tribute than drums? to the Allman Brothers Band as part of a tribute to the largest SR: I play guitar. When I try to come up concert gathering in history: SummerJam ‘73 at Watkins Glen NY with song ideas I often find it less difficult featuring the Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and The to create them on guitar first. Sometimes Grateful Dead. The band members are Andy Comstock, Mark I come up with a melody and lyrics Westers, John Kapusniak, Pete Szymanski, Tim Robinson and Jerry before I think of a tempo. Tarolli. I knew drummer Pete Szymanski because we both CS: Tell us about the music that moves attended Bishop Ludden High School together. He’s really a you and what inspires you? phenomenal player and a wonderful person. I was honored to join SR: The music that moves me often is the band. I love the Allman Brothers Band material and getting the the songs with universal themes about chance to jam live with another drummer was like a dream. the human condition. I saw Stevie Wonder in concert a few years ago and heard him I also like to make time to perform in events that benefit non-profit organizations. perform Love’s In Need of Love Today and it made me cry. The poetic genius of that song Since 2014 I’ve been honored to be a part of The Ladies Night at The Palace Theater is so beautiful and overwhelming when I think about it. Blackbird by Paul McCartney is program produced by Black Bag Productions owned by Joanna Jewett and The another song that’s very heavy and meaningful. It’s a song he wrote acknowledging the BeatleCUSE productions created by local musician Paul Davie.     unrest going on during the Civil Rights Movement in America. It was his way of being in The Ladies Night event takes place in November and highlights the enormous talent solidarity with black people in our struggle to truly be free. of local female vocalist and musicians recreating songs by artists from the 60s through I’m really moved and inspired by the honesty and colorful story telling of singer the 80s. A part of the event proceeds benefit the Vera House organization. The songwriters like Smokey Robinson or Bob Dylan. I enjoy listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue BeatleCUSE event which wrapped up in 2019 was a massive event of local musicians album in the winter. Blue is my curl up in a blanket and ride out the storm album. Lately individually and collectively recreating various songs from The Beatles catalog of albums. I’ve been listening to new artists H.E.R., Brandi Carlile and J.S. Ondara. I also enjoy Beck’s I played drums with the girl group the FAB FEMMES comprised of Anna Lopez, Jess Nonew album Stratosphere. It reminds me of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. vak, Sharon Allen, Sheela Tucker, Cathy Lamanna and Sue Karlik. It was always a With the recent passing of drummer Neil Peart I’ve been sadly going down memory lane listening to RUSH albums recently like 2112, Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves, and Signals. He was so innovative in his approach to playing drums and a true wordsmith at crafting lyrics. The rock world lost a giant. I’ve always been inspired by drummers like Star of the Beatles, Questlove of The Roots, Adam Deitch of Lettuce, Will Calhoun 315.498.6813 Ringo of Living Colour, Stewart Copeland of the Police just to name a few because of their unique style of playing.     CS: Please share with us your favorite career highlights? SR: A huge career highlight for me was recording at Sun Studio with The Shakedown. 4000 State Rt.11 Onondaga Nation via Nedrow, NY Stepping in that studio you really feel the weight of the giants that created some great rock ‘n’ roll records. Their spirits are everywhere in that studio. It was a very emotional experience. It was exciting to record in the same room as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison as well as B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and Ike Turner. The birthplace of rock n roll. Throughout the years of performing with the BeatleCUSE production I’ve shared the stage with songwriter producer Mark Hudson; Denny Laine of the Moody Blues and Paul McCartney and Wings; and Joey Mulland of Badfinger. Playing with The Barndogs PLUS Allman Brothers Tribute band I’ve had the pleasure of opening shows for Blues Traveler, The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band and Candlebox. CS: How has the CNY music scene treated you? Thoughts on the music culture and community here … SR: I’ve been treated very well by the CNY music community. I have so much respect for so many bands that are out there rocking out clubs every weekend. I believe others give me mutual respect for my journey and my accomplishments. 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CS: Is there anything you’d like to see change or develop in the music world around here, or in general? SR: I would really love to see the return of the Syracuse Jazz Festival. I’m hoping that our community will support its return in the near future. We desperately need its cultural resurgence to happen. CS: What’s in your near future musically? SR: I’m looking forward to working with Jess Novak on a festival project called F.I.R.E. (females inspire, rock, empower) Music and Art Festival March 20 at Maxwell’s in Syracuse. My bandmates in The Tones are re-releasing our music on various internet platforms in February. If you want to see what musical adventures I’ll be embarking on you can always check me out on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/susan.royal1 CS: Thank you so much, Susan. Very interesting. Thank yo for sharing your story. SR: Thank you, Chuck. My pleasure.

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REVUE REVIEW #2 Took place on December 4th with the three killers we had in Syracuse’s very own John Cadley: Anna Troy from Brooklyn, NY; and Mikal Serafim from Auburn. Each of these artists displayed a deep and vast cornucopia of rich musical and songwriting ideas. John Cadley wowed the audience in expected, promised fashion as his quality for thought always prevails. In my on opinion John views the world like he could be riding alongside Kerouac, and delivers what he thinks about it like he’s chilling with Mark Twain. And while that is wide territory it is still a very focused one that lives well in the way John spins his story. Anna Troy rode the train up from Brooklyn to jump into this show. With her she brought the blues. A blues that remains respectful to the masters she’s studied while wearing the badge of her generation in a way that coexists successfully by way of relevance. She told stories that provided excursions of thought that kept the audience giggling throughout. Mikal Serafim woo-ed us with jazzy, bluesy sultry songs that featured his prowess for guitar and masterful vocal handling of the lyrics he was singing … also offering a body of work that featured relevant substance. Stay tuned for future announcements on REVUE REVIEW. John Cadley

