Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Ms. Deneuve!!!

Catherine Deneuve is 73 today.  The quintessential French "woman of a certain age".  When I was in Paris some years ago my wife texted me that she would know if I went missing the only possible explanation is that C.D. and I had met!! I think that showed a wild over-appreciation of my charms!

She recently said that social media "don't allow people to dream anymore".  It certainly doesn't work that way for me.  Tonight I will have a bourbon on the rocks [one of her favorites] in her honor.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Happy Birthday AJ!!!

This is the birthday of A.J. Liebling, author of the book that made me "Paris aware".  Please procure a copy of "Between Meals, an Appetite for Paris" and see for yourself.  Then have a seven course dinner with appropriate wines to celebrate the life of this tremendous and under appreciated writer.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016


The Epic Helen Keller aptly stated that "life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all".  For all the adventures of an Epic life, an adventurer's jacket is required.  And of all the jackets in all the towns in all the world, no jacket is more adventurous than the safari jacket.  All the right pockets to hold your identification papers, money, plastic, the little writing journal with the elastic strap to hold it closed, and [forbid] the occasional flask.

I wear my safari jacket all the time for travel and for the closer by adventures which one can find on any given weekend.  It is perfect for any occasion not calling for a sports coat and tie and it gives just the right sort of dashing impression. An impression that one is the sort of fellow [or lady] who is just popping in for a whisky neat before catching the next train.

I have owned several safari jackets and you can pay almost ridiculous amounts of money for them. My favorite is the one shown above which you can get from Cabela's for about seventy bucks with free shipping.  At times they put them on sale for less than forty bucks. In three color choices including a somewhat awful camo.

Wherever you find your jacket, trust me that the adventures will come right along for the ride.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fifteen Years

I don't want to remember it. But I have to.

And ultimately, as one of the millions who sat stunned, holding my little boy tight, watching my brother and sister Americans die, it is my duty and my privilege to do so.

The lights should never go out.

Monday, July 4, 2016


"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
--Ben Franklin; Epic Patriot and Revolutionary.

Me: [walking out of a giant fireworks store yesterday afternoon with ordinance for the Chez Epic Independence Day Evening Display after an altogether proper amount of American ale]


Unknown Male Citizen: [From far across the parking lot]

                                                           "HELL YES"

That is what we do here, in this vast, parochial, focused, confused, good-hearted, misdirected, giving, greedy, loving, hateful, ignorant, brilliant and utterly marvelous and fascinating place that I am lucky enough to call my country. We exercise our liberty. For better.  For worse. And on this day each year, most of us actually appreciate it.

Happy July 4 America!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Grimod de la Reyniere....A True Epic

Alexandre. Balthazar. Laurent. Grimod. De la Reyniere. The one quote I know from him endeared me forever and told me we were Epic brothers.

"Life is so brief that we should not glance either too far backwards or forwards...therefore study how to fix our happiness in our glass and in our plate."