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The Miracle of Context

Image Source: Minds . Can you recognize  the truth, if it's taken out of context? The Internet has lately become Pandora's Box, spilling out its contents to those who dare to look  (or look again - or again ). Images Source: Hello! Magazine / Getty . Last week, a friend dismissed my claim that people want to see the truth. He thinks people are not interested in abstracts like 'truth.' They just want to get on with their lives. Whether they want the truth or not, the signs and symbols of truth are on the move. Conversations float around and skim the surface. Another friend wondered out loud tonight, "It feels like the virus is more of a meme than anything else." In the wake of the US inauguration, disinformation, strange rumours, and weird info dumps are circulating online. Everything feels off, but bizarrely connected. There is something bigger at play. Image Source: 4chan ; also here . Truth and fiction overlap. There is no way to drill down to bedrock. It

NaNoWriMo: Halcyon Days

How novels get written.

From a writers' meeting at Beau's microbrewery today in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada, here is a NaNoWriMo moment. The stuffed ferret is not mine! It belongs to one of the municipal liaisons of the local NaNo chapter, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Thanks to Taras for organizing the write-in.

Thanks as well to Beau's. The brewery makes the best beer I've ever tasted, including all the beers I tried in Central Europe, and I once worked at a beer garden in Munich. The beer, a lagered ale with 5.2% alcohol named Lug-Tread, is the winner of many awards, including several Canadian national gold cups and the #1 spot on Ottawa's 101 Tastes To Try Before You Die list. Beau's site describes their flagship ale:
"Lug-Tread is our tribute to the classic K├Âlsch beers of Cologne, Germany. It is versatile and well suited to any season or occasion, with satisfying, chewy malts to warm in the colder months, and a refreshing, crisp finish to quench a summer’s thirst. The tracks left in the mud from a small tractor’s Lug Tread tell the tale of honest hard work and close family ties.

Lug-Tread pours a brilliantly clear straw gold, with rocky white foam. A Graham cracker malt character mingles with notes of freshly cut hay and a subtle touch of apple. Sweet, grainy malt is followed by balanced hop bitterness, and the finish is clean and dry."
As the Most Interesting Man in the World might say, "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I drink Lug-Tread." And Beau's didn't ask me to write this! It is well-made, honouring long-standing traditions, and is a testimony to craftsmanship, something I appreciate, hammering out text at the table or on the keyboard.

Beau's Lug•Tread Lagered Ale ft. in Beertown Beer Bios (24 May 2013). Video Source: Youtube.

Bryce McBain, the Beaus' brewmaster who wants to make the perfect beer using traditional methods. Halcyon Barrel House (16 May 2017). Video Source: Youtube.

Beau's Brewery also makes limited edition experimental and specialty beers with literary names, some pictured here, under their affiliated label, Halcyon Barrel House. From their site:
"Halcyon Barrel House specializes in producing small batches of wild and sour ales, using European-style brewing traditions of mixed fermentation and aging in wood barrels, as well as bottle and keg conditioning. Halcyon refers to a past that we remember fondly. We are looking back to older, more traditional brewing methods to inspire how and what we brew today."


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