Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Solitude: In Quest for Unattainable?

Talk-A-Vino

Solitude. An interesting word, isn’t it? Is it something good or is it something bad? Let’s see what the dictionaries think of solitude:

definitions of solitude

If we think of solitude as a feeling of isolation, this clearly doesn’t sound good. We, humans, are social creatures. We want to connect, communicate, love, laugh, interact. Feeling isolated is really opposite to feeling connected and engaged, so let’s leave it as that – feeling isolated is not what we want, so this is not the solitude we want to talk about.

Rock cairnLet’s then talk about solitude as the “state in which you are alone usually because you want to be“. Every once in a while, our connected sensors become overloaded. Too many things to do, too many tasks to finish. The new things which must be done arrive without any regard to the things which we are still doing. We are…

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“Now, I Am Alone.” Puffeney Arbois Vin Jaune ’08

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Writers create in a bubble (no, not bubbly. Sorry Jeff!) Sure, those bubbles may differ. Some work in quiet, others with blasting music in their ears, but all require some level of solitude.

So I found it funny, in a sort of ‘funny wistful’, and not ‘funny ha-ha’ fashion, that this month’s #MWWC26 theme is Solitude, as it shifts from many of the common themes The Monthly Wine Writing Challenge has had to point towards a very real truth. We have a great deal of solitude. We are born alone, we die alone. We may drink together, but we taste only what we taste, and then we can discuss that with others around a table. Or we can type those notes into a tablet, phone, or other I-thingy and share them with a greater audience. I think The Traveling Wine Chick Beth’s subconscious realizes exactly how lonely the road…

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Delta Optimist: Where’s the time for solitude and wine?

We have another great entry into this month’s Challenge (#MWWC26) from the Delta Optimist, a first time entrant to the Challenge!

You can check out the post here:

Delta Optimist: Where’s the time for solitude and wine?

http://www.delta-optimist.com/opinion/blogs/blog-where-s-the-time-for-solitude-and-wine-1.2303155

Thanks for another great post!

A Tribute to Solitude – and Viognier (#MWWC26)

The Swirling Dervish

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This post is my contribution to the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC26), a chance for us wine writers to remember that, although we are driven by our passion for wine, we actually quite enjoy the writing aspect, too.  Each month we tackle a different theme; this month it’s Solitude.  So here goes . . . .

Let me begin by stating for the record that solitude is my preferred condition.  While I’d say that I’m still a few ticks shy of qualifying as a full-fledged misanthrope, I definitely seek out the quiet spaces in our increasingly busy and noisy world.  Unfortunately those peaceful oases come along rather less often than I’d like, what with the demands of a hectic work schedule, a busy household, and maintaining friendships with the small circle of indulgent saints who will endure me.  But that’s what makes them so precious – they…

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Robin Shreeves: From solitude to the communal & sacred

We have another great entry into this month’s Challenge (#MWWC26) from Robin Shreeves, a first time entrant to the Challenge!

You can check out the post here:

Robin Shreeves: From solitude to the communal & sacred

https://medium.com/wine-from-all-angles/from-solitude-to-the-communal-sacred-563608d73fcf#.rqd05orky

Thanks for another great post!

One Foot in the Grapes: Solitude (and Thinking)

We have another great entry into this month’s Challenge (#MWWC26) from One Foot in the Grapes, a first time entrant to the Challenge!

You can check out the post here:

One Foot in the Grapes: Solitude (and Thinking)

http://www.onefootinthegrapes.co.uk/monthly-wine-writing-challenge-solitude-and-other-stuff/

Thanks for another great post!