The No. 1 Ladies Christmas Tea

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Thanksgiving isn’t here yet, and it's still a little too early to panic over recipes and side dishes. So there’s a little calm before the storm … just enough time for a trip to Botswana. If you’ve read The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books, you know what I mean. Botswana is the beloved country of Mma Ramotswe. Author Alexander McCall Smith … [Read more...]

“Help me behold your bright star”

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For some reason, I'm always slow to come online with Advent. I start the fast slowly and sporadically; I don't want to think about Christmas decorations; it's rare that I get around to my Orthodox Advent calendar before about Day 4 or 5. But the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple comes tomorrow, and that usually serves as my … [Read more...]

Ancient Faith readers — welcome!

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Big greetings and felicitations to new readers from Ancient Faith. I’m incredibly pleased (but incredibly humbled) that This Side of Glory joins their impressive family of Orthodox blogs. If this one is new to you, grab a chair and a cup of coffee and I’ll try to bring you up to speed. I’m your humble blog-hostess, Grace Brooks, currently living … [Read more...]

Thinking about Christmas music

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When you hear Christmas music come on the radio, do you turn it up or turn it off? Generally, I'm the latter sort. Apart from a few carols that I love, the non-stop "holiday" music doesn't make me feel festive -- sometimes it irritates me. Worse, sometimes it just makes me sad. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that has that reaction. In a … [Read more...]

50 Shades of Wrong

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Did you know that they’re making a movie from the pornographic best-seller “50 Shades of Grey”? Neither did I, but angry posts on Facebook put me wise. One pro-life site is circulating a petition to boycott the movie. In my perfect world, that would just go without saying. What about the words ‘pornographic’ and ‘best-seller’ sound like a must-see … [Read more...]

Adware, Spyware and human problems

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I have just spent a couple hours trying to get rid of a few computer programs that snuck onto my computer when I thought I was updating a legit program. I proudly told Greg of the diverse ways that I went around uninstalling bogus programs since Adobe Flash Player told me that it wouldn't run without an update. Greg's Spidey-senses immediately went … [Read more...]