Mike Uncorked

Winter Reading Choices

Well, despite the fluctuating weather conditions this past week, one cannot argue that winter is upon us. The cold air, the snow, the smell of wood fires, the complaining – oh yes, all the elements are there to indicate that the chilly season is here!  I am not going to sugar coat it folks, there are many things about winter that I am not fond of (shovelling, scraping, poor driving conditions, crazy Christmas shoppers, etc.) but one thing I do love is reading during these cold winter days. There’s nothing like curling up in front of a roaring fire with…
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Wants & Needs

Do you know the difference between WANTS and NEEDS?  We all use these terms in our everyday life but do we really understand them. Do I really NEED a coffee or do I just WANT one? I know for sure that every day I NEED smiles, hugs and laughter. I know that every day I WANT breakfast, lunch and dinner. But…. well, just read on. Well over a year ago, maybe Summer 2013, I was walking down Central Avenue in Wolfville, just another ordinary day in my life, skipping back from the post office, and on the telephone pole was…
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Il Dolce Far Niente – One Sweet Year

Sometimes we need a change. Sometimes we need to try something different. Sometimes we need to grab a hold of what’s good and enjoy it for all it’s worth. Over a year ago, I needed a change. I needed a different job and a new path for myself. I needed a place of employment that didn’t feel like work, but instead was fun and enjoyable and a benefit to my psyche. I found all those things and more at IL Dolce Far Niente Espresso Bar in Wolfville.  On October 28th, IL Dolce Far Niente celebrates its One Year Birthday and…
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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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