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Saturday, August 7th, 2010 08:22 pm
The Ministry of Women in the Church by Elisabeth Behr-Sigel
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccacio tr. G. H. McWilliam
The Cult of St. Thecla : a tradition of women's piety in late antiquity by Stephen J. Davis
Healing Love : cultivating female sexual energy by Mantak Chia
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Saturday, July 31st, 2010 07:27 am
Duties of the Heart by Rabbi Bachya ibn Paquda tr. Daniel Haberman

A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue : philosophy and mysticism in Baḥya Ibn Paqūda's Duties of the heart by Diana Lobel

Debt is Slavery : and 9 other things I wish my dad had taught me about money by Michael Mihalik

Rābi`a Baṣri : the mystic and her fellow-saints in Islam by Margaret Smith

Holding Yin, Embracing Yang : three taoist classics on meditation, breath regulation, sexual yoga, and the circulation of internal energy tr. Eva Wong

Woman + woman : attitudes toward lesbianism by Dolores Klaich

Holy women of Russia : the lives of five Orthodox women offer spiritual guidance for today by Brenda Meehan-Waters

St. Methodia of Kimolos : remarkable ascetic, teacher of virtue, counselor, comforter, and healer (1865-1908) : an account of her life, character, miracles, and influence, together with selected hymns from the akolouthia in honor of her, and a letter to her sister Anna by Constantine Cavarnos

St. Seraphim of Sarov : widely beloved mystic, healer, comforter, and spiritual guide : an account of his life, character and message, together with a very edifying conversation with his disciple Motovilov on the acquisition of the grace of the Holy Spirit, and the Saint's spiritual counsels by Constantine Cavarnos

The bread of angels : a memoir of love and faith in Damascus by Stephanie Saldaña

The first Christian hymnbook : the Odes of Solomon tr. James H. Charlesworth

A formcritical study of selected Odes of Solomon by Gerald R. Blaszczak
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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 06:21 am
Yes Means Yes! : visions of female sexual power and a world without rape ed. Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
Persons in Communion : A theology of authentic relationships by Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald
Orthodox Women Speak : Discerning the "Signs of the Times" ed. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald
Powers and Submissions : spirituality, philosophy, and gender by Sarah Coakley
Collected Poems by Jane Kenyon (to understand what depression feels like, read Constance (1993), particularly "Having it out with melancholy")
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (good fun)
Feminist theory from margin to center by bell hooks (very highly recommended)
She Who Is : The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth Johnson
The Garden of Emuna : a practical guide to life by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The second sex by Simone de Beauvoir tr. Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier
Trust Me! : An anthology of emunah and bitachon by Rabbi Eliezer Parkoff
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Saturday, June 5th, 2010 03:51 pm
vaccinium northblue
vaccinium northsky
vaccinium northcountry
vaccinium corymbosum patriot
summer squash sunburst (this was a mistake. i meant to get another variety of winter squash. if it grows i'll eat it anyway.)
winter squash butternut
winter squash buttercup
cinderella pumpkin rouge v'if d'etamps
winter squash red kuri
winter squash acorn
tomato taxi
tomato sungold
matt's wild cherry tomato
tomato san marzano

the tomatoes are in containers. the squash and blueberries are in the naked ground. last year was all containers. we'll see what grows!
also, i planted three low-bush blueberry bushes, which started out looking like sticks and didn't improve. i've officially declared them lost causes, and contributed their mulch to the high-bushes.
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Monday, May 31st, 2010 05:23 pm
Teresa of Avila and the Politics of Sanctity by Gillian T. W. Ahlgren
The Way of Perfection by Teresa of Avila tr. E. Allison Peers ed. Henry L. Carrigan, Jr.
The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila tr. Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez O.C.D
RastafarI women : subordination in the midst of liberation theology by Obiagele Lake
The Shahnameh : The Persian Book of Kings by Abolqasem Ferdowsi tr. Dick Davis
Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria : Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered by Joan E. Taylor
Youth of the Apocalypse : And the Last True Rebellion by John Marler and Andrew Wermuth
Matericon : Instructions of Abba Isaiah to the Honorable Nun Theodora
The Desert Mothers : Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness by Mary C. Earle
Mother Maria, her life in letters ed. Sister Thekla
Dogs : From a Sufi Point of View by Javad Nurbakhsh

All recommended for appropriate audiences. I also looked at a bunch of books I'd considered reading and put them away. I think I'm finished with bothering finishing books I don't really want to read all the way through.
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Friday, April 30th, 2010 07:53 am
Icon and Evidence : poems by Margaret Gibson
The sacred art of bowing : preparing to practice by Andi Young
Why We Love : The Nature And Chemistry Of Romantic Love by Helen E. Fisher

The Book of Jasher : with testimonies and notes, critical and historical, explanatory of the text. tr. Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus (published in 1751, coincident with the earliest distinct expressions of the documentary hypothesis - the first attempted reconstruction of a Torah source?)

