The Best Restaurant in the World

Founder of The French Laundry Sally Schmitt Sally Schmitt / February 28, 1932 – March 5th, 2022 (Note: The song “Sorta, Kinda” by the New Life Orchestra seems to go with this blog about Sally Schmitt. The constant theme of the elegant and graceful piece of music represents a purposeful and passionate life.) “All in […]

Arrival of Owen

Nothing gives us hope as much as the arrival of a new baby. Here is the arrival of that message of hope named Owen Sanford Ullman. My wife Stephanie is now a grandmother for the first time and I am a new step-grandfather. A huge congratulations to new parents Drew and Kelly and new grandparents […]

Pale Blue Dot

“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.” Carl Sagan __________________________________________________ Watching the short three and a half minute video above with astronomer Carl Sagan’s narration has […]

Chris in Sonoma

Sometimes, the best trips are the spontaneous ones undertaken at the spur of the moment with no real plan. Like the short trip my son Chris and I took on a hot August in Sonoma County. We first stopped at the award-winning Wilson Winery on Dry Creek Road just west of Healdsburg, California. First photos […]

The Legendary Al Di Meola

The legendary Al Dimeola who I first heard with Weather Report. This was recorded at Butler University in Indianapolis on 9/8/22. The great table player Amit Kavthekar is on the right and drummer Richie Morales on the left. (I wish I had my external Sennheiser mic on my Sony Rx 100 VII and also used […]

Martin Lewis

The Forgotten Master Martin Lewis died in obscurity in 1962; a retired art teacher who had found some success in his early career, but was largely forgotten after the Great Depression took away the demand for his craft, leaving Lewis to spend his last three decades teaching other people how to etch. History chose Edward […]