I’ve found over the years that people prefer to point out others’ faults rather than deal with their own. After all, if I can show you all of your shortcomings…I look a whole lot better to myself and everyone around me. There is popular saying among Orthodox...Read More
A friend of mine posted on facebook about his top six books that influenced his life. He asked others to share theirs as well. (Basically in response to an article Amazon wrote on top books to read before you die based more on popularity than intrinsic value.) I responded...Read More
Saint John Chrysostom
I’ve had so many thoughtful comments – posted on my blog, via text, private messages on facebook, and by email that I wanted to respond with a big thank you post. All of you are amazing!Read More
I’ve found over the years that people prefer to point out others’ faults rather than deal with their own. After all, if I can show you all of your shortcomings…I look a whole lot better to myself and everyone around me.Read More
I heard my uncle say many years ago that he could tell a lot about a person’s personality by how they play a game of cards. Are they competitive, strategic, forgiving, begrudging, quiet, manipulative, selfish, selfless, fickle, easy going? Ever since then I’ve made it a game within a game when I play cards with people. How do people react to getting a good or poor hand? How do they deal with it? Fascinating stuff…but then again…I think I get more enjoyment seeing the players’ personalities emerge than actually playing the game myself. So what does that say about me?!
I’ve been thinking about the analogy of card playing and life for several days now. I’ve received many difficult cards over the years that I was neither allowed to put back in the deck nor switch with someone else. I learned long ago that pining for someone else’s cards and ignoring your own does nothing to help you play the ones you’re holding in your hand. They’re mine and I have to think about how I want to best play them.Read More
A friend of mine posted on facebook about his top six books that influenced his life. He asked others to share theirs as well. (Basically in response to an article Amazon wrote on top books to read before you die based more on popularity than intrinsic value.)
I responded with a list of six books but the more I thought about it, the more I thought of other books as well. These are not simply my “favorite” books. These are books that, without a doubt, had a lasting impression on me in one way or another. In some cases, they were the catalyst for further research and learning on my part and in others, I find myself continuously referring back to them when I’m writing about that particular topic or as a refresher.
I did not put the following books in any specific order but I did write a very short snippet of why these books are important to me below each one.
Please share the most influential books in your life below. I’m looking forward to reading your responses!Read More
A stranger taught me a valuable and incredibly humbling lesson today. We went to a neighboring parish this morning for Liturgy for the feast day of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Afterwards, we went downstairs to have breakfast with everyone. (A friend of mine and her family attend this parish.)
While we were waiting for Father to finish in the church and then come to bless the food, a woman came up to me and began to tell me about a product I needed to buy so the hair on my head would grow back.Read More
*Apparently, if you’re on your phone, some of the photos below will be sideways. They will not, however, be sideways if you are on your computer. I have no idea why.
I guess I’m big on teaching life skills to my kids. Life skills, for me, are anything from math and reading to basic cleaning to swimming – and all the bits in between.
I’ve done shopping school in the past with Niki and the boys. I have to be in the mood for it though because the shopping will take much longer than normal. Today was one of those days where I was ready to spend a couple of hours at the grocery store with them.Read More
“…and might be again in 30 minutes.” This is what a dad with his 2 – 3 year old said to me a couple of weeks ago at church as he walked past me in the narthex. It was the perfect thing to say to me at that moment. A kind and supportive word works wonders for restrengthening a parent.Read More
We attempted to go flying in a helicopter with Les today. But…once again, just as several times before, the weather did not cooperate with our plans.
Instead, we took Nouna Cassandra to the children’s museum since we still had a membership there. They had a new exhibit on China which proved to be a favorite among the boys. We stayed there close to an hour playing. I would have played there for hours at their age – I won’t lie. It was spectacular! My favorite was the Chinese restaurant. I think all my boys would agree.Read More
In addition to having Niki with us, we also got to visit with my brother and my nephew for a few hours this weekend. The boys had a whirlwind playtime of Legos, lunch, movie, and art time with their cousin. Miss them already but love that we got to see them!!!Read More
My Niki is home for the weekend! My goodness I miss not having her around – and so does everyone else! After the dogs calmed down and stopped (literally) jumping for joy at Niki’s arrival, we all bear hugged her, I fed my kiddos, and then it was time for our family’s version of a p-a-r-t-y ~ spending time altogether!!! We watched Masterchef Junior which later morphed to Chopped after a story Niki told me which morphed into Good Eats after another story. (It’s not quiet around here while we watch tv shows.)Read More