Category Archives: Faith and Religion

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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Retreating to the Mountains

Kuan Yin

I spent a week doing Tai Chi at the Rigdzin Ling retreat center of the Chagdud Gompa Tibetan Buddhist association in the Trinity Alps in Northern California. On the sunny days, when we did some of our practice outdoors, we … Continue reading

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Fungi of northern Illinois

This summer has been good for fungi in northern Illinois because it was wet, then dry, then wet, then dry, and mostly cool. On our walks through woods in the Chicago metropolitan area my husband and I have seen a lot of fun fungi. Here are some samples, sortakinda identified. Continue reading

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Early autumn kayaking

Crows will hang around and harrass anything up to and including a bulldozer, if they think they know something to itseak-fungus-on-log dispraise that they can repeat at the top of their lungs. Think fourth-graders on a playground. These guys hadn’t a hope of budging the eagle, but you can see this one is determined to keep an eye on it. Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Evolution

double helix

Toward the end of my last year in high school, my speech teacher gave us copies of a textbook the district was considering adopting. I only remember one thing about it: in the front was an errata page that said … Continue reading

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