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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

17 June 2014. Zacchaeus Wood “Trial” Today… Fatso Wants to Found “Monastery” Near the District

01 Kangaroo Court

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Today was the “spiritual trial” for Zacchaeus Wood. I think that the poor sod’s been punished enough. He lost his position at the Centre and they publicly humiliated him. For what he did, that’s sufficient… he didn’t commit heresy or schism, he just did stupid acts. He did nothing to harm the Church as “Church”; he’s alleged to have had his hand in the till and enabling a crank starosta. That’s not the same as the Unia of Brest or the Raskol or Arius’ heresy! He got bounced from his job and he got bad-dogged; now, everyone knows what he’s accused of, his cred is in the shitter. If you were to ask me, I’d stick him in a small parish in the Midwest so that he could attend to his elderly mother. He’d be no further trouble to the Church at large (much as how the Church dealt with Puhalo… he’s watched, so he isn’t going to do anything overly gnarly… ditto for Wood).

A Cabinet member sent me this:

Fatso is trying to establish a monastery @50 miles (@90 kilometres) from DC. It’d be under ROCOR; Metropolitan Hilarion has blessed the endeavour. So far, he does have 2-3 monks willing to go with him. Now, he’s looking for the money to do this. He needs 400 Gs (13.94 million Roubles. 435,000 CAD. 429,000 AUD. 296,000 Euros. 236,000 UK Pounds) to buy an old Methodist Church that’s for sale, for conversion into a residence.

Hilarion Kapral isn’t a “free agent”… he has to get Peredelkino’s permission to bring Fatso in and to install him as “abbot”. That hasn’t come… until it does, all the talk is just that… talk. Someone at the Centre doesn’t like Paffso… otherwise, it would’ve been a done deal. Also, the Centre’s putting none of its money into this boondoggle. However, it does show that Hilarion Kapral isn’t rebellious. We’ll have to wait and see what the Centre has to say on this.

I believe that Fatso’s project is a crock from stem to stern… if he wants to found a monastery, let him start it in an area that’s more affordable. Hey, such an area would be more “isolated”… but that’s GOOD if you’re a monk or nun… you ARE trying to flee the “World”, after all. He’s really trying to found a “retreat centre” for Potapov, Freddie M-G, Mattingly, et al… we should NOT be encouraging that. Let him go off to the Maine North Woods, the Adirondacks or the Northeast Kingdom… he wouldn’t need 400Gs for that! After all, did Frs Joseph and Panteleimon need 400Gs to found Jordanville? NO SIREE… they did it on a hell of lot less. Fatty wants to swan about and pose as “Metropolitan”. As for his “monks”, is one of them Nathanael Kapner? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

BMD

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Monday, 10 September 2012

10 September 2012. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Just Another Day in the North Woods

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A friend sent me this image of North Country bears… and it all “grew” from there…

BMD

Monday, 25 June 2012

25 June 2012. Vara and Nicky’s Not-So-Wonderful Misadventure…

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This weekend, Nicky and I decided to take a motor up into the Adirondacks. Well… it turned into the “Motor from Hell”. We were driving home in the mid-afternoon Sunday when the car suddenly started coughing and moving in “fits and jerks”. It took four jumps” from four different people to get back to Schuylerville NY (which is civilisation).  The car’s final conk-out was in front of an auto repair shop. It was Sunday afternoon at 16.00… no one was open. One of the neighbours said that the shop opened at 07.30 on Monday. We didn’t have the money for a motel; we had enough to fix the car, if necessary, that was more important, in the greater scheme of things.

So, of course, we “camped out” in the car overnight. Thank God, it wasn’t mid-winter, and there was a Stewart’s Shop (gas/convenience/dairy outlet in our part of Northeast NY State) on the next block; at least, one didn’t have to squat in the bushes (a small blessing, that). The mechanic showed up a little after seven, he looked at the car, and said that we had a crank alternator. He gave us a full charge gratis, but we didn’t have the money for a new alternator. To say that the trip back to Albany was nerve-wracking is an understatement. The car didn’t make it all the way home, but we got to Western and North Allen, which was on a direct bus route home. I took the groceries and went home, and Nicky took the car to the shop. We busted down right by the cops, which means that he didn’t wait long for aid.

That’s why there wasn’t any posting this weekend. However, we’re in one piece and back home. Thank God for small favours… be good, all of y’all…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 25 June 2012

Albany NY

Sunday, 8 April 2012

8 April 2012. What a LOVELY Birthday…

Great Sacandaga Lake, Northville (Fulton County) NY USA, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York State.

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Today, my Nicky gave me a lovely “birthday present”. This afternoon, we took a four-hour motor through the foothills of the Adirondacks, around Great Sacandaga Lake. As the “season” wasn’t “on” yet, the roads weren’t clogged, and we had a most beautiful clear spring day to wander about in. Thank God, we don’t live in a deadly dreadful place like Texas or Arizona… there’s a great variety of nature, places, and peoples within easy motoring distance. It was the best gift that my Nicky could’ve given me.

Thank you, dear…

BMD

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