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holy cross day

holy cross day

“Dear Lord, help us to treasure your cross above all things, and honor it in all the small crosses you ask us to carry as we follow you.”—from The Queen & The Cross

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guest post // the homely hours

guest post // the homely hours

The Homely Hours is featuring a guest post I wrote for their Book of Common Prayer in Daily Life series. Click on the image below to read my thoughts (link is also at the bottom of this post). My dad has always been great at off-the-cuff prayers. No matter what the... read more
lenten season

lenten season

For years and years I struggled just to love my life. And then the butterfly rose, weightless, in the wind. “Don’t love your life too much,” it said, and vanished into the world. —Mary Oliver Lent—that penitential season of the Church... read more
dyeing silks with marigold flowers

dyeing silks with marigold flowers

Creating plant-based natural dyes is a magical experience, and it’s actually easier than it looks! There are a lot of tutorials out there, and I read many of them, but the following instructions are based completely on my own process. My son absolutely loved... read more
berry picking

berry picking

We are very lucky to live in a part of the country where a wide variety of summer fruits grow in abundance. A couple of years ago we planted some raspberry bushes in our yard, which we hope will someday be good producers. In the meantime, we have lots of local farms... read more
independence day

independence day

America celebrates its birthday on July 4th each year. Typically, it is a festive occasion, with fireworks, parades, and barbecues. All of this is fine, and it is nice to celebrate during the good times. However, there is also a gravity to the day, often overlooked... read more
may is mary’s month

may is mary’s month

In the Roman Catholic church, the month of May is devoted to a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For this reason she is sometimes called the Queen of May—she is given the title “queen” in Eastern Orthodox and Anglican faith traditions, as well.... read more
st. george’s day

st. george’s day

So on this day let’s celebrate England’s valleys full of light, The green fire of the landscape Lakes shivering with delight — from “The True Dragon” by Brian Patten The Feast of Saint George is celebrated in Western countries on April 23rd each... read more