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Melanie Bettinelli

Black Door with Snow

Black Door with Snow by Georgia O’ Keeffe Blank and bare, black and white and adobe brown, baked brick remembers summer’s heat but gives nothing away. The snow whispers  its own story and soon will be gone. It lines the steps, hushes against...

Solstice, 2020— Grace Notes at the Closing of the Year

Evening comes early on this solstice day. The sky lies under a heavy veil, but it is unseasonably warm and wet. We likely won’t see the marvelous conjunction, Jupiter and Saturn meeting once in 400 years.  The parking lot is bare of snow, puddled in...

The River and the Source by Margaret Ogala

The River and the Source is available for only $8.99 on Kindle–I got it out from interlibrary loan. I loved this story about four generations of a family in Kenya. It begins with the birth of a girl, Akoko Obanda, the daughter of a chief who...

Desire for the Vision of God

detail Presentation in the Temple by Rembrandt From the Office of Readings on Friday This was exactly what I needed to read. And fits so well with my recent thoughts about icons and God’s face… but it was a little long to include in that...

An Icon of the Face of God

Saint John Damascene and St Cosmas from The Menologion of Basil II Saint John of Damascus lived during the time of the iconoclasm controversy when the Emperor banned the veneration of icons. John wrote three treatises defending the practice of...

To Open the Doors of Hope

Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to run through her...

To new beginnings

It’s been pretty quiet around here. Fallow season, I guess. Things germinating below the surface while very little writing gets done. At least not here. Two weeks ago I had surgery, a hernia repair. Recovery is going very well, but I’ve...

Waiting for Angels

I’ve decided to make a sort of scrapbook or commonplace book for Advent. Collecting images and words that speak to me. I thought maybe someone else might like to ponder along with me. Please share your thoughts about the words and images...

Book Notes October 2020

Woman reading (portrait of the artist’s wife) by Ivan Kramskoi 1. Battle Ground by Jim Butcher Latest in the Dresden Files series, Battle Ground didn’t disappoint. The Dresden Files is a rare series that isn’t getting even a little bit tired...

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