Category Archives: Uncategorized

5/9/21: Paving the Day

“…[G]et out of bed, take a shower, get dressed, eat your breakfast, go outside, and talk to people. Even if you feel miserable, smile and pretend you’re happy. Your emotions will conform to your actions, at least somewhat.” Arthur C. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

4/17/21: Chapel Appreciation Day

All was quiet at the Fatima shrine on Monastery Hill in Brighton. Soon a procession of the faithful would gather here to conclude the monthly rosary rally. But first, they were assembling at St. Gabriel’s up the hill for evening … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

4/11/21: A Harvick Social Call

Needless to say, I made up the names and swapped around obvious details. The visit really happened though. A secret to this day. Our publisher sent me bicycling over to the glam edge of town, to courier an important floppy … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good Friday, 2021: Message in the Bin

One of the brothers was wronged by another. He came to Abba Sisoes, saying “My brother has hurt me, and I want to avenge myself.” Abba Sisoes pleaded with him in vain to leave vengeance to God. Finally, Abba said “Brother, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

3/11/21: Calling Security (or, You Really Oughta Be in Pictures)

Being detained by Security was only one small part of a day that was not going well. The guard (strong build, square jaw, sharp gaze, raised voice, military air of authority) kept me for 20 minutes of rapid-fire inquiry before … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments