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1/27/12 8:01 P

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It's a slow recovery process -- we were back to the hospital most of the day today. Now he is back on a full liquid diet (like strained cream soup, cream of wheat, ice cream, etc...) Apparently his intestinal tract is still swollen from the surgery. Unfortunately he is losing weight - which he can't afford to lose - and I'm gaining weight trying to fatten him up! We will just have to eat different foods together at meal time.

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1/27/12 5:50 A

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How is your husband doing?



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1/27/12 5:49 A

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Hahahaha, I'd bring my broom too if someone told me to. ;)

Forgiveness vespers was another one that caught me unawares- that's a lot of kissing for one day!! ;)



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1/26/12 9:07 P

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Orthodox worship is full of unexpected things for those of us from Protestant backgrounds. We draw different conclusions about what we observe than those who've grown up with Orthodoxy.

When I left my old church and started going to St. Ignatius on a regular basis, I started going to music practice as well (we don't have a choir - it is all congregational singing - but those of us who want to be familiar with the music ahead of time get together to practice). That first summer we were practicing for the Transfiguration Liturgy which happened to fall on Sunday that year. Our priest was going to be gone and we would have a visiting priest. As our priest was explaining all the music, he said something "Now when we bless the grapes..."

I spoke up "Wait a minute -- did you say "bless grapes?" Why would we bless grapes? What do grapes have to do with Transfiguration?"

Nobody knew how to answer me, but they assured me it was the way it was done.

Actually I had a feeling they were pulling my leg -- let's just start talking about blessing grapes and see if the newby falls for it! LOL! I could just imagine them making something up like telling me there was going to be the annual blessing of the brooms, and I would bring my broom to church and everyone would laugh!

But I did find out it was traditional to bless grapes at Transfiguration. No one was pulling my leg after all!

(Sorry I didn't see your post right away -- my husband was in the hospital for 10 days and I'm just starting to get caught up with Spark.)


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1/12/12 6:14 A

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That's almost a cute response. :)

My roommate is on her way to becoming Orthodox now, but when I first brought her to church with me, the priest was censing the church, and parishoners were bowing, and by doing so they were looking at the floor. Brittany stressed out for a moment and said, "Are we not supposed to LOOK at it?"



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1/6/12 11:11 A

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Well, that's better than the reaction of a college co-ed that my son brought to a Theophany service as her first exposure to Orthodoxy (she's protestant) a few years ago. As the priest was sprinkling holy water all over the church and the people, she turned to my son in disbelief and distress saying," He splashed me!"

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Hello friends!

I wanted to share a cute story from the Theophany service last night. Our parish is very small- about 50 people, and roughly 25 of these are kids or young teens, and Father is usually pretty thorough when incensing, etc.

Enter Soren, a 3 year old little boy who is very sure of himself and inclined to sour moods. His mom was holding him when Father was sprinkling holy water, and after the sprinkling I could hear him fussing. As people were going up to receive holy water, a lady in the church was herding children children who were gathering near the holy water and she said, "Father, Soren thinks that you missed him," and Father said, "Well we can't have that!" and immediately splashed a big X across Soren, suprising him, but really pleasing him. It was very sweet. :)

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Theophany!




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1/3/12 4:07 P

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Happy New Year -- and a Blessed Feast of St. Basil -- to everyone! We are looking forward to a wonderful Theophany service on Thursday evening and an outdoor blessing of the waters on Sunday -- hopefully the lake will be frozen over by then! You old calendar members will be celebrating the same Holy days in a couple of weeks -- may God bless your celebrations too.

I see I only posted once on this thread last January -- and the "new boyfriend" I referred to below gave our daughter an engagement ring for Christmas this year. I don't know when the wedding will be -- sometime this year. This promises to be an exciting year for us -- we also will have a new grandchild in March, God willing!

How is everyone doing this year?

God bless you all,
Ruth Ann

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1/5/11 8:32 A

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Happy 2011 everyone! Reading though last year's January posts I can see I'm a lot healthier than I was last year, Thank God! Also that my daughter has a new boyfriend now -- her old boyfriend was visiting us over Winter break last year. And we now have one more grandchild. Last year was an interesting year. I'm looking forward to what 2011 will bring!

God bless you all!
~Ruth Ann

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Well, so ends January 2010! Since I've been battling flu, pneumonia, and the worst cold I've ever had, I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. Here's hoping February is a more healthy month for me and everyone else on the team!

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1/27/10 11:48 A

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Well, I'm slowly recovering. Still suffering from the cold. Perhaps the surgeon general should issue a warning that working at a preschool can be hazardous to your health! I just started as a substitute Montessori School teacher a couple of months ago. I hope my immune system will adjust!

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Thanks for posting, SOPHIALARA!

