Hello, and welcome to my blog.
I am Anita Mathias, and I live and write in an old stone farmhouse in Oxford, England, with my husband Roy; my daughters, Zoe and Irene, Pippi the Golden Retriever, and Merry the Labradoodle. We have a massive old rambling garden and orchard.
My most recent book is Francesco, Artist of Florence: The Man Who Gave Too Much. My first book was Wandering Between Two Worlds, which is my life in essays. Chapters from Wandering Between Two Worlds have won a National Endowment for the Arts Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board award. They have been published at The Washington Post, The London Magazine, Commonweal, America, The Christian Century, and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies. I am working on a memoir, Mind has Mountains.
I first arrived in Oxford to read English at Somerville College, Oxford University, where I earned my B.A. and M.A. moved on to America to do a Masters in Creative Writing at Ohio State University, spent an entirely accidental 17 years there, and then returned to England fifteen years ago. I feel rooted here in Oxford. I am writing a memoir.
Dreaming Beneath the Spires is a personal spiritual blog. I explore what it means to follow Christ as a wife, mum, and writer in affluent and beautiful 21st century Oxford.
My big themes include the love of God, the magic of prayer, the power of gratitude, the wisdom of the Bible, and the joy of reading and writing!
But I write about other things too. Travel, always travel! Gardening. The books I read. My attempts to be a superlative good enough housekeeper, and to get lean and mean strong and healthy!