About Author

gretchenI am an Orthodox Christian, recently widowed after 43 years of marriage, mother of five, and grandmother of thirteen. I live in Northern California and have been blogging since 2009. My interests include homemaking, my family, theology, The Orthodox Church, history, and gardening.

Favorite Movies
The Secret of Roan Inish, Ushpizin, Children of Heaven, Ostrov (Остров), The Tree of Life, Joe and the Volcano, Moonstruck, Breaking Away, Groundhog Day

Favorite Music
My husband singing, my children playing their instruments, Grieg, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin, Rich Mullins, Celtic, Lost Dogs, Orthodox hymns, Dylan’s “Everything is Broken”

Some Favorite Books & Authors
For the Life of the World, Till We Have Faces, Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Perelandra, Kite Runner, Father Arseny, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Journals of Alexander Schmemann, Heat and Dust, Cry the Beloved Country, Peace Like a River, Along Came a Dog, Meindert de Jong, G.K. Chesterton, Richard Wilbur, Dana Gioia, Wendell Berry, Victor Davis Hanson, Anthony Bloom, The Hungry Soul by Leon Kass, Witness by Whittaker Chambers, Kristin Lavransdatter, Rebecca West, Gutenberg Elegies, The Supper of the Lamb

E-mail: gretchenjoanna@gmail.com

6 thoughts on “About Author

  1. My mom sent me a copy of Ushpizin years ago! I just watched it again tonight. Small world! I’ll have to try some of the other movies you mentioned. I also loved The Secret of Roan Inish. 🙂

    Like

  2. So glad to see that The Tree of Life is one of your favourite movies. It certainly is one of my all time faves. I just saw Terrence Malick’s latest, Knights of Cup; a possible review is brewing in my mind.

    Like

    1. I hope you will write that review – I read on Wikipedia — just now, because I hadn’t heard of the movie — that “it would be ‘impenetrable and intolerable’ for most audiences,” so I may need your encouragement that it is worth it, if you do think it is. Someone also said it is “not a young man’s movie,” so I’d be interested in your take on that aspect, too!

      Like

  3. I just discovered your blog about 2 months ago, and am enjoying it a lot.
    because of you, I just ordered The Path to Sanctity from Eighth Day Books in Wichita, KS.
    I hope you know about that bookstore. I was just there this last weekend. Great place.

    Like

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s