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Nancy Wilschke
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A question of sight
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend another of the wine seminars which are, whether large and official or small and on the fly (because the sales rep dropped by with some new bottles), a permanent part of the job. As usual, they are as intriguing for...
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend another of the wine seminars which are, whether large and official or small and on the fly (because the sales rep dropped by with some new bottles), a permanent part of the job. As u...
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The tiny yellow house
So you plan to go with the realtor to see the little yellow house. Before the appointment at 6:45 you have of course been tapping away at your phone to sisters and other support networks, and when one replies "I can come with if you want," you text back "Su...
So you plan to go with the realtor to see the little yellow house. Before the appointment at 6:45 you have of course been tapping away at your phone to sisters and other support networks, and when one replies "I can come with...
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Step by step
So you are buying a house or a condo, after thirty years of renting through marriage and divorce? How interesting. Here is what happens. Step one. Look at online real estate sites, endlessly. Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com. Plug in location and maximum price t...
So you are buying a house or a condo, after thirty years of renting through marriage and divorce? How interesting. Here is what happens. Step one. Look at online real estate sites, endlessly. Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com. Plug...
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Antares
Star: from Middle English sterre and old English steorra ; Indo-European base ster, meaning star; from this, the Greek aster and Latin stella , a diminutive ( ster-ela , star).   I don't know if there is anything more pleasurable than to sit out on a third ...
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Driving to work with Chesterton
Listening to Chesterton's Orthodoxy on disk in the car. So far he seems to be saying that the modern Western world is living in a state of insanity because we are governed by single-subject intellectuals who function as the insane do: they reason perfectly ...
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First client -- a friend's bakery and coffee shop. First project -- shelf talker for one of their specialty organic coffees. Organic Bali “Blue Moon” Organic Fair trade Shade grown Bali Blue Moon is grown in the Kintima...
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Have her in circles
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He's playing you like a fiddle
After you go and see and reject the tiny yellow house with its charming old neighborhood, retro clotheslines, and immense yard and snowblower-unfriendly gravel driveway, then, because you are still insisting to your realtor that you "want to try for a house...
After you go and see and reject the tiny yellow house with its charming old neighborhood, retro clotheslines, and immense yard and snowblower-unfriendly gravel driveway, then, because you are still insisting to your realtor t...
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Got him!
"One of the most beautiful of all birds" ( Birding , ed. Lindsey, Fog City Press, 1994), the cedar waxwing. Bombycilla cedrorum.  
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A fine how do you do
Well! my fatheads. This is a fine how do you do. I am distracted because I have to move. Out of the blue. Granted I was not planning to stay here forever -- so true of all of us! -- but still, another year living virtually in the branches of a magnolia tree...
Well! my fatheads. This is a fine how do you do. I am distracted because I have to move. Out of the blue. Granted I was not planning to stay here forever -- so true of all of us! -- but still, another year living virtually in...
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"The sky is red, dumb ass," or -- humor in Matthew (we found some!)
If you are reading it for the first time in twenty or thirty
years, it may strike you as something out of a Seth Rogen movie. Just one small
paragraph, seven verses. In fact, let's pretend it is a movie script, and we
are millennial hipsters writing it. *...
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A plea for screwcaps
Please. I'm sure it would be lovely. Light, crisp, refined, satiny, the most perfect, gleaming eau-de-Nil color imaginable, if eau-de-Nil could be faintest silver gold instead of greenish gray (which it is). Please. A twenty-five dollar investment. A treat....
Please. I'm sure it would be lovely. Light, crisp, refined, satiny, the most perfect, gleaming eau-de-Nil color imaginable, if eau-de-Nil could be faintest silver gold instead of greenish gray (which it is). Please. A twenty-...
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Work
Occupation
Writer; retail liquor department management.
Skills
Writing; drinking; cooking; baking; savoring; thinking.
Employment
  • WineStyles
    Store manager
    Remember WineStyles? Strange concept, largely defunct franchise as far as I know. But it got me started in the Industry.
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Gender
Female
Other names
Nancy Wilschke
Story
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Writer, food and wine blogger (isn't everybody?), retail floozie -- isn't everybody?
Introduction
Twenty-plus years ago, I was writing (and publishing! huzzah!) deeply serious things for Commentary, First Things, and American Heritage. Remember the article damning Dr. Seuss as the most overrated children's book author ever? ("A first-rate piece," the editor said.) That was me.

Then I started a wine blog called At First Glass, and after six years (New Year's Eve 2007-ditto 2013), despite proper efforts to keep it I lost access to my domain name. Blogger pulled the plug. I panicked and started Pluot that night -- it's named for the plum/apricot cross -- so as to have a place to import old posts, thirty or so at a time. This will account for the unusually mish-mash-y feel of Pluot's early life; the "patio sipper" here, the Thanksgiving pairing there.

So no more custom domain names for me. Not even though I have decided to get my feet wet in the copywriting industry, too. Smit & Young is named for my entrepreneurial grandfather's photography studio (fl. 1920s Chicago). We'll see if that domain name is available .... Huzzah.
Bragging rights
Published, legitimately, years before there were blogs. No kidding.
Education
  • Purdue University
    Liberal arts, history -- finally finished that B.A. at 40.
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