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Meet Winemaker Nancy Walker of Vintage Wine Estates on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WHAT: Meet Winemaker Nancy Walker of Vintage Wine Estates (part of Wine & Food Week)

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:30 pm

WHERE: The Refuge Bar & Bistro
24 Waterway Ave, Ste 110
The Woodlands, TX 77380

PRICE: $38 inclusive

MORE INFO: http://www.wineandfoodweek.com/meetnancywalker.shtml

A California native, Nancy has had the luxury of working as a winemaker in California for years. Nancy has traveled throughout the region visiting growers from Temecula to Portland and from the Shanandoah Valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Through her travels, Nancy has developed an appreciation for the regional and local differences that each unique vineyard produces.

Nancy is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, renowned for winemaking education. Her winemaking career began in 1984, as a cellar worker at McDowell Valley Vineyards. From there, she honed her skills at many prestigious California wineries including Geyser Peak, Dunnewood, Clos du Bois, Brutocao Cellars. and Fetzer Vineyards.

In January 2001, Nancy came into the Vintage Wine Estates family to work at Windsor Vineyards. Through her hard and dedicated work, Windsor and VWE have been able to grow into the premium caliber of wine that we are known for today.

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  • We do our best to ensure all event information is accurate and up-to-date. However, it’s a good idea to visit the website listed or contact the organization or venue to verify event details.
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“That’s a job for a man” & other things you should never say to your daughter

"That's a job for a man" & other things you should never say to your daughter (more info at HerBayouCity.com)

I came across this post in Lifehack and thought to myself: “no one says that any more!” At least I hope that’s true. Please tell me we aren’t still telling girls that they have to be ladylike and that there are jobs they can’t do because they aren’t boys. Tell me we aren’t telling them, or encouraging them, to lower their expectations. Tell me that we aren’t discouraging them from being bold and assertive (because they aren’t acting like girls). Tell me that we’ve learned our lessons.

Then tell me we aren’t saying these things to our girls:

  • That’s a job for a man
  • You’re wasting your time
  • That’s not very ladylike of you

Let’s learn new language.

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Brazarre (benefiting the American Cancer Society) on Saturday, May 30, 2015

WHAT: Brazarre (benefiting the American Cancer Society)

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 6 pm to 9 pm

WHERE: G Gallery
301 E 11th St.
Houston, TX 77008

MORE INFO: http://brazarrehouston.com

The Brazarre is an annual event benefiting the American Cancer Society. Since 2011, Brazarre founder Vicki Eaker and a team of volunteers have raised money for ACS through silent and live auctions of artful brassieres, “The Brazarre Bazaar,” and generous in-kind sponsors and donors of the event.

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Each year, artist Armita Pebdani, cleverly crafts a new “Brazarre Girl” from an iconic image or time and place, and it serves as inspiration for the event and the marketing of the fundraiser.

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  • We do our best to ensure all event information is accurate and up-to-date. However, it’s a good idea to visit the website listed or contact the organization or venue to verify event details.
  • Image source: tigerlily713 / Pixabay
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Writing tip: Write every day

Writing is like exercise — the more you do it, the better you get at it. (Don’t judge me by that sentence, please.) If you are a writer, you have to practice your craft every day. You will get better, even if you think you don’t need the improvement.

And, honestly, if you’re a writer you’re probably already writing every day. I know I do.

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Houston’s new poet laureate: Dr. Robin Davidson

robin-davidson-2015Houston has a new poet laureate: Dr. Robin Davidson. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. As Houston Poet Laureate Davidson will represent the City of Houston by creating excitement about poetry through outreach, programs, teaching, and written work. She will receive an annual honorarium of $5,000 through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance and serve a term of two years, May 2015 through May 2017.

