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3/2/2021: Lent with Father Seraphim

Father Seraphim Aldea out in the Hebrides is preparing for Orthodox Lent by taking a walk to the shore, and is bringing the camera along. (I don’t know who held the camera while he hopped the fence and approached the … Continue reading

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2/22/21: Why Not Serenade The Neighbors

Taking out the recycling one night, down at the apartment complex garbage bin cage I saw our two delightful neighbors from Iran. After friendly remarks about the weather and our pandemic, as a conversation pleasantry I said “Why don’t I … Continue reading

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1/7/21: An Ethiopian Merry Christmas

Orthodox Christians in much of the world observe Christmas by the Julian Calendar on January 7th. My dear co-worker on the facilities crew is from Ethiopia. He prepared for Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas throughout their Advent fast: 43 days with no … Continue reading

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12/20/20: The Play House

(The house in this picture is not the same dwelling as the one in this story, for reasons which will be clear soon. It is added here only for ambient nostalgia value.) On Day 1, Mom was kneeling in the … Continue reading

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Salve Regina

Tonight at the shopping center bus stop it was getting dark and cold. I hopped around foot to foot singing “Salve Regina,” or “Hail, Holy Queen” — not the zippy number in the film “Sister Act,” but the chant at … Continue reading

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11/15/2020: Ruination Shoes

Our Festschrift Day excitement began at 6:00 am. The team hit the ground running. We racewalked to the all-night copy center, to food services, to the research library to scout out a quote that the keynote speaker needed, to the … Continue reading

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10/27/20: The Racket

(Small retraction: Historically informed readers may point out an inconsistency, that the hit parade song on the transistor radio was released several years after the change in the name of the airport. They’re right, too.) Sirens are the loudest.  It’s … Continue reading

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Celibacy and the Priesthood: Pick a Side

From the Depths of Our Hearts: Priesthood, Celibacy, and the Crisis of the Catholic Church, by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Robert Cardinal Sarah Devout reviewers at goodreads.com and on Catholic websites have hailed this book as a powerful testimonial … Continue reading

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8/13/20: Cecropia

Back in the day, August was bug time. Insects were everywhere, sharing our lives whether we asked them to or didn’t. Houseflies got in through the screen door no matter what, landing to rub their little faces and tap the … Continue reading

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6/7/2020: The Lourdes Garage, 1963

J | M ➕ J The little shrine was close by, just right for an after-supper family outing. The Our Lady of Lourdes Garage Project started when a homeowner a few miles off turned his backyard garage into a prayer … Continue reading

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