A Morning Resolve

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~Photo http://www.pexels.com/Pixabay

“I will try this day to live a simple, sincere, and serene life, repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking;

“cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence;

“exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in giving, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God.

ln particular I will try to be faithful in those habits of prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating, and sleep which I believe that Holy Spirit has shown me to be right….” *

*Excerpt from Forward Day by Day

Compare & Despair

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

Most of us know that this is not true.

Joey Julius almost lost his life because of words. Continue reading “Compare & Despair”

Head up. Keep Moving.

Cherish moments & experiences, not things.

~Shana Verstegen, Lumberjack & Fitness Pro Continue reading “Head up. Keep Moving.”

Stop the Bleed

Our dystopian world?

I was troubled by a recent article in the Florence, Alabama newspaper, The Times Daily.

I had to read it and digest it in the context of what it meant for the world that I live in now and the world that my grandchildren will inherit.

It left me feeling unsettled but determined.

Continue reading “Stop the Bleed”

One Table

 

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

~Lynyrd Skynyrd Continue reading “One Table”

Peace at the last

It’s been a long, busy, emotional week.

It’s time for rest.

Sunset Pexels Irina Kostenich
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Continue reading “Peace at the last”

11:11:11

On Armistice Day, the French people stop at 11 A.M. on the 11th day of the 11th month.

This moment of silence across the nation is to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who died for their country.

Life Mag Mar 3 1941 p 29
“A Frenchman sheds tears of patriotic grief as flags of his country’s last regiments are exiled to Africa”  M. Jerome Barzetti, Marseille,  ~Photo Life Magazine March 3, 1941

 

Continue reading “11:11:11”

Thank you for your service

 

Sitting in the Huntsville Airport, I witnessed a scene that probably takes place often in America.

There was a young soldier saying goodbye to his family as he prepared to go through the TSA en route to his next duty assignment in the Middle East.

His wife and young son were there to say goodbye. Continue reading “Thank you for your service”

Day of the Dead

 

Day of the Dead XICO
~Photo XICO newsletter

Thursday is the Day of the Dead!

Celebrate and commemorate this special holiday at XICO.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.  Wikipedia

Bring a picture of your dearly departed to add to XICO’s altar and light a candle in their honor.

Enjoy special dishes by Chef Kelly Myers, a special cocktail with hibiscus, pineapple and mezcal, and Mexican wedding cookies for everyone!

Day of the Dead Specials

FALL HARVEST VEGETABLES & APPLE MOLE
Apple pasilla mole de milpa with late harvest succotash of local shelling beans, Ayers Creek hominy, winter squash, sunchokes, leeks & smoked wheat

MOLE ROSA & SQUID
Taxco mole rosa made with rose petals, beets, mezcal, almonds, pine nuts, white chocolate and more, served with squid

BEEF IN OAXACAN CHICHILO MOLE
Oregon beef in Oaxacan mole chichilo, a black Oaxacan mole of cascabel, mulato and pasilla negro chiles

PECAN COOKIES
Mexican wedding cookies of toasted pecans and powdered sugar.

HIBISCUS PUNCH WITH MEZCAL & TEPACHE
A special cocktail made with hibiscus flower tea, mezcal and tepache, garnished with a pineapple flower

The regular menu will also be available.

XICO Restaurant

3715 SE Division St, Portland, OR.

503-548-6343

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