Early mornings are the best. Those dawn hours when the sun has broken over the horizon but the world is still sleeping; the hours of slow wake-up, sounds of birds breaking the silence of night. It is early morning and right now it is easy for me to believe that someday this will all be redeemed. … Continue reading Until Then….
There are times when I feel like life has exploded, as though all parts of it collide and nothing goes the way it is supposed to go. From unexpected expenses to surprise illnesses, life laughs in the face of our careful planning, mocks our ideas of control, and smiles sarcastically at our shocked expressions. I'm … Continue reading The Resilient Orthodox – Explosions of Life
About two months ago I wrote this piece, and for some strange reason it disappeared. I've rewritten it and added to it so decided to post it again. I would love to hear what your experience is in "going back". ***** We were always on our way. Rolling up our sleeves Ever moving forward In … Continue reading “The Only Way to Go, is to Go Back”
My Godmother came into my life around four years ago. At the time, I didn't know she would be my Godmother. In fact, she didn't know she would be my Godmother. When I first asked her to be my Godmother, she looked at me with not a little terror in her eyes. At that moment, … Continue reading The Resilient Orthodox: Pepper & Salt
It is Monday morning and I walk through weekend trash to get to work. The tourists are either long gone, or still asleep in hotel rooms; the homeless are just waking in doorways and shelters across the city. As I walk, I think about my friend whose father died last Thursday. The news came late … Continue reading Monday Morning: Wake up & Remember What is Real
It's early morning. The day is waking to summer in all its blue-skyed glory. Birds sing and chirp loud in chorus - a liturgical chant to welcome the day. I am standing at our icon corner, the place in our home where we say our morning and evening prayers. It is here where I … Continue reading Reflections on Morning and Evening Prayers
"If you were giving a talk on teen pregnancy to a conservative, faith-based group who cares, what messages would you want to convey?" A couple of years ago I asked this question of someone in our family planning division at work. I was serious. I wanted her perspective. She did not hesitate. "I would tell … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Teen Pregnancy
My nephew, Tim, and his wife and baby are moving. They have been living in Mexico for the past two years, and their time has come to an end. When they joined the Foreign Service, they knew that theirs would be a life of hellos and goodbyes; that boxes and moving trucks would periodically turn … Continue reading Where Our Experiences Find Life
Sometimes no matter how much you drink, you're still dry and thirsty. In faith you keep drinking, knowing that one day the season will pass.
In a faded, old photo album I read the words "Family makes you feel whole and strong - vibrant and needed." The words are typed on an ancient typewriter, long gone in our travels and moves from house to house and country to country. The pictures that surround the words have lost their color and … Continue reading I Like Family – Family is my Favorite
I am on medical leave. For the first time in many, many years I have time. I am not moving. I am not job hunting. I am not on limited vacation time. Instead, my full time job right now is to heal. It is one of the hardest jobs I've ever done. Here's why: Healing … Continue reading The Full Time Job of Healing
Gunmen Kill at Least 28 Coptic Christians in Egypt The headline spares nothing, except that there were children. I numbly read the article describing the pilgrimage. The group was headed to St. Samuel Monastery for a pilgrimage when pick up trucks reportedly drove up to the busses and began firing automatic weapons. I read as … Continue reading On Monasteries, Children, and Loving Our Enemies
"All the world feels caught in these goodbyes, goodbyes that bruise and hurt but remind us that our hearts are still soft and alive. For a dead heart doesn’t hurt with a goodbye, only a heart alive to others feels the pain of that goodbye, the difficulty of leaving….” From the Goodbye section of Between … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Parenting and Goodbyes
Sun shines through lace half-curtains, creating a whimsical shadow on the floor. Through open windows, birds are loudly and happily communicating the joy of what life brings to them. It is a picture-perfect day - and it is also absolutely quiet in our home. Everyone is gone. For the past eight days, there have been … Continue reading Everyone’s Gone!
I've woken early today. Only the birds sing outside, alerting me that it is spring. I have been on hospital time since Friday. It's a strange, twilight time where what we think of as important vanishes, in its place comes a subdued submission to all of life. Hospital time is well-known to many - the … Continue reading Hospital Time
"Home is a human place. Instinctively, each of us, male and female, knows the sound of its welcome - and the joy of our possible return. Readers - Today I am at A Life Overseas talking with Jen Pollock Michel about her newly released book Keeping Place - Reflections on the Meaning of Home. Will … Continue reading A Life Overseas – On Home and Keeping Place
"I think surgery is the best, maybe only, option." I'm not surprised to hear these words from the surgeon sitting across from me. Aside from his appearance (he looks like he is 12) I think I trust him. I did the google on him, and evidently his competent 12 year old hands and brain have … Continue reading On Vanity and “Skiing Accidents”
I awake with that Holy Ache. If there is any time I feel this acutely it's on Monday mornings, where I try to move between a resurrection Sunday and the real-world Monday. Where I move from the weekend rest and peace, to the week day chaos and problems. We who are human know this Holy … Continue reading That Holy Ache