Hill Hårow is about place. It is a sanctuary on a small hill. It is a haven where our six-deep family gather to celebrate life. My wife, JoAlison, has spent her adult life cultivating this place for the Higgins family and so the name Hill Hårow is significant to us. It began as a self-publishing moniker years ago when I (Dylan) wrote my first book. In the course of time it has become much more. Our family now calls our home Hill Hårow. Our use of the name goes back to my learning of an ancient village in England called Peper Harow. In modern English it means something like “Piper’s Temple” or “Piper’s Sanctuary.” The latter is the description we took as husband and wife for our home.
We are intentional about the way we do life together, choosing a minimalistic approach. Our motto is, "own what adds value." If something can go, it goes. This makes navigating each day a little more manageable in a house of six. We try to pair down our pursuits as well, focusing on what adds joy. You can find out more about these philosophies in Good Winter, A Smallish Guide to Making the Most of a Bleak Season.
One other thing you should know. We love to create things! As we make, we imitate and celebrate our Maker from whom we derive our image. I have spent years writing music and novels and poetry and wanting to retain my independence throughout most of the process. This is a place to share that independent work. You’ll find some of my children's makings here in time.