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I have been going through a transition of sorts.  Actually a return.  I can’t explain it, but I am recalling the summer of 1993 (25 years ago…  Ugh!) and the beginning of my journey to Orthodoxy.  The recollections are so clear.  Clearer than they have...

On Galas and Honeycrisps

I have a bandsaw.  It’s a good one, not a plastic, big-box, disposable one, but a bring-by-pup-truck one that takes two people to construct and some training to use well.  It has many moving parts, each with its own set of parameters and eccentricities.  Once it...

Baltimore

As I write this, the city of Baltimore is in a state of uneasy and fragile peace. I’m not going to go too far in to the issues of racial tension, politics and economics that have led to this situation. Instead, I am going to make a few comments about things that...

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

I met Fr. Tom Hopko almost 25 years ago.  He was lecturing at my alma mater and my old professor invited me there to hear Fr. Tom speak and then suggested that I take Father to the airport in Pittsburgh, which almost two hours away but on my way home.  We talked about...

Memory Eternal, Fr. Matthew Baker

There is a group that I chat with frequently.  It consists of several priests and a layperson, three intellectuals and one wannabe (that would be me).  We talk about topics far-ranging and fascinating, from patristics to theology, musical tastes to some of the best...