Photo: Wind Chimes in the Storm

I love the moments right before a thunderstorm. I love the smell of the rain and the feel of the cool wind. Our weather in New Jersey has been interesting and unusual. We have moved from 80 degree days in December to single digit temperatures in April. This thunderstorm seemed so normal…and peaceful.


Looking from my porch towards the woods as my wind chimes are blowing


Looking at gray sky in the distance and pink tree

Friday Night: A Little Templar with My Wine

 I Didn’t Know Templars Made Wine!

Hi friends. Thanks for keeping up with me. This Daylight Savings Time has thrown me off. When you add the changing weather in New Jersey (20 degrees one day, 60 degrees the next), my writing mojo has been nonexistent 

Anyway, last Friday after work I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into a small wine tasting at my local liquor store. It had been a long week at work. I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend. That included my go-to Yellowtail wine. I have been a fan of Yellowtail for awhile. However, I am always open to new options. A nice gentleman introduced me to Portuguese wine called Hernades Dos Templários Red. In fact, it was a wine made by the Knights Templar

Portuguese wine
A Friday night with Michael Jecks and Herdade Dos Templários.

According to the gentleman, it had the taste of berries (I did taste the berries). The taste also wasn’t overpowering as some red wines could be (those are my ocservations). The best part, the bottle was priced under $10.00. Another reason I enjoyed this wine: it reminded me that I needed to get back to Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Simon Puttock.

Furnshill and Puttock are the heroes of Jeck’s Knights Templar mysteries. I have read and enjoyed Jecks’s books during the last few years. It seemed appropriate that a wine would fit well with his books. It was also the gentle reminder I needed to finally start The Templar, The Queen, and Her Lover. 

Wisdom: The Value of No Response

Tree with quote about not responding to people who do not get your wisdom.
When your wisdom is not appreciated.

Sometimes you have to leave people with no response. They cannot handle the wisdom you shared. Save your strength for those who can handle and honor your wisdom. T. Lanette Pollard

Hey, hope all is well. It took awhile to write this post. I took a lot of time to think about my words. When you see examples of blatant racial bias and others do not, you have to let the emotions settle before you speak on the topic. Now I am ready. 

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