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Brew Time by KRISTIN MERRITT

Love is in the Eye of the Beer-Holder Cupid, roses, chocolate … those three words can only mean one thing during the month of February: Valentine’s Day! Love it, or hate it, the holiday is upon us and is sure to show up everywhere from over-the-top displays of pink and red in every single store you walk into, to your Facebook and Instagram feeds with their gag-tastic PDA photos and posts of undying affection between couples. You know what I’m talking about. (Heck, maybe YOU happen to be one half of those said sappy couples.) Regardless, whether you’re hitched, dating, or happily in a relationship with yourself or your dog, it’s time to make beer a part of your Valentine’s Day this year. Love, beauty, pleasure, passion, and procreation … the Greek goddess, Aphrodite is associated with all of these carnal desires. A daughter of Zeus, she is commonly depicted in much of mythology as being exceptionally beautiful, irresistible to men, an adulteress of sorts who takes on many lovers, and is the mother of Eros, the god of lust and sexual desire. Hence, she is also the root of the word, “Aphrodisiac.” The Romans had their own goddess —Venus— who is by-and-large the same depiction, and Eros in turn being Cupid. Julius Caesar himself was a strong supporter of the cult of Venus, as she was believed to be the mother of the entire Roman nation. The Greeks loved their wine and it was a large part of their culture, so much so that the Greeks even had a god of wine – Dionysus. (And the Romans had Bacchus as their counterpart.) In the Greek play, Semele or Dionysus, written in 375 BC, the character Dionysus says, “Three bowls [of wine] do I mix for the temperate: one to health, which they empty first; the second to 4 Generations Thank you for love and pleasure; the third voting us Serving Syracuse & CNY 2019 to sleep.” The Greeks knew Best Middle that wine, a form of alcohol, Eastern would contribute towards Restaurant increased desire and Take Out•Delivery•Catering pleasure. The Romans too felt that wine was Park in our Lot Happy Hour Daily Gift Cards intertwined with everyday Next Door Available 5-7pm life and lowering inhibitions. Pliny the Elder 503-505 Westcott Street • Syracuse, NY• 315-425-0366

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beer an aphrodisiac in today’s culture? It’s probably true that any college student would give an emphatic “YES!” in response to that question, and scientifically, the answer to the question is also yes! … Of course, it has to be in moderation … for as Shakespeare put it, “[alcohol] provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.” The thing is, alcohol —beer, wine, etc.— has scientifically been proven to increase overall desire and sexual response while decreasing inhibition. An Australian study concluded that men who on average drank a “moderate” amount of alcohol reported 30% fewer erectile dysfunction issues than men who were “non-drinkers.” In another study focusing on women, it found that women who drank a “moderate” amount of alcohol displayed higher levels of testosterone, but in men, the levels did not increase. This increased specific hormone production in women can lead to increased libido. Though when moderation turns into excessiveness, all that “desire” and “libido” isn’t really going to get you anywhere except an increased probability of riskier behavior, getting yourself into trouble or will simply help you pass out. To put it bluntly, beer as an aphrodisiac has a VERY fine line in relation to consumption. As well, the chemical composition of beer is biphasic in that it has a stimulant effect as your blood alcohol levels increase, but once it starts to decrease, it acts as a depressant. Of course, the media, entertainment, and advertising would have you believe very differently – especially when it comes to marketing towards men. Foods, such as oysters, chocolate, honey, chili peppers, vanilla, figs, cucumbers, pomegranates, strawberries, and herbs such as saffron, rosemary and basil, among others are considered to have aphrodisiac properties. So, if we combine and brew beer with these particular foods and spices, do we now have a truly aphrodisiacal craft brew? The answer to that question is: Possibly, as it all depends on the quantity and concentration of the elements going into the brew itself and of course, it all going through the many steps of the brewing process and fermentation. Therefore, it’s anyone’s guess! While I don’t claim to have felt like I’ve been reborn as the Greek Strawberry Peach Pineapple Sour, a Fruited Kettle goddess Aphrodite herself, Sour Ale by K2 Brothers Brewing continued on pg 16

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Business of Interest by NANCY ROBERTS

Summit Auto Group Summit Auto Group https://www.summitcars.com/ 318 Grant Ave Auburn, NY 13021 877-353-8970 Did you know Syracuse holds one of the oldest, longest running Auto Shows in the country? This coming Auto Expo will be the 112th show sponsored by the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association, and will feature hundreds of new and exciting vehicles displayed in two buildings (the OnCenter and War Memorial), and covering 135 THOUSAND square feet! Yes, that’s a lot of cars. It goes without saying that from the early days of the Franklin here in Syracuse, through the Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler (and many more brands) and now into the days of hybrid, electric, and specialty vehicles, the automotive industry has seen a lot of changes in 112 years! I spoke with Christopher DiMarco, General Manager of Summit Auto Group, who is this year’s chairman of the Syracuse Auto Expo. The show, he said, will be held February 6th through the 9th, with a Charity Preview on February 5th. “I’m happy to take off my Summit Auto hat for the event,” he told me, “and put on my Syracuse Auto Dealer’s hat, especially when it comes to getting people involved in the charity event. One hundred percent of our ticket sales for the charity event go back into local charities.” The charity event, DiMarco said, has raised approximately $3.6 million over the 22 years of the fundraiser – and participants can designate the charities they want sponsor. DiMarco graduated Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in marketing, and

