The blog was begun in 2012 by Jessica, and her original introduction to it can be found below. It has been through a number of stages since then, with people coming and going, but with a solid core of commentators and contributors. Latterly, as Jessica has moved on to other things (although she contributes as she feels the Spirit moves her), it has fallen to me, as her first contributor, to keep it going. I am a Catholic convert with interests in history and politics, as well as theology. I have a particular veneration for the Blessed John Henry Newman.

Welcome here, and I hope you will benefit from your time here.


[Jessica’s introductions]

AAW began as a vehicle for my own thoughts, but across time has gathered to itself a small community, and some of those have chosen to write posts. The breadth of contributors bears a witness to the nature of this place. If you would like to contribute, do get in touch with me through the comments box.

Our contributors:

From July 2012 Chalcedon451 will be joining the Watchtower. He is a convert to The Catholic Church and will be writing on the early Church.

From January 2013 Geoffrey Sales will be joining the Watchtower. He is a Baptist in the Independent tradition, a retired schoolmaster, and a Yorkshireman.

Also from January 2013, Fr. Malcolm will be joining us. He is an ordained priest in the Church of England and ministers to the faithful in his beloved Cornwall.

Bosco, aka, Bozoboy, brings his unique American, born-again perspective from January 2013.

In February 2013 we are joined by Struans, who has been a follower from the earliest days of the Watchtower and someone from whose comments I have learned much. I am delighted to have him join us as an author.

Rob, an evangelical Christian missioner currently based in the Caribbean, joined us in June 2013.

quiavideruntoculi, a convert to Catholicism, and who takes a strongly traditional line, joined us in August 2013, and it is good to have him on board.

Carl D’Agostino also joined us in August 2013 and will be contributing some of his own cartoons.

Nicholas Barrett blogs at the heartcriesout here, and joined us as nbj4725 in September 2013.

My dearest friend, Neo, joined us in October, his wonderful blog, nebraskaenergyobserver can be found by clicking on the link. He is a Lineman, Electrician, Industrial Control technician, Staking Engineer, Inspector, Quality Assurance Manager, Chief Operations Officer, with a great interest in (and knowledge of) history and politics.

Servus Fidelis, whose own excellent blog ought to be read by anyone interested in Catholicism and knowing more about the Faith, has joined us in February 2014 with a meditation on the ‘hardest question’.

Jess xx

In October 2014, Jessica fell seriously ill and for a while her life was in the balance. Since her partial recovery, she has decided to devote her time to God and His service. So we, who have gathered here with her, continue now without her.

Orthodoxgirl99 joined us in April 2015. She is a ‘convert to E Orthodoxy.Lover of all things Catholic. Wirks in PR in Care sector. Keen on J Prayer/Holy Rosary/music/reading/wildlife.’ Good to have her with us.

Joining us in June 2015, is No Man’s land who is ‘Christianos. Mathematics and Philosophy Student. Student Research Assistant in Evolutionary Biology. Student Tutor in Mathematics and Logic.A born-Southern Baptist-turned-United Methodist-turning-Orthodox, with a period of self-professed atheism for about 2 years in the middle there’.


62 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hamish Redux said:

    I suspect that the worst trolls from the Telegraph blogs will stay away, pretending that you are really the rabit, Jadis, Damon, or someone else — they ignore Eccles’s blog too, So you may actually be writing mainly for people (like me) who appreciate your words.


    • That, dear Hamish, is my hope. I am encouraged by you and by the others, and I do hope that what I have to write is of some interest; thank you. xx Jess


  2. Jessica,
    Have you read Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna? I can see you are interested in church history and the writings of the early church fathers. This book is very interesting in that it traces the history of some of the traditions of the church historically. Just a suggestion…


  3. Hi Jessica,

    Thank you for dropping by my blog, for making all the kind comments, and following. I will follow you too!

    God bless you!


  4. I like that Bible verse. Beautiful blog 🙂


  5. I am not much into religion but I like biscuits. If things go well, I plan to have my own biscuit factory one day. It will be called ‘The Boy with the Hat Makes Biscuits.’


  6. Thought I’d stop by for a look-around. However, as you know, I tend to create “rows.” Perhaps it’s best for me to be as casual observer. 😉


  7. Nah, we just cast bigger shaddows. At any rate, I’ll stop by now and again and throw in my 2 cents. (1 pence?) Don’t be shy about visiting The Rat, either. I enjoy your takes.


