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12/1/2018: Ukrainian Music: Yuriy Fedynsky (Юрій Фединський)

Yuriy Fedynsky  builds, plays, and teaches traditional musical instruments. With a  background in classical piano, living in North Carolina he heard his grandmother and mother speak Ukrainian, and felt inspired to learn the language and to travel to Ukraine to … Continue reading

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11/30/18: Manger Scenes

There’s an exhibit in town of 500 or so Nativity scenes from 120 countries. Some are family heirlooms; many were brought back by missionaries the world over. I walked in out of a windswept rain for a look, and gosh … Continue reading

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Back Through the Looking Glass

Thanksgiving Day was fine. Going to church, gathering fallen leaves and flowers to make little bouquets for the neighbors, writing holiday cards, learning a new Sacred Harp song (“Sweet Solitude,”  Hannah More, 1835), learning how to tune & play a scale … Continue reading

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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, part of the random background of life: logo, mascot, color scheme, 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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