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 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...
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...

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