Painted Bed by Donald Hall

Studies in Early Mysticism in the Near and Middle East by Margaret Smith ("the oppressor has need of repentance, though men praise him, and the oppressed is safe, though men blame him; so also the contented man is rich, though he be hungry, and the covetous man is poor, though he own the whole world" - al-Muhasibi)

Ordained Women in the Early Church : a documentary history tr. Kevin Madigan and Carolyn Osiek ("The sharp words about widows as wandering gossips reflect the informal female communication network that functions in most traditional cultures, which men typically disdain because they are excluded from it. It will be a repeated stereotype in later literature.")

* The Nestorian Monument of Hsi-an Fu in Shen-hsi, China by James Legge
* The Nestorian Monument : an ancient record of christianity in China ed. Dr. Paul Carus
* Our Man of Patience by Anees I. Baroody
* The Jews in China : their synagogue, their scriptures, their history, &c. by James Finn
* Gulshan I Raz : the mystic rose garden of Sa'd ud din Mahmud Shabistari tr. E. H. Whinfield

The Silent Cry : mysticism and resistance by Dorothee Soelle
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby (hilarious.)
* Holy Women of Byzantium : Ten Saints' Lives in English Translation ed. Alice-Mary Talbot


* ebooks (Conveniently, at the turn of the previous century, many people were interested in the same topics as I am now, and so books like these are coming into the public domain, despite our ridiculous copyright extensions. Thanks for scanning them, google!), mostly read on [livejournal.com profile] snowbiker's Kindle DX I'm borrowing. The physical device is lovely, and the user interface is much better than the nook's. Of all the features missing, the most annoying to me is the inability to display downloaded html files, but I suspect that would require a folder structure. The external speaker is better than the iphone's, but the headphone jack emits a signal curiously distorted with a frequency-dependent lag. The web browser is practically useless, and I'm having a hard time imagining any book I'd want to "buy" with amazon's drm that I wouldn't rather buy outright or borrow from the library, so I see no reason to ever turn on the wireless. Of the 24 books on my to-read shelf at the moment, only 6 are available to "buy" from amazon for the kindle anyway. Many of my complaints about the software will supposedly be fixed with the new update.
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Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 05:30 am
Recommended for all audiences -
The Secret History of the Mongol Queens : How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford
The Mummies of Ürümchi by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (this is a fascinating anthropology of Central Asia, told through textiles)

Recommended if you're interested in that sort of thing -
Sex Working and the Bible by Avaren Ipsen
Texts of Terror : Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives by Phyllis Trible

Not exactly recommended, but not terrible -
The Lives of the Spiritual Mothers tr. Holy Apostles Convent,
Holy Mothers of Orthodoxy : Women and the Church by Eva Catafygiotu Topping
Saints and Sisterhood : The Lives of Forty-Eight Holy Women by Eva Catafygiotu Topping
A Lost tradition : women writers of the early Church by Patricia Wilson-Kastner, G. Ronald Kastner, Ann Millin, Rosemary Rader, and Jeremiah Reedy
Women in early Christianity : Translations from Greek Texts ed. Patricia Cox Miller

categories added 3 April 2010
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Sunday, February 28th, 2010 07:04 am
In the Wake of the Goddesses : Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth by Tikva Frymer-Kensky
Did God Have a Wife? : Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel by William G. Dever
Mother Gavrilia : The Ascetic of Love tr. Helen Anthony
Ancient Taboos and Gender Prejudice : Challenges for Orthodox Women and the Church by Leonie B. Liveris
A Translation of the Four Gospels from the Syriac of the Sinaitic Palimpsest by Agnes Smith Lewis
The Commentaries of Isho'dad of Merv - Vol. I : The Gospels in English tr. Margaret Dunlop Gibson
When Women Were Priests : Women's Leadership in the Early Church & the Scandal of their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity by Karen Jo Torjesen
Turning the Wheel : American Women Creating the New Buddhism by Sandy Boucher
Writing a Woman's Life by Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Mission of Friar William of Rubruck : His Journey to the Court of the Great Khan Mungke tr. Peter Jackson
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Friday, February 26th, 2010 04:01 pm
Of course, now that I am Completely Prepared for an outage, I am among the 47% of PSNH customers who never lost power. Also, my two tall trees hardly lost a limb. Also, I didn't lose a single shingle. It roared like a tornado - an overnight hurricane. Foolishly, I did not get out of bed to watch it.

