Cross party talks began in earnest in 1996. In almost all quarters, a combination of political realism and war weariness cleared the path to negotiation. Importantly, President of the United States Bill Clinton took an active personal role, appointing veteran US senator George Mitchell as chair of the talks process that concluded in the Good Friday Agreement..
Acupuncture has been an essential part of medicine for thousands of years in the East, yet even as it catches on in the West, physicians in this part of the world have yet to figure out exactly how this ancient technique works. Whatever the mechanisms, acupuncture does appear to work. Scientific studies are offering real evidence that it can ease pain and treat ailments ranging from osteoarthritis to migraine headaches..
On the grounds of the Buena Vista Winery, the historic stone structures and Tokaj style cellars founded by the tirelessly entrepreneurial Hungarian immigrant and so called Count Agoston Haraszthy in 1857, thus laying claim to the title “first commercial winery in California” (generally exclusive of the weak spirit squeezed from pig skins by brothers of the Franciscan order, merely as a sacramental sup, firstly, and surely a thirst slaker for the “savages” whose sunny paradise they were busily engaged in remaking to their preference), there exists a curious installation that one might at first glance call a fountain, constructed at the behest of the property’s current owner and dedicated restorer, Jean Charles Boisset, a Frenchman of no less international renown and entrepreneurial vigor (though perhaps a mite more sensitivity to the unseen flow of energies) than his unfortunate predecessor, the count, who disappeared into swirling waters teaming with crocodiles in Nicaragua in 1869 after having his stake in the winery he founded wrested from him after only a short run, in the grand scheme of things; to wit, upon standing in this particular spot, at the end of a promenade now handsomely paved in Belgian stone, the Boisset proponent of that agricultural system informed by cosmic forces, biodynamics feeling a “knot” in the flow of energy there, a restoration problem that no extra joist, no stonework, nothing would help to fix but a custom built vortex, a “two way rhythmical movement of water,” having quite the opposite action of a sabered Champagne bottle’s exuberant outward flow, rather more like that of wine poured down the bunghole of a barrel that is never never be and which, although we know the suggestion of one of the several character actors hired to impersonate the count that these swiftly devoured dark waters exit somewhere in Arizona to be merely off the cuff, just might, for some, have a deeper resonance than what may seem, to most, like a funny little fountain at a boozy little tourist attraction, because if it isn’t bad feng shui the money corner it’s a reminder of the unseen gyre that surrounds and pulls all of our lives into destination unknown, a punctuating chasm at the tail end of a history that ends where it begins, like the insatiable demand of a hungry ghost. 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma. Vanishing Act.