Who, What, When, Where, and Why

It has occurred to me that I ought to tell you, my faithful readers, a bit about me, to give you a bit of context for the things you’ll read about on the blog.

The overview: I’m a fortysomething single mom who homeschools three elementary-age kids while running a somewhat successful tailoring business from home here in Morgantown, West Virginia. Other pertinent facts:

I was born in Terre Haute, Indiana.

I grew up in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

I have 5 years of college but no degree, having studied nursing and accounting – which qualifies me to apply my own bandaids when I stick myself with pins while working, and to do my own income taxes. I learned to sew at age 5, began sewing my own clothes at age 12, made my first custom garment for a paying customer at age 17, and have been sewing for a living since 2000.

I used to dislike dogs. Now I have a dog who is almost as dear to me as my kids. I like cats but am allergic (as is my youngest).

I call my kids checs in the blog, which stands for ‘child of an Eastern Catholic” for that is what we are – Ruthenian Byzantine Catholics of the Pittsburgh Metropolia.

I’m a convert to the Catholic Church, having received the Sacrament of Baptism as an infant in the Moravian church. I was received into the Roman Catholic Church at Easter Vigil 1991…..the checs and I became Byzantine Catholics in the late summer of 2006, although we are still awaiting a formal Transfer of Ritual Church from the appropriate powers-that-be.

I’ve had the following jobs: apprentice house painter, newspaper delivery girl, fast food cook and hostess, diner waitress, newspaper typesetter, bindery machinery operator, nursing assistant, ambulance attendant, accountant, human resource director, truck driver, field mess first cook, garrison first cook, culinary artist, cleaning lady, babysitter, Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher’s aide, janitor, and tailor. The HR job paid the best but I like being a tailor the best.

I was a cook in the Army from 1996 – 1990 and was stationed here: Fort McClellan, AL; Fort Lee, VA; Fort Ord, CA; Istanbul, Turkey; and Fort Sill, OK. I held the rank of Sergeant (E-5) when I was (honorably) discharged. I’m eligible for membership in the American Legion.

I have owned the following cars: 1976 Isuzu Opel GT, driven until it literally fell apart; 1973 Chevy Nova, wrecked by younger brother; 1974 Chevy Nova, driven into irreparability by former husband; 1987 Plymouth Duster, first car I ever bought brand new; 1994 Plymouth Duster, second car I ever bought brand new; 1978 Olds Cutlass Supreme, the only car I have ever mourned; 1985 Chevy Caprice; 1999 Dodge Stratus, retired with blown head gasket; 1996 Subaru Legacy wagon, since I am a karate mom with a dog, I have to have a karate mom-mobile (two other moms at the dojo also drive Legacys, and one of them is even the same color as mine).

I have many stickers on my car, but not enough. I need stickers about my dog and some other stuff.

I do not like eggs.

I do like oysters on the half shell. I also agree that they look like boogers.

I did not know how to cook much of anything when I joined the Army. Today I can cook anything. And it all tastes good, too. My specialties are Moravian Sugar Cake, North Carolina-style pulled pork barbecue, and meat loaf.

I talk pretty much like I write, except I’m more sarcastic in person. I ought to work on that.

I would like to become a cantor in the Byzantine Church. I am currently a Reader at my parish, and I’m also the parish sewing lady.


5 responses to “Who, What, When, Where, and Why

  1. It’s great to see a Catholic from West Virginia with such great devotion! I’m glad that you have come to the Church, and that you are taking it so seriously and with such joy.
    I was enheartened by your largely positive evaluation of Bishop Bransfield, because he is a great Bishop and he is doing great things in our Diocese. We’re very lucky to have him (I’m a Roman Catholic seminarian for the Diocese). It’s great to see two rites getting along. I hope you continue to have contact with the Roman Rite here in WV.
    God Bless!
    J S

  2. I was pastor at Holy Family RC Church in Lawton, OK (next to Ft. Sill). I was bi-ritual so we had Liturgies there on occasion.

    I am currently the priest at the BCC parish in Irving, TX.

    While we probably never met it is good to see that both of us have found a home in the East.

    Beautiful vestments, by the way. When are you going to start making them for other parishes?

  3. A post of yours was “automatically” linked with a post of mine, so I had to come check it out. (What’s with this automatic linking, by the way?!?!) HOLY COW — *I* lived in Morgantown for three years! So where do you go to church? When I was there, the closest thing to Eastern Catholic was the Greek Orthodox Church downtown — Dormition, I think it was — and the Russian parish across the river in…umm…Westover, is that the name? West-something. I myself am Russian Orthodox in a Greek parish, currently living in New Hampshire, and I’m assuming that your call to “Eastward” is in reaction to some of the wilder excesses of Western Catholicism. Works for me.

  4. Thanks for this reflection and site.
    Please visit Liturgy
    And consider linking as “Liturgy” or “Liturgy (ecumenical).
    And consider embedding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgqtebNm3Fg&eurl=http://www.liturgy.co.nz/naked/liturgist.html

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