If you've been within earshot lately, you'll know the book I've been recommending most is the delightful Drink This: Wine Made Simple
(Ballantine, 2009) by food writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl. It's a funny, informative, and very accessible guide to understanding wine.
When it comes to getting a wine education, Grumdahl's advice is "simplification... because you have to start somewhere." To that end, she profiles nine major grapes. The result is a manageable, confidence-inspiring, unapologetically-not-exhaustive overview of wine.
But what does understanding wine have to do with getting organized? Well, specifically, nothing (unless of course you are keen to alphabetize your wine rack, and by all means go ahead if that strikes you as fun and useful!) and yet, everything. A new venture, be it the study of wine, the re-organizing of your home or office space, the re-thinking of the way you work and live, can leave you feeling incredibly overwhelmed, as if you don't know where to start.
Start small. Start with nine grapes... or three things. Just start. In Grumdahl's words, "Don't underestimate the magic and power of starting somewhere."
So welcome to the starting somewhere of the Three Things blog. You'll find something new here every couple of weeks. Sometimes I'll share practical ideas about organizing things, more often I'll do my best to keep you aware of useful resources, and once in awhile I'll get a little philosophical. I look forward to hearing from you!
Posted on Fri, April 2, 2010