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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.

Comforts of Home: Women Who Neighbor Women

Here are a few thoughts in progress. They’ll be developed quite a bit over the next few days. It’s about what used to be a simple ordinary custom: women helping women as homemaking friends. That idea ignited my imagination this … Continue reading

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12/31/17: Ripple in the Sea

For the Sunday of New Year’s Eve I woke up in the emotional equivalent of being stuck in a vat of molasses. It took forever to fight through it and get out the door. But whatever spiritual state this was, … Continue reading

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September ’17: Woman at the Well

Watering our little patch takes about 90 minutes. That’s every evening; we have a three month dry spell going on. Here is the picture for September 5, at http://wasmoke.blogspot.com   At 6:00 when the sun tucks down behind the rooftops, … Continue reading

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4/14/2017: Good Friday

This is a deep holiday, for inner silence and reflection on the Passion of Our Lord. At least, that’s how it was meant to work. One Orthodox friend from Ethiopia fasts from all animal foods for 50 days before, and … Continue reading

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4/5/15 Easter Sunday: Behind the Door

After church, everybody flocked to Father K. Priests at our Priory didn’t vanish in the sacristy after serving Mass. Each one would stand at the main door and wait for every last person who wanted to come shake his hand … Continue reading

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1/17: Chute-ing Star

First, take stock. Grab an expired SALE price tag and a golf pencil. Jot down whatever’s running low: cranberries, pomegranates, bananas, green beans, satsumas. Get the handcart. Wrench open the door on the walk-in cooler. In through the clear heavy … Continue reading

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11/27: The Thief of Charms

_______ Part 1. Food Bank’s open at the church, first Saturday each month. Bring all of your net bags. Get out the folding shopping cart. Bundle up: the parking lot gets icy, and it’s windy out there. Doors open at … Continue reading

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