RealmMakers 2016: Steampunk Princesses and Creative Space

I sat around a table with three steampunked Disney princesses, a Zelda princess and Kylo Ren (complete with lightsaber), watching a room of geeky introverts turn into extreme extroverts. In the buffet line, Capt. Jack Sparrow mingled with Molly Weasley, River Song, Agent Carter and an Amish zombie. This is the creative craziness that is…

Explore: The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina. The very name makes me think of lighthouses and bird cries, the salty tang of sea air and the mysterious rhythm of murmuring surf. The Outer Banks is a regional term for a collection of barrier islands off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina famed for its dangerous ports…

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy

I’ve said so many goodbyes this past year. I keep thinking it’ll get easier. I’ve said goodbye to friends and colleagues as I moved back to the United States. To the father of a long-time family friend who passed away suddenly from heart failure this past summer. To a young woman I discipled in my Bible…

When your story hurts

On Friday morning, four days ago,  my beloved aunt tried to take her own life. She shot herself in the stomach after a months-long struggle with anxiety and depression. At 11:00 a.m. my phone rang and Lauren, at 22 the oldest of their seven children and more my little sister than cousin, came on the…

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…