John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: All About Dessert Wines

Particularly in warmer weather we often enjoy an after dinner drink of a sweet dessert wine. What is a dessert wine, anyway? In this video John Mariani, the publisher of The Virtual Gourmet newsletter (free), discusses sweet wines, fortified wines and more dessert wines, even cognac and brandy. As he is known for, John includes … Read more

Bill Jordan: Shouldn’t We All Be Professional?

Bill Jordan, CelebratingAct2™ regular contributor and noted commentator on life, asks what defines a ‘Professional”? If there are professional standards for everything else why not on being human?As always, Bill gets us thinking about important issues and the discussion can be enlightening. You’ll love his philosophical approach! For more on Bill Jordan and Embrace The … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: How Many Restaurants Satisfy a Celebrity Chef?

With the proliferation of Celebrity-Chef-named restaurants, often part of a large multi-city chain or group, the question arises about how many is too many to maintain the Chef’s signature touch and quality! John Mariani, noted food and travel writer and publisher of the The Virtual Gourmet newsletter (free) tackles this question from both a practical … Read more

Bill Jordan: Can You Be Honest With Your Wife?

“Honey, Does This Dress Make Me look fat?” It’s the ‘Catch 22’ question men notoriously avoid… and it’s the basis of our discussion about honesty between a man and his wife. It’s also a discussion on how we communicate and share. You’ll have lots of opinions and a few laughs when you watch this video. … Read more

John Mariani The Virtual Gourmet: Pirates, Grog and Holiday Punch!

Even if you don’t subscribe to “Talk Like A Pirate Day” you may wonder what the Pirate’s legendary drink, GROG was all about. As The VIrtual Gourmet, John Mariani, answers Celebrating Act 2’s Art Kirsch’s query he takes us on a journey of rum drinks and their history…even making the connection to “Punch” and modern … Read more

Leonard Szymczak Enhancing a Classic: Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol

So, What might have happened to Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit AFTER Scrooge’s transformation? The creative mind of writer (and psychotherapist) Leonard Szymczak (pronounced: SIM-Check) conjured up inspirational details of Charles Dickens’ beloved but narrowly described characters to fill out the story of “A Christmas Carol” as he sees it. Tiny Tim’s transformation is the … Read more

Bill Jordan Recommends “Atomic Habits”

Bill Jordan is an avid reader…mostly of helpful philosophy and self-help books. In this video he not only talks about his reading habits but recommends one of his favorite Books, “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. It’s a best seller and Bill tells us why! For more on Bill Jordan and Embrace The Boom go to … Read more

Steve Gibbs: Getting Old Friends Together

Steve Gibbs: Getting Old Friends Together  Retired racing official, Steve Gibbs, formerly VP of Competition for The National Hot Rod Association, couldn’t stay away from the lifestyle he loved. So he created a drag racing nostalgia event called, Nitro Revival 5. His interview with CelebratingAct2™ ranges from first cars, hot rods and youthful fascination with … Read more