My name's Jackie. I'm 30 years old (will turn 31 on 15 July) and live in the Netherlands at the moment. My future beyond mid-July is somewhat up in the air, although the path ahead is beginning to clear. I'm a mission worker here
, a house of hospitality and drop-in center in Almere, a new city east of Amsterdam known for its funky architecture and rapid growth. At the moment I'm sitting at a computer here
, a wonderful community that has welcomed me with open arms while some of my visa problems get sorted out across the chunnel.
I learned about this blog through the ooze
, an online community in which I participate on a somewhat ad hoc basis. Others of the contributors here, including Lydia and Julie, are regulars. I also blog occasionally here
, although a quick scroll down the page will speak volumes about my definition of the word 'occasionally.'
My interests include biblical studies, feminist theology, urban mission, asset-based community development
, Dutch language and culture, writing creative non-fiction, reading almost anything, playing the clarinet, riding my bike, John Denver, and the color orange.
Recent obsessions include the London theatre and museum scene, watching and discussing films with my housemates, and playing German board games like this one
Lydia is my neice. Her mother is my sister. Hi Lydia!
I am very much looking forward to getting to know you all.