Welcome to Orthodox Holy Week

The moon is so bright you could probably read by it. The first full moon of Spring marks Passover. The Jewish holiday (remember Christ was born into a Jewish family. He came first for the Jews, was rejected and then adopted the Gentiles. We are the wild olive branches.) Romans 11:17 Now if some of … Continue reading Welcome to Orthodox Holy Week

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Struggling with Christian female identity

As I watched a program the other day on which two men were dressed as women in garish, bright yellow dresses, I lamented the state of our nation. Not just for this, but for so many things we are getting wrong in America right now. As a protestant woman, there are pressures put upon us … Continue reading Struggling with Christian female identity

How the Ecumenical Councils Helped form & Define Christianity

“We refuse to take on the idea that any of the Church’ canons are obsolete or subject to review … To think otherwise, it means to place yourself above the Church and to oppose with your own limited experience, the eternal and infallible experience of the Church guided by the Holy Spirit.  Never had any … Continue reading How the Ecumenical Councils Helped form & Define Christianity

Why be a monastic? (I)

via Why be a monastic? (I) I can't help but wonder if American Orthodox parents talk to their children about being monastics? I see in the article that many monastics had to go through flames to get to their monasteries. America is so very unused to monasticism. We have seen caricatures of monks and nuns … Continue reading Why be a monastic? (I)

Please forgive me

This post should have been written last Saturday for forgiveness vespers. I'm jealous. Jealous of successful bloggers and writers. I have been blogging for decades and have very little to show for it. Perhaps because I have such a hard time focusing on any one topic. there are so many interesting things out in the … Continue reading Please forgive me

Light box set up

How do you set up your light source for botanical illustration? Quite a bit of paper, ink and conversation has gone into proper light source set up. When i was taking classes at the Denver School of Botanical Illustration, there were a couple of options given for light box construction. One was a foam core … Continue reading Light box set up