• T.J. Burnham

    Washington Wine Science Center Poised As Pivotal Facility

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on September 24, 2013

    In what has become a Pacific Coast wine industry project, Washington State University’s new Wine Science Center, which broke ground last week in Richland, has caught the eye even of those crafty California viticulture/enology interests. A decision by the Boswell Family Foundation to donate $250,000 to the effort brings California into the project with the money funded on behalf of Boswell barrel production firms. This makes the project far more than a simple Washington concept…

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    Who Waits For Their Birthday Anyway! Part II

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on September 18, 2013

    It was me smiling last weekend in my little house on the wheelies. Yes, my first cruise with our new camper trailer went swimmingly, a suggestion of rain that did come with claps of thunder and flashes of light. But in the camper, the rain was no threat as we sat there and looked out  at tent campers with contempt and sarcastic grins. There, only a couple of weeks earlier, stood me in the rain cursing my leaky Coleman. For we have moved up a notch from tent trash to trailer…

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    Who Waits for Their Birthday Anyway?

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on September 10, 2013

    Hey, I just spent a whole slug of money on a honey of a new camper trailer. As I hurry to construct a place to park it next my garage I am apprehensive about the upcoming course in "Camper Trailers 101" which the dealer will conduct on the day we pick up our little home on wheels. Why, you might ask, would I spend lotsa bucks on a camper trailer? Well, I answer you: because I had to do something to add a little ginger and snap to our lives. Spending money is always good…

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    Of Pickup Dogs, Getting A Phone And Combo Stoves

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on September 6, 2013

    When I see a mutt riding in the back of a Ram with its head hanging over the side, ears flopping in the wind, and squinting down the road, I think of Butch. He was my doggie as a kid, and as my first four-legged buddy, he lives in exaggerated infamy in my ever-embellishing memory. While Butch was just a rat terrier, actually with three legs, who really didn't like me much, I tell my grandchildren of this wonder dog who helped me wander through the fertile fields of youth. Why we…

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