Are we making ourselves obsolete?

I like to gather stories. From episodic t.v. to the people I encounter daily, I like to steep in their stories. They are the little satchels of tea, I am the hot water. Transformed into something better after each encounter.

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Now, I am not talking about people who never seem to be finished telling everyone around them their woes. I am talking about stories. I sometimes feel as if I am a walking journal collecting bits and pieces of people’s lives.

Two great places to do this are; the library, and the grocery store. Unfortunately, these two places of diverse human interaction are becoming more and more automated, and more and more soulless.

I know about, K’s love of Civil War reenactments. He tells me about how well his new horse is doing acclimating to the sound of his pistol firing.

U tells me about her husband who is an over the road truck driver (another profession threatened by automation).

C just retired. I see her once and a while because we shop in the same part of town, but I miss seeing her on a regular basis.

On gal’s story will most likely stay with me until the day I die. She worked at the local library. She and I would talk about funky movies and make recommendations to one another. Her husband died suddenly. No prolonged illness. Just dead one day. Heart attack. She slowly grieved herself to death. I could not bring myself to attend her memorial service. My heart felt like it had been nailed to the floor when I heard the news.

I know about, A’s sister who made cute bracelets out of beads and put a little angel bead on each one. She sold them on Etsy. I know this because I bought one. I bought it from, A, not off Etsy.

My community is dying and it’s all because of technology. Obviously, I don’t mind using technology, to a certain extent. when it begins to tear apart the very fabric of society and culture, when it destroys what it means to be human, THEN I have a problem.

Is America so greedy in its pursuit of the almighty dollar that we cannot invest, even a tiny bit, in keeping people in service jobs?

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Orlando Jones as an A.I. librarian in the movie, The Time Machine 2002.

Don’t people just think they are clever inventing self driving cars, automated teller machines (ATMs), self check out stands at the libraries and the grocery stores? It’s not much to brag about when you stop and take a moment to really think about the impact it is having on our society.

All of these electronic devices are hackable. Hacking is becoming so prevalent that some credit card companies are beginning to wash their hands from any responsibility in helping you find, let alone, get back your money. The, ‘oh well tough break’ mentality is spreading. Your information is not safe. It never was and it is only going to get worse.

The more you give up, the more will be taken. Your grocery store loyalty card will be used against you in the very near future. It will tattle on you to your insurance company. You will be denied healthcare if you drink too much, don’t exercise enough, or eat too much butter or beef. It will all be monitored by the things you willingly signed up for thinking you were making your life easier. All the while, you are being lulled into a false sense of community through online social media, and multi-player video games.

Remember when electronic book devices came out? People were so excited. Commercials mocked the Luddites who still preferred books to book reading devices. Now, there is a trend of going back to paper books (some of use never left).

People are also trying to build pockets of community. We were created for community. We were created to do better among other people. We are intended to take care of one another. How do you take care of people when you take away their jobs? No provision is being made to take care of people who are being left high and dry and jobless due to automation. We are still a society that runs on money. If you take away everyone’s jobs who will have money left to buy your stuff? How long will it take for us to realize what a huge mistake was made in giving ourselves over to machines? I hope this realization comes before it is too late. Sometimes, once released, the genie just will not go back into the bottle.




Working hard to let it go

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Confession was interesting last night. I realized I had been judgemental and prideful (per usual). How has this any different than other confessions of pride, or having a judgemental attitude?I was feeling these things towards those still in the world of Protestantism. I was proud of myself for getting out of it and judgemental of those who are still clinging fast to the falsehoods it teaches and embracing them as truths. How very wrong of me… and dangerous.

We are all where we re and in need of the light of Christ to shine in our hearts via The Holy Spirit. Christianity has become a battle ground. Those who speak in tongues vs. those who do not. Those for head covering vs. those who are not. Meat eaters vs. vegetarians. It goes on and on. Where is the mercy? Why do we not show one another the grace we so desperately demand from God? No more. I’m not telling you you are wrong to do what you do. Those days, I hope, are over. I am telling myself to straighten up and fly right.

Why would I care what Protestants do? I am no longer one of them. My days in the three ring circus are over.



Happy Thanksgiving!

Last night, we didn’t have a large number of people in the catecumen class. There were 2-3 people who were actual catecumens and the other 6 were already baptized members of the Orthodox Church. Our priest did a round table discussion for most of the class. “What surprised you the most about the Orthodox Church when you first started coming?’ he asked.

Many answered, ‘Freedom.’… including me.

You might think that in a church environment where ancient traditions are still practiced that freedom would be the last thing you would encounter. You would be mistaken.

It is traditional on Thanksgiving Day to talk about the things for which you are grateful. I am so grateful for the Orthodox Church. For the love, the mercy, the extended family both here on earth on in the thrown room of heaven. God is merciful and He loves mankind. He loves YOU.

Many years… Matrona.

W.I.P Illuminated Alphabet

Water Color pencil- Faber Castell

It used to bother me in school when my teachers would insist that I show them my work. I tend to work more intuitively. It’s hard to show your work when you did not start out with a plan. Now that I am an artist, I don’t like it when other artists do not ‘show their work’… their ‘process’. How did you get from A to B? When people do not show the process, and just do a ‘reveal’ once everything is perfect, it can be a bit discouraging. Especially for new artists.

In the above photo, I have applied water color pencil to an image of an illuminated letter. It is one of the letters left over from the Basic Illuminated Alphabet class I took at the beginning of November. As you can see, things got a bit messy. It is fixable. It may end up being one of the easiest fixes I have ever done, but I wanted you to see that not every step in the process needs to be perfect in order to end up with a beautiful piece of artwork you love.