About Dr. Robin Davidson

Born in Trieste, Italy, to American parents, Dr. Davidson is a poet, translator, and assistant professor of Literature and creative writing at the University of Houston-Downtown. She holds a B.A. in French from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. She is the author of “Luminous Other” (Ashland Poetry Press, 2013) which won the 2012 Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, as well as two chapbooks: “City that Ripens on the Tree of the World” (Calypso Editions) and “Kneeling in the Dojo” (Finishing Line Press). She is co-translator, with Ewa Elzbieta Nowakowska, of “The New Century: Poems by Ewa” from the Polish (Northwestern University Press).

In 2003 – 2004 Dr. Davidson served as Fulbright professor of American literature at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Her poems and translations have appeared in such American literary journals as “AGNI,” “The Paris Review,” “Gulf Coast,” “Tampa Review,” “91st Meridian,”Literary Imagination,” and “Words Without Borders.” She is the recipient of a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Translation. She currently teaches creative writing as associate professor of English for the University of Houston-Downtown, serves as the faculty advisor for UHD’s literary and visual arts magazine, “The Bayou Review,” and served as president of the board of directors for the Writers in the Schools program from 2008 – 2010. She also is the recipient of a 2009 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant for her poetry.

Hear from her

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Those aches and pains might be stress

Are you suffering from  mysterious aches and pains? It might just be stress.

According to Dr Gabor Mate, author of When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress, stress causes many more physical symptoms than we realize. Unexplained pain can be a signal from the body to alert you to the fact that you’re over-taxing yourself.

Now they tell me.

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SOURCE: 10 Signs You Are Under Too Much Pressure at Work | Lifehack

Image source: geralt / Pixabay

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Don’t start your sentences with “I’m sorry …”

Please stop apologizing! I’ve done it myself, frequently. You interrupt a conversation by saying “I’m sorry, but …” We respond to queries about delays by saying “I’m sorry …”

Are you at fault? If not, don’t apologize. It’s one of the things women do, seemingly by instinct, that actually hurts us in the long-term.

So many women I know apologize for existing, for entering a room, for speaking. “I’m sorry, is this a good time?” The apology is extraneous. “Is this a good time?” is thoughtful and that is all you need to be. When joining a conversation women will often apologize instead of saying, “excuse me.” Excuse me is polite and that is all you need. Try keeping track of how much you apologize (you won’t be sorry you did). Unless you hurt someone – don’t apologize.

Keep track of how many times you say the word “sorry” in one day. It’s eye-opening.

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Source: 15 Things Women Don’t Need To Do Though They’re Expected To | Lifehack

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Mistakes We Make When Grocery Shopping

Most of us shop for groceries every week (or so) and are making these common mistakes every time:

Buying groceries is one of those universal chores most of us could probably do better at, whether it’s saving money on food or spending less time shopping. Here are ten common mistakes we tend to make at the grocery store—and how to avoid them.

The ones I make regularly include buying too much or too little food and not knowing the price of foods I regularly buy. What are yours?

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Source: Top 10 Mistakes We Make When Grocery Shopping (And How to Fix Them)

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Save time, don’t multitask

Multitasking is a myth. It doesn’t save time. Countless studies show this, but I’m still doing it. I need to stop. And so do you.

You might think that you are getting more done and saving time by multitasking, but studies show we’re not the brilliant multitaskers we think we are. Research conducted at Stanford University, for example, found that people who multitask are less productive and waste more time when switching between tasks than if they had stuck with one task until they finish. Moreover, multitasking damages the brain. The human brain is simply not capable of focusing on multiple tasks at once.

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Source: 10 Reasons Why Some People Feel Like They Don’t Have Enough Time

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Video Pick: How to Peel a Hard-Boiled Egg – Martha Stewart

Today’s video pick is “How to Peel a Hard-Boiled Egg” from the Martha Stewart YouTube channel.

Crack the shell thoroughly and start with the broad end for a perfectly peeled egg.
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Want more Martha?

The Martha Stewart channel offers inspiration and ideas for creative living. Use our trusted recipes and how-tos, and crafts, entertaining, and holiday projects to enrich your life.

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SOURCE: How to Peel a Hard-Boiled Egg – Martha Stewart | YouTube

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