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The Straight Stuff First

9a31eb8e3806479ebcba3ad39c5024ecMy dad is a very thoughtful man; full of both the typical fatherly mantras and a few little nuggets of advice, wisdom, and humor all his own.

When I started drinking coffee I remember he told me I should learn to enjoy drinking black coffee and espresso before I started getting fancy with lattes, creamers, and shots of vanilla. The same was true for alcohol. Until I could enjoy a glass of pure, unadulterated whiskey, he told me, I had no business opening the mixed drink menu. Not only is it prudent to learn and enjoy what it is you’re actually drinking, he thought this approach built character and discipline.

His advice has stuck with me through the years. Learn to enjoy the straight stuff first. Start with the basic and, as you desire and find necessary, add on from there.


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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