Lent has now begun.And it started for me, as it does for many Christians, by being marked with ash on my forehead in the sign of the cross. Memento Mori. Remember you are but dust, and to dust you shall return. It’s a poignant reminder that over the centuries Lent has been a penitential time of […]

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 […]