From an article by Father Alexey Young: 

There are many characteristics that a successful marriage has, but in my view the three most important are these:

1. Praise. No marriage can prosper if there is no praise. Everyone in life needs to feel appreciated at some point by someone. And nothing can kill love faster than continual criticism. When we husbands and wives praise each other – in small ways as well as in big ways – we are also saying to one another: I love you; I value you. Praise nurtures a good marriage. And it is the one characteristic that is most lacking in modern marriages.

2. Forgiveness. Forgiveness is essential for a happy marriage. When couples ask me, “Do you think our marriage can survive?” my answer is always, “Yes, providing you are willing to forgive each other.” And this forgiveness should not be just after a major crisis in a family. It should be every single day. In a successful marriage, a husband and wife are constantly asking forgiveness of each other. When we don’t do this, wounds don’t get healed. We grow apart from each other. We grow cold towards one another, and we don’t obtain the blessings that God sends down on husbands and wives that mutually forgive one another.

3. Time. A successful marriage takes time. It does not happen overnight. It must grow. It is a long and difficult process; like all good things in life, it comes through considerable effort and struggle. Those of you not yet married, or on the verge of marriage, should remember this: we live in a society of instantaneous gratification – we want what we want, when we want it, and that when is now. And this impatience on our part has had a very destructive effect on marriages, even in the Orthodox Church. If we have no patience with each other, and are not willing to give many years to working out a successful marriage, then our marriage is doomed.

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SHUKR is an Arabic word found in the Qur’an which means gratitude or thanks.  Launched in 2001, the Islamic clothing company named Shukr serves people of all religions who are inspired by their faith to dress modestly, but don’t want to  sacrifice style and beauty. 

I’ve purchased several pieces from Shukr, and I’m particularly pleased by their long skirts;  I’m 5 feet 9 and a half inches tall and the length is just right for me.  I recommend watching their clearance page for better prices.

The Jane Austen Font

August 18, 2009

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Donald Hendricks' Jane Austen paper doll
Donald Hendricks’ Jane Austen paper doll


Pia Frauss has created amazingly cool fonts, and they’re free for private, educational, and (approved) non-profit use. Among these fonts is  the Jane Austen font, developed from samples of Austen’s handwriting;  interestingly, Frauss had to invent the X because  she couldn’t find any examples of this letter from Austen’s manuscripts!

The pic?  That’s one of Donald Hendricks’ phenomenal paper dolls!  Click the pic to go directly to the page for the Jane Austen doll.


sunbody top hat


Sunbody has these fantastic summer top hats! 

In July 2009, this note was added to the Sunbody blog:

We do have the Top Hats in stock now. We don’t have them for sale on the website, yet, but we do have them and you can order them by phone at 1-800-310-7093 or email at

Jimmy Pryor
SunBody Hats

I buy them from Hijab Al-Muminat.


  The phrase “‘the world’ is the general name for all the passions. When we wish to call the passions by a common name, we call them ‘the world.’ But when we wish to distinguish them by their special names, we call them the passions. The passions are the following: love of riches, desire for possessions, bodily pleasure from which comes sexual passion, love of honour which gives rise to envy, lust for power, arrogance and pride of position, the craving to adorn … “ Death to the World is an Eastern Orthodox zine, started by monks and nuns from the St Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, CA, as a medium of evangelism to teens involved in the punk subculture by monastics who were ex-punks. 

Links to past editions of Death to the World may be found here.

Offbeat Dress: Perfection

August 17, 2009

A pic from the Born Shoes Fall 2009 ad campaign.  Sigh.  I LOVE this.

Tessa boots, Born

Tessa boots, Born

Offbeat Dress: Utilikilts

August 17, 2009

Men in kilts.  You gotta love it.

Certain husbands will not wear a kilt.  I love them anyway.

Utilikilts are the best!    And their logo?  I just found out that’s three interlocking Fs — and those Fs stand for the phrase Form Follows Function.

Wow!  Check out this pic from Burning Man!