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About maryangelis

Hello Readers! (= Здравствуйте, Читатели!) The writer lives in the Catholic and Orthodox faiths and the English and Russian languages, working in an archive by day and writing at night. Her walk in the world is normally one human being and one small detail after another. Then she goes home and types about it all until the soup is done.

1/9/2022: Granamere’s Children (rewrite)

Jordan in Produce asked me out on a date. His invitation was a cherished high point in my time as morning cashier for our natural-foods grocery, where each day I’d show up half an hour early to learn the produce … Continue reading

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One New Year’s Eve

Moving Day! Bill and Sarah pulled up with my boxes and me, to move in my stuff and then take me shopping for groceries and household goods. But then the downpouring rain turned to sleet. So with hugs and assurances of … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve, 12/31/21

Here was the Eastern sky today at sunset. When choosing one song out of many to fit this scenery on a reflective New Year’s Eve, I gave up and chose two instead. Here they are. Song 1: “ИНОК” духовный стих … Continue reading

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12/19/21: Ferns

It just may be that every character, like every opal, has unique and complex facets. The unique facet for me just might be the lifelong drive and everyday efforts toward optimal human connections at every level, combined with astonishing social … Continue reading

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Advent Memory: A Crib for the Baby

Advent for the Catholics is the four Sundays before Christmas. (If you’re a Catholic, this year it’s November 28th through December 25th.) Back at our school with the Sisters of St. Dominic, the four weeks of Advent started off with … Continue reading

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11.29.21: View from the Bridge

On the day after Thanksgiving I stopped to change buses at our little student neighborhood right on the water. It has quaint old houses and gardens and charming unique family businesses and shops and open cafes and fanciful public art. … Continue reading

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11/10/21: Параскева Пятница (Paraskeva Piatnitsa, or Paraskeva Friday)

New neighbor T. would like a little help with a simple sewing alteration. She asked whether I knew someone in our complex with a sewing machine. Sure, we have lots of handy-crafty people here, so I made some inquiries. I … Continue reading

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11.4.2021: Leaf Quest

4:02 Text from Captain Wing, at Wing Family Central: Are you at work? 4:05 Text from Mary: Yes. Do you need something photocopied or filed? 4:07 CWWFC: No. When you are near home, please text me. We have Swiss Chard … Continue reading

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10/11/2021: A Fellowship Call

“Good Morning!” said the hearty warm voice of Colleague T. when I answered the phone. “In a few minutes I’ll be at Friends Bench. Can’t wait to see you!” I sat with phone in hand, blinking stupidly at my computer … Continue reading

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10/10/2021: Adventure with Acorns

Big disclaimer again: There are plenty of ways to safely and efficiently process acorns. Consult the experts. Don’t imitate somebody who is just bumbling around.  In our earlier episode, I gathered about 2 cups of perfectly fresh sound fallen acorns … Continue reading

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