Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Sincerely And With Feeling

Posted by melissa kandel on December 16, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, Fiction, nature | No Comments

As the black crow flies, so too does the luck of anyone brazen enough to steal from the Painted Desert for the sake of a vainglorious because I can. Such a creature of inordinate vanity cannot, by the laws of moonlight and the writs of sunshine, remain unpunished for very long.

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Artist Brett Reif Finds The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

Pictured: Mustard Kink // Brett Reif, 2016 Let me say this: Brett Reif is not just a Kansas City-based artist specializing in non-traditional wall work, sculpture and installation, as one might discern from a quick perusal of his biography. He’s a veritable modern-day artistic philosopher, wielding wisdom as he welds and shapes his characteristically evocative […]

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A Saturday Story: The Big Secret

Posted by melissa kandel on December 10, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, creativity, Fiction | No Comments

Rat-a-tat-tat went longish nails on old wood. She sat at the time-abandoned Rathskeller Pub, waiting. Three tall jack-and-cokes into her Sunday afternoon, the strange man finally arrived, a wiry figure dappled in late-day shadows. The man looked almost wizardly with a long, white beard and smooth, white hair woven into a single braid that reached […]

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Newport Beach Photography

Stuck inside all day, still recovering from the flu so I thought I’d share a few shots I’ve taken in the past couple months around Newport Beach because I’m missing the fresh air, sunshine and ocean breeze as I sit here on my couch surrounded by soup, tea, tissues and the faint sound of incredibly […]

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Thanksgiving Tale: Whale-Talk

Posted by melissa kandel on November 24, 2016 in creativity, Fiction, travel | No Comments

This year on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my family, friends and all of you, my faithful readers who’ve stuck by my side as we build a little word studio community together. And though this tiny tale takes place floating atop the icy waters of Norway, I hope reading it finds you somewhere familiar, relaxing by a warm […]

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Round Pond Estate: Family (And Wine) First

Posted by melissa kandel on October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

[Photo Credit: Olaf Beckmann] “The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts,” said Ryan MacDonnell, co-owner and CEO of Round Pond Estate, quoting Aristotle not as some general, ambiguous notion about life but as the specific philosophy driving the creation and experience of Round Pond wines.  Round Pond Estate—a winery, vineyard and […]

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Adelaida Vineyards & Winery: Grape Expectations in Paso Robles, CA

Posted by melissa kandel on October 22, 2016 in drink, food, wine | No Comments

[Image via Adelaida.com] Like the pearl inside an oyster shell made from rugged, Central California terrain, Adelaida Vineyards & Winery is a treasure found amidst the peaks and valleys of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Except this pearl sparkles in shades of grape across 168 acres of sun-kissed vineyards. For 35 years, Adelaida has been bottling Petit Sirahs […]

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Escape to Big Bear

Posted by melissa kandel on June 14, 2016 in nature, Photography, summer, things to do, travel | No Comments

“And I don’t need one other thing, except my dog.” – Steve Martin, The Jerk The road to Big Bear, CA, for those who have never been, is a tale of paved unexpectation. What begins as a characterless, fifty-three lane freeway—rough estimate—soon turns to a thin, serpentine course that twines ’round swelling, green-pine landscape licked by slow-moving fog and […]

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Spring Flowers For the Winter Lover

Happy Sunday! Happy May Day! Happy Almost Summer! Happy phrases that necessitate exclamation marks! The sitch: I got up this morning, had my coffee, saddled my horse (a.k.a put a leash on my 11-pound terrier) and went out into the cruel, 70-degree world, searching for May flowers to photograph for you, my faithful reader. What began […]

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Sunshine Blues on a Rainy Day

Posted by melissa kandel on April 9, 2016 in nature, Photography | 2 Comments

It’s raining today in Newport Beach. And not a romantic, heavy downpour kind of rain but a slow, lazy drizzle that makes you want to stay inside with a cup of coffee and watch Food Network marathons all day while wearing your pajamas. Random example. But from what I hear, this squidish weather has stretched its […]

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