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It takes a village . . .

I’ve heard that it takes a village to raise a child.  It’s a nice idea, I liked it for a long time. I imagined an encouraging community supporting parents in bringing up healthy, well adjusted young people.  But in truth the village is … Continue reading

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When is an Icon Not an Icon?

Above are two Russian portraits painted on wooden panels, with the distinctive “recess” creating a raised border seen in many icons. One is painted in the 16th century and the other in the early 17th century. Both contain similar stylized … Continue reading

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Please Pray “THIS PRAYER” With Me Today For This Nation

a beautiful prayer

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House of Prayer

      It’s Sunday.  I went first to the place that we, human beings, built for God.  He graciously comes to us there, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and in the gift of the Eucharist.   And then … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Strayed

Inspiration can come from all sorts of places. Years ago I found a beautiful prayer for unbelievers inside a novel by Jan Karon.  The words expressed my sentiments perfectly, and I copied it out for my own use.  I have adapted … Continue reading

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Praying with St. Therese for the lost sheep

The 5th figure on my icon of prayers for the lost sheep of Jesus is St.  Therese. St. Therese of Lisieux, called the Little Flower, and noted for her “little way”,  wanted to be a missionary and bring souls to … Continue reading

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Pentecost.

Locked in an upper room. Winds howling, angry mobs clamoring below. Fearful agony, and that room becomes a tomb. The winds shift and then enters a Holy Spirit, the Spirit of promise. Their fear is … Source: Pentecost.

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Disillusionment Straight From the Heart

I mentioned in my last post that I might be a “slow learner”.  Perhaps in more than one category.  Now I look at my patriotic ideals, and my naivete is exposed. I watch at least a little of the election news … Continue reading

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Skin Tones in Acrylic: A Process

I have been experimenting with painting icons using acrylic paints, after years of using egg tempera exclusively.  I kind of like acrylics, with their ease of use and quick drying.  Over time, I have studied with several different teachers, each with their … Continue reading

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Dog Portrait

Just for a change of pace, I recently painted a portrait of a friend’s beloved dog.  It will be a gift. I used to be an illustrator, and loved to draw and paint animals, so this was a return to this … Continue reading

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