Community: The Gift of Witness

Community: The Gift of Witness

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Recently, I shared some thoughts on what it means to live in […]

3 Exhausted Writers

3 Exhausted Writers

Yes, that’s Steve from Be the Bee with Scarlett! We watch his great videos at home. My kids are gonna be excited that we met him! So today was a full day of workshops at the Ancient Faith Writers and Podcasters Conference. We learned a lot from the fantastic speakers. We’ve met great people. It’s been awesome! I plan on […]

by · June 16, 2017 · 0 comments · Community Life
The Writers Arrived!

The Writers Arrived!

We made it to the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pennsylvania! We had a long drive with beautiful scenery along the way and a bonus state–we thought we were crossing 5 states to get to the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference but we also drove through West Virginia for about 20 minutes. So 3 Writers and 6 States after all! […]

by · June 15, 2017 · 0 comments · Community Life
3 Writers and 5 States Part 2

3 Writers and 5 States Part 2

Crop circles. AllState hands asking for a blessing. Philosophical questions about spiders. Talking about enjoying the freedom of not being in Wisconsin where we always run into people we know and then bang–two people recognize Brother Isaac in Illinois. Falafels ain’t so awful for lunch.   “Hell is for Real” billboards. Farm tables made for giants. Bathroom signs. Time travel–the […]

by · June 14, 2017 · 3 comments · Community Life
3 Writers and 5 States

3 Writers and 5 States

A monk, a Millenial, and a mom get in a car together to drive through 5 states for a writer’s conference–this should be quite an adventure! So Brother Isaac, my daughter Scarlett, and myself are on our way to the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference in Pennsylvania. We are on the road right now, so I’ll be blogging as […]

by · June 14, 2017 · 1 comment · Community Life
Community: Liturgy and Radical Individualism

Community: Liturgy and Radical Individualism

Lingering incense from liturgy the night before mixed with the smell of fresh flowers that decorate the empty tomb; bright lights filling the small chapel; the sanctuary veil swept aside, the holy doors flung wide open. These are the first things I experience when arriving for Agape Vespers on Pascha evening. Everyone in the chapel is that tired-to-your-bones exhausted after […]

A New Kind of Resurrection Part 1

A New Kind of Resurrection Part 1

As I sat outside on my porch this chilly morning, I was admiring the soft, subtle, and quiet way the sun comes up here in Wisconsin. The morning is alive with the song of the numerous and varied birds. Chirps and coos and even a loud screech from a hawk are what I heard while I admired the daffodils and […]

Lessons From the Jelly Bean Mix

Lessons From the Jelly Bean Mix

Every Pascha (Easter) I add 4 lbs of 49 different flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans to our basket which is blessed on Pascha night. Every year Manny and I are searching the container, weeding through Black Licorice, Peach, Cantaloupe, Buttered Popcorn, and other oddball flavors that most don’t care much for in my family, looking for the coveted Very Cherry […]

by · May 1, 2017 · 0 comments · Daily Life, Family
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