Losing My Religion and Finding Faith on Spanish Vineyards
My family’s understanding of religion was too individualistic for my liking. But I still wanted to hold faith in something bigger than myself.
The Burial of Count Orgaz
Meg Bernhard is a writer from California's Inland Empire who spent several years living in Spain and Belgium. She's written for the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and others. An essay she wrote for Hazlitt about finding meaning in shared grief will be published in the 2021 Best American Travel Writing anthology. She is currently working on a book about wine and power.
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Working on a Vineyard Taught Me to Slow Down and Pay Attention
We had no sense of “ecological time,” the cadence of the natural environment. Mostly, I experienced the natural world as lack.
Who Can Afford to Make and Drink Wine?
If someone paid half a million for a single bottle of wine, how much did the grape harvesters earn making it?
Making the Language of Wine More Inclusive
Often, the vocabulary of wine is only accessible to people who have the time and money to learn it.
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How a Puzzling Medieval Text Taught Me More About God Than Going to Church Ever Did
I tried to put the institution of religion aside to better understand God, but the two were so inextricably linked where I grew up, it felt impossible.
“Are You Really Sisters?”
The only means for talking about our mixed heritage was the ‘adorable’ contrast between ‘the girls,’ as we were called: one light, one dark; same parents, different skin.
How Years of Running Beauty Focus Groups Nearly Destroyed Me
I am the only one in the room who is neither asked nor allowed to answer: “How does that make you feel?”