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A ridiculously rebellious woman.

Isabella Lucy Bird was a ridiculously rebellious woman. What other daughter of a Victorian clergyman survives a tumor on her spine and promptly decides to travel the world, have a serious romantic affair with Wild Jim Nugent in the Rocky Mountains, and visit everywhere from Vietnam to Hawaii? She had about fourteen lives in one, traveling with British soldiers in Tehran and training as a doctor as an afterthought. She used a ladder gifted to her by Morocco’s Sultan to mount her horse, and wrote 18 volumes of observations. A scriptwriter wouldn’t even know where to start. 1831 Born Boroughbridge...

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Lucas & Lewellen July Wine & Cheese Pairing

Stop in at the Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room this Friday evening, August 26th, from 5:30-7 pm for the third in our series of “Summer Fridays” Wine & Cheese Pairings. This Friday, we’re featuring our newly released Goodchild Chardonnay and our crisp, fresh 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. Taste our gorgeous, silky, inky 2012 Petite Sirah along with the popular 2012 Cabernet Franc and bottle aged 2009 “Special Club Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll round out the evening’s tasting with artisan cheese pairings and special pricing on the featured wines. Strangely, the Santa Ynez Valley( Solvang) has been spared from most...

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Women + Holidays = Stress

The American Psychological Association ran a study designed to explore the effects of stress during the holidays, and found that women experienced a much more dramatic spike in stress levels over Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas than men. When asked if their stress levels were higher than normal over the holidays, 44% of women said yes (as opposed to 31% of men). When asked if they felt able to relax over the holidays, only 25% of women said yes. In contrast, 41% of men, strongly agreed that they felt relaxed during the holidays. The APA also determined that in order...

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Turns Out Wine is good for your brain…. Nice to hear.

Here’s news worth toasting to: Drinking a glass of red wine every day can help keep your brain healthy down the road for as many as seven and a half extra years, reports a new study in Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Recent news from a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience suggests that wine is good for your brain. To me, this is not a surprise; my brain always seems to be especially perky after a glass or two of wine. But the study actually suggests that specialized training in wine might actually enhance your brain—in fact, studying...

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