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The robin and the wren

Last week (January 9, 2019), our hero was Robin Hood, and I promised to write something about the bird robin. For some reason, in oral tradition, the robin is often connected with the wren. In Surrey (a county bordering London), and not only there, people used to say: “The robin and the wren are God’s cock and hen” (as though the wren were the female of the robin, but then the wren is indeed Jenny). In Wales, the wren is also considered sacred. This association with God (note also: the wren is O...
Tags: Books, England, London, Wales, Robin Hood, Ireland, Normandy, Surrey, Shakespeare, Vikings, Vanity Fair, Robin, Robert, St Stephen, Jenny, Lady Macbeth


My Top 11 Hostels in Budapest in 2019

Updated: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Budapest has become one of the premier backpacker destinations in Europe. Over the last five years, Budapest has gone from popular to uber-popular spot with hundreds of accommodations popping up and ever increasing crowds. Over 3 million people visited the city last year! For backpackers, the combination of a party scene, ruin bars (which are awesome), lots of sights, and cheap prices makes it irresistible to visit. For a small city, all the crowds (don’t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Netflix, Budapest, Hungary, Hostelworld, Peter, Don, St Stephen, Basilica, Cecilia, NomadicMatt, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Vitae Hostel, Retox Party Hostel Retox, Retox Party Hostel


Twelfth Night

It’s hard to believe it’s 2019 already. Christmas came and went too fast, even though we are still in the Christmas season, at least for today. Most of the Christmas lights and decorations have been taken down around the neighborhood, but my tree stays up — at least until tomorrow. I was interested in learning that January fifth or sixth could be considered Twelfth Night, the twelfth day of Christmas, depending on when you start the countdown. If Christmas Day is the first day of Christmas, t...
Tags: Religion, Arizona, Jesus, King, Jericho, St Stephen, Ainsworth, Speaking to the Soul, Education for Ministry, Wikimedia Commons Linda Ryan, Shakeshaft, Mardi Gras The King, Mardi Gras Ash, Mervyn Clitheroe


Boxing Day tips for cool and charitable cats

Dec. 26 is known as Boxing Day in many countries around the world. These cats definitely have embraced the spirit if not the full meaning of this unofficial, at least in the United States, holiday. Our feline also was a big fan of cardboard containers on the day after Christmas and any day of the year that a box of any size appeared. Big cats enjoy boxes, too, but as my Tumbling Taxes post shows they exhibit their enthusiasm in slightly different ways than their smaller cousins. As a lover of ...
Tags: Taxes, United States, Stephen, Internal Revenue Service, St Stephen


In the first reading we hear of the martyrdom o...

In the first reading we hear of the martyrdom of the deacon St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr. Like the Lord Jesus, Stephen died outside the city, stoned to death for what his tormentors considered blasphemy. Like Christ, at his death, he commends his spirit to God and forgives his tormentors, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Saul, the future St. Paul and Apostle to the Gentiles, was a witness to Stephen’s martyrdom. In the Gospel reading Jesus warns his followers that they would ...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Christ, Stephen, St Paul, St Stephen, Saul, Homily of the Day, Jesus Stephen


My Top 11 Hostels in Budapest

Posted: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 Budapest has become one of the premier backpacker destinations in Europe. Over the last five years, Budapest has gone from popular to uber-popular spot with hundreds of accommodations popping up and ever increasing crowds. Over 3 million people visited the city last year! For backpackers, the combination of a party scene, ruin bars (which are awesome), lots of sights, and cheap prices makes it irresistible to visit. For a small city, all the crowds (do...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Netflix, Budapest, Hungary, Hostelworld, Peter, Don, St Stephen, Basilica, Cecilia, NomadicMatt, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Vitae Hostel, Retox Party Hostel Retox, Retox Party Hostel


Kearney set for Christmas at Asian Tour Q-School

Niall Kearney Niall Kearney won’t be digesting Christmas Day turkey in Dublin but in Thailand bidding for his Asian Tour card when he tees it up at the Final Stage of the Qualifying School from St Stephen’s Day.The Royal Dublin player finished tied for ninth at Stage One at Lakeview Resort & Golf Club in Hua Hin at the weekend, carding rounds of 71, 71, 66 and 73 At three under pa...
Tags: Sport, Thailand, Golf, Dublin, Limerick, Tim Rice, St Stephen, Kearney, Hua Hin, Golf Club, Asian Tour, Royal Dublin, Niall Kearney Niall Kearney, Lakeview Resort Golf Club, Austen Truslow, Lakeview Resort


In the first reading we see God in glory praise...

