Why Thoroughly Alive?
Because God is the lover and maker. We touch his goodness in friendship and laughter, song and story. His is the wild voice in the wind, the joy that spices the best wine, and glimmers in the gold of sunset. In the savor of feasts, the cadence of seasons, in apples crunched and friends touched, God is known for the eternal Good that he is. And that’s what I’m after here, a space to celebrate and seek. To “hunger after the beautiful and the good” (as George Eliot puts it), and touch it in music, art, books, and meals, stories told and journeys taken, all of it part of Love’s daily feast. Please, join me.
Well, I’m a writer, and I currently hail from the dappled foothills of Colorado.
I’m biding my time until I can take a research trip to Scotland I took an adventure trip to Scotland and just began work on my first novel, a children’s story set in WWII. I’m still a student of the wide and varied world about to enter the academic world after ten years of adventuring and I’ve just launched Storyformed.com, a site that celebrates the glories of reading and the source of some great new books for kids. I blog, read voraciously, write books about various subjects (see photos on the right), collect books (for the community library I will one day open), love people, and dream up all manner of creative quests. I’m an occasional musician and avid explorer of the world (15 countries and counting). I come from a highly opinionated family who values discussion, good books, strong hot drinks, and the thinking up of impossible ventures. The genes run strong.
Beauty seen and people loved are my passions. Grace comes the clearest to me amidst friendship and family, in the beauty of good stories, in vigorous discussion, art in myriad form, and music, always music. I will do almost anything for a strong cup of coffee or tea and am always ready to enter the buzz of a good debate. I love the green earth; hope someday to live a little closer to it, but for now am always eager for a foray into the mountains or down into the valleys. Life is, to my thought, a feast to be celebrated, a grace to be daily blessed, and my delight is to live it fully through beloved God and the people he has given me to love.
Books, My Brave Companions:
Anna Karenina, Till We Have Faces, The Four Loves, Hannah Coulter, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, A Place on Earth, Bright Evening Star, Streams of Living Water, Pilgrim’s Inn, At the Back of the North Wind, Our Mutual Friend, Cry The Beloved Country, Remains of the Day, Island of the World, The Great Divorce, Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Speak What We Feel, Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places, Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, The Man Who Was Thursday, The Giver, Simplicity, Mysticism, The Brothers Karamazov, The Celtic Way of Prayer, My Antonia, Gentian Hill, Walking On Water, The Chosen, The Renaissance of Wonder, Peace Like A River, Mariette in Ecstasy, The Yearling, A World Lost, Phantastes, Lilith, Life Is A Miracle, Three Cups of Tea, Planet Narnia, The Scent of Water, Reading the Classics with C.S. Lewis, Following Gandalf, Tree and Leaf
Music, My Muse:
Rich Mullins, John Rutter, Mat Kearney, James Newton Howard, Mumford & Sons, Max Richter, Josh Garrels, Loreena McKennitt, Kate Rusby, Chris Rice, Andrew Peterson, City On A Hill, Death Cab for Cutie, Bach, Vivaldi, Fernando Ortega, Bob Bennett, Josh Groban, Jim Fhyrie, Joanna, Thomas Newman, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Morten Lauridsen
Movies, My Guilty Pleasure:
Chocolat, The Tree of Life, Bleak House, The Village, The Dark Knight, Babette’s Feast, The Wind and the Lion, The Painted Veil, Hunt for Red October, Blood Diamond, Carrie’s War, Lorna Doone, Persuasion, Evelyn, Mrs. Brown, Chariots of Fire, Fiddler On the Roof, One Against The Wind, Life Is Beautiful, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Much Ado About Nothing, Sense and Sensibility, Count of Monte Cristo, Anne of Green Gables, Gettysburg, Nicholas Nickelby, Daniel Deronda, Pride and Prejudice