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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Fania, image from

Isn't she lovely? My family is full of people that live into "ripe old age" staying very active into their 70's and 80's. My great grandfather retired from commercial fishing (for salmon) at the age of 84. I used to say people weren't allowed to call themselves old until they hit 75.

It occurs to me that Fania up there, and others that live brilliantly like her are the tokaji of her community. Tokaji is this brilliant, sweet, wonderfully balanced Hungarian wine that's made with special grapes plucked late in the season. It simply can't be made with young grapes. The sophisticated, rich, and well-balanced flavor comes from the concentration achieved by fruit that has survived the many days and nights of spring, summer, and early fall. Tokaji is so special the area it's grown in has been honored by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

According to Ari, who posted Fania's picture at advancedstyle, Fania is a fabric designer that's worked for numerous design houses over the course of her 99 years. She dresses up everyday as she walks Manhattan. May we all strive to be so lucky.

(We've just returned from a lot of traveling. Over the next week or so I'll be posting updates from our travels through Western Washington and Oregon, and more recently Santa Cruz, as well as some finish up posts from my summer in Montreal.)

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