jumped right into the family-owned Summit Auto Group —washing cars, working in the parts department, doing lot management – in other words, learning every facet of the business, including finance and sales— so his current title of General Manager was earned by learning the business from the ground up. “Buying a family car can be an emotional decision,” DiMarco explained. “It’s probably the second biggest purchase any family will make. A new car should make the buyer feel good, happy, exited. But we know there’s some anxiety there, too. We want customers to feel confident that they have the right car for them, so that the adrenaline high of getting the keys to the new car turns into a good feeling that they made the right decision.” He says that customers are far more educated these days than they used to be, thanks to the Internet. “People do their research. They’re pretty sure of what they want when they come in. Our job is to make sure they’ve got exactly what they need and want.” With major brands including Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Lincoln, DiMarco says Summit doesn’t sell only the family SUV or sedan. “We work with everyone from families to fleet managers to the man or woman who’s going to operate a big commercial dump truck or construction vehicle. Our customers —all of them— come in with a need and a want, and our objective is to fulfill that.” The group handles post-sales servicing and parts, as well, including full body service. “Nobody wants to be in the service area,” DiMarco says. “It means they’re working on a problem. So we try to make that experience as painless as possible – fix the problem and leave feeling they’ve gotten their problem solved.” “I’m excited heading into 2020,” DiMarco says. “Technology means there’s always something new with vehicles. We sell hybrids, electric cars and trucks, and every year there’s something new, some innovation. We


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The Winter Wine You Should Be Drinking (and Sharing) This Season

Chiliean Winemaker Marcio Ramirez

2017 Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere From Puemo Vineyard in Cachapoal Valley, the 2017 vintage of Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere doesn’t disappoint with heady aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and (BPT) - Chilly weather: Check. Cozy gatherings with friends: Check. Same old wine: Not blackberry, framed by a thread of cedar and white pepper. Pair it with smoked meats or a so fast. Before you reach for your go-to red this winter, consider Chile’s answer to the seastrong aged cheese, like Gorgonzola. 90 points, Wine & Spirits son’s most toast-worthy pours: crimson-hued Carmenere (car-men-air). 2017 Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere The signature red grape of Chile delivers luscious dark fruit - think blackcurrant, wild Also from Puemo Vineyard, the 2017 Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere is an blueberry and ripe plum - wrapped in supple tannins, brilliant acidity and silken texture. elevated selection with a generous palate of ripe plum, blackcurrant and dark chocolate. When shared with even the most wine-savvy host, Carmenere offers an opportunity for Pronounced acidity makes it a versatile pairing for roasted lamb or pasta. 91 points, discovery beyond the usual pour. James Suckling Born in the famed vineyards of Bordeaux, France, Carmenere was thought to be 2017 Terrunyo Carmenere extinct in the late 1860s. Half a world away, in a grand case of mistaken identity, experts The crown jewel of Ramírez’s Carmenere offerings from Puemo Vineyard, the 2017 discovered 130 years later that much of what was assumed to be Merlot in Chile was Terrunyo Carmenere boasts an impressive structure, with inviting notes of wild berries, actually Carmenere - hiding in plain sight. It quickly became a favorite among Chileans cedar and violet. Supple tannins and excellent acidity make this equally suited for spicy for its inviting style, and today, Carmenere is to Chile what Malbec is to Argentina. Somefare or rich risotto. 91 points, Wine Spectator where between the moderate structure of a Pinot Noir and the layered complexity of a As you consider the wine options this winter, skip the expected choice, and instead Cabernet Sauvignon lies your new favorite red. grab a bottle from Chile. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows, sitting down to a fourChilean Winemaker Marcio Ramírez - affectionately dubbed “Mr. Carmenere” by colcourse meal or heading to a cocktail party, Carmenere may be the best red wine you leagues, thanks to his 20-plus years spent mastering the variety - is a Carmenere craftshaven’t yet tried. Discover (and share) it all winter long. man to keep your eye on. Here are three wines, all made by Ramírez and awarded scores of 90 points or higher by top wine critics, that you should be drinking this winter, perhaps après ski or any time a delicious glass of red fits the bill:

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Dining Out by Kerilyn E. Micale

Some events are just unforgettable, these events might include your wedding day, the birth of your first child, and quite possibly, the first time you indulged in a meal at The Inn Between Restaurant! The In Between Restaurant is located just a short drive from Syracuse at 2290 West Genesee Turnpike in Camillus. They are open Tuesday though Saturday with dining service beginning at 5 pm and on Sunday from 2 pm to 8 pm. You will want to make reservations so be sure to call ahead at 315-672-3166. If you want to impress your date this Valentine’s Day, skip the chocolate and flowers and take your sweetheart to an unforgettable meal that is equal parts delicious and romantic at The Inn Between. There will be a special Valentine’s Day menu featuring some of their favorite dishes. You won’t want to miss this evening so please make your reservations as soon as you can as reservations are required! Give them a call to reserve your table at 315-672-3166. Kyle and I went to The Inn Between on a chilly Saturday night in January. Upon entering the warm and cozy restaurant we were immediately greeted by the friendly hostess and brought to our romantic table near the window. Shortly thereafter we met our friendly and knowledgeable server John. Even though the restaurant was very busy John made us feel like we were his only table; his service was absolutely exemplary! One of the nice and unique things about The Inn Between is that dinner begins with an assortment of fresh garden vegetables Since 1972 accompanied by a zesty herb dipping sauce. The

