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The Diakonissa Diaries  Posted on 06/30/2014
Now the silence on my blog has lasted for almost four months – the reason is certainly that after my last post [dated March 7 2014], a piece of news changed life as I have come to know it forever… On March 8 my husband gave me...
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something old, something new…  Posted on 03/08/2014
Something old: a gold bracelet from my maternal grandmother. Something new: my wedding dress – view from behind… Something borrowed: a cross from my lovely friend K. who came for my wedding and spent almost two weeks with us...
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a lonely angel  Posted on 01/19/2014
A roadside memorial site in Napa Valley. January 2014. During the first week of the new year I went for a walk in Napa Valley. It was my second time there; the first time was on my 23rd birthday. I came across a roadside memorial site with...
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2014 is not 2000  Posted on 01/07/2014
On the way to the evening service in church on Christmas Eve – which for us Orthodox is on January 6 – I thought about the year 2000 and what I imagined my life would be like when the first year of the new millennium arrived....
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Can a woman be in exile?  Posted on 12/30/2013
The Pacific Ocean outside San Francisco in December 2013. The title of this blog entry is a question, “Can a woman be in exile?”, and should be accompanied by a subheading: A third of my life lived abroad. In December 2013 I am...
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“The Diplomat’s Wife”  Posted on 12/17/2013
She named the first part of her story The Diplomat’s Wife because it seemed to encompass the most without telling anything really.  “The Diplomat’s Wife” a programmatic novella in three parts by L. J. Lundblad...
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a special season  Posted on 12/14/2013
There’s only one season of every year when I bake and that’s for Christmas. We began with traditional Swedish pepparkakor in preparation for first of Advent [according to the New Calendar] as soon as Thanksgiving was over....
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what I read when I read Solzhenitsyn  Posted on 12/05/2013
During this academic year I have a lot to read for my qualifying exams in May 2014. Since my major is “Narratives of Imprisonment and Exile” in Russian literature, I more often than not find myself reading works which I would...
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Signs of Boston  Posted on 11/28/2013
Today is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and I’m not going anywhere, but last Wednesday I flew to Boston for four days and a conference. The visit was my second visit to Boston [incidentally, it was also the second time this year]...
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Muir Woods  Posted on 11/14/2013
This Saturday we took a trip to Muir Woods in Marin County as we suspected it was going to be one of the last sunny and warm days of this fall. We didn’t hike to Muir Beach, but up along the shore of the Pacific… We began our...
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