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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.

How Was Your Weekend?

The Question. It’s all over America. And every region has its own. It’s the first thing people ask, right after saying hello. They can ask the same familiar folks day after day, or use it to establish a relationship with … Continue reading

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Comforts of Home: Women Who Neighbor Women

Beguine Women lived in Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium starting in about 1150; the last traditional Beguine was apparently Marcella Pattyn, who died in 2013. Beguines were single Christian women. Because there were far more single women than single men, and because … 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    The red triangles indicate areas where the air quality is … 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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