Grow The Roses

Writing. Reading. Life. Love. Parenting. Faith.

The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis

Mary Paulson-Ellis' first novel The Other Mrs Walker is a family drama, covering the mysteries that need to be solved concerning three generations of the Walker family. The book jumps over time, in random order, going back and forth between all the... Continue Reading →

Nailing New Years Resolutions

In case you hadn't noticed, it is the time of New Year's resolutions. A tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement that begins on New Year's Day. The time when all the world is... Continue Reading →

I Miss Blogging

Until about eighteen months ago, blogging was a big part of my life. It was my outlet with small children, a way of being creative without making a mess or taking up too much time, and I liked writing. Sure, sometimes... Continue Reading →

Self Knowledge: How can we know ourselves?

How do we gain true humility? How well do we really know ourselves? Recently for spiritual reading I've been reading St Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle. Its a book I tried to read before, but it was a bit forced and... Continue Reading →

Marriage Formation Needs to be a Focus

Marriage. A journey with the person you love, giving yourself freely and without reservation, in a life giving relationship for the rest of your lives. A marital relationship is the essence of what a family is based on, and a... Continue Reading →

The Beginnings of Restless Press

Tomorrow I launch a new site: Restless Press. It is exciting and scary launching a new site, after months and even years of thinking, praying about it, and then attempting some kind of complicated jigsaw to get it to come together. Restless Press... Continue Reading →

Catholic Digital Media Conference 2014

I have just returned from Sydney, Australia, where I attended the Catholic Digital Media Conference (CDMC). Here are a few highlights and reflections from me about the experience: Room for Independence and Reflection This week was my first week off... Continue Reading →

Praying for the Media

This last Sunday was celebrated as “Media Prayer Day” here in New Zealand. It was an initiative of a group of Christian Churches of various denominations. They had a good campaign on social media, with a few local celebrities asking... Continue Reading →

Desperately Seeking Community

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one... Continue Reading →

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