spiritual life

In with the old: A look at Orthodox traditions

Hey, JOY Journal friends! Bringing over another piece from the spirituality series I'm doing for an e-magazine. It features Christian traditions dating back to Byzantine times that believers from more contemporary traditions may enjoy reading about. Blessings! The Rev. Demetrios Tsikouris stands in front of St. John’s holy sanctuary, the part of the church where the priest’s preparation service for the Divine… Continue reading In with the old: A look at Orthodox traditions


Savoring winter

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." Hal Borland, American journalist/nature writer This time of year, I try to think like a skier, savoring what remains of winter rather than looking longingly at the March and April calendar pages. It's winter. And, while spring-like warmth is sneaking in a bit here and there,… Continue reading Savoring winter

family life

The cost of dreams

"Don't look at yourself in the same old way -- take another picture. Shoot the stars off in your own backyard -- don't look any further." Carly Simon, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of When I came down to the kitchen one recent morning, my husband had an unusual set up surrounding the dishwasher.… Continue reading The cost of dreams

blogging, spiritual life

Looking at love

Hey, JOY Journal friends! If Valentine’s Day has your thoughts turning toward love, you may enjoy my February micro-blog posts on Facebook @ noraedingerbooks. Like and follow that page to have a look at God’s love delivered fresh to your newsfeed. If you’re not on Facebook, these Fresh Mercy posts also scroll at the bottom… Continue reading Looking at love


Valentine brownies

Odds are, you will need something chocolate in the next couple of weeks. Here is a re-post of my Bake Sale Brownie recipe from April 2018 and its rather silly origin that you may enjoy. 🙂 This gluten-free batch was made without the coffee twist, but has two topping choices -- crushed candy canes or dark… Continue reading Valentine brownies