Art and Worship and the world of Iconography


I spent 8 weeks this fall taking a graduate course in World Arts. It was intense, and somewhat poorly timed (yay first trimester…), but I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to do some first hand research on Eastern Orthodox iconography. It was fascinating to dig into a topic I’ve been surrounded by for the past three years, but haven’t really had…

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Joys of parenting


Went to a restaurant with friends on a day Mira got up two hours early and only took half her nap (one hour total). She fell asleep on the way home so we tried to just get her in an overnight diaper & put her down. A few minutes later she’s crying and calling, asking to read Bible, sing a…

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Showering


I was showering the other day and noticed on the shampoo bottle the encouragement to turn off the water while soaping. I got to thinking about how ridiculous this was. Even in America, your hot water heater may not always get you the water exactly as you want it, and many showers have a separate hot and cold handle. So,…

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The Silk Roads


The Silk Roads is an entirely fascinating book. It’s extremely readable and covers a huge amount of time (a few hundred B.C. to today) from the perspective of the region of the world between the Mediterranean and the Pacific (mostly focused in Iran and the -stans). Fun and eye-opening, it makes me far more interested in those regions and in…

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Go West!


Our work mostly takes us to the east side of the country (and beyond) so we haven’t spent much time exploring to the west (though we have been to one spot in the mountains out that direction.) We took a quick vacation a few weeks ago to relax and explore a place we’ve wanted to go, and a few nearby…

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Kisses


Today I ran out to take out the trash and, after getting my shoes out for me, Mira stopped me before I could leave & patted her check. Apparently I had to give her a kiss… and then I tried to leave again & she said “ut-oh” and pointed to Shanna. 💏

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Happy new year!


And Mira slept right through the war zone we call new year’s here again. Huzzah for year round firework sleep training. 🙂 Also watching from the top floor of our building was lots of fun, only had to run inside ten mins after midnight to avoid explosions. 😀

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Snow is ok when you’re just visiting…


Since Ahma was here to visit, we decided to head off to the mountains for a few days between Christmas and New Year’s. (Partly so us parents could get in some skiing while we had a willing babysitter!) It was a wonderful trip… in which we all got terribly sick in the hotel room, and learned that Mira hates snow.…

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A Third Party Worth a Look


Shanna says I’m not allowed to make our blog a political blog, so I’ll try to make this my only one, but there’s a lot of time between now and November. I just want to take a moment to share about a third party I’ve recently discovered that I think is worth serious consideration for my and your vote. I’m…

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Jayber Crow – Wendell Berry


Jayber Crow is excellent and captivating. Don’t read if you live away from friends & family where you grew up, it will make you terribly homesick and long for a simple life in which people had sensible jobs that needed to get done. Sometimes fun, sometimes heart-wrenching story about the life of the Port William barber and lots of the…

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