I don't want anyone to get hurt, but if climate change means more exciting weather? Bring it on!

e.t.a. The rivers are crazy high. We are so waterlogged. I don't know where it's all going to go (um. yeah. downhill.), but it better get there before spring hits for real.
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 05:18 pm
When women ruled the world!

http://books.google.com/books?id=OP5rPgAACAAJ

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire By Jack Weatherford

Of course, he paints Sorqaqtani as the villain for dramatic tension.
Pop historians have that liberty
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 07:21 pm
Does anyone know how to get sheet music for Dobri Hristov's Lamentations? I don't care about the words, I want the notes. "Lamentations" is called "Nadgroben plach" in Bulgarian, and written properly it's something like Добри Христов: надгробен плач.

Here's what it sounds like. File it under "music to make you cry"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awGh3EVWXXg
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Sunday, January 31st, 2010 07:18 am
The Forgotten Desert Mothers : sayings, lives, and stories of early christian women by Laura Swan
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ed. Thomas H. Johnson
Dancing After the Whirlwind : Feminist Reflections on Sex, Denial, and Spiritual Healing by L. J. Tessier
Buddhist Women On The Edge : Contemporary Perspectives from the Western Frontier ed. Marianne Dresser
The Female Diaconate : an historical perspective by Matushka Ellen Gvosdev
Chastity as autonomy : women in the stories of the apocryphal acts by Virginia Burrus
The Cult of Isis Among Women in the Graeco-Roman World by Sharon Kelly Heyob
Feminism in Christianity : an orthodox christian response by Deborah Belonick
The Heroine's Journey by Maureen Murdock
Science and Health with key to the scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
But She Said : Feminist Practices of Biblical Interpretation by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Practical Mysticism : a little book for normal people by Evelyn Underhill
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Thursday, January 14th, 2010 02:29 pm
St. Macrina the Elder was the matriarch of a great family of saints. Basil the Elder was her son, and Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Peter of Sebaste, and Macrina the Younger (the founder of scholarly monasticism) were her grandchildren. She is particularly concerned with widows and the poor, and we seek her help in particular for those recently widowed and impoverished by the earthquake yesterday in Haiti.

St. Nino was a foreign captive in Georgia. Her prayer life and spiritual manner of being greatly impressed those who knew her. In that place it was the custom of the women, when a child was sick, to carry her around from household to household seeking a cure. A certain woman brought her child to St. Nino, who explained that she had no medical knowledge, but that her God Christ could heal the child. She placed the child on her cloak and prayed, then handed the child, completely healed, back to her mother. This deed caught the attention of many, including the queen, who had herself carried St. Nino for healing from her grave illness. St. Nino laid the queen on her cloak, called on the name of Christ, then raised her up, completely healed. St. Nino then taught the queen about her God Christ. When the queen told her husband about the nature of her recovery, he ordered many presents to be sent to St. Nino. The queen informed him that St. Nino would reject them, due to her simple lifestyle, and that the only reward that would please her would be for them to worship her God Christ. But the king paid her no mind.

One day, while the king was hunting in the forest, the sky darkened, and soon was as black as night. His companions scattered, and alone and frightened, he thought of St. Nino and her God Christ. He prayed "If indeed that Christ whom the Captive had preached to his Wife was God, then let Him now deliver him from this darkness, that he too might forsake all other gods to worship Him." As soon as the vow was complete in his thoughts, before he could get the words out, daylight was restored to the world, and the king returned to the city unharmed. He told the queen what had happened and summoned St. Nino, that she could instruct him in her faith. She did so, and told them how to build a church. He commanded the church to be built, and she worked wonders in its construction, illuminating the populace. In this way the whole nation was converted.

