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By Linda Hahn

Crush parties are being planned all across the Napa Valley. Harvest season is underway. It starts with the sparkling light varieties and continues with the white wines. The bustle of activity is unmistakable.

Grapes must be picked when they are ready – not before and certainly not after. The sugar content must be perfect for the flavor. Two gadgets have been developed to measure sugar content – a refractometer or a hygrometer. Winemakers use one of these to test the grapes.

Also, the color of the grapes is another indicator, and the juice content of the grapes counts as well. But the most essential thing for winemakers is the taste. Nature says, when the birds, squirrels, and raccoons start eating grapes, they are ripe. When left too long, the grapes begin to wither and lose their flavoring.

August is the beginning of the crush, with most grapes harvested in September and October. The grapes are crushed for wine immediately after picking. Then, the stems must be removed. Ripe grapes are a beautiful sight to behold.

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How To Read

Ever since I learned to read, I have wanted to write. I picked up the ABCs quickly and moved on to books. I had an aunt who read poetry to me, and I loved it. My first dream regarding writing was to write poetry all day, every day. I was fortunate that writing came so easily.

It did not come easily in my immediate family. Two out of three of my brothers are dyslexic. One never learned to read. However, one did learn to read as an adult through sheer stubbornness and perseverance. I’ve always felt guilty because reading is so easy for me. And I could never help them. To this day, I cannot fathom why the powers that be gave me a mother who read constantly and one brother who was unable to learn to read.

I suffered greatly because of this fact. Even today, at age 66, I still ask what the hell went wrong in my own family? Of course, poverty causes many problems, and it creates a great deal of stress. But how is learning to read part of it?

I was poor, just like the rest of my family. So why did I take to reading like a duck takes to water? At the same time, two of my brothers could not seem to learn the alphabet. Was child abuse the culprit? I was there too. But it didn’t affect me the same way it did my brothers. I just wanted to be out and away from it all. So I was very motivated to leave home as quickly as possible.

In retrospect, I wonder what happened to my family to this very day. I can account for all of them. I am in close contact with all five of my brothers and sisters, although I never had my own children. Out of my fifteen nieces and nephews, only two have a mild form of dyslexia. They can both read, although with a bit of difficulty. They both belong to one of my sisters.

The brother, who cannot read, had six daughters, ranging from very intelligent to absolutely normal. So I thank God dyslexia does not seem to run in our family. But I will always wonder why I have two brothers who see things very differently from me.

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The greed of this world is not right.  We no longer have to accept it in any way.  We all have the capacity for change and growth.


Improving the world starts with us.

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Thilled I am.
Thanks to Sue Dreamwalker.

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

Thank YouFirst of all, I just wantto thank all of my loyal readers and subscribers for continuing to read Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary, it is your comments and kind support which inspires me to write.. It is so rewarding to get your feedback and comments upon the various subjects, poems and posts that I blog..Comments that I love to answer and in answering more of the posts contents can be discussed and revealed.. Smile 

I have not been around many of your own wonderful blogs this last couple of weeks, due to work commitments and shear tiredness on my part, so I haven’t been on WordPress much these last few days only to moderate my site comments.

I have however got a backlog of wonderful awards that I need to address which have come in from late last year and the New Year I hardly know where to start.

Thank you to…

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I was so impressed with all the dog blogs I found that I organized them.  Please stop by to visit & add your own favorite dog blog to my plexo, or send to me.

Dogs are so people-like at times it is amazing. They relish life and show their appreciation in abundance. I’ve learned how to enjoy my own life more because of my dog observations. Thinking like a dog is the highest honor I can bestow upon myself.


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