Notes from Durae

With the first day of summer and the last day of school quickly approaching, my thoughts have been a bit less on the present and more on the months ahead, and I’m finding it takes
just a little more effort to pin them to the tasks at hand.  Summer has that effect sometimes.  It’s a busy time of year for most people in our little part of the world; whether summer to you means the heaviest of workloads or freedom and adventure, it’s certain that the coming season is filled with activity.The most interesting and challenging of my activities here at the fig head-quarters this month has been in exploring our smartphone app. (Did you know we have one?) If you’re like me and have been dragged kicking and screaming into the world of constant technological contact, then plumbing the inner workings of a smartphone application sounds slightly less-than-appealing.  Not so!
One particularly fun and useful feature I found is this: Say your summer plans include enjoying a lovely glass of wine at the fig. Those from this area and afar might be interested in finding which of our wines were cultivated, tended, and brought to be within moments of where you’re sitting.  If you wanted to know just how quickly you’d be able jaunt up the road to its source to acquire the most delicious of souvenirs, nestled within the wine list app is a map to (nearly) all of the local wineries as well as a link to their tasting room pages.  Very handy!
For me, it can be at times overwhelming to consider the amount of information technology makes available to us at every second, and I often wonder whether this is adding or taking from our ability to enjoy or be in the present moment. But then I think of the ways that this information can be used to enhance your enjoyment of the time at hand, and am amazed. And if it can be used to prolong those fleeting summer moments, so much the better.Cheers!

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