When names matter more than money

When names matter more than money

Bill is a huge fan of Steven King and Dean Koontz and Sue Grafton. He was reading Grafton’s J is for Justice, and at some point in the story, one of the characters makes vanilla and chocolate brownies. So, he told me, he decided to check and see if Grafton was on...
Book activities with The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Book activities with The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Even though I no longer have little ones in the house, I bring out my Christmas picture book collection on the first day of Advent. The books are a visible reminder that God is coming in the form of a little child. They help me prepare my heart for Christmas in ways...
Being Orthodox — with asthma

Being Orthodox — with asthma

Guest post by Jeanie Murphy When I developed asthma, thanks to a mold exposure, I suddenly found that liturgy was often unbearable. The incense was thick, the windows tightly shut, and the priest, apologetically, said he could not change this. I said that I...
Book activity: Hot chocolate mug project

Book activity: Hot chocolate mug project

In The Saint Nicholas Day Snow, Catherine and Elizabeth play outside in the snow until they’re so cold they have to go in. And Catherine’s mom makes them hot chocolate. You can extend the story by having your children make these hot chocolate mugs from popsicle sticks...
Looking for the real St. Nicholas

Looking for the real St. Nicholas

The stores are already filled with ornaments and decorations that feature a man with a big white beard, dressed all in red. He might have children with him, or a bag of toys. There might be Christmas trees in the background. There might be elves. Who is this man? How...
Sissy Goes Tiny: Living large in a small house

Sissy Goes Tiny: Living large in a small house

You’ve had days where you’ve contemplated giving away nearly everything you own and moving into a tiny house. Of course you have. We all have. But most of us don’t do it. You might love the idea of owning a few things, rather than having many things owning you. You...

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