Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL

Behold, my loyal readers! I video recorded Russian Orthodox bell ringing at a local Chicago church! Choir Director Philip Sokolov of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church kindly welcomed me to watch and record his bell ringing before a recent Sunday service. There are five bells in this set, all provided by Blagovest Bells within theContinue reading “Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL”

Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago, IL

I first encountered this cathedral a couple of years ago, when my husband and I were meeting up with a friend for dinner. We parked near this cathedral, walking by it as we made our way to the restaurant. On that particular evening–must’ve been a Saturday–a service was taking place and the doors were wideContinue reading “Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago, IL”

That Rings a Bell Part II

Where are those bells playing hymns in downtown Chicago coming from? From here: It’s the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. It looks like a cross between a skyscraper and a church, doesn’t it? It’s right across the street from the Daley Plaza, a site of many downtown events, so no wonder theContinue reading “That Rings a Bell Part II”

That Rings a Bell…

I had to use that expression in the title at some point, right? If you walk around downtown Chicago, you may hear hymns played by bells. The music director updated the hymn selection for the autumn season, especially for Thanksgiving, and below is the line-up. 8:46am                 Be Thou My Vision 9:46                      This Is The DayContinue reading “That Rings a Bell…”

I see your nine hours and raise you 10,000 years

The visionary Brian Eno has outdone the nine hour performance concocted by Dorothy Sayer in The Nine Tailors. He’s imagined a change ringing method that will last 10,000 years. See these gorgeous, noble Bristlecone Pines? They are some of the oldest living things on earth—the oldest known specimen is over 5,000 years old. And theyContinue reading “I see your nine hours and raise you 10,000 years”

Chicago Bell Tolls for the 9/11 Victims

Serendipity led me to this story about a bell from Chicago that tolled for the 9/11 victims in Manhattan. Rev. David W. Schlatter, a fire chaplain in Wilmington, DE, wanted to remember his friend and colleague Rev. Mychal F. Judge, who was a NYC fire chaplain who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.Continue reading “Chicago Bell Tolls for the 9/11 Victims”

An Awesome Experience

You know that sensation when you experience something truly breathtaking, something awe inspiring? It turns out that a sense of awe can support communities. Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner explained their recent findings on the connection between feeling awe and altruistic acts. The more awe people experience, the more altruistic they are. Awe-provoking experiences makeContinue reading “An Awesome Experience”

A Rattling Pomegranate

Have you ever gently shaken a dried pomegranate? Probably not, but if you did, you would hear a soft rattling from the small dried membranes of juice hitting each other and the outer peel. The pomegranate, it turns out, was an inspiration for bells in Antiquity.* The pomegranate tree originated in the region of ancientContinue reading “A Rattling Pomegranate”

“The Bell” by Hans Christian Andersen

In Hans Christian Andersen’s short story, “The Bell,” its characters walk through a deep woods to find a mysterious solitary bell. In short, the plot goes something like this: a bell is heard off in the distance from a town, a bell which no one can identify. Various people attempt to locate the bell thatContinue reading ““The Bell” by Hans Christian Andersen”