About Lance

Andover Parkrun 2014

Andover Parkrun 2014

My name is Lance Greenfield Mitchell.

I was born in the St Pancras borough of London in December, 1955. My father is from Yorkshire, and my mother is from Scotland. I’ve spent most of my life trying to work out if I’m a Londoner, a Yorkshireman or a Scotsman. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m half Yorkshire and half Scots. The place of your birth doesn’t really count.

I am married to Joy and currently live in North West Hampshire. My home city is probably Perth, although it could be Sheffield.

I love to travel. I have visited about 80 countries in my life, and I love to immerse myself in different cultures, languages and cuisines.

The greatest passion in my life is the way that people treat people. Witnessing a great act of kindness brings as many tears to my eyes as witnessing horrible cruelty. Hence my personal motto:

One World, one people – Care for them all


43 Responses to About Lance

  1. You personal motto is fantastic and so very true. And no, I’ve not heard of Richard P Feynman but will be googling him this afternoon. Happy blogging to you, my fellow WP 101 member :0)

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    • Thanks Rachelle.

      Perhaps I should relate how I arrived at my personal motto at the age of fifteen. It could make for an interesting blog post. Suffice to say, for now, that I was a serial runner-awayer all over the world from an early age. Something that happened when I was exploring a foreign city, revealed the massive chasm between rich and poor in this world, and how people treat people. It had such a huge emotional effect on me that it truly changed my life forever.

      Even more in the light of recent events, I wish that the whole population of the world would adopt my motto!

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  2. sassycare says:

    I saw your post on The Commons and thought it better to respond here. I am a fan of a clean, uncluttered theme where all the essentials are there and are easily accessible so I can focus on content. That’s just how this blog is. It’s neat finish feels like I’m in an e-magazine’s website. Consistent with the appearance is the writing style which is very straight-forward. If this blog personality is what you are after, then I’d say you nailed it.

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  3. AndyW says:

    Hi, I liked this and the comments about “home”. I think there is a lot of truth in the saying that “home is where the heart is”. It’s about where you actually feel at home.

    80 countries eh? I bet there are some tales of adventure there!

    It’s great meeting different people and being able to share time with them. My travelling has been far more limited than your own unfortunately but I do enjoy some of the encounters I have when out and about and only yesterday posted a short blog about it.

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  4. Lili says:

    Hi Lance! I’ve just nominated you for a Liebster Award!! Hope that’s okay with you. All the info is here: http://liliscakes.com/2015/01/27/um-er-eek-the-liebster-dearest-blog-award/
    Happy blogging! 🙂

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  5. marjma2014 says:

    Hi Lance, thanks for following my blog. I think by the sound of it we have quite a lot in common. I too am part Scottish, with my other part Malaysian, on my mother’s side. Also I love to write, and travel too, and enjoy learning about, and celebrating different cultures. I love your motto, it sounds like such a simple thing, I just wish more people would follow that philosophy of life.

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  6. marjma2014 says:

    Hi Lance, Just to let you know that I have nominated your blog for two awards, here’s the link to find out more: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/two-lovely-awards-real-neat-and-premio-dardos/

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  7. You sound like you had a live well lived!

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  8. Robin says:

    Your motto should be everyone’s motto. It is very nice to meet you. I look forward to reading your blog. Thank you for the follow 🙂

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  9. Great motto, Lance! I’m happy to meet you. Thanks for the follow. I’m now following you too and looking forward to your posts. 😀

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  10. kneal1 says:

    so glad you took time to check out my blog, I think your travels and acts of kindness is truly changing the world. and I like the photo.Sending much love and blessings to you…

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  11. lovessiamese says:

    I really like your bio. Would love to hear about your travels. My husband and I spent 2 years in West Germany when he was in the army. Took a summer trip across Canada into Alaska in 2001, and a caravan tour from Maine to Newfoundland in 2005. While in Germany I got to spend 3 days, 4 nights in Paris, France, and we took 2 weeks tent-camping around Holland. God has been very good to us. Your philosophy is a good one. God loves all people; unfortunately not everyone loves Him back.

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  12. TanGental says:

    Hi Lance and thanks for the follow. Followed back

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  13. lance greenfield says:

    Well, we DO have the same name (except for Mitchell)! You came up on a Google search and thought I’d say hello … Strange we had similar backgrounds (US Navy, information technology, and finishing up in law enforcement). All the best

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    • I was born Lance Greenfield. Mitchell was my step-dad’s name, so I changed to avoid confusion. And then re-introduced Greenfield to my name to avoid further confusion. My author name is Lance Greenfield (look for me on Amazon!)


  14. Janice Wald says:

    1. I know Farraday’s Candle.
    2. Thank you so much for visiting my site today. I am glad you liked my StumbleUpon post.
    3. My maiden name was Greenfield.
    4. I teach English history.
    Nice to meet you.

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  15. I love your personal motto. Makes so much sense. Thank you for following my blog, Lance. Your heading image is stunning.

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  16. Janice Wald says:

    Hi Lance,
    I came back to thank you so much for following my blog. Since my maiden name was Greenfield, in my mind we are like distant cousins or something. Who knows?! Thank you again for the follow. A history lover, and a Greenfield! =) Welcome!

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  17. Marianne says:

    I love your motto, Lance. And I delight in the sentence, “I am married to Joy…” What a happy thing to say…her name represents wonderfulness, and so in a sense each time you say it you are planting a seed of living in joy. At least that’s how I like to look at it 🙂

    Blessings for much joy in your life,

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  18. Thank you for the follow. I appreciate it. You have a wonderful motto and a great blog here, and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

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    • Some of the very short posts in my Titbits will make you chuckle, and I am pleased wit the reactions to my time-travelling coach tours. The main objective of my blog was to promote my books though, Particularly Eleven Miles. Take a look. Thanks for following.

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  19. Very nice blog Lance! Wow you have traveled allot! I lived in Saudi Arabia for 16 years but have not traveled that much! I am sure you have an interesting out look on life!

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  20. Howdy Lance, Thankful to have you stop by and take a peek at my blog; I’ve been away abit dealing with 3D world and time slipped by. I imagine you must have a lot of lovely photos of your travels. Grateful for your vote and look forward to sharing the blogalong with you! >ToLife<

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  21. leggypeggy says:

    Love your motto. It’s the perfect foundation for a peaceful world. Thanks for the follow on my travel blog. Now I’m enjoying yours.

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  22. AJ.Dixon says:

    Hello, Lance ☺ It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday and I enjoyed hearing about your experiences around the world. I think that whay you have done with your first novel is fantastic and inspiring. I do hope to continue to connect with you in the future.

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    • Me too! It was great to meet you too. And wasn’t it a wonderful event to meet all our fellow bloggers. My one regret was that we didn’t have a little more time to get to know each other. Several days would have been sufficient!

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  23. mbaconauthor says:

    Care about them all. Right! From an anglophile, spouse of an ex-pat resident of Peterborough, now living in the USA.

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  24. etinkerbell says:

    It is a great motto Lance, but sounds so sadly utopian, considering the times we are living. 🙋

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    • I created it in my tiny mind when I was 15 and witnessed a horrific and absolute contrast between rich and poor. Neither party were wealthy by my grandmother’s definition.

      I put a bit of the explanation of that event into my second novel, “Knitting Can Walk!”


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