Personal update

My father died last night.  He loved flowers, and making things grow especially his family.  It may be a while before I post again.

Everyone reading this should buy a bottle of wine, costing more than you usually spend.  Open it with someone important to you, and salute them.

Life passes too quickly to leave things unsaid.


  1. Kind regards James. I hope he lived well, leaving many happy memories and that he will be missed by those who held him dear.
    be well,

  2. Thanks Cindy. he did, he was, and he will be. It’s going to be a rough couple of weeks. Not that this will be news to anybody who has gone through this.

  3. Very sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Great advice to share good wines with…and salute the ones we love when we have the chance.

  4. I had a special bottle chilling in the fridge, waiting for a special occasion, and I opened it immediately to toast you and your dad. Good wine, like good friends, are always waiting in the wings when you need them.
    Many hugs —

  5. I’m so sorry, James. I will make a special toast to a life that I hope was well lived. If he loved flowers, I shared his pleasures.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family James. I raise a glass to you my friend! Take care.

  7. James, just read your Dr. Booze article in the LP. and felt your sadness.
    Have a glass of red in my hand and a toast to you as you carry on with the memory of your father,
    the man who was proud of his son’s power turns. And a man who may have given up “the drink” for love.
    So sorry for your loss.
    Yours truly,

  8. Thank you for sharing this on my blog. My thoughts are with you as you embark on your grief journey. May your father’s memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

  9. Jim, I am only now reading this post via your comment on Suzanne’s blog. I recently learned your father had passed, but didn’t realize how deeply it had affected you. How wonderful and strong the bond between the two of you must have been. Hold onto those memories and they will sustain you. Cheers!

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