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.



Out-of-the-box kids and Sundays of the Paralytic

Out-of-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...
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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