Snowy Day in Portland

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~Photo Lori Greer ~

A lovely scene as day breaks in Portland.

The snow slows everyone down a bit.   Continue reading “Snowy Day in Portland”

Snow & Twitter

Portland had a bit of snow over the weekend.

This morning we awoke to ice and more snow.

Unlike our hardy cousins in the Midwest or Canada, we bundle up and stay indoors at the mention of icy weather.

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~Photo http://www.pexels.com/Essow Kedelina~

Continue reading “Snow & Twitter”

Apache Blessing

My preconceived notion about Apaches is limited to American history classes and popular media where they were often referred to as savage warriors.  This reputation spread to Europe with the result that in France, the word “apache” refers to an outlaw.

Finding an Apache blessing posted on a friend’s refrigerator offered a balance to my view of them as only a vicious people.  Of course, if I were defending my family and my way of life, I would be warlike also! Continue reading “Apache Blessing”

Party Dress!

When you want to put your best foot forward, here’s the dress you need! Continue reading “Party Dress!”

No Room Under the Tree?

When there’s no room under the tree for presents…

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Christmas Scene at the Pittock Mansion, Portland Oregon. ~Photo Lori Greer

 

 

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A charming vignette with echoes of simpler times.

In the chaos and horror of today’s world, it would be easy to assume that life was easier in “the good old days”.

A study of history teaches us otherwise.  Life has never been idyllic for many people at all time.

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A vignette of Christmas from simpler times at the Pittock Mansion, Portland Oregon. ~Photo Lori Greer

 

 

Christmas

The holiday parties are in full swing.

Families and friends are coming  and going.

It’s a wonderful time to celebrate.

It’s a wonderful time to remember those who are alone.

It’s a wonderful time to remember the disenfranchised and the marginalized.

It’s a wonderful time to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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Christmas Scene at the Pittock Mansion, Portland, Oregon ~Photo Lori Greer

Boy With Thorn

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~Statue frm The Pittock Mansion, Portland, Oregon.  Photo by Lori Greer ~ 

 

I was excited to see this statue during a visit to the lovely The Pittock Mansion in Portland.

I thought it might be Boy with Thorn. Continue reading “Boy With Thorn”

Day of the Dead

 

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~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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Spooky guy…

The weather was glorious as it can be only in the Pacific Northwest in early fall.

The air was crisp and invigorating.

The sun was shining and warmed my back as I walked along, lost in my thoughts.  Continue reading “Spooky guy…”