faith · Uncategorized

How to be free of a good reputation…

  I remember the first time I experienced the fear of my own goodness.  Her name was Lynn, and she was an eccentric woman.  She was heavy-set, very tall, and her brunette hair was wild and wiry.  She talked loud, had an appetite like a truck driver, and she could weave a great story.  Her stories were… Continue reading How to be free of a good reputation…

faith · friendship · homeschooling · kids · motherhood · parenting

Sidetracked by Loneliness

Homeschooling can be a lonely business.  At times we home school mothers experience isolation so acutely that we feel derailed, lost, sidetracked.  This is a weird phenomenon given the fact that we are with our children all day each and every day- well, most days. Many factors contribute to loneliness, and each mother has a… Continue reading Sidetracked by Loneliness

friendship · poetry

The Friendzy

Maybe I should sit down. Maybe I’m tired. Blow smoke or tip a glass, Or not. Because I don’t smoke. Sounds good to me. Until it’s here…the moment…when I realize there’s no way. To make sense would be to hide away, But the crowd has left the room. The crowd does all the talking. To… Continue reading The Friendzy

books · faith · homeschooling · Uncategorized

Orthodox Education

An excerpt from the description of Sakharov‘s  I Love, Therefore I Am: The Theological Legacy of Archimandrite Sophrony. Because Fr Sophrony traversed the major religious and intellectual movements of our time, his spiritual make-up is enriched by various currents of thought. Notwithstanding this diversity, never does his theology transcend the boundaries set out by the Orthodox tradition.… Continue reading Orthodox Education

books · Lent

Faust & Frankenstein

“Es irrt der Mensch, so lang ‘er strebt” “Man must err, as long as he strives.”   When I told Father Gregory that I was reading Frankenstein he scolded me and said, “NOT during Lent.”  I reassured him that Frankenstein is the stuff Lent is made of…that it is a profound critique of one of… Continue reading Faust & Frankenstein

Christmas · cooking · family · food · homemaking · Nativity · winter

Christmas Dinner

I made a centerpiece for the Christmas table.  Just a simple arrangement of greenery in a vintage camping coffee pot.  This afternoon I am going shopping to purchase a new tablecloth.  My dining room doubles as our schoolroom which makes decorating and creating ambiance a bit of a challenge.  However, after some cleaning and rearranging I… Continue reading Christmas Dinner

faith · family · homeschooling · kids · motherhood · parenting · teenagers

What Teens Really Need

Yesterday, I was told a story about two very great kids we know, a young man and woman, who were caught in the library making out. I chuckled at the story…who knows if it is even true.  Both, age 16, come form great homes and are homeschooled.  Again I just chuckle…not because I am laughing… Continue reading What Teens Really Need