Author: John Peragine

School Walkout

This week I had the privilege of reporting on the National School Walkout for the New York Times. The walkout was in response to yet another school shooting tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida where 17 students and staff died. It was an eye-opening experience to talk to teachers, administrators, school board members at a number of schools in the Midwest. The overall response was positive toward the kids protesting, but with a cautionary note about concerns over safety. One school district did not have any children leave the classroom, and the...

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Beaujolais Nouveau- A Tough Year for This Seasonal Wine

November 16th, 2017 was the official release date of Beaujolais Nouveau. While I could not be in the South of France to try this year’s vintage, I was fortunate enough to be able to do a tasting at the French Market in Downtown Chicago. The tradition of the release of Beaujolais Nouveau dates back to 1951, and it is a young wine harvested from Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region, which lies south of Burgundy. It is usually a light red wine, and is often a favorite that is shared during Thanksgiving and the holidays both in France...

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Wine Pairing Ideas For Thanksgiving Dinner

All of your relatives and friends have RSVP’d and you are about to have a house full of guests. You have figured out the turkey, the dressing and all of the fixings. Aunt Carla is bringing pie, and your cousin is bringing the cranberry dressing.  Just when you think you’ve got it all hunkered down you receive an email from your friend at work, “I am so excited about coming on Thursday. What kind of wine should I bring?” Oh, no! What wine is the best to have at Thanksgiving dinner?  It can be difficult to select a variety...

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The End of Summer Blues

The blues of summer ending have a different meaning than they did when I was in my teens and twenties, but this summer has been particularly tough and heartbreaking. For five years we were the stay at home family. My youngest daughter was finishing high school, while we potty-trained my son. Days were spent writing, while my wife and son played, gardened, and watched sunsets while blowing bubbles on our back porch. This was it, this was the perfect life. My daughter graduated from high school a year ago and went away from college and four became three, but...

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Clean up Your Digital Attic- Before Disaster Strikes

I was sick to my stomach when I heard the news. I knew better, but ignored my own advice to others. It was my fault, but that was not comforting when I got the call. “We are sorry, we just could not save it, you will need to send it away and have it dismantled. And it is going to cost you a lot of money.” Those words came from the Geek Squad™ tech. My hard drive was toast, and locked within its magnetic platters was data that I desperately needed. Pictures, recordings, documents-all potentially gone forever. The worst...

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Fatherhood in Later Life

“Are you having a nice day out with your grandparents?” is not something I enjoy hearing people ask my 5-year-old son. I am only 47 years old, and I hope I have not let myself go that much. Does being in my 40s make me too old to be a new parent? It seems that the age that parents are having children is on the rise the last two decades according to the National Center of Family & Marriage Research. In 1987, the average age of men having their first was child was 25 and for women it was...

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