One of The Inn Between’s beautiful seasonal, specialty salads vegetables were colorful and crisp. After hearing the scrumptious specials, we decided to start our meal with an order of the appetizer special for the evening, the Calamari Frite served with a side of house made marinara. This calamari was unlike any we had had before in an amazing way. The dish was of calamari strips, as big a French fries, lightly breaded and fried to perfection. I have enjoyed a lot of calamari and this dish was my all-time favorite! We were then served our beautiful salads with homemade rolls and their famous date nut bread. Kyle decided on the specialty salad which was a beautiful salad topped with toasted almonds raspberry vinaigrette with Gorgonzola cheese and a garlic tulie. I decided on the Caesar salad topped with anchovies (and I love anchovies!) John told us that we should not be afraid to try something we had not had before because every dish on the menu was remarkable. That being said I took his advice and tried a dish I had never even heard of before, the Seafood Chambertine. This unique and beautiful dish is loaded with shrimp, lobster and scallops that have been sautéed in a

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Computers & the Web by NANCY ROBERTS

A Blonde and Chrome Passwords It was just another day in Blondeville – a computer for this, another one for that, one for fun. You know, the usual. And then – what? What? A scary looking message from something called “Password Checker” on Chrome (my browser of choice lately, though perhaps not forever) saying “70 Passwords Compromised,” and advising me to take immediate action. 70 passwords? To what? How? When? First, Chrome has offered, as most browsers do now, a password “locker” that keeps track of your username and passwords. Some sites, notably credit card and banking sites, will also offer a two-step verification (which I highly recommend, though what do I know) which sends a code to your phone —or email, though that seems somewhat iffy as a process if someone has potentially broken into your passwords— so that you have to retrieve a short string of code from your phone and enter it into your logon within a short period of time. But for the majority of passwords to non-lethal platforms, the password storage is handy and useful. First, I verified that there was in fact a breach warning issued by the browser (there was), because, in fact, this warning could have simply been another phishing attempt: hey user, your passwords have all been compromised, reset them here (with a handy link to the phisher’s own spurious versions of desirable platforms). Once that was assured, I scanned down the list of “compromised” platforms and also checked out the recommended steps to take. Fortunately for me, the majority of problem passwords were to sites I haven’t visited in, quite literally, years. The few that required attention were easily dealt with, including (just for safety’s sake) a phone call to a customer service number obtained from a bill to allow the representative to manage the changes. I also followed the link to the recommended set of steps, which suggested that I had devices that had not been

connected to “Windows” in a while. “You haven’t used Google on Windows in 166 days. Remove this device so it no longer has access to your account.” This cryptic bit of information simply meant that there was a device (it might be a tablet, a phone, or any other device that could use Windows) that had not been logged on to Windows, though I might still be using it to read or play games or something offline. So, no problem there. However, as we’ve discussed a time or ten in this column, online security is never to be taken lightly. As noted, when available, the two step process is a good one to put in place. Yes, it’s annoying to have to get the code from a text, but it’s reassuring. And the beginning of the year, while predictable, is a good time to at least be thinking about resetting passwords. A number of years ago, I recommended the advice of a very computer savvy friend: find a formula that isn’t obvious, then use it to “generate” a password which won’t require you to remember the password – just your formula. Each site’s password will be unique based on your formula’s adaptation to that site’s specifics, and the only “problem” that can occur is when the site has a requirement for a combination of letters, characters and capitalizations that don’t readily match your formula. As alarming as the notice was, it was a good reminder to revisit passwords and practices. Oh, and by the way, if you get a call from a Texas phone number saying “Social security number has been suspected for criminal activities to get more information on this case please call us on our department number 940-304-xxxx. I repeat it 940-304-xxxx. Thank you,” don’t call them. It’s a Robocall.

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To PSA Or Not To PSA Here I go again, taking on another major important national healthcare guideline. … Both the United States Preventive Task Force and the American Academy of Family Practitioners recommend AGAINST using the PSA as a screening test. The American Cancer Society recommends that men only be offered PSA testing after a discussion of the risks and harms. Who is spending that much time with their doctor? Directly from the American Society of Clinical Oncology comes the following information: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer. This year, an estimated 174,650 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Around 60% of cases are diagnosed in men over 65. The average age of diagnosis is 66 years. The disease rarely occurs before age 40. Most prostate cancers (90%) are found when the disease is in only the prostate and nearby organs. This is referred to as the local or regional stage. The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of men live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for most men with local or regional prostate cancer is nearly 100%. For men diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 30%. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. It is estimated that 31,620 deaths from this disease will occur this year.” Interestingly enough, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) —which means a protein that is specific to prostate tissue— was first used by the police starting in 1966 when it was identified in semen and came to be used in cases of sexual assault. Then in 1979 it was discovered that this protein could be found in low amounts in the blood stream of men. PSA was first used in diagnosing prostate cancer in 1987 and was approved by the FDA for this purpose 7 years later. For years the PSA was done at your annual physical and if it was elevated you were

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sent for a biopsy to see if you have cancer. If you did test positive you are offered a choice between watching, radiation, surgery or hormonal treatment. Not everyone with an elevated PSA will have a positive biopsy. PSA levels rise as you age and bike riding, rectal probing, prostate irritation or infection can also raise the PSA. We have established a cutoff of 4.0 as the upper limit of normal but some people age normalize the number

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States. It is estimated that 31,620 deaths from this disease will occur this year.” so as you get older up to 6.0 is considered normal. I have personally had patients with a PSA of 3 who had cancer (their prior PSA was less than 1 so the level of 3 was quite a jump) and patients with a level of 30 who did not have cancer. (They had a biopsy and it was just due to a very enlarged prostate.) So, your doctor CAN do a PSA test at your annual physical but some doctors, blindly following the guidelines, have abandoned this practice. Why? Because some researchers believe that the PSA does more harm than good because: 1. Some prostate cancers are slow growing and should be left alone. 2. There will be many people who have an elevated PSA who have biopsies that come back normal and they have been put through psychological stress needlessly. There are dangers of biopsy as well including infection, etc. 3. Some people will be overly aggressive about treating slow growing cancers and have operations or treatments that leave them with incontinence and sexual dysfunction.


