Things I See – Traffic Haze

Things I See - Traffic Haze

This gift from the sky, these clouds transforming and falling to earth is a rare vision in Texas.


What I’m Reading For Banned Books Week

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It occurs to me I haven’t made much mention of reading on this blog. Some of you know I am a voracious reader of all things worthy, and many things not. If a day recedes into darkness without me visiting a sprinkling of several works, call the ambulance because I am likely on my last legs. For real, y’all. 


Why have I made these selections?  I love the authors.  I love that they are notably offensive and challenging and fierce.  That despite the general public’s inability to stomach tenacity, the slinging aside of gloves, the absence of cow towing, they wrote what must be written. 

You’ve read something that fits these criteria.  And you have so many ballsy writers to thank.

Read banned books.  Read comic books.  I don’t give a damn.  Just give your brain some credit and let it step up. 


Argus Cidery

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Over the past 3 months or so, I have been fortunate enough to peer into the evolving world of apple cider.

A chef instructor of mine, upon learning my love of and knowledge-fed desire for all things beer and spirits related, clued me in to the fascinating endeavors of Argus Cidery.    As does any consumer of merit, I poured over the web site, I researched product reviews and company history, sought out distributors, and scheduled a visit.

mail (503)The cidery owners/operators, Wes Mickel and Jules Peterson, have food industry backgrounds, lots of curiosity and drive, and the coolest of attitudes.  Their story, to sum up, stems  from the thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to figure out how to make apple cider?” And they did.  But don’t let that fool you.  They are smart, hard working, dedicated, do more than their share of homework, and are some of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.  Their diligence birthed the first hard cidery in Texas.  From there, they have blossomed.

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My first exposure was as a visitor for one of the weekend tastings and picnics hosted on the cidery grounds.  I introduced myself,  got a tour of the tiny single press operation, asked a bajillion questions and commenced tasting.  I have never been the biggest of cider fans, but this is no sugary college 6 pack product.  It is more than worthy of its simple, elegant bottles. mail (670) The experience is akin to biting into a fresh apple – minus the physicality, plus the alcohol content.  But it is not for everyone.  We Americans have markedly sweet palettes, and some will find the tartness off putting at first taste.  Come back, I say – let it lure you for a second, a third.  You won’t be sorry.

I have since made subsequent visits, lending a hand with kitchen preparations and such, picking their constantly turning brains.  Basking in the coolness of it all.  mail (501)I excitedly anticipate their upcoming (MAJOR) expansions, new product lines and continued success. 

They currently distribute to Texas, Arkansas, South Carolina and through  If you’re interested, be sure to visit to learn more about them.


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