The Pig Slaughter, An Annual Tradition in Mallorca

She was 220 kilos (485 pounds). She was black and white (and pink) and huge.  She met her fate on a chilly morning in the middle of January in the back yard of Maria and Willy’s house in rural Mallorca, not 1 kilometer from the village of Artá.  I never met her, but I am... Continue Reading →

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Films Without Borders -Berlin

Last September I was very lucky to have been invited to the Films Without Borders festival in Berlin.  Actually, the festival is located it a charming lakeside village called Bad Saarow, well outside of the metropolis.  Berlin, from what I understand, is a sort of a Mecca for film festivals, and although this one is... Continue Reading →

Dog Grooming for dogs that bite.

Long story short, dogs that bite get rejected by dog groomers. For some dogs, going to the groomers is like going to the dentist for people like me.   A stranger coming at you with sharp objects is rater unpleasant. If you have a dog that you feel needs regular grooming, its probably best to... Continue Reading →

A Portuguese Red

Papa Figos, Vihno Tinto 2015, Casa Ferreirinha, D.O. Douro In early January I spent a fabulous weekend in Lisbon, Portugal, with plenty to write home about!  The people in Lisbon are authentic and genuinely friendly.  It's always exciting to bring home a bottle or two of wine to share with friends, and this Papa Figos was exceptional. Portuguese... Continue Reading →

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