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Meg Houston Maker
Personal site at megmaker.com and food journal at makerstable.com.
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After the rain, air; woods heaving out a deep, resinous breath of respiration, decay; palpably damp, it smells like rust and tea. I inhale deeply, exhaling again into the dappled blackness of trees and stones and earth; breathing into the wood’s dark mouth, tasting. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Meg Houston Maker
Orion wheels in the eastern sky, dressed in the merest veil of ether pierced with cold, pierced and longing; my birthday constellation. There was an owl, yesterday, perched and watching. There was an owl, tonight, floating before me, all swift and shush and swoop, into the headlights, then out again, across and away due east, into the tangle at the road's dark margin. Signs and warnings, markers and alarms; an owl is a harbinger, a foreteller, the one who calls. Wake up! Awake! Wake yourself to night's bright passing, longest night that breaks itself open, finally, into day. Each inch, each terrestrial inch of tick mark marking, dissolves at last into fluency, the liquid slip of time that sweeps you forward with its wake. Awake! Rise up! Go forward brightly, into the wheel of days. Do not follow me, your way is there. Watch for stones and the yawning vacuum of blackest time that wants to suck you forward, gravity... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Meg Houston Maker
Text is more intimate than touch. Words typed into a sliver of light, caught in a retina a thousand miles away by one known a little, yet completely unknown in all the true ways, ways we have all been knowing each other for a hundred thousand lifetimes. Still, I have felt your word penetrate me, slip under my skin, into my skin, sink into muscle and bone, sink into the core where fingers can’t reach; not even yours, not even mine. Not even if you wanted to could you have known —or maybe you did know, and maybe you did want to?— how you touched me there. I wouldn’t have let you do that, if I had known ahead, but with your word, your one word, you did. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Meg Houston Maker
In winter the story is plain, the snow a seamless sheet on which it has been writ. The mouse goes into the hedge, the fox emerges— or is it the other way around? This path, the one I follow, is not mine, or not mine only; I see there is a deer, a squirrel, a turkey, and deer again following me; and whom I follow. Wind has swept this landscape only partly clean, blown down a thousand million trident seeds of birch, blown lichen from the rafters, torn paper trails from birch’s bark that lie now half-submerged, flotsam in the beech’s auburn leaves that left the raft behind. But some still hang, for now, rattling a warning, or a hello, as I pass. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Meg Houston Maker
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A note to Maker’s Table followers with new subscription options for email and RSS. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Maker’s Table
Hi David, I’m unfamiliar with the winery’s prior vintages. The information they provide on the winemaking team (see https://www.martinraywinery.com/winemaking-team) doesn’t offer timelines, although as you note, these fruit sources are certainly well regarded. Do you have experience with their wines? Cheers, and thanks, as always, for reading. Meg
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“Forthright, but it finishes sweeter than it begins...” Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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“Ripe, but spritzy and cooling, too...” Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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“The acidity is profound, a direct blade across the wine...” Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Maker’s Table
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Maker’s Table
One time only, a single vote per person. Thank you so much for considering supporting me! Best, Meg
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“Fresh-washed and alpine but with throaty astringency...” Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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“Springlike on the nose, summery-verging-on-autumnal on the palate...” Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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Maker’s Table is shortlisted for Best Writing while two features are nominated for Best Post. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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“Floral and friendly, with rose petals, spices, and cooling mint.” Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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“Sunny yet cooling, like a windy day at the shore.” Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Maker’s Table
Thank you, David, for your enduring readership and support. It’s not a new idea, I know. Actually, it’s one of the oldest ideas. But this was simply one good example. Cheers, Meg
Toggle Commented May 30, 2016 on Lessons From The Table at Maker’s Table
Posted May 30, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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Pour a wine to honor its birthright. Pour it with food. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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“Citrus and stone fruit—but don’t serve it too young.” Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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“A lush perfume of jasmine and green flowers, Meyer lemon, lime peel.” Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Maker’s Table
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“White flowers wreath a body tinged with citrus and honeydew.” Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Maker’s Table