Mark of Distinction

I got a phone call Tuesday from someone in Oregon who wants to use a picture I took last year. I’ll post more details if it happens, but I was tickled that anyone asked. It’s a nice compliment, is what it boils down to.

Actually, that picture call was the second call of the day I got from Oregon. The first was from my friend Pete, an old compatriot from newspapering and online news who, through his love of wine and winemaking, wound up working in that industry. He now is a rather senior-level marketing guy for a Chicagoland-based company called Terlato. Knowing that I’ve developed a fanatical international following–well, someone from Myanmar once came to this site after googling “blog” and “sex”–Pete had a favor to ask: Would I be willing to link to an announcement that one of Terlato’s wineries was making?

OK, so here’s the announcement, and it’s actually a pretty interesting possibility for anyone involved in a school or community or church group: Markham Vineyards, up in the Napa Valley, is offering two $25,000 grants to fund “tangible” projects that make a “visible, positive impact” on communities: a makeover for a section of inner-city schoolyard, for instance, or a community garden. Proposals will be accepted through June 14, and they need to be accompanied by a brief budget that shows how the cash would be put to work. Details for the Markham Mark of Distinction Community Grant Program, are available at

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