Sometimes something catches your imagination, it tugs on a thread and you have to give in to the temptation and allow some exploration. This happened last night when I reread Tennyson’s ‘The Eagle’. If you’re not following me on Twitter, then please do @SamuelSThorp

I have much to write on the Lord of the Rings and the ways in which it has shaped my own personal mythology and character. Aragorn, in particular, has been archetypal in my development from a boy to a man. Middle-Earth, its races, lands and histories are not just words on a page or scenes […]

The last 31 days have been all about reclaiming our masculinity. Over two hundred men scattered around the world have been joined with a common purpose. To prove to themselves, in arguably the busiest and most excuse filled month of the year, that they can be disciplined. We have reflected, we have run, we have […]

Context This post is written primarily for the group of 200+ men participating in #DecemberOfDiscipline. Initiated by Hunter Drew of TheFamilyAlpha blog and author of #31DtM (31 Days to Masculinity), #DecemberOfDiscipline is a month long series of challenges aimed at helping men to reclaim their sense of purpose and to express themselves authentically as men. […]

In the south west of England, in the head of a valley in Dorset where there once was a farm, there is a Friary — Hilfield Friary. Four days ago after a 7 hour plus journey, I arrived here into a world where life passes at that pace which is both fast and leisurely. Four times a […]

Source It’s all very well and good parroting maxims like ‘focus is a choice’ but to prove it you have to live it. This last week I’ve been doing a placement as part of my ordination training. I was compiling a report based on cross-referencing two sets of data from separate sources which needed collating […]

I’ve just read The Circle by Dave Eggers on the recommendation of Pete Phillips from the #MediaLit17 Conference I’ve just blogged my way through. ‘Prescient, scary, unputdownable.’ The Times got it right with that comment. With no chapters, only three ‘books’, I raced through this book with seemingly unquenchable curiosity — what would happen? would Mae copee? […]