|(L-R) Louis, Alfonso, Mary & Julia Cevola - Palermo ca. 1919|
My Aunt Mary, whom we all called “Auntie.” She was the last of the small nuclear family my dad was a part of. With her now gone, a period ends. Now it’s on folks like me, to remember, to recast and to rekindle. Aunt Mary and I would talk from time to time. I would address her in Italian, she loved that. And she would ask me where my travels had taken me. I’d often call her from Italy and see if she could guess where I was. She and her husband Lou loved to travel the world, taking their golf clubs with them and playing golf, eating, drinking wine and gazing at art. My uncle was in the wine business, so he had an appreciation for finer wine. And someone in his family was an art dealer. They knew about the finer things in life.
|Piana degli Albanese - 1971|
And this wine blog thing? On the wine trail in Italy is coming up on ten years. In that time, the way we communicate has flattened and widened horizontally. There are many more platforms now, such that a blog seems a little antiquated to me. Pictures, a story, some comments and the stats. And do it again.
|Southern California - ca. 1924|
There are those who have fallen off. Looking at an old blogroll, there are many bloggers who just don’t have it in them anymore. Some of them have gone on to writing for publications, online and print. Some have written books. Some have had babies and started businesses. And there are those who are just starting their wine blogs. To them I say: Bring us good stories and make them your stories. Just do that and the rest will follow.
Should a blog be a be-all and end-all? For some, it might be. For those who need to generate income to live, a blog cannot sustain one in these times. There’s too much free content. And ultimately what we are doing on our blogs is volunteering our passion to the world at large.
|Dallas - 1918|
This wine blog is now my own personal Wiki. Maybe there’s the making of a book in those 1,199 posts (this is number 1,200). At this point I’m not too concerned with that. I still have a lot of work to do in the day job.
|Old California - ca. 1929|
|Wedding of Mary Cevola and Louis Oliva - California - ca. 1938|
In loving memory of Mary (Cevola) Oliva
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