gretchenI am an Orthodox Christian, recently widowed after 43 years of marriage, mother of five, and grandmother of eighteen (including one great-grandchild). I live in Northern California and have been blogging since 2009. My interests include homemaking, my family, theology, education (We homeschooled for 25 years), philosophy, wildflowers, and gardening.

Favorite Movies
“The Secret of Roan Inish,” “My Octopus Teacher,” “Ushpizin,” “Children of Heaven,” “Ostrov (Остров),” “Joe and the Volcano,” “Moonstruck,” “Breaking Away,” “Groundhog Day,” “The Well-Digger’s Daughter,” “Big Night.”

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

A Few Favorite Books & Authors
For the Life of the World, Laurus, Up and Down California, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, Till We Have Faces, Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Father Arseny, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Journals of Alexander Schmemann, Along Came a Dog, Rumer Godden, Meindert de Jong, G.K. Chesterton, Richard Wilbur, Dana Gioia, Anthony Bloom, The Hungry Soul by Leon Kass, Witness by Whittaker Chambers, Kristin Lavransdatter, Rebecca West, The Supper of the Lamb.

E-mail: joanna.gj@protonmail.com

12 thoughts on “About

  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. 🙂

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  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.

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    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!


  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.

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