About Me

I’m Stephen Martin, and my life is messy – partly by design but mostly because that’s what happens when you grow up. In terms of what I do, there’s a couple answers. The short, efficient version: I write. The far less tidy and far more accurate one: I direct public relations for a global nonprofit, do a regular newspaper column for the Raleigh News & Observer in my home state of North Carolina and write personal essays when time permits, which it usually does not. That’s because my wife Dawn and I have two young children who are wonderfully talented at creating chaos, especially in our house. I’m 41, like running and tennis, don’t sleep enough, belong to a Catholic church in our neighborhood and try to work in the yard as little as possible. Sometimes this cumulative circus drives me  nuts, but not as much as it used to. I’ve given up my fixation with maintaining order – except when I don’t – and instead try daily to embrace a difficult truth: in the midst of sheer messiness comes our best chance at finding real meaning. My book The Messy Quest for Meaning: Five Catholic Practices for Finding Your Vocation, published by Sorin Books, explores a bit more of what that means – and, with your participation, so does this blog.

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10 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Paul Baerman December 3, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    To say “I write” is to draw a magic circle in the sand around yourself–magic not because it excludes the quotidian, the shocks, the unwanted surprise but because it includes nothing less than every experience you’ve suffered, every soul you’ve engaged, every diaper you’ve changed. The name of the circle is joy. Good luck with your venture, friend.

    • admin December 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

      You’ve summed it up better than I can, Paul. Looking forward to hearing more from you here.

  2. web design greece December 21, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    Thank you for another essential article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a complete way of writing? I have a presentation incoming week, and I am on the lookout for such information.

    • admin December 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      Many thanks for following the blog and for your encouraging words! Am always looking for new ideas to write about — so if you have a topic in mind you’d like to discuss, just let me know.

  3. Bradley J. Moore May 17, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Hey, Stephen. Started your book – about half-way through. Great work, my friend. I’ve really enjoyed it so far.

    • admin May 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Hi Bradley — really glad that you’re reading it and even more pleased that you like it. Something I’m asking some people that I’d love your opinion on when you’re done: what would a good follow-up book to this one look like?

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