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Most Favorite Orthodox Reading

I've been asked to recommend some reading for those interested in becoming better acquainted with Eastern Orthodoxy. Here are the books I recommend:

Bishop Kallistos Ware The Orthodox Way. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (SVS)
Alexander Schmemann Great Lent: Journey to Pascha. SVS Press
Alexander Schmemann For the Life of the World SVS Press (a classic!)
Vladimir Lossky Orthodox Theology SVS Press
Vladimir Lossky The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church SVS Press
Jaroslav Pelikan The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700) U of Chicago
David Bradshaw Aristotle East and West: Metaphysics and the Division of the Church Cambridge University Press

Also, I regard each of these as essential read for those seeking to understand Orthodoxy:

St. Athanasius On the Incarnation SVS Press
St. Basil the Great On the Holy Spirit SVS Press
St. John Chrysostom On the Priesthood SVS Press
St. John of Damascus On the Divine Images SVS Press
St. Theodore the Studite On the Holy Icons SVS Press

I have also po…

Memorial Day Poems and Songs

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Wal…

My Perfect Neighbor

Alice C. Linsley

Her tightly laced world chokes me.
Her flawless nest ensnares my spirit.
Her dusted god, neatly on display
glares at me from the china cabinet.
Order is her mask,
her grand show.
No ambiguities distress
her tea time pleasantries.
She smiles at my reply
holding back a spearmint yawn
with her tissued hand.
I am here sipping tea from the fragile lip
of this smooth porcelain cup.
I want to flee, but pray for grace
to love my perfect neighbor.

On the Isle of Patmos

Mystic Exile
by Alice C. Linsley


An island is no broad earth and yet
a universe of stones
where sands deny the foot firm ground
and wave hot fingers at the shade.

Here St. John in curling dunes
with mystic sight beheld
the wick of faith sputter and dim
the kingdoms roar and crash.

His prayer-trained ears heard trumpets blast
and pounding hooves gave way
to shouts of joy and glad refrains
across the watery stage.


(Published in Ancient Paths, Issue 13, 2005)

Psychometrics of Mystery Readers?

People with lower self-esteem prefer crime and detective stories that confirm their suspicions in the end, while those with higher self-esteem enjoy stories with surprise endings. This creates a challenge for fiction writers, since we can't know who will buy our books. Then again, we may have to find a way to confirm the guess of the reader with low self esteem while still providing an element of surprise.

“Personality plays a role in whether a person wants to be confirmed or surprised when they read mysteries,” said Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, co-author of the study and assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University.

“People with low self-esteem like to feel they knew all along who committed the crime, probably because it makes them feel smarter.”

From here:

Print on Demand Self Publishing

Here is information about an online self publishing service bureau called Lulu.com. There are others out there, but this one looks especially good.

Print on demand (POD)
A tale of self-publishing on the web by Paul Lima

Could traditional book publishers be heading the way of traditional music companies, which are heading the way of dinosaurs, thanks to the internet? They could, but for different reasons.
For one, people are not endangering the traditional publishing industry by downloading books for free over the internet, the way music downloading continues to mushroom. However, many authors are eschewing traditional publishers and book retailers in favour of online print-on-demand (POD) companies.

I am one of the many.

When I first approached a traditional Canadian publisher with my how-to book about freelance writing, I received tentative interest. The publisher wanted to know if I could guarantee 2,000 sales. If so, the publisher was willing to print 4,000 copies and put the other 2,000…

The Anticipated Fish

This is the final of the 3 Spanish short stories written by Spanish II students at Midway College. I hope that you enjoy them.

I'm proud of these students. They worked hard on these stories and have produced work beyond level II Spanish.

Have a wonderful summer, Sheila, Suzanne and Katie!


El Pescado Prevido
Katie Tierney

Hizo buen tiempo y Miguel Hernandez echaba una siesta. Estaba andando por la acera de la plaza lentamente, dejando su mente a vagar. De repente, vio una tienda que cogió su ojo. Era una tienda de pesca, que se llamaba “El Mundo de la Pesca”. Miguel siempre había querido tratar de pescar. En seguida, en ese día bonita, Miguel decidió a entrar la tienda y buscar equipo para ir de pesca. Hablaba con el dependiente de que necesitaría para pescar. El dependiente le mostró una caña de pescar y otras cosas que necesitaría, y en menos de media hora, Miguel estuvo preparado a pescar.

El resto del día, Miguel no podía pensar en otra cosa. Tan pronto como llegar a su casa, habló a…

Another Spanish Short Short

El Padre Equivocado
Suzannne Casey


Diego Morales es meterológico popular de la televisión hispana en La Florida. Ha sido meterológico hace muchos años y es bien conocido por sus prognosticaciones correctas. Mucha gente hace planes por actividades al aire libre basado en las predicciones de Diego.

La familia Morales consiste en la esposa, Elena, un hijo Diego Jr., y dos hijas: Marie de diez anos y Cristina de tres anos. Los Morales tiene un perro pequeño que va con ellos a todas partes. El perro se llama Pepe.

Una vez la familia miraba la televisión mientras Diego describía el tiempo. Dijo que el día siguiente haría sol y sin la lluvia. Su familia estaba emocionada porque ellos han planeado una excursión a la playa.

La mañana próxima, todos estaban ocupados paqueando el coche con las cosas que necesitarían: sillas, comida, paraguas, juguetes y, por supuesto, Pepe. Era un sábado hermoso y había muchos coches en el autopista. Cuando llegaron a la playa los niños comenzaron a correr y Pepe sal…

Spanish Short Story: A dog named Lucky

The following short story was written by one of my Spanish II students at Midway College. It appears with the English translation below.


Mi Perro Afortunado
Sheila Holsclaw

Mi madre y yo andábamos enfrente de la tienda de mascotas rumbo a casa. Veníamos del supermercado. En el escaparate, había un perrito precioso de color blanco con manchas negras. El perrito ladraba y coleaba.

Dije a mi madre que yo quería ese perro y ella me sorprendió cuando
me dijo sí. Yo lo nombré “Afortunado.” El parece exactamente como el perro “Afortunado” en la película 101 Dalmatians.

Durante el regreso a casa pensaba en todos los hechos que yo le enseñaría a Afortunado. Por supuesto mi madre me dijo que el perro sería mi responsibilidad. Yo limpiaría el excremento que el perro deja en la casa o en la yarda. No me importaba porque quería tanto a mi perro.

Afortunado era tan divertido. En una semana le enseñé a hablar, darse la mano, y darse la vuelta. Próximo, le enseñaré a saltar por un aro. Es un perro h…