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….
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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 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….
When I reflect on this majestic sunset, I thank God for this striking tree line aflame with red and golden hued-leaves. Enhanced by the waning sun and the dark green background of Maine evergreens, it brings to mind the splendid imagery of the Shepherd King, David, in the Old Testament,[…} Read more….
These days we all seem to have such hectic lives…. Modern technology saves us time in so many ways, but the irony is we seem to have less and less time for things that really matter. Join us as we discuss the art of slowing down and make a conscious[…} Read more….
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….
Today, a woman told me her story. She awoke this morning after an incredibly telling dream. She dreamed she was driving on a highway when unexpectedly, the car in front of her slammed on brakes and came to an abrupt stop. With her children in the car, her life flashed[…} Read more….
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….
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….
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….
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….
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….