As Christ asked us to love one another, do not cast the first stone if a fellow citizen falls away. Believe in him. Admonish him if he falls so that he may be able to participate in goodness with you.
Try and see the wealth in the simple things in life. Can you quantify that wealth? In many respects it is immeasurable:
"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things...
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
and then I don't feel so bad!"
(My Favorite Things Lyrics, Sound of Music)
The polish rye may work well with pomegranate (pure pomegranate juice). When I tried it, I couldn't even notice any distinctions. This could also be a concern - it blended too naturally with the spirit. After some time with the pomegranate and the polish rye I began to add some lemon to bring distinction to the beverage. A splash of soda water makes it fun too.
I am proud of the LGBT community. It has been 30 years since I attended an LGBT meeting and tonight I attended one at UCLA for an update on the Supreme Court rulings. I was grateful with the new generation and how sweet and loving they are. It was a very accepting and loving spiritual climate. Thank you LGBT people today (the community has journeyed a long road but the fruit from all the trying years is now very sweet)!
My mother's prescription for living one's truth in America: 'hard work and education' (her daughter now adds time and faith).
Artisanal: a worker in a skilled trade, esp. one that involves making things by hand. In other words, by a person and not a machine: the crop has to be harvested by hand... etc. It would seem that the 'hand' is best suited for those with a religious discipline or well-intended purpose.
"People say that the artisanship is in the distilling, and I fundamentally disagree. My opinion is that the distillation is the easiest part. The further back you go in the process -- fermentation, grain handling and storage, growing -- the more artisanal it becomes." Joel Elder from Tuthilltown Spirits in New York.
When the total process of its creation is involved, the consumer should be able to see the product differently. Rather than in a commercial capacity as a product that is sold, it becomes a more serious product to consume but one that can still bring benefit.
If there is no oxen the crib is clean. But a rich harvest comes through the strength of the ox. -- Proverbs 14:4
Greatness as a leader need be bold to plant seeds that humanity is not accustomed to bearing (a powerful female model, a religious profession, a common person that became as a noble).
Female leaders may not present overt contributions to change that male leaders may have the gift of producing. It is possible that women are working in a different political spectrum that has just as much viability in success (success may be more unseen).
Religious Significance of some alcohols (see preliminary research report of March 2013):
Wine is already well known in European cultures to have religious value. This dates back to early Biblical scripture.
Even alcohols such as Ouzo began as a project of early 14th century monks of the monasteries in Greece.
Pulque ['pulke] is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant. It is traditional to central Mexico, where it has been produced for millennia. The drink’s history extends far back into the Mesoamerican period, when it was considered sacred, and its use was limited to certain classes of people. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulque). Note: Aztecs of Mexico are known to have consumed this beverage.
Balché is a kind of mead, an intoxicating beverage consumed by the ancient Maya and by some of their descendants today. The peoples of Mesoamerica have long held the balché tree and their mysterious beverage sacred. Because the drink had strong religious significance to the Maya, the Spaniards banned the beverage in an attempt to convert them to Christianity. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balché)
What is a 'distilled spirit'?
Distillers interviewed last week shared the importance of the food source, vessels and process of distilling spirits for consumption. In essence the process involves fermenting the food source (grain, vegetable or fruit) and distilling the core essence of the fermented substance to retain it in a concentrated value through vaporization then cooling to fluid form. This is the 'spirit' of the distilled according to Steven Stone of Sound Spirit Distillery in Washington. Other distillers interviewed were from Dry Fly and Pacific Distilleries. The intention to embrace an appreciation of the sources from which each spirit is made needs great care and education. This may be a an initiative for more moderate and responsible consumption.
Maureen Kris is educated in advanced spiritual studies, political science and international relations. For more details please visit: http://brentwoodspiritualstudiesinstitute.org/maureen-kris-bio.html