Soul Advocacy

Soul Advocacy

Sleep is an optional activity in Oxford. This is a fact I do my best to resist by actually sleeping. But sometimes, even I succumb to the vast and varied pace of this place and stay up until the wee sma's when the stars blink down in bewilderment at my still-opened eyes ... 

Learning Fidelity through Fiction

Learning Fidelity through Fiction

I pulled a slender yellow book off the shelf and held it up to her inspection. I was on my yearly autumn visit to “Tante” Gwen, my mother’s best friend from her years as a missionary, a woman who had known and loved me since the day of my birth ... 

I & Q: Charles van Sandwyk

I & Q: Charles van Sandwyk

Today, oh today, I bring you an artist and illustrator whose work is a source of recurring delight and marvel to me. I stumbled upon my first glimpse of Charles van Sandwyk at a tiny art shop in a remote corner of Prince Edward Island ... 

7 Values for Learning

7 Values for Learning

Welcome to the first official Tuesday post my Storyformed friends! About three weeks ago I went to an orientation session here at my college in Oxford that set my mind to simmering. I've wanted to share it here ever since and I'm quite ... 

Illustrations & Quotations: A bit of C.S. Lewis from Oxford

Illustrations & Quotations: A bit of C.S. Lewis from Oxford

I'm back! Well, I should say I'm settled, and have finished three first essays, and been inducted into more libraries than I can visit in a year. Friends, I can now say I'm really living in Oxford. Which means, I have a weekly schedule at last. Which means, I can finally write ... 

Plans & Dreams

Plans & Dreams

Well. I have reached a moment of halfway calm poised between the launch of this site and my departure for Oxford. Oh yes, lovely world, I'm about to join the ranks of Lewis and Tolkien in the city of the dreaming spires ... 

Storyformed Launch - Day Three!

Storyformed Launch - Day Three!

I have immensely enjoyed reading your numerous comments (thank you !). I love discovering the many kindred spirits out there in this endeavor to create and defend the beauty of a life rich in story. I'm so excited to be part of your reading journey ...

Storyformed Launch - Day Two!

Storyformed Launch - Day Two!

I'm so, so delighted to have this book in print. It's been a labor of heart and love and imagination, crafted from the best memories of my childhood, the best gifts of soul and mind I have ever received ... 

Let Storyformed Launch!

Let Storyformed Launch!

About a year ago, almost to the day, I began work on this website and book. The concept had simmered for years in the back of my mind, but a few radical decisions and plot twists in the story of my life opened up a space of time in which I could actually work to realize my vision ... 

Tomorrow's the day!

Tomorrow's the day!

Look for a post first thing on Tuesday with a video greeting from me, directions on where to get the new book, Caught Up in a Story, and the announcement of the first round of giveaways. I'm amazed at the lovely things my friends have provided to celebrate this launch ... 

Oxford Again

Oxford Again

I am sitting on a bus with the low thrum of the engine idling as we wait for the last sleepy passengers to amble in to catch their ride to Cambridge. A week ago I stood on the Oxford  platform, strangely alert with that pre-jet lag wakefulness ...