In the first reading we see God in glory praised and worshipped by the heavenly hosts. In the Gospel reading Jesus warns his followers that they would be persecuted and suffer because of their faith in him. But he assures them of his guidance and protection. Jesus speaks of trials and persecutions as an “opportunity to bear witness.” At the same time he gives his followers assurance, “Do not worry in advance.” In the midst of great difficulties and challenges, Jesus gives us comfort and hope, “N...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Christ, St Stephen, Homily of the Day, Church Today


December 1: Chelsea Opera Premieres Cipullo

Tom Cipullo. Photo:  Hedwig Brouckaert One of my favorite active vocal composers is Tom Cipullo. In the nineties, I  performed his song cycle “Land of Nod,” which demonstrates his penchant for contemporary subjects, including pop culture, and the mixture in his music of lyricism, poignancy, and, occasionally, moments of wry humor. Cipullo’s work as an opera composer has delved into topics with weightier resonances. The following two works are no exception. On Saturday, December 1st at...
Tags: New York, Religion, Paris, Pablo Picasso, Baltimore, Baker, Gertrude Stein, St Stephen, Josephine, Jennifer Beattie, Josephine Baker, Tom Cipullo, Chelsea Opera, Melissa Wimbish, Christ St Stephen, Cipullo


Why You Should Ditch Post-Grad Expectations and Travel Instead

Where I come from, travel is something middle to upper-class families do for a week at a time, maybe once a year during the summer when they leave their suburban homes and check into a resort. They certainly don’t pick up at 21 years old and move to a different country, alone. But maybe they should. When I moved to Boston, Massachusetts from the aptly named Littleton, Colorado, everyone in my hometown thought of me as brave, unusual, and a little bit crazy. I was one of twenty students in my g...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, Pinterest, Cheryl Strayed, Germany, Boston, America, Ireland, New Zealand, Jane Austen, Venice, Upper East Side, States, Dublin, Cuba


Stewardship and Growing Community

  By R A Linton   November is, in the real world of the church calendar, neither Pentecost nor pre-Advent.  It is the season of Stewardship.  Having grown up in the Episcopal Church, I have experienced many stewardship campaigns and varying definitions of the word.  From Pony Express bags in which one placed the tithe card to dinners where one’s ticket was the tithe card, I have become accustomed to various public relations campaigns designed to remind us of our commitment to our parishes and c...
Tags: Religion, Noah, Episcopal Church, St Stephen, Huntsville, Pentecost, Jon White, Linton, The Magazine, Featured Story, Rie Allen Linton, Episcopal Parish


72 hours in Dublin

W hat do Oscar Wilde, Colin Farrell, and Conor McGregor have in common? They’re all Dubliners, of course. And they’re only random selections from a very, very long list of famous musicians, actors, authors, and entertainers to hail from the Fair City. The Republic of Ireland’s capital and the island’s largest population center, Dublin is filled with history, hospitality, literary connections, and a welcoming vibe that makes everyone want to stay. But if you’ve only got three days, here’s how y...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Dart, Frogs, Itinerary, Things To Do, Ireland, Liam Neeson, Michelin, Ellen, Dublin, George Bernard Shaw, Guinness, Central Park, Conor Mcgregor, All


CS checks typhoon-hit facilities

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung visited some leisure facilities on Hong Kong Island today to inspect the clearance and repair work following Super Typhoon Mangkhut. The facilities include the Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Siu Sai Wan Promenade and St. Stephen's Beach Water Sports Centre in Stanley. Mr Cheung commended all government colleagues for their sterling efforts and assistance in helping to restore the community back to normal. He said the Government would allocate sufficient resources to re...
Tags: Cheung, St Stephen, Matthew Cheung, Hong Kong Island, Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground Siu Sai Wan Promenade


20 Fun Things To Do In Dublin, Ireland (Plus What To Avoid…)

Best Things To Do in Dublin, Ireland Dublin, Ireland The city of Dublin is known for its charming streets, colorful doorways, live music and historic architecture. Here are some of the best things to do in Dublin that you won’t want to miss! Dublin may be one of Europe’s smaller capital cities, but the city has been known to steal the heart of every visitor, with something for everyone. I traveled to Dublin with my family during our Irish genealogy trip, tracking down the old home of my Irish...
Tags: Europe, UK, Hollywood, Britain, Ireland, Ira, Dublin, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Stephen, Ellen Degeneres, Bram Stoker, Glen Hansard, Don, Emerald Isle, Patrick


Texas man gets 40 years in prison for church fire

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for a church fire that caused nearly $784,000 in damage. Jurors deliberated for just five minutes before convicting Thomas Britton on Thursday of arson and criminal mischief. He was charged with setting the January 2017 blaze at St. Stephen […]
Tags: Texas, News, Ap, Fort Worth Texas, St Stephen, Nation & World, Thomas Britton


The Church Organist: A Dying Breed?

