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Art Talk

My Favorite Things In a world filled with an endless stream of tasks, responsibilities, interruptions and obligations, it is often difficult to focus on the ...

Off the Shelf

Books always make a difference I am just back from delivering books to the DuPage PADS shelter in Downers Grove, in honor of the first U.S. World Book Night....

Pet Advice

Sad, but true I learned a valuable lesson the other day. I'm not able to save all of the animals that need help. Tough day, that day. I made a difficult d...
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Real Life

Bonding Decades ago, my husband and I found ourselves in the celebrated position of supplying the first grandchild for both sides of our families. My parents...

What fermented first—wine or beer?

As a sommelier I naturally think grapes fermented before grains. What fermented first often strikes arguments amongst beverage geeks. It is similar to the chicken and egg argument—I think the chicken came first—single celled organisms had to split and split enough times to become chickens—then they could lay eggs. The origins of human fermentation may be traced to the Neolithic period in Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, and Egypt....