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MY HEART BURSTS ITS BANKS, SPILLING BEAUTY AND GOODNESS. I POUR IT OUT IN A POEM TO THE KING, SHAPING THE RIVER INTO WORDS.   45:1, THE MESSAGE

Hi there, I’m Jody. It’s so nice to meet you. Before I called myself a writer (I was a mom and then a teacher) God gave me this verse as a theme for my life. It has been said we are God’s handiwork, his ‘poem’…in the Greek, ‘poeima’, God’s made thing. He is our Maker. So, when we write a poem, it is a ‘made thing.’ 

The words have proven to be true, even though it’s taken a while to get here. So–I write, beginning with scads of bad poetry in high school and journaling before it became a verb while I was raising my kids and teaching. As I dabbled in narrative and creative non-fiction, eventually some nice people printed my words and actually paid me. Throughout the years my essays and Letters to the Editor were published in our city’s newspaper, various teaching journals and even People Magazine.

After a many year hiatus, I kept feeling the nudge to ‘publish.’ I assumed that meant in print; voila! In 2012 I discovered the world of online writing and I’ve never been so surprised at the friends I’ve made via this virtual neighborhood–in person and online. It has been a joy.

I am by nature a Connector, Communicator and Cheerleader and enjoy the ways that social media makes all those roles possible. You can follow my trail of birdseed over on Twitter , find me on Instagram @jody_lee_collins, where I post poems and lots of flower photos, or see the family pix of my children and 6 grandkids over on Facebook.

Although I love the writing part of Communicating, my greatest joy is helping y o u communicate what’s on your heart. You can read more about my coaching and editing services by clicking on the tab above.

I love hearing from readers. You can email me at heyjode70 {at} yahoo dot com and drop me a line.  I also write a bi-monthly newsletter called “Random Acts of Writing”--you can sign up for that HERE or by clicking on the Subscribe tab.

If you want a few more details, click HERE for a short bio, fun photo and 3 Random Facts About Me. (Notice a theme here? I’m an Abstract Random Thinker. And I married a Concrete Sequential. God is funny like that.)

HOMEPAGE HEAD SHOT BY KRIS CAMEALY.  PHOTOS ARE MINE, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. J.L. COLLINS, C. 2020

 

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