Is there a looming shortage of organists? While the potential for a shortage of clergy is old news to many in church circles, it also seems that the number of organists is dwindling. This also isn’t exactly “news;” a Google search for “church organist shortage” yielded articles going as far back as the 1990s. So what exactly is happening? It seems to be a garden variety of things: children receiving less exposure to music due to the cutting of music programs in schools; declining church attendan...
Tags: Google, Maryland, Religion, Monty Python, Evans, Npr, Ray, Lee, St Stephen, Baltimore Sun, Birmingham Alabama, Mason City, Wilkes Barre, Mason City Iowa, First Christian Church, Samford


Through the eyes of a child

by Rie Allen Linton     New York City has always been a port of entry for those immigrating to the United States.  Even in the midst of the War Between the States, five ships docked carrying those hoping for a better life in the New World at least every three days.  Even in the middle of a civil uprising, this country seemed to offer new hope.   Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection stat...
Tags: Germany, New York City, Religion, US, United States, Estonia, States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Kennedy, Atlantic Ocean, United States of America, St Stephen, New World, Ellis Island, Huntsville, Robert F Kennedy


What the Story of the First Prayer to Christ Teaches Us

Because the gospels offer a contemporary portrayal of Christ’s life, they make a necessary but surprising omission: accounts of prayer to Jesus. That wouldn’t make sense, of course, while He was still on earth. So we are left with the rest of the New Testament to fill in the gap for us. Except that most of the other books are not historical accounts but letters from St. Paul, among others. There’s also the Book of Revelation, but that is in a category all by itself. That leaves the Book of Acts ...
Tags: Featured, Church, Religion, Spirit, Jesus, Trinity, Christ, Stephen, Prayer, Peter, St Paul, Mary, St. Stephen, Saul, Faith & Spirituality, Acts of the Apostles


The Fatal Seduction of Sola Scriptura

The fatal seduction of Sola Scriptura is that all one needs to know about what to believe and how to practice it is explicitly contained in Scripture. The emphasis on explicit is key. That’s because it is possible to interpret Sola Scriptura as merely dictating that the principles of orthodoxy and orthopraxy are embedded in the Bible. But, in practice, Sola Scriptura rapidly becomes something else: a nefarious form of fundamentalism which teaches that it’s not just sufficient to draw out princip...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Jesus, Trinity, Christ, Eden, Puritans, Timothy, St Paul, Mary, St Stephen, Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Apologetics, Jimmy Akin, Holy Scripture


Best European rooftop bars

Forget walking tours that give you sore feet and sunburns, the best way to see some of Europe’s iconic sites is by sipping champagne on a rooftop terrace. Here are some European rooftop bars with views of famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Parthenon in Athens, so you can see the old continent in style. 1. Skyline Rooftop Bar, Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice Photo: Skyline Rooftop Bar Having an Aperol Spritz anywhere in Venice is delightful, but doing it from the roofto...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Austria, Vienna, Paris, Athens, Moscow, Parthenon, Tokyo, Eiffel Tower, Venice, Montmartre, Monuments, All, St Stephen


Brisbane, Australia: Its History and Things to Do

Named after Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, British Army officer and governor of New South Wales between 1821 and 1828, Brisbane began its history as a place to send British convicts in 1824. Settlers began to migrate to Australia, and the migration patterns pressured local officials to allow free settlers that were attracted to Brisbane because of the location’s rich fishing, timbering, and mining. In 1842, the government officially allowed free settlement and, by the 1880’s, people recognized...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Australia, House, Queensland, New South Wales, Brisbane, Travel Blog, St Stephen, Brisbane River, Brisbane Australia, Parliament House, Customs House, Lone Pine Koala, Queen Street Mall, Ryan McCann


Diocese of Los Angeles launches social enterprise training program

On May 9, 2018, 30 members of churches and organizations from around the Diocese of Los Angeles gathered at the Cathedral Center in Echo Park for the first workshop in a new series hosted by Episcopal Enterprises.  Launched in 2017 in the Diocese of Los Angeles, Episcopal Enterprises looks beyond traditional stewardship models by “providing an innovative platform for the church to engage in social enterprise in order to create greater capacity for ministry and better sustain our communities and ...
Tags: Hollywood, Religion, Los Angeles, Jesus, Taylor, St John, Episcopal Church, St Stephen, Costa Mesa, John Taylor, Echo Park, Hollywood Hills, The Lead, Recent Stories, Diocese of Los Angeles, Episcopal Urban Intern Program