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None of these are, to me, important enough to stop checking PSA. As noted above, prostate cancer is the most common serious cancer men get. … About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with cancer and it’s still obviously a common cause of death. ANY test that can help diagnose cancer is worth considering. Once you have the diagnosis it’s up to the individual patient as to how aggressive to be. That’s a completely different problem than diagnosing the cancer in the first place. Once you know, you are in the driver’s seat and can get all the consultations and opinions you want. But until you know, and the PSA test is the first stage of discovery, you have no idea what fate awaits your prostate and you. The blood test is cheap, reproducible and reliable and still covered by most insurances. I know I would have a hard time explaining to some widow that her husband’s prostate cancer death could have been prevented or at least delayed by a simple readily available blood test that I did not do because some guidelines said it was no longer appropriate. There have been 2 large scale studies looking at the benefits of PSA testing. Roughly 75,000 men were tested with PSA starting in 1993 and there was no benefit in overall mortality between the group who got tested with PSA and the group that did not, although there were 22% more cancers found in the PSA testing group. A second, larger study, was done in Europe … the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer began in the early 1990s. A total of 162,000 men between the ages of 55 and 69 were recruited. Quoting directly from the Harvard Medical School article: “After about nine years of observation, 214 men in the PSA screening group had died from prostate cancer, while 326 men in the comparison group had died from the disease. That means screening reduced the risk of dying from prostate cancer by 20%.” The PSA is a screening test just like colonoscopy and mammogram and when you look at these tests from a populationbased standpoint none of these tests —I repeat none of these tests— have been shown to cut down more mortality at the population level. That said, every physician I know has seen people whose lives were saved by a colonoscopy a mammogram or a PSA test. The PSA test is far cheaper than a colonoscopy or mammogram and for a disease that is going to affect one in 6 men I think that ongoing screening is appropriate and I will continue to do it. Yes, it is true that many more men will die WITH prostate cancer than FROM prostate cancer but on my watch I want to find any cancer as early as possible. The PSA is a test that does just that. I urge you to have this discussion with your own personal physician. Until next month … Get well … Stay well. (ed. Readers can listen to Dr. Joe Barry’s radio show “Your Health Matters” airing Sunday afternoons at 12:00pm on WSYR 570)

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Beauty & Fashion

by BRAND POINT CENTRAL

Get Your Glow On! 6 Tips to Make Your Hair and Skin Shine (BPC) - Face it, winter is brutal for your skin and hair. Between the harsh, cold wind outside and the dry, overheated air inside, it’s hard to look your best all winter long. On top of that, everyone tends to overindulge in unhealthy food and drinks during the winter months. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to enhance your looks while boosting your body’s natural ability to fight off the ill effects of winter. Here are some tips to look your best - even when the weather does its worst.

Treat your skin with TLC

Gently cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin every day. Find products best suited for your skin type and be consistent about using them. Thoroughly remove makeup before bed and use extra moisturizer overnight so you’ll wake up with a brighter, clearer complexion each morning.

Deep condition Hydrate well - from the inside out your hair Just as you use a good moisturizer to help replenish and protect your skin every day, find hair conditioners or deep conditioning oils that can prevent your hair from drying out, frizzing or turning brittle. Look for products using natural ingredients, and that are designed for your hair type.

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If you want hair and skin that aren’t overly dried out, it’s not enough to just condition or moisturize them from the outside. Staying well hydrated, by drinking at least eight glasses of water each day, will help your body maintain healthier, more beautiful skin and hair. You’ll also feel better, inside and out. Lastly, avoid drinking too many beverages that are dehydrating - like tea and coffee, soda and alcoholic drinks.

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Boost your vitamin intake Many vitamins help keep your skin, hair and nails healthy and beautiful: Vitamins A, B, Biotin (B7), C and K, plus fish oil. These vitamins are found in a variety of foods such as fruits and veggies (especially dark leafy greens), fish, nuts and seeds. To be sure you’re getting enough of all these vitamins, you can also take vitamin supplements.

Protect your skin and hair from the elements If you spend time outdoors, especially doing winter sports, keep your skin and hair covered. Exposing them to harsh wind, cold temps and winter glare can be damaging. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from UV damage - yes, even in the winter! Snow and ice reflect UV rays, making them even more damaging than being at the beach in the summer. Taking care of your health and your beauty are really one and the same. Steps like these will make you feel good and look good, too.

