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.



How to love strangers: Lessons in philoxenia

How to love strangers: Lessons in philoxenia

It’s Tuesday, so I should have another picture book review for you. In fact, I’ve been trying to review a lovely picture book about a queen and a Christmas tree. But the news over the last week has been so bleak and so sad that I haven’t been able to write about...
Holiday gift guide for Orthodox families

Holiday gift guide for Orthodox families

If you’re looking for something special for an Orthodox Christian child, you’ll find it on this list. The list includes books, of course. Because books. But don’t miss the other gift ideas! Most of them are hand-made. They’re beautiful,...
Outside-the-box kids and Sundays of the Paralytic

Outside-the-box kids and Sundays of the Paralytic

Guest post by Anastasia K. Bond And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. -Mark 2:4 (NKJV) When you’re the parent of...
How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?

How do you celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos?

Are there things you do every year to celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos? I didn’t grow up Orthodox. So I didn’t grow up having customs and traditions for all of the Orthodox feasts. I wish I had. I love the liturgical calendar. Honestly, it’s one of the things...
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...

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