November 23, 2014

NY Times: Vineyards with Vistas

It is no mystery why the towns and countryside here are so attractive to second-home seekers: seduced by high-quality restaurants, coast-side golf courses, unique shops and galleries, easy access to the Pacific and the redwood forests, and wineries that routinely outrank the top French producers, many see paradise in this nook of Northern California.

Patrick Amiot’s magical carousel, Sonoma magazine, July-Aug. 2014

Patrick Amiot's carousel in Sebastopol, Calif., where he built it in 2014. He recently dismantled it for shipping to a suburb of Toronto. Photo courtesy of Sonoma magazine.

“Let’s do a carousel,” Amiot replied. He just threw it out there. A week later the developer gave the green light, and Amiot began creating a merry-go-round like no other.

What to do when poker table gets unruly, SF Chronicle

Poker is a mercenary game, and when you feel like any factor is tilting the odds in your favor, take advantage of it. That said, you can offer some help to players who need it.

Wash Post: Dylan Thomas’s Wales

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“Listen to (his most famous poem) from a child’s point of view,” Annie says. “His father wouldn’t give Dylan the words he needed like ‘well done’ or ‘I’m proud of you.’ The work between father and son wasn’t finished.”

American Way: Ultimate Tequila Tour

Tequila barrels on a burro at Herradura hacienda.

Over the course of two whirlwind days in Tequila and one in the highlands town of Arandas, I visit eight distilleries with Julio Bermejo.

Art collector Jack Leissring: Eyes need to see this stuff

“Every piece I’ve ever purchased is because of an emotional response,” Leissring says, tapping a fist to his heart. “I have some big names, but that’s immaterial to me. This tendency we have to adulate some and ignore others is a tragic flaw.”

Adriena Daunt Leaving Single Malt Curlers

Adriena Daunt is leaving the Single Malt Curlers at the end of the band's 2014 worldwide tour.

Singer, tambourine player Adriena Daunt announced she’s leaving the Single Malt Curlers.

Gambling column: NBA title futures

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If they stay healthy and new addition Andre Iguodala plays to his potential, the Warriors have a legitimate – if not huge – chance to go all the way.

Making a living as a freelancer

Editors have always appreciated brevity, but today space is tighter than ever. Try to keep stories under 1,500 words, 2,000 tops. A 750-word story has a much better chance of selling than a 2,500-word piece.

The Bird Men of Mazatlan: Cliff divers wait for tide to come in, Mariner

In the fall of 2009, Mariner magazine asked if I’d go to Mazatlan to write about the cliff divers there. I’d watched cliff divers in Acapulco during the ’70s on ABC’s Wide World of Sports but didn’t know they were still plunging into the sea. I spent three days with the divers, who – if […]