Raven

In my article for next month’s Sofia – our parish’s monthly ‘zine, I give a mention to animals considered unclean in the Old Testament and mention the raven, which acted as God’s servant in feeding Elijah.  The word of the month in my...

Lent Begins/Readings

Today is Clean Monday – the beginning of Lent!  One of the cool features of Orthodox Lent is that the weekday daily readings change from a Gospel selection and a reading from the NT letters or Acts to readings from the three parts of the Old Testament –...

Hot Cocoa

Today’s assignment – hot cocoa – is something I almost never have, although the Black Friday rugby that I blogged about did feature hot cocoa at the half to fortify us (and yes, it does taste even better with rum, as we discovered).  Fr. Peck does...

Day 37: Vegetables

One of my favorite topics!  As you can see from the subject, this is day 37 of the exercise, so we have three more days until Christmas.  And as I write this – late December in Massachusetts – I have three crops still growing to yield in our garden –...

Day 35: Handmade Gift

Today’s charge in the 40 Days of Blogging exercise is to write about what kind of handmade gift we would like, since originally Christmas gifts were homemade.  My whole take on Christmas is to get away from the gift-giving, since this is one of the main reasons...