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My Mind To Yours

by DEBRA MERRYWEATHER

Up to This Minute On January 22, the State of Utah joined 18 other states in outlawing so-called conversion therapy intended to change LGBTQ children into straight children. An NPR report applauded the conservative Mormon Church for supporting the new law. A Reuters report states the Mormon Church supported the ban because the law exempts clergy, lay pastoral and spiritual counselors, including Mormon counselors, from the ban. The January 24 Post-Standard featured an article by Jean Hopfensperger Tribune News Service announcing that Exorcisms are back. During exorcisms, priests seek to stop demonically driven rages, intrusive voices, house hauntings, abnormal strength, and feelings. In Greek mythology, demons were bad spirits; daemons were good spirits. We all experience the good and the bad. While exorcism is associated with Roman Catholicism, other charismatic and Pentecostal groups practice faith healing and the casting out of demons. Ms. Hopfensperger writes that speaking an unknown language is a sign of possession. Often, Pentecostal groups speak in tongues, a manifestation of being possessed by spirit. We think and communicate in words. An exhibit, years ago, at the Everson Museum focused on the literal and metaphoric baggage some patients brought with them to the Willard Psychiatric Hospital near Ovid, NY. Willard treated one man because he spoke an unknown language. Eventually, someone at the facility noticed he was speaking a unique, I believe, Slavic dialect. Would the Willard patient have fared better with an exorcist? The Tribune article quotes one exorcist who says, “I’ve seen eyes rolling to the back of the head, foaming at the mouth, people hissing, people speaking in strange voices.” These manifestations are also associated with vasovagal syncope, epilepsy and seizure. And, the rolling of eyes into the back of one’s skull or head might be part of a developed skill set. YouTube features the video of a young boy happy to teach viewers how to do it. The boy rolls his eyes back in a step by step process.

El Greco, The Vision of Saint John (1608-1614) On January 23, the New York Times published a bit of testimony from Harvey Weinstein’s trial for rape. Actress Annabella Sciorra testified that in late 1993 or early 1994, Weinstein forced himself on her after entering Sciorra’s secure apartment building. Ms. Sciorra said she answered the knock at the door thinking it must be a neighbor or the doorman. Annabella Sciorra testified, “I said, ‘No, no,’ but there was not much I could do,” she said. “My body shut down. It was so disgusting my body started to shake in a way that was unusual. It was like a seizure or something.” I have a theory. Well, I have many theories, but I have a particular theory that relates to the “me too” movement, issues of so-called personal responsibility and all of the issues

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around love and romance that most people don’t like to talk about especially on Valentine’s Day. It should be obvious, and maybe it is obvious, that, early on, girls learn how to sit in a ladylike manner while boys learn to test their limits and develop their strengths. Things are changing. Still, any human body primed to be nice is a body primed to shut down when nice doesn’t work. The 10th cranial nerve, the vagus nerve, the longest nerve in the body, plays a significant role in the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. An emerging body of trauma work reveals that freeze responses in times of terror work to conserve energy so an animal, including human animals, might survive (if they survive). Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Peter Levine, and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk disseminate much practical information about how patterned mind body connections affect us. What Annabella Sciorra described in her testimony seems very much like a dorsal vagal response to danger. Most of us, or at least most of us females, learn to watch out for stranger danger. We learn to not open the door to strangers. Guarding against the unknown is simpler than trying to interpret the, sometimes, mixed signals of people we’ve met. Trying to play nice, in the hope of not being played, doesn’t always play out well for the nice person. The Greek story of Daphne hints at a dorsal vagal freeze. Most Greek myths, like most religious and psychological interpretations flow forth in different versions. In a nutshell

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here, Daphne, a naiad and daughter of the river god Peneus and the nymph Creusa, finds herself receiving much unwanted attention from the god Apollo. Unable to outrun Apollo, Daphne prays to her river-god father, who, in response, turns Daphne into a tree. Much oppression, pain and psychic trauma results from misguided methods of protecting against Cupid’s arrow. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Exercise & Fitness by JENNIFER NASTASI GUZELAK

Stay Committed to Achieve Your Goals Do you complain about not achieving your goals? Do you grumble about all the obstacles and problems that make it so difficult? Everyone wants things, but we don’t get what we want, we get what we are committed to. In other words, unless you are fully committed to something, you don’t have a hope in the world of bringing your desires into reality. With commitment comes a single-minded purpose, improved ability to spot opportunities, and the impetus to take more risks on your journey. Many people —especially when it comes to losing weight— never really fully commit. What they see as “commitment” is nothing more than the act of simply being merely “interested” in doing something. When you are committed to something, you have a very clear idea of what lies ahead on your journey; the sacrifices you must make; the resources you must acquire; continued on pg 32

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Stay Committed to Achieve Your Goals continued from pg 31 and how you’re going to respond to the challenges that you will face along the way. To get the ball rolling, you must first recognize the difference between a commitment and the act of merely being interested in something. When you’re merely interested in something you have no clear path as to how you will achieve your desired outcome. If I am interested in doing a group fitness class, it’s not the same thing as showing up and taking the class. Following through makes all the difference in the world! Before you start your journey, there are a few really important questions you need to ask yourself: Why do you want this? Why specifically do you want this right now? What are the benefits of having this in your life? Take a few minutes to really think about it and answer these questions honestly! Now, you’re ready to begin.

Here are 5 Essential Truths to Empower You to Make Unwavering Commitments Commitment is demonstrated by action. You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. Your commitment to reaching your fitness goals is not measured by your words. If it was, a lot of us would have a whole lot more accomplished by now. The real progress of commitment is demonstrated by the consistent actions you take daily. For example, if you want to lose weight, it is necessary to commit to a daily exercise and eating plan that you will follow faithfully. Commitment determines what is worth putting to rest. It’s important that you put to rest the things that are keeping you from making lasting commitments. Life happens and there are many obstacles that will stand in your way. When you expect these road blocks and make a plan to face them head on, you will make the progress you need to accomplish your goals.

