An Orthodox Life

Some of the joys and struggles of my Orthodox life: books and reading, family and friends, words, tea, disability, and a dog.



Saturday morning muffin disaster

Saturday morning muffin disaster

You can tell, when I post recipes, that I’m not a food blogger. I’m just someone on a restricted diet who loves good food and likes to cook and to share recipes with my friends. But the recipe I tried today, I’m not going to share with you. Because it was a Saturday...
A Glutton for Time

A Glutton for Time

I still remember a conversation I had when I was in college, some forty years ago. While we were waiting for the professor to show up, we were talking about what we were going to do with our lives after college. And most of us were conscientious over-achievers. And...
A Hole in the Universe: When Grief is Harder Than You Expected

A Hole in the Universe: When Grief is Harder Than You Expected

When my father died, in 2004, I was surprised at how hard the grief hit me. I had known, for a very long time, that he was dying. It wasn’t a surprise. And yet it was harder, when he died, than it was when my mom had died four years earlier. I didn’t...
A Christmas Eve Snow and the Chaos of Christmas

A Christmas Eve Snow and the Chaos of Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, and it’s snowing. We live in the Pacific Northwest; our house is about 40 feet above sea level. It doesn’t snow here often. Snow throws everything into chaos. My kids are baking cookies for their grandma, who may or may not come...
When I’m Reading The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

When I’m Reading The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

My new book, The Saint Nicholas Day Snow, is now available. And I’ll be doing read-alouds for children and their parents and friends at local events and bookstores. The Neverending Bookshop, Bothell This Saturday, November 18, at 1 o’clock, I’ll be at The Neverending...

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