Praying the Psalter

Our Psalter Group will begin praying the Psalter tomorrow. We each pray a kathisma per day, and we finish by praying a Lord, have mercy for each person in the group. I always find that it’s a great blessing to me — both praying the Psalms themselves, and feeling the prayers of the group as I work my through the challenges every fast brings. I am thinking about how amazing it is…

New Podcast!

I have a new podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve done a lot of writing and talking about youth ministry, but especially these days, when the world seems dark and people are so divided, I feel like we are all needing the same things we used to say the kids needed. We need connection. We need to feel connected to God and to the Church and…

Do you need Ornaments???

A friend of mine recently contacted me, wondering where they could buy just the ornament set for the Welcoming the Christ Child book (yes, it’s already that time of year!) and I realized — there are stores which sell just the book, and stores that sell the book and ornaments as a set, but if you already have the book and would like to add the ornaments, none of the online stores…

The Nativity Fast is coming soon!

Here in Texas, we finally have a cold front, and just past the midpoint of October, Fall is finally arriving. What a much-needed relief from the very hot summer we just experienced… but Fall’s late arrival means that I am only now realizing that the Advent Fast begins in just over three weeks (on the New Calendar)! If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how I mark this fast.…

My Favorite Summer Camp for Orthodox Creatives

After church this Sunday, I was sitting with one of my favorite college kids, when she realized that her friend had never heard of Be the Bee, or its host, Steven Christoforou. She was flabbergasted. How can an Orthodox teen miss this? As we chatted, she realized that I know Steve. Personally. Her flabbergast increased to crazy proportions. A lot of us Orthodox writers and podcasters know each other, and there’s a…

New Book: The Grace of Being There

I’ve been awfully quiet on this blog, and in general perhaps. In 2019, my husband moved out and we divorced. I had a lot of processing to do, and as someone who writes about family stuff… I just wasn’t sure what I could say, what I had to offer. I wasn’t sure that it was ok for me to continue offering. Maybe no one would want to hear it anymore, you know?…