Eric Conway: The Morgan State Choir "had a great full-length concert" in Vienna, Day 3

Dr. Eric Conway writes: Our third day in Austria was not as exciting as our second.  It is fairly difficult to top a tour of the cemetery where Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms are buried, if you are a musician - not to mention singing in one of the most famous venues in all of Europe! We toured the Hapsburg imperial summer palace which was built on the outskirts of Vienna called Schönbrunn Castle.  The word Schönbrunn means "beautiful spring" due to an artes...
Tags: Europe, Religion, Spain, Austria, Vienna, EC, St Stephen, Brahms, Wiener Schnitzel, William J Zick, Eric Conway, Morgan State Choir, Beethoven Schubert, Minoritiekirche Wien, Vienna Minority Church Of


Southeast Texas church reopens after explosion

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas church has reopened a day after a package bomb exploded by the front door, causing minor damage but drawing a swarm of investigators. Beaumont police and federal agents took down the yellow crime scene tape Friday afternoon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont’s West End. Police declined […]
Tags: News, Beaumont, Episcopal Church, St Stephen, Southeast Texas, Texas AP, Nation & World, West End Police


Bomb explodes at Episcopal church and school in Texas

According to local news reports, a bomb exploded at St. Stephens Episcopal Church and All Saints Episcopal School in Beaumont, TX early this morning.  No injuries have been reported, as the building was unoccupied at the time.  This follows a similar explosion at a Beaumont Starbucks last week. According to the diocese’s own website, no one was injured in the blast, which “broke out windows, put holes in the office walls and blew apart the bushes lining the entrance,” said the Rev. Steven Balke,...
Tags: Texas, Religion, Fbi, Starbucks, Stephen, Beaumont, Episcopal Church, St Stephen, All Saints, Beaumont TX, The Lead, Episcopal School, Andy Doyle, EDOT, Featured Story, Beaumont Starbucks


Young woman stole £7000 from Tesco St Stephen's in 'serious breach of trust' - Hull Daily Mail

Hull Daily Mail Young woman stole £7000 from Tesco St Stephen's in 'serious breach of trust' Hull Daily Mail Hollie Jewitt-Holder, 24, of Ganstead Grove, east Hull, was given a 24-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, for stealing £7,761.98 from Tesco at St Stephen's shopping centre in a "serious breach of trust". She was ordered to take part in 20 days ...
Tags: Shopping, Tesco, Hull, Stephen, St Stephen, Hull Daily Mail, Hull Daily Mail Young, Hull Daily Mail Hollie Jewitt Holder, Ganstead Grove


Angels in the Early Church

There are many scenes in the Acts of the Apostles that describe the angels’ presence in the life of the young Church. The book of Acts was written by St. Luke, the conscientious historian whose Gospel describes with great beauty the appearances of the angels from the first pages to the last. Indeed, Luke seems to have a par­ticular delight in relating angelic encounters. When the Lord ascended into Heaven, two angels were in the midst of the apostles to remind them of their duty: “Men of Galilee...
Tags: Featured, Israel, Church, Religion, Angels, Jerusalem, Gaza, Ethiopia, Catholic Church, Jesus, Raphael, Catholic, God, John, Christ, Stephen


Paul, Apostle of Christ: A Powerful Challenge

Paul, Apostle of Christ hit theaters on March 23. It is a moving depiction of St. Paul, St. Luke, and the early Christians who lived under Emperor Nero’s persecutions. A few flaws don’t take away from its powerful challenge to Western Christians to show Christ’s love to all – even those who hate us. The movie easily ranks a 9 out of 10 stars. Most movie reviews tackle a movie front to back. This one looks at key aspects of Paul that make it a very moving film. Paul may not be who you expect In...
Tags: Featured, Religion, America, Rome, Jesus, Christ, Mauritius, St Paul, PAUL, St Luke, Luke, St Stephen, Nero, John Lynch, Priscilla, Aquila


9 white-hot restaurants in Ireland

T he food scene in Ireland is full of excitement these days, with new restaurants seemingly opening in the big cities every other week, and pockets of dynamism popping up all across the island. Prepare to leave your preconceptions about Irish food behind. Nope, it’s not all bacon and cabbage anymore. Come, and you’ll be immersing yourself in a food culture that’s found its feet and is celebrating the magnificence of ingredients from the Irish land and sea with a newfound confidence. 1. Miyazak...
Tags: Travel, California, Restaurants, Bars, Jerusalem, Things To Do, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wheeler, Eating, Food And Drink, Chefs, Michelin, Belfast, Gordon Ramsay, Dublin