• Reflection on Being in Church

    Here is another perspective on attendance at our Holy Orthodox Worship: “As a harbor in the sea, shielded from winds and waves, provides complete safety to the ships that enter it, so also does God’s house, as if wrenching those who enter it from the storms of worldly activity, allow[…} Read more….

  • On Step Families: Family Insights Podcast Series

    Join us as we discuss step families, often a difficult subject to navigate, particularly during the holidays.  We discuss how they are created, and navigating how to become a family for the children by honoring their feelings and sense of belonging, as well as how children adjust to what is[…} Read more….

  • Paleo + Vegan = God Only Knows!

    Paleo and Vegan!  Can you say those two words together in the same sentence?  Well, let’s see… I’m mostly Paleo; but, right now I’m vegan.  That doesn’t sound right does it? And, why do we call ourselves words that identify us with a particular diet?  While camping next to a[…} Read more….

  • Sunday Lunch: Living Off The Scraps Of This World

    Walking along Cape Elizabeth, south of Portland, Maine, I recently encountered up close a friendly sea gull. It wasn’t afraid because it had grown accustomed to visitors feeding the bird the leftovers from their lunch. In nature, sea gulls eat live food or scavenge for crabs and small fish. Gulls[…} Read more….

  • Joyously Preparing for Christ’s Birth during the Nativity Fast

    The ​Nativity ​fast ​will ​begin ​on ​November ​15, ​marking ​a ​time ​for ​us ​to ​prepare ​our ​hearts ​for Christ’s ​birth. ​As ​Orthodox ​families, ​we ​want ​to ​celebrate ​this ​time ​with ​joyous, ​hopeful expectation–​not ​just ​with ​sad ​meals ​of ​cabbage ​soup. ​Here ​are ​some ​ideas ​for ​things ​you​ ​can ​do ​to[…} Read more….

  • Sunday Lunch: Renewing Ourselves At Daybreak

    Sunrises inspire us to look skyward and outside of ourselves. They encompass the visible world for as far as we can see. Sunrises cannot be created by us; they transcend our everyday spatial associations. They cause us to wonder and be thankful that we are alive. They lead us to[…} Read more….

  • Sunday Lunch: More Than Meets the Eye

    Growing up, I often heard senior family members encourage less experienced youth to “Stop, and take time to smell the roses.” Teachers would repeat the expression to motivate pupils to look beyond their immediate focus, which ultimately would bring new insights. Parents and counselors used it to inspire us to[…} Read more….

  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Souls: Seek Joy

    I saw an image on television today of what looked like a tantalizing dessert, the caption that followed was, “This is happiness.” I thought for a moment, “is that happiness?” Well perhaps. The first bite for sure, maybe the subsequent few that follow. After that, we are likely satiated on[…} Read more….

  • Sunday Lunch: Giving More to Our Families

    Our children are full of questions… “Why does the wind blow?” “Where do clouds come from?” “What makes a rainbow?” As parents, we are challenged to help them understand and learn. Often, we wish we had more religious resources to offer to our families. Toward that aim, His Eminence Metropolitan[…} Read more….

  • Held by the Saints

    Often when I’m in church, I look at the icons surrounding me, and this sense of peace overwhelms me. I feel held by the stories of the lives of the saints. When I was first exploring Orthodoxy, I was excited to learn more of the saints’ stories, but I soon[…} Read more….

  • Sunday Lunch: Two Words That Can Define Us

    Two words that can change a mood instantly are “thank you.” In fact, growing up in the ‘60s, I learned that by not offering these words after receiving a kind gesture or word from others, others might surmise I lacked a proper upbringing. For my parents, that would have been[…} Read more….

  • Are Smartphones Hurting Our Kids?

    “God was the reason of true faith and good behavior and of the knowledge of technology among people. While people continually felt God above them, before them, and around them, in the same way air and light is felt, they attributed and dedicated all their technological works and handiwork to Him,[…} Read more….

On Step Families: Family Insights Podcast Series

Join us as we discuss step families, often a difficult subject to navigate, particularly during the holidays.  We discuss how they are created, and navigating how to become a family for the children by honoring their feelings and sense of belonging, as well as how children adjust to what is[…} Read more….

Paleo + Vegan = God Only Knows!

Paleo and Vegan!  Can you say those two words together in the same sentence?  Well, let’s see… I’m mostly Paleo; but, right now I’m vegan.  That doesn’t sound right does it? And, why do we call ourselves words that identify us with a particular diet?  While camping next to a[…} Read more….

Sunday Lunch: Look Up and See!

One recent fall afternoon, I had the great fortune to walk along the shore of a quiet seaside town in mid-coast Maine. There were different types of boats and buoys in the quiet harbor. The impressive autumn foliage at water’s edge framed a remarkable panoramic view. The scene filled me[…} Read more….

Sunday Lunch: Living Off The Scraps Of This World

Walking along Cape Elizabeth, south of Portland, Maine, I recently encountered up close a friendly sea gull. It wasn’t afraid because it had grown accustomed to visitors feeding the bird the leftovers from their lunch. In nature, sea gulls eat live food or scavenge for crabs and small fish. Gulls[…} Read more….

Joyously Preparing for Christ’s Birth during the Nativity Fast

The ​Nativity ​fast ​will ​begin ​on ​November ​15, ​marking ​a ​time ​for ​us ​to ​prepare ​our ​hearts ​for Christ’s ​birth. ​As ​Orthodox ​families, ​we ​want ​to ​celebrate ​this ​time ​with ​joyous, ​hopeful expectation–​not ​just ​with ​sad ​meals ​of ​cabbage ​soup. ​Here ​are ​some ​ideas ​for ​things ​you​ ​can ​do ​to[…} Read more….

Sunday Lunch: Renewing Ourselves At Daybreak

Sunrises inspire us to look skyward and outside of ourselves. They encompass the visible world for as far as we can see. Sunrises cannot be created by us; they transcend our everyday spatial associations. They cause us to wonder and be thankful that we are alive. They lead us to[…} Read more….

Sunday Lunch: More Than Meets the Eye

Growing up, I often heard senior family members encourage less experienced youth to “Stop, and take time to smell the roses.” Teachers would repeat the expression to motivate pupils to look beyond their immediate focus, which ultimately would bring new insights. Parents and counselors used it to inspire us to[…} Read more….

Healthy Minds, Healthy Souls: Seek Joy

I saw an image on television today of what looked like a tantalizing dessert, the caption that followed was, “This is happiness.” I thought for a moment, “is that happiness?” Well perhaps. The first bite for sure, maybe the subsequent few that follow. After that, we are likely satiated on[…} Read more….