Ancient Faith readers — welcome!

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 in beautiful(?) Las Vegas with Good Husband Greg and a beefy cat we…

Who’ll push the swing?

While working on a special section for parents for a client newspaper, I was plowing through the boatload of press releases aimed at that desirable market when I came across this one(*): Mutual of Omaha Foundation Announces Partnership with Non-Profit KaBOOM! to Build Playgrounds in Six Cities in 2009 (CSRwire) WASHINGTON D.C. – January 29, 2009 – Thousands of children across the country will receive great new places to play thanks to…

Another wedding, another mystery

As I said, it seems to be my season for weddings. Another time to see a girl you knew as part of a family become a young woman as part of a couple. It is still something that defies explanation. Of all the mysteries of the Church, this may be the only one where the world agrees with us. But romantic imagery is suddenly staring out at us from the shelves of…

Fr. Schmemann: the loneliness of America, the bankruptcy of Europe

I’m reading through “The Journals of Fr. Alexander Schmemann 1973-1983″(*) and I got to an entry about the essential differences — along with relative strengths and weaknesses — about being American and being European. Born in Estonia, living for many years in Paris and eventually an American citizen, he may be one person qualified to speak knowledgeably about both cultures. And though he wrote this in 1975 after having gone from Finland…