Hi! I’m Jody. Welcome to my corner of the interwebs.
I’ve been putting words on paper since I won a prize in Third Grade for a silly story I wrote. Along the way my private thoughts have been pencilled in journals too many to count. Publicly, a few of my words made their way to our local newspaper and places like Instructor and People Magazine. But with two growing children and a teaching career of 20+ years wrangling young ones in the classroom, there weren’t a lot of cracks in my days for writing.
Until that snow day I discovered a community of Christian writers connected online. I was floored by the reception and camaraderie and grandly surprised at the friends I’ve made via this virtual neighborhood, many of whom I’ve gotten know in real life.
Since that time my work has grown from blogging to books—Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas (2017, rev. 2018) and Hearts on Pilgrimage-Poems & Prayers (January 2021). Both are available under the PUBLISHED tab above, which also features my work for other places, print and online.
About that Tagline
Why Poetry & Made Things? It has been said we are God’s handiwork, his ‘poem,’ from the Greek, ‘poeima’, God’s made thing. So when we write a poem, it is a ‘made thing.’
And here there is mostly poetry. You’ll find mine on the POEMS tab above.
In addition, you’ll find reflections on my BLOG tab, and some random fun facts under ABOUT.
I also help folks as a freelance editor and consultant on writing projects, everything from blogging to book proposals, especially with self-publishing. There’s more info on the WORK WITH ME tab under PUBLISHED.
Before you go, I hope you’ll consider subscribing to my quarterly email Random Acts of Writing-Miraculous to Mundane, and my monthly-ish posts. There’s no Spam and you can unsubscribe any time, no hard feelings. Just click HERE to sign up.
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 where I post poems and lots of flower photos,
Or see family pix of my children and six grandkids over on Facebook.
And if we were exchanging Christmas cards, this would be mine.
Besides calling myself a writer and Nana I also fill my days with weeding and watering therapy in my garden.
Flowers and growing things bring me such joy.
Thanks so much for stopping by!