Silent Sunday

Reverend Father Dave Urban

American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church California Avenue
Pittsburgh

http://orthodoxpittsburgh.com/

St. Patrick’s Day Gallery

St. Patrick’s Day gallery of blogposts from previous years.

St Patrick at St PatrickSt. Patrick in St. Patrick Columbus Ohio

 

                                                                                          St Patrick Cathedral NYC

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St. Patrick Chapel in St. Michael in St. Augustine FL

 

Lights in the Darkness

Flickering candle flames are mesmerizing. It’s hard to avert your eyes.

They cast a flattering light.

The sound of the strike of a wooden match. Tapers on a dinner table. The evening’s about to begin.

Lighting votives in the alcove of a church offers comfort when there’s really nothing else one can do.

Skinny candles on birthday cakesthe smell of wax and smoke after you make your wish, blow them out.

Everyone’s getting those battery operated, remote control, waxy but not real flame candles these days. No carbon marks on paint behind picture frames. No danger of setting the house afire.

I’ve got a set on the mantel right now. Need a load of double AAs. Make them glow again.

The wavering lights of true flames, hypnotize me.

Create shadows on the walls.

Light up a winter night.

H.B.T.Y.

Anyone Still Collect Matchbooks?

Anyone still collect matchbooks? Do restaurants still have them in a large glass snifter for the taking? I know people who’ve collected colorful and interesting ones from fancy or fun establishments-but years ago.

Brides and Grooms names on matchbook covers were once a popular wedding favor.

I saw this matchbook at my son and DIL’s home, and wasn’t sure how long they’ve had it. I keep the same brand of kitchen matches in a drawer- like box.

Layered Rainbow Jello and Cake

Rainbow Jello Interior

When I saw this week’ photo challenge LAYERED by Ben Huberman at WordPress, I thought of these photos immediately. The layered rainbow jello took five hours to make,- a plain layer had to set and them jello with some greek yogurt in the next layer to make the jello opaque.  The creation was to photograph, not eat.  I kept in the freezer for such a long time I won’t even say.

Steve took that colorful layered rainbow cake into work and everyone in the office liked it.  I couldn’t eat any cause I knew how much food color was in the batter.

 

Happy 100th Birthday Dr. Julian Lewin

Wow!      This evening I attended a 100th birthday party for my friend Joan’s father.

I brought my camera and had the privilege of photographing him as he blew out the 100 numerals on his cake.

He really liked the books of unexpected animal relationships.

The cake looked pretty and was enjoyed by all.

Joan and her father

 

Born October 29, 1913     Happy 100th Birthday!

 

 

blowing out the candles

 

Blowing out the candles

 

 

 

 

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the book

 

The animal book with the unlikely pairs Reading with granddaughter Molly

 

rustyWith Rusty the long haired Dachsund  They really enjoy one another!  And sporting his new jacket to wear to the symphony

 

 

the party

 

A lovely party!  Grandson Luke is holding Rusty.

with animal book

There are at Least 14 Ways to Spell It!

And here is an article explaining the most popular and the second most popular way to spell- Hanukkah or Chanukah? The Festival of Light. 

Tuesday- the fourth night.

I was invited for potato latkes and the lighting of the Hanukkah candles at my friend’s house.  We taught together these past 6 years until I moved to the high school this year.  The first photo is her beautiful Menorah on the mantle. Her kids are grown up and out of town, too.  She and her husband and I sat by there fire and then she lit the fourth candle. It gets dark so early now as we approach the shortest day of the year.  The warmth of the fire and the glow from the colorful candles was lovely.

After we ate the latkes(served with sour cream and or applesauce)  Ann lit the fourth candle.

We left for an adventure, traipsing around Squirrel Hill, Murray Avenue and Forbes.  Up and down trying to decide where we should eat!  At least it wasn’t raining.   We had a nice evening, catching up on our families and school and mutual friends.  When we walked by the Giant Eagle supermarket and a young man asked if we were Jewish and she said, yes and he asked if she had candles.  Then we saw the table set up in front of the market with another young man cooking latkes on a griddle.  They had applesauce available and their organization had a big sign on the Menorah.  They told me they were “spreading light in the world.”  I asked if it would be okay to blog them and they gathered to gather for a group shot.  Pulled out the cell phone camera.  Yep, my camera was back by Ann’s house in the back trunk of the car.

Thanks Ann for including me in the candle lighting and for taking me on a good healthy walk around the neighborhood to find the best dinner.

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