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Flu shot truth

Please watch this video and do research, real research from people who have experienced tragedy related to vaccines, before you go out and get a flu shot this year, or before you continue to blindly vaccinate your children.

It just does not make sense to think that in a time of advanced medicine, nutrition, and hygiene- such as at the levels we have today, that we would need MORE vaccines and not less. If you take care of yourself; wash your hands (get under your nails with a brush, use warm water and soap), take vitamin C (garlic and oregano are excellent sources of vitamin C- make a tasty chicken or beef stew!) , use elderberry syrup, reduce your sugar and grains intake, eat good meats, dairy, eggs, and fats your health should improve if it is a bit ‘iffy’ or remain steady if you are already in good health. If your body is already weak from eating poor quality foods, it cannot fight of additional illness.

Elderberries contain antioxidants to protect cells from damage.

Stop feeding your children ‘convenience foods’. The illnesses they contract through lowered immune systems brought on by eating too many processed foods, or eating vegan, is more expensive than eating healthy.


Items of interest


I like to have spaces that contain favorite items. I think this will be fun to draw and I intend to do so soon.

Observe the light on the form, the cast shadow, the highlights. It all contributes toward giving everything a 3 dimensional appearance.

There are rough edges, smooth surfaces, dips & rises to catch light or create shadow. Jagged edges, rounded corners, etc.

What are you doing to keep those creative juices going? keep drawing. Keep practicing.

American history and poetry

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I am an advocate of reading. I believe it is never too late to give yourself what you were denied, by your hand or someone else’s, while you were growing up. I have been puttering away reading the great American classics. This endeavor was interrupted by a couple of art classes I took in the late summer/early fall.

I am back at it now. I decided to visit the website of, Harvard University to see what’s going on in their free, online studies. I found a not free online study of American poetry that is also linked to programs being broadcast on public television. Links provided at the end of the post.

I grew up learning that America was founded by Christians and Catholics. There are some who wish to re-write American history and say that we did not start out as a Christian nation. to them I wish to show this nugget of truth that upholds the belief that we are a nation founded on the blood, sweat and tears of Christian pilgrims, colonists, and missionaries.

Here is an excerpt from the journal of a man who was aboard the Mayflower. Clearly coming to America and establishing it as a Christian nation was part of the agenda of King James.

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant, and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony: unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names; Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord King James, of England, France and Ireland eighteenth and of Scotland fifty-fourth, Anno Domini 1620.

I thought it would be a good idea to share this since we are gearing up to soon celebrate, Thanksgiving. To read more of the journal click this LINK.

Should you also wish to read more, here are some links to what is being read at, Harvard University.

Here are a few suggestions to make what you read more meaningful.  Look up any word or phrase that you do not understand. Reading is not just about reading what is there before you on the page. Reading is exploring with your mind. Do not give up. We used to be an agrarian society (we grew and raised our own food) of explorers and hunters. Do not judge the past by modern ideals and values. We do not have all the answers and neither did they. They were doing the best they could with what they had, and what they knew. Put away your prejudices and judgements. These people are long dead but they live on in what they wrote. Be respectful even if you disagree with what they wrote or how they lived their lives.

I never wanted to read about Gandhi because he was a racist, and a pedophile. A younger and wiser person suggested that I do anyway so that I may intelligently contribute to conversations about the man and what he did. His biography is now on my, ‘To Read’ list.

You may not believe in God, or you may be of a different religion than of those who originally settled America. The bible used to be required reading (perhaps it still is) as part of a classical education. This was done to help students understand the point of view of the people about whom they were reading. Many people during the settlement of America could not read and heard scripture through church services. Those who could read usually read the King James version of the bible. My suggestion to you should you wish to read the bible as a study aid or to understand original Christianity would be to purchase a copy of the Orthodox Christian Study Bible. This translation is more accurate than the King James bible and it contains books of the bible omitted in the King James version. You could do a side by side comparison of the two books if you want to see the differences.

Back to the original point of this post. America has its own rich, literary history. Reading poetry, the classics, biographies, etc. is not a waste of time. It takes time, yes but what else are you going to do? Binge-watch fifteen seasons of a t.v. show based loosely on the themes of classic literature or read the originals and form your own opinions?

Here are the promised Harvard links so that you may embark on your own reading voyage.

Free programs from Harvard

The syllabus from the not-free poetry class. This link contains the list of poems you will need to look up. It does not provide the pdf’s.

This link takes you to the shows connected to the Poetry in America class offered by Harvard.

This is a link to one of the poems by Anne Bradstreet titled, Contemplations.

Happy reading.


Illuminated Alphabet Workshop

Page from the Book of Kells.

Perhaps some day I will be proficient enough to create something so wondrous, but today is not that day.

Yesterday, I participated in an Illuminated Alphabet workshop held at my temple in our dining hall. I’m hooked.

Another participant working on the letter, ‘V‘.

The city in which I live is more focused on athletics and outdoor sports than it tends to be on the arts. For an artist who does not like to get sweaty or dirty, this can be a soul sucking issue. I decided to take matters into my own hands and start coordinating artist workshops. Hence the workshop yesterday.


If you love art/creating, do not let yourself be denied the opportunity to create. Even if you must coordinate events and bringing other participants, do it. Your soul needs this… you know that it does. Our God is a Creator-god. He created us, and the world in which we live. Since you are created in His image it stands to reason that you have an innate desire within you to create. Except for vandalism (graffiti) get out there and create. Call up your friends and schedule time for community (if you want to that is). Many artists are introverts and prefer to create alone. However, once and a while it can be good to create in a group to share ideas and techniques.

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Illuminated Ethiopian prayer book (not from class).

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What I worked on in class.


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