Category Archives: Faith and Religion

BVC Eats: Australian-style Latkes

I haven’t made latkes yet this season because every day of Hanukkah so far has been above 30 degrees. I live in a Celsius country, so this means we’ve got a warm summer ahead of us.  I don’t have a … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 3: Ancient Gods & Goddesses

Note: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece–ahem, 35 years ago–I have been longing to return to this magical land of myth, history, and dramatic landscapes. I recently returned from a fabulous 3-week return trip there, to research additional settings … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Goes off-Message

Do you have a tarot deck? I have three, but this in no way compares to friends of mine who own dozens—collectors, maybe, but definitely users of the fortune-telling cards. I am a pure amateur, but my favorite is the … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Quaker Wisdom

No clear impressions, either from above or from without, can be received by a mind turbid with excitement and agitated by a crowd of distractions. The stillness needed for the clear shining of light within is incompatible with hurry. ~ … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Where Do You Go to Church?

Henry VIII

I grew up in the Bible Belt, so it’s not surprising that so many of my youthful memories are tied to religion. A certain kind of Christianity was integrated into the culture so thoroughly that it was impossible to avoid. … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Church, the Space Program, and Hidden Figures

Friendship 7

When I think about the space program, I think about the Episcopal Church. The small town where I grew up was founded by Quakers, though a more conservative branch of them than the ones associated with the American Friends Service … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Finding an Inner Guide to Political Action

Like many others, I did not sleep well on election night or the following nights. Shock and dismay had hijacked my mind. I felt as if I had been catapulted into a very dark Twilight Zone episode. My thoughts went … Continue reading

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Controlled burns in Lake County forest preserves

Like most things about this planet, the smell of a controlled burn makes you realize the sheer size of nature, the immense number of living things surrounding us, and the power of an element like fire to transform. Continue reading

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Feeding frenzy on St. Pete Beach

I go to St. Pete Beach for the Novelists Inc. conference, but I love the nature scene there, too. My husband and I walk on the shore every morning, hoping to spot dolphins. This year, because of winds, tide, the … Continue reading

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Slava

Where I come from, under the wing of the Orthodox Christian church, birthdays  have long been secondary in importance to one’s  “Imendan” (name-day) which is celebrated on the day that belongs to the saint after whom one is named. It … Continue reading

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