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.



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...
The Giant Cookie Test

The Giant Cookie Test

One of the most effective tools in my parenting toolbox is the Giant Cookie Test. Let me tell you about it. When my kids were really small, I assumed that if they didn’t do what I told them to do, they were being disobedient. And I would get angry with them because of...
Four Tips for Talking with Children about Despondency

Four Tips for Talking with Children about Despondency

Part 2 of a two-part guest post by Nicole Roccas, PhD; read part 1 here In this follow-up guest post, I’d like to discuss four strategies we can use to better equip children to face their own battles with despondency in meaningful and ultimately hopeful ways....
Can Children Struggle with Despondency?

Can Children Struggle with Despondency?

Part 1 of a two-part guest post by Nicole Roccas, PhD When I initially wrote Time and Despondency, I didn’t expect that one of the biggest groups to express interest in the topic of despondency would be parents concerned for their children. Yet, in the months...
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...

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