Commitment originates in the heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape. Commitment does not occur because you dream about doing something great or you see someone accomplishing awesome things. It is not something that someone can give you by attending a seminar or reading a bestselling book. These are of course good tools to inspire and encourage you, but true commitment originates in the heart of a person that desires to achieve something of significance. An unwavering commitment to your vision that rests deep in your heart will push you towards victory even under adverse circumstances. You won’t let anyone or anything detour your progress. You won’t let any outside source get in your way. You won’t allow failure and doubt to discourage your journey. Commitment can be measured over time. If you ever want to see how committed you are to a goal, measure your progress. Document your goal with specific dates that you want to accomplish certain tasks. After a couple of months, review your progress and see how you measure up. If you set a goal to lose ten pounds, check your goal sheet periodically to see where your stand. If after a couple of months, you have gained a few pounds or you are at the same place, you need to take a step back and reevaluate your commitment to reaching your goal. Have you set a goal you never had any intentions on truly achieving? Maybe continued on pg 34


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Stay Committed to Achieve Your Goals continued from pg 32 you just need to revisit your “reason why.” Commitment opens the door for opportunities. Commitment is what makes success possible. If you commit to do whatever it takes to make your vision a reality the doors of opportunity will open. The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock! A lot of people commit to achieving a goal for a while, but if they don’t achieve it fast enough, they give up. With success comes great strength and great satisfaction. You will feel empowered because you have followed through with something you may have otherwise walked away from in the past. Don’t forfeit doors of opportunity opening in your life because things aren’t going your way. Don’t walk away from a potential win because you feel like you may lose. Don’t settle for failure because you blew it yesterday! Today is a new day. Embrace it and make the most of it.

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No matter where you are in life, you must decide to live up to your current commitments. When you do, the doors of opportunity will open and you will find success in all that you do. It’s not always going to be a smooth ride to success. There will be some bumps and bruises. Things that use to work may stop working. People who said they would support your vision may not. Promises you made to yourself may be broken. This does not mean you give up. It just means that you need to readjust, restructure and recalibrate your life to get back on the right path to living out your commitments. The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. The future depends on what you do today. When you make a commitment to achieve your health and fitness goals you are making an important decision to indefinitely pursue one clear path towards your desired destination. Remember, an inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention. “Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the ‘right stuff’ to turn our dreams into reality.” - James Womack I have been a personal trainer for over eighteen years and I absolutely love what I do. I honestly feel that I have one of the best jobs out there! The most rewarding part of my profession is helping one of my clients succeed at reaching their personal fitness goals. Making a difference in someone’s life makes it all worthwhile. I am currently certified by the National Sports Conditioning Association, Apex Fitness Group, and the International Sports Science Association.

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out on their own, without the use of lawyers. The main source of contention, is that Charlie insists that they are a New York family, and does not want to be away from their young son, Henry (Azhy Robertson.) With each week that passes, the situation grows increasingly complicated. Despite their initial agreement, Nicole enlists the help of powerful divorce lawyer Nora Fanshaw (Laura Dern). In rebuttal, Charlie consults with a savage attorney named Jay Moratta (Ray Liotta) who bluntly lays out how difficult and ruthless the entire process is about to become. Hesitant to take the proceedings down such a tumultuous (and bank busting) path, Charlie hires the wise and sympathetic Bert Spitz (Alan Alda). Together, the duo

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Opening narration from Charlie (Adam Driver) reminiscing about how Nicole gives the best gifts while sitting with the lawyer. attempt to work with Nicole and Nora to reach an amicable resolution. As the proceedings progress, however, this becomes ever more unlikely. The performances by every single member of the MARRIAGE STORY cast is impeccable, and I’m still dumbfounded how they did not earn a SAG nomination for Best Ensemble. The connection between Driver and Johansson is remarkably genuine, which was imperative for the success of the film. The love and loathing between the two is a searing tightrope walk, and by the time we reach the inevitable climax in which emotions come pouring out, the resulting scene is as powerful as any dramatic sequence seen on screen this year. They have crafted characters that are conversely lovable and deplorable. Exuding raw emotion that feels so wholly genuine that you forget you are watching two of the most prolific performers working in Hollywood today (Johansson is nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for her turn in JOJO RABBIT, and Driver just finished his stint as Kylo Ren in RISE OF SKYWALKER). -They have deftly molded characters that aren’t mere one-dimensional caricatures of a disheartened man and wife, but real people with palpable hopes, dreams, and fears. Despite its heavy themes and emotionally charged moments, Baumbach’s script also delivers a number of unexpected laughs, brevity, and insight. There is a scene in which

