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2015 FTLOP Port Harvest Tour

  Part 1 - From Porto to the Douro Article and photos by Stewart Todd (c) August 2016 The wheels touched down on a Saturday morning at Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, better known as Porto International Airport. I watched out the window of the plane as we taxied up to the terminal, which was originally built in the 1940s, but [...]

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: Travel, Wine|0 Comments

Reading Moby-Dick at 30,000 Feet – Tony Hoagland

Welcome to the August 2016 Poem of the Month! The kids are heading back off to college and high school, and I am suddenly realizing how busy of a summer it has been. I've spent my fair share of time on an airplane this summer - repeatedly to Santa Clara and Boston for work, to Las Vegas for a Conference, [...]

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Dirge Without Music – Edna St. Vincent Millay

Welcome to the July Poem of the Month. This month’s poem is a sad dedication to my college friend Joe Montano, who unexpectedly passed away this week at the age of 47. Joe was working as the Northern Virginia Regional Representative for Senator Tim Kaine, and we should have seen Joe’s smiling face with Kaine at the Democratic National Convention [...]

By |July 31st, 2016|Categories: Poems 2016, Poems of the Month|0 Comments

Mending Wall – Robert Frost

Welcome to the June 2016 Poem of the Month! We are in silly political season, and I guess all the talk of building a wall between the US and Mexico made me think of this poem. “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost is such a staple of the American Poetic Canon that I was certain I must have selected it at [...]

By |June 30th, 2016|Categories: Poems 2016, Poems of the Month|0 Comments

For the Fallen – Robert Laurence Binyon

Welcome to the May 2016 Poem of the Month Today is Memorial Day here in the US, and in contrast to Veterans Day (which honors all who serve in the military), today we remember and commemorate those who have died in service to their country. This month’s poem was written in September 1914, a few weeks after the outbreak of [...]

By |May 30th, 2016|Categories: Poems 2016, Poems of the Month|0 Comments

A Sequence In Praise Of Wine

Welcome to the Poem of the Month for April 2016. This month’s poem, and occasion, holds very special meaning for me. On this night eleven years ago, I first met my dear friend and fellow Port enthusiast Roy Hersh. At the time, I knew very little about Port. As a college English major, I used to drink a glass of [...]

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Poems 2016, Poems of the Month|1 Comment