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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

As you know, Mother’s Day arrives May 12!  Are you prepared?  Can I offer some help? I have multiple mothers to shop for (my mother, my mother-in-law, my sister, my best friend, a couple of expectant mom friends…and myself). Each of these women are completely different in their styles and preferences, not to mention the difference in their ages, so I have perused a multitude (so it seems) of websites and recommended best buy lists, in search of items that fit each mother’s unique personality and expresses my appreciation, love and admiration of them. Here are my top picks for Mother’s Day 2019: The gift of understanding, acknowledgment and a judgment free zone I think the absolute perfect gift is the one that costs nothing. It’s when you let the mother or mothers in your life know that you are aware of and appreciate the exceptional and sometimes superhuman effort they put into trying to be everything to everyone. A homemaker, a business woman, a teacher, a lover, a nurse, a therapist, a ball juggler, a ringmaster (because the circus is always

I’m Going To Be A Grandpa

I’m a lucky guy, a really lucky guy.  I’ve got three awesome daughters, all different in their own ways, but each has made, and continues to make, my wife and I awfully proud. I just learned that my middle daughter is pregnant, and a grandson is on the way!  There’s gonna be a boy in the family . . . wow.  And I need to come to grips with the fact that my baby will soon be a mother. So, while my wife goes shopping with her for baby stuff, I’m focused on my daughter’s health, both physically and mentally.  And, I’m going shopping for her – here’s what I’m looking at: I bought the first gift for the gender reveal party last week – it’s a journal that allows my daughter to record every moment of my grandson’s first years. According to Blossom & Pear, the Hello Little Love journal is designed with modern mama’s in mind, with plenty of space for images alongside each handwritten detail following her pregnancy through to your babes first 5 years.  It’s a 98 page hard

Craft Beer: Top 10 Brewers

I like beer, I like beer a lot.  I can’t tell you why I prefer one beer over another, it’s just my taste buds. So, I will not be able to say that one is hoppy or tastes like grapefruit or whatever.  What I do know, however, is that I enjoy traditional beers, like IPAs and lagers, and get no pleasure from sours or saisons or… In the coming months, you will hear from a Master Cicerone.  A Cicerone, you might ask? Wines have Sommeliers, beers have Cicerones.  As defined by Merriam-Webster, a Cicerone is “a guide who explains the history and chief features of a place to sightseers.”  In the world of beer, a Cicerone is a relatively new designation for those who have demonstrated their knowledge and experience to “ensure that consumers receive the best possible beer and enjoy its flavors to the greatest extent possible.” There are over 7,000 breweries in the United States, and thousands more around the world.  And it seems that a new craft beer joint is opening in your neighborhood every few months.  I’m not complaining, just stating a fact! RateBeer.com is a community of beer enthusiasts dedicated to the pursuit

Throomers’ Recommended Reading

This month, we take a look at two ends of the spectrum – – a first-time author who is generating buzz rarely seen in the industry, and a three-part series that you may recognize due to a movie released in 2018, and starring Jennifer Lawrence. Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, by T Kira Madden T Kira Madden, an acclaimed literary essayist, photographer and amateur magician, released her first book, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, on March 5.  The book is a memoir about her coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she experienced cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight. As a child, Madden lived a life of extravagance, from her exclusive private school to her equestrian trophies and her designer shoe-brand family name.  But under the surface was a wild instability. The only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, Madden confronted her environment alone. Facing

Jim Rooney: Seasonal Wine Ideas

I’ll begin with a confession. I am neither a sommelier, nor have I ever been employed in the wine business. What possibly then could lend me enough credibility to informally offer wine suggestions to my fellow throomers (besides personally knowing the Throomers owners)? It’s a reasonable question worthy of a response, as soon as I think of one. Okay, let’s try this as rationale. In his mega best-selling non-fiction book, Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell put forward his premise of what makes anyone an expert in their field. He posited that it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practice in any endeavor to become a true expert. I was certainly no prodigy, especially since it’s illegal to be a prodigy in drinking wine, but, ‘Three hours a day for ten years?’ Ha! – are you kidding me? I passed 10,000 hours of wine consumption many labels ago, and I don’t recall it even being a challenge. The bigger issue was convincing me at the end of many evenings that it was time to shut down my “dedicated practice” session. I was simply that

Bye Bye Boredom. Hello Entertainment.

Get your entertainment fix with these recommendations for music venues, live theater, and the big screen. One of my favorite topics is entertainment. I enjoy listening to great music at home, at the gym or, ideally, in person, and frequent movies as well as live theater when the opportunities arise.  We at Throomers thought that it would make sense to share some ideas of how you might spend some of your spare time! I’ve recently had the opportunity to attend a number of events that I believe are worth sharing, read on. Sensational Live Music If you have a passion for music there’s nothing quite like listening to your favorite artists live, on stage. As far as the world of live music goes, I had the pleasure of seeing Pavlo, a master of Mediterranean music, who continues to grow in popularity thanks to his concerts being featured on PBS.  Wow, Pavlo and the other three members of his band were terrific from the moment they stepped on stage until the finale when a very lucky person in the audience won

Awesome Books: Two Worthy Reads

Read a book that makes your travel destination more meaningful. And, check out a book of books guaranteed to pique your interest. One of our goals at Throomers is to provide you with fresh ideas for your spare time.  This includes informing you of interesting books, entertainment, wine, beer, travel, and one-of-a-kind experiences. I have the task of writing a monthly column introducing and/or reviewing books across a wide spectrum of topics that you might find entertaining.  I like to read a lot during my ever-diminishing spare time; and having been to Poland and Romania a couple months ago, I thought it would make sense to learn a little more about the most depressing, heart-wrenching places I’ve ever visited, Auschwitz and Birkenau. Lest We Forget I always thought that if I happened to be in Poland, I had to visit the concentration camps.  And so we did —I’m still uncertain whether this is something everyone ought to do, as it makes for a very difficult day and runs the risk of putting a damper on your vacation. We felt it