Posts tagged ‘simple life’

Spiritual Bankruptcy

I often feel spiritually bankrupt and I am drawn back to Orthodoxy.
There are some things I don’t agree with but it comes closest to what I need for my soul.
I miss the services and how close to God I feel when I am in an Orthodox sanctuary.
I miss visiting the monasteries in California (St. Xenia Skete in Wildwood & St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina).


Trapeza at St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina California

The first picture above is of the trapeza at Platina.
My son helped build I think it was the reader’s stand but it is not in the photo.
I have been here many times and dined here many times.
I miss it.


St. Xenia Skete – Wildwood California

The second photo above is of St. Xenia Skete, one of the buildings, but I think it is the chapel.  The nuns all built all the buildings themselves.

Oh did I mention that both monasteries are wilderness monasteries … off the grid …

I remember staying overnight at Wildwood and it was so cold and I couldn’t get the wood stove to work so I slept in my coat … but I so did not want to leave Wildwood.

I know I will never again be able to visit in my lifetime.  I so wish there were Orthodox monasteries out here close by.

But, there are two churches: one in Springfield and one in Claremont.  I know more people at Claremont because my son and daughter-in-law and grandkids went there for a while before they left Orthodoxy 😦    and now they are deeply involved in their new church and that’s great!

But my stomach hurts when I think of them leaving Orthodoxy … they both had been Orthodox since they were around 18 years old so that’s a long time.  But, some things happened a few years ago that hurt their hearts (nothing against them, just something major that someone they loved very much did and it caused our original group to scatter to find canonical churches – long story) and it weighed heavily on their hearts for a long time until they made the decision to leave Orthodoxy behind.

I plan to visit the Springfield Orthodox Church this Sunday and try it out.  It is much much smaller than Claremont’s but that’s probably a good thing.  🙂



Check-in | 24 April 2017

I made this a basic check-in even though it will include my OA check-in, as well.

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I found this quote while searching for another quote and it really resonated with me. Anyone who destroys themselves with food is not their own friend, at all.  I would not destroy a friend and keep them on a path of slowly Read more…

Eat to Live – Not – Live to Eat

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(Please note that this image is an image of a poster for sale on amazon at … I just didn’t want to post it without giving credit.)
Today I am having a few good moments and a few not so good moments mixed in throughout the day.  I know, intellectually, this is probably the norm for most people.  Emotionally, it feels like an intense roller coaster ride.   I may be 58 years old but I still believe I can, with help, rewire my brain on many levels.   I do have ADHD and supposedly a lower spectrum Read more…

Simplicity – with a capital “S”

“As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “S” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural House

Simplicity – Achievable?

I long for a simple life.  I tend to complicate my life.  No matter how hard I try to simplify my life, I always end up complicating it somehow someway.   I gave up the Steampunk Festival.  I have said no to requests that I run for various things in town.  I have said no to reinvigorating my neighborhood association.  My plan was to just #1 visit with my grandkids | #2 nurture my relationship | #3 go to my day job and one day retire from there | #4 continue writing at least one weekly article for the Springfield Reporter |#5 continue my quest to declutter.    This seems so Read more…

Another Beginning

I know early in a previous post from a while ago, I said this was the beginning.  Well I didn’t fare very well in my quest.  But I am back again.  When I say I am on a journey to a healthier lifestyle, I don’t just mean I want to lose weight.  I do, indeed, want to be healthier, physically, mentally, emotionally, environmentally, etc.  I am working on many things. I recently joined OA and am beginning to work the steps with a sponsor.  I continue to declutter my areas at home and love the feeling of purging “stuff.”  I am working on my Read more…

Haven’t always been FAT …

Lost 11 lbs. so far … 3 lbs. this last week … yay!   Something most of you don’t know about me is I used to be in shape … yep, in shape. I am not one of those people who has been fat all their lives. I have not been fat all my life. I used to play racquetball at least 3 times a week and mostly played with guys because well (and I know this sounds sexist but it was true in my hometown) … the guys made me work harder and didn’t accept any laziness … the girls mostly wanted to change the rules to make it “easier” to play. I’m sure in this day and age this wouldn’t happen Read more…

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