Harry Potter Meets X-Men in 1940s England: A WIPjoy Summary

At the beginning of January, you may remember my post about #JaNoWriMo and #WIPjoy and marveled at the eccentricities that are writerdom. I’ve had a wonderful time this month chatting with authors and readers about my latest WIP (otherwise known as a work-in-progress) on social media, particularly about Twitter, and answering the daily challenge questions…

Explore: Northern England and Scotland

In my opinion, one of the most beautiful and fascinating regions in all of the U.K. is the “Border Country,” a colloquial term for northern England and southern Scotland. I had the immense privilege of living for almost three years in this rugged, yet picture-postcard region. I find many foreigners labor under the conviction that…

A Wintry Walk in Carlisle

One of the benefits of life being a bit slower in winter is the opportunity to have a bit of a wander around Carlisle and discover its hidden jewels, including many hole-in-the wall local restaurants and cafes. This particular morning I woke up to snow blanketing the ground and turning Carlisle into a fairy-tale village….

A stroll through Carlisle

Every Saturday morning I have a tradition. I walk down my street of brick row houses, their chimneys puffing smoke like lots of old, skinny men huddled together for warmth. I cross the stone bridge over a little river winding its quiet, dignified way through Carlisle, in northern England. Across the street the well-preserved walls of Carlisle…

Why do we rest (and what does that look like?)

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Sometimes I think the dirtiest word in Christian circles is a four-letter word you might not expect: rest. Do you feel that way sometimes? Because we have a purpose and calling, and there’s always at least one more good…

Faces in My Places

Recently, I had a conversation with someone back in the States about trying to keep track of all the people I encounter often in my life across the pond in Carlisle, England. It got me thinking – it might be helpful for me to introduce just a few of these people to you, so when…

Top 10 Landscapes of 2013

1) Windswept Atlantic Ocean. The rocky coastline of Galicia, in northern Spain, stands impervious to the wind and rain the elements hurl against it. 2) Sycamore Gap along Hadrian’s Wall. On a rare sunny day in England, I snapped this shot of the iconic tree in the gap. It presides over a section of the Roman Hadrian’s…