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If you have not watched "Mare of Easttown" on HBO, put it on your list - the seven-episode crime drama that stars Kate Winslet is one of the best things I've seen this year.  Winslet plays a police detective in a suburb of Philadelphia who is dealing with her own angst as well as that of the victims she deals with every day;  she's divorced and feels distraught over her son's a suicide, the recovering drug addict who is the mother of her grandson is trying to get custody, and she feels like she's watching her life and dreams fade away.

Weighing on Mare Sheehan's mind and heart is her inability to solve the disappearance of a local young woman, which brings her into conflict with other authorities and local citizens who cannot understand her lack of progress in the case.  Making it all the more difficult is the insularity of the town - everybody has known everybody forever, and yet there are deep, dark secrets that remain to be unearthed.

The writing is sharp, and the cast - Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, and Guy Pearce among them - is excellent.  I wrote about it here when the series started, but I can tell you that it finishes in devastating fashion.  Totally worth it.

One other thing.  Pennsylvania locals have been impressed by the degree to which ":Mare of Easttown" gets the sense of place right - to the point that locally based c-store chain Wawa has celebrated the show with a "Mare of Easttown Spicy Cheesesteak" sandwich.

Watched the first episode of "Loki," the Marvel series on Disney+, this week.  I always find myself feeling the same thing while watching these series spinoffs from the Marvel Cinematic Universe  - previous entries include "WandaVision" and "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" - I'm not sure why I'm doing it, though I think the efforts are interesting and well-produced, and I feel like if I miss one I'm somehow going to be out of touch with the zeitgeist.  And I do have a certain amount of FOMO.

I am very excited about watching In The Heights this weekend … and the second season on Lupin" on Netflix … 

My wine recommendation of the week:  the 2019  Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma's Kivelstadt Cellars called "The Family Secret," which is a beautifully balanced wine, great with chicken and seafood.

That's it for this week.

I hope you have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.

Stay safe.  Be healthy.

Sláinte!