  8. Welcome. 🙂


  9. Thanks!


  10. Hi Jess. Have you seen this article? http://www.christianpost.com/news/more-brits-believe-in-aliens-than-in-god-survey-claims-83663/ Might be something interesting to post about.


  11. Interesting and enlightening blog! And thank you for visiting my blog!


  12. I have original cartoon blog many Bible related all in good taste. Would you be interested submissions ?


    • Carl – Jess is away at the moment, but yes, I am sure we would be interested. I will send you an invitation on her behalf.


      • Thank you. I use wordpress. How to I upload images to you ?


        • Carl – I have just responded thus on Geoffrey’s thread:

          if you responded ‘yes (and I will check Jessica’s emails) then you can go to the dashboard where you will find ‘posts’ in the left hand margin. If you hover over it it will show a variety of options, including ‘new’. If you press that, you will be able to post. If you want to do cartoons, you will need to go to the ‘add media’ section on the new post and upload a cartoon from your computer to Jessica’s list and then just press insert – and then publish.

          I will be on line to see how it goes.


  13. Great blog! Keep it up. We need more ‘real’ Christians spreading the truth as there are far too many being led astray by post-modern false teachers!!
    Praise our Lord Jesus Christ and Father in heaven for you!!
    Blessings and prayers to you and for you Jessica~!!


  14. Hi Jess.

    Very much enjoying the conversations on the Trinity posts. Sort of a convened council at the Watchtower. 🙂 Anyway, because you and others have invested a great deal of time and knowledge into this project, I would beg a favor of intervention on your part please. Another has taken up conversation at our place and Angela was conversing with this MM, but I received note yesterday she will be traveling with husband for medical reasons.

    I have tried to invite MM to your site as it seems hardly wise to rehash all over again what has been said. I thought maybe a kind word by yourself or another from the W might attract his presence. His is a little different approach than Mushtaq, for what that adds. Thanks in advance. 🙂


  15. Hi Jessica….thanks for stopping by “Unwalled”…I’m happy that my post “The Path to Purpose” was a blessing to you…….please feel free to stop by again……Kim


  16. Hi again Jessica…..thank you for deciding to follow “Unwalled’, I am truly honored. I pray that my posts encourage, edify and inspire in 2013 and beyond…..blessings!…Kim


  17. Jessica,

    Thanks for the like of my All Saints Day post and the follow. I am honored.



  18. I’m incredibly excited to have stumbled upon this space. Thank you all for your voices in the blogosphere! Keep writing, and shine on for His kingdom! 🙂 Looking forward to learning from your collective insights and experiences.

    In Christ,

    P.S. I’m a follower of Christ at the University of Chicago, and I blog about faith, mental health, the right to life and misc. at http://www.karenwriteshere.wordpress.com and you’re invited to drop by sometime! 🙂


  19. Jess, I would like to have you as a guest writer on my blog for next year. The topic is faith and fiction. If you are interested, let me know!




  20. Hi Jessica. Merry Christmas! Here’s a little present for you and your blog: http://biltrix.com/2013/12/28/the-sunshine-award-thanks-friends/ God bless you!


  21. I cannot take your court jester any longer. Unfollowed.


  22. Jessica,
    I appreciate the support of my blog and your visits. Thanks!
    The Lord be with you this day and in the week ahead!




  23. Good Evening Jessica, (or perhaps early morning for you) My name is April Reynolds and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I usually write on hubpages, but have been unable to do so this year due to health reasons.

    A mutual friend referred me to your blog and I want to compliment you on the high quality of your posts, the care you take in answering each comment with love instead of judgement, and the way your love for Christ shines through your writing.

    I believe God has given you a beautiful gift, thank you for sharing it with us.


  24. Prayers are being said on behalf of Jessica and all of you as well.


  25. Well, I’m kinda new around here and since I frequently post, I should say “Hello” on this particular thread, so here it is: Hello everyone. I am very grateful to have found this little portion of the WordPress and am enjoying my stay. I’ll stay a little longer, but no promises as I tend to not stay in any one place for very long. God bless. Ginnyfree.


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