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Some weekends are different, because they make you think and reflect and experience great joy.

I'm about to have one of those weekends.

My daughter, the youngest of my three children, will simultaneously graduate from high school and celebrate her 18th birthday this weekend. While I don't feel nearly old enough to have a youngest child her age, the photographic evidence (at left) is clear.

My daughter is funny. On the one hand, she hates it when I revert and treat her like my little girl. (I explain to her that she'll always be that.) And then, every once in a while, she'll call me "daddy." (I tell her that I hope she'll always be able to call me that.)

I guess most daughters are like that. I suspect most dads are like me.

It's going to be an exciting weekend. A couple of months from now, she'll go off to college.

Today, I just wanted to brag about her for a moment. To paraphrase something one of my favorite writers once said, she's not always easy, but she's never a bore. She's tough and strong minded and funny and a cool kid who is great fun to hang out with.

My kid. My little girl.

Happy Graduation. Happy Birthday.




My wine of the week: the 2008 Marche Rosso Fontezoppa, a wonderfully smooth blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese that is perfect with Italian food.




I saw Snow White & The Huntsman last weekend. It's okay. It looks beautiful, the special effects are wonderful ...and Charlize Theron is, as always, the best special effect of them all (and she happens to be really good as the icy cold and cruel evil queen). But the movie as a whole was less than the sum of its parts.

It made me even more excited to see the next movie that Charlize Theron is in this summer - Prometheus, which comes out today.

I can't wait.




That's it for this week. I'll be back Monday, and hope you have a great weekend. I know I will.

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