What a week this has been! I haven't been able to do much about THE SPARK. I'm still trying to recover from pneumonia. I never realized the coughing lasts so long, or how much of an impact coughing has on a person's body. Meanwhile I had an old college friend visiting me. She had planned this trip months ago, so I didn't feel I could tell her she couldn't come.

All of the coughing caused my side muscles to cramp up, which was extremely painful, so this week I went to see the chiropractor. She worked on me for a while and got a lot of those muscles to relax -- I see her again on Monday. But then I got a bad head cold. My nose is so stuffed up I can't sleep. It's midnight and I'm checking out Sparks. I haven't been in good health since the middle of December when I got H1N1 which turned into pneumonia. I'm beginning to wonder when I'll be back to my normal healthy self again.
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1/22/10 8:14 P

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Hi RuthAnn (and All),

I, too, have been reading "The Spark" and realize that my goals need some vamping. And, yes, it does take time and work, something that's usually in short supply in our lives. So, I'm with you, let's fix our goals this year and get with the program!

I'm looking forward to the fast free week next week (for those of us on the New Calendar). I thought that maybe I'd try to just follow the Spark Plan for that one week. We'll see if it works, though I feel highly motivated right now. Menopause has been in control of my life lately (i.e. hormones! Apologies to the men who may be reading this.) and it affects my brain as well as my body.

I will check-in again tomorrow.

Bye for now. DH and I are going to the gym to workout together, then home for showers and dressing, and then to a Sri Lankan restaurant for dinner. We're actually dating! Fun!!



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1/5/10 9:53 A

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I just bought *The Spark* and started reading it. Some things make so much more sense on the printed page than on the computer screen for me. As a member of SparkPeople, I haven't done much with the goal setting and "streaks." In fact when I set up my account here, I chose as "goals" stuff I was already doing, so I wouldn't be bothered with setting goals. There seems to be so much to react to in life, and I wanted to be open to whatever God brought into my day. However in reading *The Spark,* I'm finally beginning to see the importance of setting goals and starting small. This is going to take some thought... and prayer.
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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1/4/10 8:02 A

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Hi everyone,

I think I'm finally on the mend. After H1N1 which led to pneumonia, and then breaking a rib while coughing (I bent over to pick something up during a coughing fit - apparently that is one of the worst things you can do. If you are bent over while coughing, the force of the cough has nowhere to go except through your rib cage, so it is easy to break a rib), anyway, thanks be to God, I finally feel like I'm getting better.

A friend of mine from church came over a few days ago, with a large container of homemade chicken soup. Her husband, a physician, extolled its virtues mightily, and indeed I'm inclined to agree with him! I think she has discovered a "prescription-strength" chicken soup, and without her husband giving me permission to have some, it shouldn't be legal!
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Well, time for me to updated posts on some of the other threads here.

God bless you all - I hope you are staying healthy!
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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Hi everyone! -- Happy New Year! Time to bring up the January chat thread. Since I'm starting 2010 with pneumonia and a broken rib, from my point of view the year can only get better.

Any reflections on the New Year from anyone else?

A blessed St. Basil's Day to all!
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Hi all,
Things have been rather busy around here and I haven't checked in for a while. I don't know about the rest of you but its time for me to get back on track -- I'm back to my pre-spark all time high! I will start tracking my food today and see how long I can keep it up.

We had a great Theophany service and Outdoor Blessing of the Waters - Which means huge party and potluck afterwards. Great fellowship - great food - and I ate too much of it! Oh well... time to start over!

Love and God bless,
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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Well,

I'm popping in on the team to see if my friend Spyro from facebook has joined SP yet and found our team.

Over Christmas and the New Year I got to travel up to Illinois to visit family, and met with friends here in OH to see our old priest who's now serving in NY, in or near Buffalo I think.

I also started school for training as a Medical Coder and Biller. This 2nd Semester started the 5th, and I'm in 3 classes - Business English, Medical Terminology and Anatomy-&-Physiology I. It's fast paced and intensive, but I'm stoked about finishing and getting a better paying job by the end of the year.

I've also resolved (new year's rez) to lose 20 more lbs this year (by graduation). It's a very achievable goal if I don't lose sight of it.

"Anyone who tries to describe the ineffable Light in language is truly a liar - not because he hates the truth, but because of the inadequacy of his description." - St Gregory of Nyssa, 4th c.

A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison.
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1/3/09 10:55 P

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Happy New Year everyone! Our son, daughter-in-law and grandkids have gone home.
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But our younger daughter has just brought her boyfriend home for us to meet. He's a nice kid - at the moment he's Roman Catholic. We're hoping he sees the joys of Orthodox Christianity while he's here! We'll see - we're thankful he loves and worships the Holy Trinity, and respects and loves the Mother of God. Also - he is very much a gentleman.
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I'm also looking forward to life getting back to normal after the holidays!
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I hope everyone has a blessed Theophany!
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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