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.



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...
A Child Who Never Sleeps

A Child Who Never Sleeps

Sleep. It seems like the simplest thing in the world. At the end of the day, lie down, close your eyes, and drift off into blissful, restful, refreshing sleep. Only, for many of us, and for our children, it doesn’t work that way at all. It turns out, sleep isn’t...
Farewell, Beloved Dog

Farewell, Beloved Dog

William Wordsworth said, “poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.” And I think that’s true of all beautiful and powerful writing, not just poetry. But today, I don’t...
Traditional Sugar Cookies

Traditional Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are the classic, traditional, roll them out on the counter and cut them with cookie cutters cookies. They’re fun to do with kids. And because the glaze dries hard, you can stack these cookies on a tray, or pile them in a cookie jar, and they won’t...
Donate Books for Children

Donate Books for Children

On Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, books may not rate as high as food and air. But I can’t imagine life without them. They feed our minds, they nourish our hearts, they sustain our souls. If you’re like me, you have shelves full of books, and stacks of books on every...
The Parable of the Great Feast

The Parable of the Great Feast

When the priest began reading the Gospel at the Divine Liturgy yesterday, I felt my heart leap into my throat. It was the parable of the Great Feast. I had been talking about that parable on Saturday with a friend. The Parable of the Great Feast The Lord said this...