Mike Uncorked

War and Remembrance: Part Two

A few issues back, I wrote an article about World War I and some of the events taking place in the Valley (theatre and film wise) that were being presented to commemorate the 100th anniversary. Well, with Remembrance Day just around the corner, I felt it best to do an article about some of the events happening in the valley commemorating World War II. I have just finished the CentreStage production of “My Boy Jack”, a gripping drama that received stellar reviews; mostly for its cast and the play’s no-holds-barred depiction of the First World War. I was greatly tested…
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OMG–GMO!

Well, this is a bit of a different kind of Mike Uncorked. Megan Brown, the smiling face behind the counter at Eos, emailed me about a bunch of fun events taking place in October, in support of Non-GMO month. This was all very new for me, it sparked my interest and I want to share it all with you. A bit of background first. Eos Natural Foods is located on Front Street in Wolfville and it is a magnificent shop filled with unique products (too many to list) and all things natural. The staff is very helpful, the atmosphere reeks…
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Some Novel Ideas for the Months Ahead!

Faithful readers of my column, as well as friends and family, all know that this is my favourite time of the year.  I love the autumn – its colors, its general feel, and its journey into the winter months where we get to have toasty fires, hot beverages, and snowy afternoons filled with long movies and great books.  I love literature and promoting stellar reading material.  For as long as I am on this planet, reading will not become a forgotten pastime. This article might seem seasonally early but you have to admit, that on these cold mornings, it’s beginning…
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Parks and Mikereation

This has been a week filled with amazing highs and buckets of nostalgia. What has happened since the last Mike Uncorked? Well, I was part of the Grapely Ghost Walk tour last Friday and two of my oldest and dearest friends were in the crowd. Seeing them and hearing their laughter brought back so many memories of the three of us in high school, acting like fools – except this time it was just me acting the fool. One of those friends has been in my life for 30 years and I love her to bits! I met her the…
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Novel Ideas For The Summer!

My addiction to reading has reached a new level. I read before bed, I read before my work shifts start. I read at the dentist’s office, while my laundry is drying, at my yard sale between customers and lately, I’ve started reading while walking to work. I can’t chew gum and walk at the same time, but I can get through at least 20 pages of a novel between my place and Il Dolce each morning. I love to read and I love to promote reading. Soon the true warmth of summer will be in the air and people will…
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HAIR TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW!!

Well, I am game for just about any new adventure and I am willing to try practically everything, as long as it’s safe and not crazy (like bungee jumping or driving standard). I have tested many of my comfort zones for this column, but this one went above and beyond, I think! I have been MANSCAPED, and I want to share the experience with you.   Last year, the kind folks at the In Good Hands Nails and Esthetics Spa in Wolfville invited me over to have a pedicure, try out some of their products, and then write about them….
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The CLIMB of my Life!

Jeremy Novak, my dear friend and the reason I write these articles, drives me up the wall sometimes with his kooky suggestions and harebrained subject ideas for my column. Do we all remember when I went zip-lining last year and almost peed my pants 40 feet up in a birch tree? I am sure we can recall his idea of my going up in a hot air balloon or hitting the rifle range. Well, this past week I finally caved and Jeremy literally drove me UP A WALL, because I tackled the new Adventure Climbing Gym in Greenwich! Now that…
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Lost and Found

What once was lost…. now is found! It’s freezing rain outside, Patsy Cline is playing on my stereo, laundry is tumbling in the dryer, and I am snacking on roasted almonds and contemplating loss. Seems like a depressing topic for me, doesn’t it? Well, you’re incorrect. It’s actually a very positive thing to discuss. I’ll prove it. On three occasions this past week I was called “a light”. All three times I asked the person, “What do you mean?” and they’ve explained: “Mike, you are a positive, bright and happy presence in the world and you never exude anything but…
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