About Steve

Welcome to my blog site.

I’m a 30-year newspaper veteran and magazine journalist, who has published 3 books. I live, love, and breathe mass communication.

I build my life around these four things:

  • My Love (family)
  • My Mission (the Great Commission which is really just loving people)
  • My Passion (hospitality, and cooking good food)
  • My Gift (articulating ideas and stories through the written word to make life better)

I’m a survivor of a 3-year chronic depression, reclaimed my life on a 500-mile pilgrimage where I promised never again to live the life of a hypocrite, love world travel, great barbecue, cold beer, and try more than ever to enjoy the joy and peace in life.

In 2020, I founded Tranquility Base Retreat Center for Writers and Thinkers in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.

Call me at 870-926-4055, or write steve@steve-watkins.com. I’d love to visit.



15 thoughts on “About Steve

  1. Hi Steve. Just found your blog and am interested in what you know about Puerto Cayo and where abouts you are building in Puerto Cayo. Also how you found the lot and the process you are going through to build there. We are thinking about a trip to this area (never been to Ecuador) instead of Salinas. We are thinking about sometime in January but are now concerned that it is the rainy season that month. We are flexible in getting there, but the earliest is January. Would also be interested in your thoughts of retiring there. It seems like all of the necessary services (groceries, medical, dental) are available in Manta. Also any recommendations for a hotel there in Puerto Cayo. So much to find out about Puerto Cayo.



    • Alden: Are you in the states? If so, it would probably be better if we spoke by phone, and I don’t mind at all giving you a call. Yes, if this is something you’re serious about, there are lots of questions. I have lots of answers. The first trip my wife and I took was a total adventure, rental car and a road map (which did us absolutely no good). If you’re in the states, send me your number and I’ll give you a call. If not, we can email.


  2. Mr. Watkins,
    I met you at the writer’s conferance in Tennessee. I wanted to hear you speak,but I was in another workshop. The Lord had been speaking to me about Ezekiel 37. I was so moved that you were speaking on that book of the Bible. God wanted me to have Life breathed back into my life as well as my writing.

  3. Thanks for coming by our blog. In the AFLC (Association of Free Lutheran Congregations) we have missionaries in Ecuador, Justo and Patiricia Pillman and their son Nathanael. We will have info on them from time to time on our blog. You can also follow them at http://aflc-wm.blogspot.com/

  4. “A defining moment in my life: When a career pastor refused to baptize my father in the hospital because he could not be fully immersed.”

    This is messed up. I’d be curious to read about the affect of this one you since you call it a defining moment. How did it change your faith. Have you written about it here or elsewhere?

  5. Pingback: 7 Things That Changed My Life | Pilgrim Strong

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