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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.

Thanksgiving 11.22.18

The day began with gentle sunny breaks for the walk to church. This afternoon was supposed to be a long prayer stroll along the shore. But half an hour away from home the wind rose and grew chilly, and the … Continue reading

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Fast Food

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” — Letter to the Hebrews, 13:2 The fast food restaurant has always been around, I suppose, with its franchises and logo and color scheme and ads. It … Continue reading

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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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6/1: Even Her Enemies Brought Flowers

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(Note: This does not mean that any one honored in this cemetery has enemies. This story is about another cemetery many miles away. And no one there has enemies either.) < On Easter, Cathy made apple cake. Cathy’s baking is an … Continue reading

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