Throughout my first blogging year, I posted 2-6 articles per month. Then I started working on my grad degree… And well… its a been a while! I am hoping/planning to jump back in with a goal of posting more frequently—with two changes:
First, I switched websites. To my subscribers, I was able to deport your email addresses to my new platform—Substack! This means that any links from older articles will no longer work, however, I’m in the process of transferring past articles to the new archive.
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Second, I have shifted and refocused the direction of my site—It’s all about stories!! If you are interested in learning more, I have included my new “about” section below. Please visit my new website on Substack here as well, and I look forward to staying in touch!
About my new website:
False narratives daily compete for our loyalties. Classic, and biblical storytelling can teach us discernment, help us avoid simplistic, reactionary thinking, and deeply enrich our lives.
Our times have been dubbed the “information age,” as if our lives can be summed up by random facts about gas prices, car insurance quotes, and Ticktock videos.
But we think in stories… We live, dream, feed on, read, and watch stories. Try to talk or think about anything without telling a story.
We are also vulnerable to stories. Whether they come from inside our own minds, or the passing credit union billboard we are constantly inundated with conflicting stories. Most of modern education has collapsed into propaganda in the form of competing narratives.
Stories shape who we are and who we are becoming…
Good stories frame the world for us, teach us how to live in our own stories, how to recognize big and small villains, how to find truth, goodness, and beauty. But only if we understand them.
The purpose of this blog is to highlight great stories—from the past and the present—understand, and apply them (note, this is not a bookclub or book review site).
Many people are discovering that we live in academically impoverished times. Many of us hunger for more but don’t know how to recapture the classical wisdom that has been lost.
If you want help rediscovering classic stories, if you don’t know where to start, or think you don’t have the time, I would love to help as I learn with you. I promise two things in each article: First, to expound excellent stories in an understandable (not snobby) way, even if you have never heard of them. Second, to leave you with a practical takeaway.
Why box Hill?
Emma, the main character in one of Austen’s, novels spent her entire life telling herself small-minded, petty stories about the world and people around her—and she even believed them.
Then she visited Box Hill. Here, she was forced to encounter an ugliness in her own heart, even as, for the first time ever, she saw enlarged views of the surrounding country. She confronted a bigger story which forever changed her.
False narratives leave us confused and self-preoccupied, stuck at the bottom of the hill. In this newsletter, I want to learn how to reach a deeper perspective, and bigger views through biblical and classical storytelling.
It’s a death of the old and a birth of the new—it’s a hill worth dying on.
About the Author
I’m a wife and mom of five kiddos, and live in the Northwest (but my soul lives in England). I love writing and “deep” talks. Currently I am working on my Master’s in Creative Writing. I consider myself super outdoorsy because I love sitting in the shade and drinking coffee.
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Welcome to Substack!
That sounds awesome Noelle!