My childhood was punctuated with sayings about black people. My father's relatives sometimes said, “The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice.” On one level, the meaning is obvious: a raspberry or strawberry that is full and dark and pregnant with its own ripeness is sweeter than its pink, prematurely plucked counterpart.
I grew up in Toronto, which made it a lot easier, since it was a very diverse environment. Still, every time I said what my background was, I always had to explain to people why I didn’t live on the reservation, and just how it came to be that my parents got together.
John Peller arrives a few minutes late for lunch, orders a sandwich and salad, and a glass of light golden sauvignon blanc. The 44-year-old president of Andrés Wines Ltd. is seated by a window in the restaurant of his company’s new $ 10-million Peller Estates Winery in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula—Canada’s premier wine-producing region.By D’ARCY JENISH7 min
Israeli forces squared off against Palestinian fighters near the West Bank town of Beit Jala on Aug. 14 as clashes continued in the Middle East. Israeli tanks and bulldozers also thrust into the West Bank town of Jenin and destroyed a police headquarters in the deepest incursion into Palestinian territory in 10 months of violence.
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