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perhaps more romantic and socially conscious than Rutherfurd’s, Rutherfurd also employs the technique of following a set of families through a period of time, by NANCY ROBERTS tracing their lives, loves, fortunes and failures over an extraordinary period of time. I first read The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga when developing an interest in my Celtic roots. It was an amazing trip through Irish fact, fiction, According to Wikipedia, “Edward Rutherfurd is a and legend, but I learned pen name for Francis Edward Wintle (born 1948 in an important thing that Salisbury, England). He is best known as a writer of epic historical novels which span long periods of his- would serve me well in further Rutherfurd readtory but are set in particular places. His debut novel ing: be prepared to be “Sarum” set the pattern for his work with a ten-thouengrossed, and focus. While sand-year storyline.” they are works of fiction, Ten-thousand-year? Yes, and he does justice to his are not easy reads. You these epic pieces of fact-and-fiction. He is not the will be whipsawed from only writer to indulge in a long work based in fact using fictional characters to move the action forward one family line to another (or sometimes, leaping about) in time. James Michen- as they interact, drop out of sight, or even hand the er’s work was similar, and I happened to be reading storyline off for a Hawaii while traveling to that state, and was able to generation or two. And to actually see the places about which he wrote. say “storyline” is to assume there is a linear through-line. Not so. Where Michener’s style, though sweeping, is Rutherfurd’s “story” is the story of the place, as seen through the eyes of carefully selected families, and individuals within those families. As noted, you must be prepared to pay attention. Covering 900 to ten-thousand years, even if the book is 800 pages long, will mean you will be racing through time, even if within the confines of a single city (London, or Paris) or among a group of people, or even, as with the book I’m part way through now (The Forest), within the confines of a plot of land. Aside from the enormity of the timeframe, and the plethora of characters, Rutherfurd adopts a variety of voices, of necessity, within each lengthy chapter. In an early chapter of The Forest, he even writes from the point of view of a mother deer and her offspring as they outrace hunt“Edward Rutherfurd is a pen name for Francis Edward Wintle ers, both legal and (born 1948 in Salisbury, England). poachers. Generally, though,

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He alone is putting out our already very dim beacon. He is a tragic result of the real difficulty: For all the decades of our decline the answer has been the elimination of the systemic bribery that has decimated the quality of life for our people. A bribery that sent us spiraling to the third world and a bribery that was a spear through the heart of the American way and our destiny.

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The Price of Not Voting Prelude: I believe the majority of us see things better than most. But too many do not vote. This writing would not exist if we did. Vote. Please vote and pass the word. You can hate Trump but you can’t hate those that like him. We are not divided because one sides likes Trump and one side doesn’t. We are divided because of the un-American intolerance on both sides that is fomenting a society so injured that even family flare ups at the dinner have become common. If loving and respecting all of your fellow Americans does not return and Trump stirs the susceptible, chaos in the streets may not be far away. Trump has infected our land with massive un-American divisiveness and immorality. I have no use for this awful President. Yet I respect and retain the friendship and high regard for those that disagree. Our land was so far gone before his era, it is no stretch at all to understand and share the rebellious feelings of those that support him. I strongly do not agree that he is in any way an answer. Nor do I believe an answer exists in our system until bribery is removed and equality returns to Governing. There is nothing special about any of Trump’s achievements. What is felt on the right as success, would have happened under any Republican. His presence offends our constitution, our American values and our patriotism. He is damaging the quality of our children’s thinking. He is damaging the American heart and all of its inclusive and equal beauty.

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You don’t just have Trump. You have a near complete overhaul of Government that has no regard for inclusivity, fairness, compassion, justice or the Constitution. And they fawn and fail to see their own disgust. You now have a Government of those that have gained popularity with Trump by joining him in exploiting prejudice and ignorance and the most basic and primal passions of our people and turning the susceptible against their own. Trump is a demagogue. He has riddled the government with like-minded thinkers. They are a cadre of intellectually polluted, selfish and dispassionate human beings who care not about any of us, but only of themselves and the disgusting approval of their leader. They are those that never would have had power without one of their own achieving high office. They completely acquiesce to obsequious subservience and bow to Trump’s every word. This country is at war with its system which has departed from inclusivity. We may not have time to win this war before our planet is unable to sustain our societal structures. Time is simply running out. We live in an environment and atmosphere that are decaying. Arable land is depleting, melting continents are raising sea levels, fires are as big as some states, hurricanes are more severe than ever, temperatures are breaking historical records every year, reckless pollution is encompassing, population is near maximum sustainability and resources are depleting. Right when the world was joining forces to combat all this Trump enters the arena. He reverses all progress and here we are. One side knows what lies ahead. The other is in denial and won’t believe it until decimation is in their face and of course then it is too late. There is more than one elephant in the room. We have had 80 years to find common ground and to negotiate an end to this mad pursuit of nuclear power that may very well make all other problems moot. All leaders have failed. Trump is aloof to earth saving issues and also cannot negotiate anything that does not require cold hard dispassion. He succeeded with a cold heart, ruining others, and bankruptcies and all sorts of tax and systemic abuses where dispassion breeds success. He is not a negotiator and has brought us closer to doomsday than ever before. Fat Man and Little Boy leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and killed 256,000 people. Today’s nuclear weapons are more than three thousand (3,000) times more powerful. One would take out Manhattan or Washington and suburbs. We are a reckless species full of grave disagreement. We are a species that allows climate, nuclear and population problems to grow to the point of no return. It is time to wake up. America wake up. Lead, My God, Lead. End bribery. Seek the best that humans can be and save us. We are close to a camera flash and turning to dust. -Drop dead serious. Lead, Lead, Lead.

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This Month’s Recipe Shrimp Pasta

Recipe from Pinterest.com

Ingredients

1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves (I added more!) 1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed 2⁄3 cup clam juice (or chicken broth) 1⁄3 cup white wine 1 cup heavy cream 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated 1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed 8 ounces pasta, cooked and drained, I used linguine

Cook 30m

Servings

Directions

6

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; reduce heat to low. Simmer until garlic is tender. Add shrimp and cook over medium-low heat until opaque. Remove, reserve liquid in pan. Add clam juice (or chicken broth) and bring to a boil. Add wine; cook over medium high heat for three (3) minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; add cream, stirring constantly. Add cheese, stirring until smooth. Cook until thickened. Add shrimp back in to sauce. Heat thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients except pasta. Put pasta in a large bowl and pour sauce over pasta; toss gently to coat. Serve with additional grated parmesan cheese.


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