She is also the patron saint of the St. Nina Quarterly, a publication dedicated to exploring the ministry of women in the Orthodox Church.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2010 07:48 am
St. Theosebia was ordained deaconess in Nyssa in 371, shortly after her husband, Gregory, was made bishop. When she died, Gregory Nazianzen wrote Gregory of Nyssa a condolence letter in which he praised her highly (see Ep. CXCVII):

Theosebia, the glory of the church, the adornment of Christ, the helper of our generation, the hope of woman; Theosebia, the most beautiful and glorious among all the beauty of the Brethren; Theosebia, truly sacred, truly consort of a priest, and of equal honour and worthy of the Great Sacraments, Theosebia, whom all future time shall receive, resting on immortal pillars, that is, on the souls of all who have known her now, and of all who shall be hereafter. And do not wonder that I often invoke her name. For I rejoice even in the remembrance of the blessed one. Let this, a great deal in few words, be her epitaph from me, and my word of condolence for you, though you yourself are quite able to console others in this way through your philosophy in all things.
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Friday, January 8th, 2010 09:54 am
St. Domnika of Alexandria, d. 474

Wealthy Roman Christians of significant social standing arranged a marriage for their daughter Domnika. She had other ideas, and fled to Alexandria. There she found four women philosophers, who were conducting an experiment in cooperative living. They welcomed her and her ideas, and they converted to Christianity based on observation of her example. The five women made a pilgrimage to Constantinople, where Patriarch Nektarios baptized Domnika's four housemates, giving them the Christian names Dorothea, Evanthia, Nonna, and Timothea. He then bestowed his authoritative blessing on Domnika's spiritual guidance of the group. They gained renown caring for the sick and the stranger. Domnika in particular was known for her skill in discernment and healing of bodily and spiritual ailments, especially the effects of curses. Even Emperor Theodosios sought her prophetic powers. But due to the burdens of so many seekers, the patriarch and the emperor agreed to her request to build her community a cloister in a more secluded location. The cloister's church was dedicated to the Prophet Zachariah, and Patriarch Nektarios there ordained Domnika "to the priestly rank of the diaconate in Christ" (το ιερατικον σχημα της εν Χριστω διακονιας). She continued to lead her community for many more years.

based on Tsamis, Μητερικον, vol. II, 200-227 as tr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald in Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church,1998. 34-35

compare St. Domnica of Constantinople
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Thursday, January 7th, 2010 07:38 am
St. Kentigerna, Hermitess of Loch Lomond

Does anyone out there find these as amusing as I do? I may one day write my own material about them, rather than just copying others', but right now I'm just gathering material. I think they're fascinating from a feminist perspective: as real women, whose lives got channeled through a patriarchal remembrance, and as characters, whose stories have had meaning to both men and women, over a wide variety of times and cultural contexts. (remembering Mary Daly)

Citing the writings of women (e.g. Proba) is an attempt to document the paucity of orthodox women theologians. I know of maybe a dozen, and half of those are living.

[livejournal.com profile] naamah, have you seen any women writing (or scribing) in syriac?
Does anyone know of resources from the "Nestorian" and "monophysite" churches regarding women saints and theologians?
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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 07:30 am
with lines 386-412 of Proba's Cento virgilianus, written ~351

from http://home.infionline.net/~ddisse/proba.html

Cento virgilianus is made up of 694 lines of Virgil put together to form a biblical narrative: from the creation of the world to the ascension of Jesus into heaven after his resurrection from the dead. It is unoriginal in that, except for the opening, none of the words are Proba's own; it is original in the choices that she makes and the view of Christianity she shows. For many of her readers and hearers, the biblical story was unfamiliar; it was Virgil's words, especially those of the Aeneid, that were a basic part of the Roman educational system, memorized by children and recited by adults. Proba offers Christ as the new epic hero who can join (perhaps replace) those of classical literature.

tr. Jeremiah Reedy, edited by me, from A Lost Tradition : women writers of the early church ed. Patricia Wilson-Kastner, G. Ronald Kastner, Ann Millin, Rosemary Rader, and Jeremiah Reedy

Crowds of matrons marveled, ... )
Go forth and get used to being invoked with prayers."

also St. Lydia Alexandrova, along with her husband, mother and three daughters
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Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 08:07 am
St. Syncletica of Alexandria

Amma Syncletica said, "There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in the town, and they are wasting their time. It is possible to be a solitary in one's mind while living in a crowd, and it is possible for one who is a solitary to live in the crowd of his own thoughts."