Well, I’m a writer, and I currently hail from the dappled foothills of Colorado (though I’m always hoping to hail from Oxford). By way of introduction, I hope that someone will say of me when I die what William McGreel said of his wife Elizabeth Yates (a grand storyteller): She has plenty of courage, a strong faith and a native expectancy of good. Living with her is a high adventure.
Indeed. In keeping with this wish,
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 have two books published (Read for the Heart, and Journeys of Faithfulness) with a third about to release (Caught Up in a Story), and I’m still a student of the wide and varied world after a decade and more of adventuring.
I’ve just launched Storyformed.com, an online community and resource center for families who want to discover the glories of imagination, the formative influence of story, and the soul-shaping power of beautiful words. As editor and queen at Storyformed Press (an imprint of Wholeheart Press), I oversee the publication of a new line of fiction and essay collections designed for families ready to delve into the world of good books. I spend my days selecting old classics to republish, hunting down new stories (and writing a few myself), and compiling anthologies of works by the luminous likes of George MacDonald and Charlotte Mason. I always said I wanted to be paid to read; I think I’m getting close.
I revel in writing at the lively and ever delightful RabbitRoom.com, opining in the cosy corner of the internet known as Story Warren (Allies in Imagination), and taking my place at the table over at Humane Pursuits.
Occasionally, very occasionally, I speak. On topics close to my heart; beauty, books, and the soul-forming power of story.
On the daily side, I blog, read voraciously, 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, a lover of long, windy walks, and an avid explorer of the world (15 countries and counting). I come from a highly opinionated family that 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.
(If you are interested, you can find Read for the Heart here on Amazon, or here at Wholeheart.org. Journeys of Faithfulness can be found here on Amazon, or here at Wholeheart.org.)
Why Thoroughly Alive?
Because there is a Lover whose presence we touch in friendship and laughter, story and song. His is the voice in the changeful wind, the spice in starlit air, and the gold of honeyed sunsets. In the savor of feasts, the cadence of seasons, in apples crunched and friends touched, God is known for the eternal Good that he. My hope is to daily become more thoroughly alive to all that he is and offers. What I’m after here is a space to celebrate and seek, to “hunger after the beautiful and the good” (as George Eliot puts it), tasting it in music, art, books, and meals, stories told and journeys taken, all of it part of Love’s daily feast. Please, join me.
Best-Loved 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