"God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform..." William Cowper

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Visions of Baseball and Blogging

In my attempt to dive back into the blogging world, I’m constructing a new vision for this blog. I hope to gear the posts toward my love of history, particularly New England history. 

With the 2013 World Series ending at Fenway Park, I thought it might be fun to begin close to home, at this historic landmark. 

So have a look at a little Fenway history! 

~Fenway Park's name came from its location in the Fenway Neighborhood of Boston. The Neighborhood was once marshland or "fens" and was filled in during the late nineteenth century.

~Fenway’s first baseball game was played on April 20, 1912. The Red Sox versus the New York Highlanders. In case you don’t realize how long ago that was, let me remind you. In 1912, William Taft was President. The Titanic sunk, automobiles were a luxury rather than a necessity, and women still wore corsets. 

~Fenway’s scoreboard is still updated by hand, giving viewers that nostalgic feeling of an old-time baseball game. 

 Center of Pittsfield, MA, mid-1800's
~The earliest known reference of baseball in America was in 1791 in Pittsfield, MA. The reference was a by-law banning the playing of the game within eighty yards of the new meeting house. 

~Early forms of baseball had many names. A few were “Round Ball,” “Stool Ball,” and “Fletch-Catch,” or simply “Base.” 

~Before he was sold to the Yankees in 1920, Babe Ruth helped the Red Sox win three World Series (1915, 1916, 1918). 

So what will the World Series of 2013 bring? I guess we’ll all have to turn to good ol’ Fenway to find out. 

photos: wikipedia

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The New England Christian Writers Retreat

I know I can't pretend like it hasn't been forever since I posted, but after this amazing writing retreat this weekend, I feel invigorated and inspired to do some blogging.

The retreat was held in Plainfield, NH and our surroundings were gorgeous.


Beautiful Sunday morning Sunrise!

 Through sessions, workshops, and critiques, I received plenty of inspiration and helpful information from the amazing faculty.


Left to right: Jeanne Doyon (not pictured--sorry, Jeanne!), Carol Barnier, Tessa Afshar,
 Lauren Yarger, and Lucinda Secrest McDowell



 One of my favorite authors, Tessa Afshar. I was honored to have her critique my first five pages. She gave me some very helpful input.

 I had the pleasure of riding up to Plainfield with this amazing woman and author, Carla Olson Gade. I'm reading her book, Patter for Romance, a very enjoyable historical set in colonial Boston.

My roommate, Rachel Britton, me, and Carla at breakfast. Rachel writes nonfiction (Prayer Zone Workout) and is from England. I loved her accent and her sweet heart.

Along with plenty of learning, writing time, hiking, and great food, I met so many beautiful people alive with the spirit of Christ. Looking forward to next year!

Have you ever gone a retreat (of any kind!)? What was your experience? Were you inspired from your time away?