Realized today that the Ruby port is disrespectful to the mixology (really cheapens and demeans the libation), especially to the Venezuelan reserve rum. Spoke with Harry, the Brentwood Wine and Spirits Vendor, and he suggested the Taylor Fladgate Port Wine instead that is aged in oak and middle of the road price (keeping true to the Bacardi distinction). It is made in Portugal (of course) but its owners are British with a base in New York. I also gave equal proportions of both rums and the port (1 oz each) as the spirit for the mixology. Pomegranate was a little more than 1 oz with a twist of lemon. A splash of pure cane syrup. Very balanced, sweet and unique. A nice cocktail for easy enjoyment with insight.
It has been a couple months since Food & Wine printed Eric Lorincz's mixology from the Savoy Hotel for the Daisy cocktail. I have waited to be able to study this cocktail (from American soil in Los Angeles) and realized that the ruby port is overwhelming in the mixology. I would change it to 2 oz of the Diplomatico rum, 1 oz of the Port, 1/2 oz of Bacardi and 1 oz of pure pomegranate juice (instead of grenadine). If there is a need to sweeten further than what is natural I'd add a a little pure can sugar syrup instead of the muscavado. This may seem bold but safe and adaptable in a new paradigm.
To enjoy the earth and its bounty is not necessarily pagan. Why does scripture remark of this natural wealth to enjoy as a gift from God? At the same time it is important to give the first fruits as good discipline and assure that the mind and spirit is generous and without greed.
Note: I was inspired to find this 70s song online after my first encounter with the Venezuelan Rum called Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. I had heard that it was a special distilled spirit so I enjoyed a little over ice. The experience was profound. I tweeted the prime minister of that country and suggested he send our President a case of it as a gesture of good will and peace. The spirit says it all....so does this great song.
Picked up the icon of St. Michael at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church today and when I departed from the Church I witnessed the new olive tree with its fruit (in photo). The significance of this Saint reaches many of us in our religious education. From Wikipedia:
Michael (Hebrew: מִיכָאֵ(pronounced [ˌmixäˈʔel]), Micha'el or Mîkhā'ēl; Greek: Μιχαήλ, Mikhaḗl;Latin: Michael (in the Vulgate Michahel); Arabic: ميخائيل, Mīkhā'īl) is an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic teachings. Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, andLutherans refer to him as "Saint Michael the Archangel" and also as "Saint Michael". Orthodox Christians refer to him as the "Taxiarch Archangel Michael" or simply "Archangel Michael".
In Hebrew, Michael means "who is like God?". Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel, once as a "great prince who stands up for the children of your people". The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the Jewish liturgy.
In the New Testament Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan.
I'm trying to understand male culture today. This is a typical experience in certain parts of the city when I am with a special friend. How is this explained? The parking lot was a whole different concern because fear predominated the experience.
Hilary Rodham Clinton may not have had the concrete success stories as Sec of State that other Secs of State have had to define their success. But she exhibited a courage and valor that many US officials would never dare tread.
I remember her call to Libya during the crisis with the Kaddafi regime where she stood up for the good purpose on the airfield before departing (asserting her authority with the Libyan rebels that was understood to be an admonishment not to use violence or hatred) on a soil that could have seriously rebuked her call. I also witnessed her returns from travels to SE Asia that revealed a rare position from a Sec. of State that allowed the American Bubble to be dissolved when she traveled so that she could truly witness a people and culture. Her photos upon her return reflected this: that she had been through a lot to understand a people truly. Not many officials dare step out of the American Bubble to do their work. She did in many regards and her greatness is applauded.
This is a recently revised picturology that may reveal a historical and spiritual value with mythological figures and Christ.
The sculpture of Mercury at LACMA interestingly reveals the ability of a mythological god to remain strong while naked but the need for his head (or cerebral) to be sheltered by a helmet is what fascinated. The fact that the helmet was winged also may indicate the holy aspect...
The statue at LACMA was fully unclothed giving more power to the god's inner forces.
The fast of the Theotokos was unique more than I have ever experienced in a religious fast. The rigid structures I am accustomed to in fasting were removed. In its place was a firm commitment to God that moved with the needs presented. I found the self discerning a lot and making decisions that did not allow the assertion of a rigid structure. Still the holiness presented and I held to its completion. How blessed it is to know God's mercy in this way.
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