"I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to 'cut back.' From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible."
(Erma Bombeck)

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Can we talk?

I haven’t updated my blog in over a month. I’m not sure, but I think that’s the longest window of time since I started writing this blog in July of 2008. Apparently, I haven’t had a need to “talk.”

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The eye of my soul

Most of you know that our family converted from Protestantism to the Orthodox Church in 2007. I've shared fairly frequently on my blog about our journey--an incredible paradigm shift from Western to Eastern Christianity. Today I would like to share an essay written by my daughter telling of our journey from her perspective

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Together we fill gaps

In June, my husband and I celebrated 30 years of marriage. Thirty years, folks. Man, does that make me feel old. The years have swirled by in a mist of memories. Here we stand at Year Thirty. As I look back, I am grateful that we stuck it out together, if only by God’s grace.

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Catching Up - Part II

As promised, I want to share a bit about My Big, Fat, Orthodox Wedding that took place on July 10th this year. Our family converted to the Orthodox Church in 2007 and one of the things I’d wanted to do, but kept putting off, was to have our marriage blessed by the Church. Well, it’s really more than a “blessing” --marriage is a Sacrament of the Church. We decided that, in honor of our 30th anniversary, what better way to celebrate than to tie the knot in the most meaningful way possible—by being married in the Orthodox Christian Church.

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Catching Up - Part I

In case you haven’t noticed, I took a break from my blog. I’ve had plenty to write about, though. This last month, I: a) Finished my two-year CTE Teacher Preparation Program; b) Finished my first year of teaching; c) Cleaned out my classroom and office, turned in the keys, and said my good-byes to Lakewood High School (my contract was not renewed due to budget cuts); d) Came home from my last day of work and found a voice mail from the school district offering me a contract next year for half the hours (.4 FTE); e) Declined the reduced offer since it would be only 16 hours a week and involves a commute (and won’t cover my bills, especially increased college tuition for the kid); f) Applied for unemployment (still waiting to hear if I’ll get the benefits); g) Applied for nine jobs to meet the unemployment requirements (three employer contacts per week); h) Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary by getting married in the Orthodox Church!

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7 Quick Takes Friday

"Scouring the web so you don't have to"

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It's good to feel normal

Last Tuesday, I visited the same facility where I was diagnosed with breast cancer in order to have an ultrasound in the same spot where the tumor was removed. Since having radiation two years ago, I've gotten used to the “stings and zingers” that are normal for tissue recovering from surgery and radiation. However, three months ago, I had an ache deep within my breast that was exactly the same as the pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis (the pain that drove me—back in 2008--to a doctor for an overdue mammogram).

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