What History & Culture Have Taught Me About Food #NoDietDay

What History & Culture Have Taught Me About Food #NoDietDay

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." - James Beard May 6 has been officially dubbed No Diet Day by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). NEDA created this day as a way to bring awareness to the societal and personal detriments of "diet culture." Today, I'd like to share a little bit of [...]

How I Almost Became a Fundamentalist

How I Almost Became a Fundamentalist

May 3, 1611, is the day upon which many scholars believe the King James Bible was originally published. What initially began as a distinctly Anglican translation grew to become a key aspect of the collective culture of all English speakers before eventually developing into a translation intrinsically connected with fundamentalism. What better day is there, [...]

April Favorites

April Favorites

As the month of April is swiftly coming to a close, I thought it would be fitting to share some of the books, music, podcasts, tv programs, etc...that I have enjoyed this month. If this is the type of content that you appreciate, I would love to make this a monthly addition to Merry Madaline. [...]

Tsoureki & Orthodox Easter

Tsoureki & Orthodox Easter

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen! Truly Risen! Today, around 300 million Christians are celebrating Easter. This is because the Eastern Church bases their feasts and Holy Days on the Julian Calendar, while the Western Church uses the Gregorian Calendar. The Eastern Orthodox Church is the dominant expression of Christianity in many countries, including [...]

My Favorite Neighbor

My Favorite Neighbor

Happiest of birthdays to my personal hero and idol...Fred Rogers. Fred McFeely Rogers was born March 20, 1928. He would have been 91 years old today. Fred Rogers was America’s favorite neighbor, and, for many children, their first best friend. He taught children that they were special and valuable just for being themselves. He taught [...]

St. Patrick

St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year...not because of the riotous drinking parties, leprechaun folklore, and Irish soda bread...although I do love soda bread! I love St. Patrick’s Day because I LOVE St. Patrick! He was an incredible figure in Church history. His prayers, confessions, and blessings are beautiful, contemplative, [...]