Welcome!

I’m so glad you found my corner of the interwebs.  Long before I began writing online, God gave me a life verse from Psalm 45 that still captures the heart of who I am~

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

Back in the day my essays and Letters to the Editor were published in our city’s newspaper. I wrote scads of bad poetry and journaled up a storm. Fast forward a good number of years to a weeklong snowstorm in 2012 when I discovered the Christian online writing community.  Thus began my blogging journey.

I’ve discovered since then I am a Connector, Communicator and Cheerleader at heart and I enjoy the ways that social media makes those roles possible. After a friend and I led two Writer’s Retreats here in the Pacific Northwest, I founded a Facebook group called Glory Writers to keep the camaraderie going. Glory Writers has been retired, but now you can find me on Instagram @jody_lee_collins or posting my photos and poems over on Facebook.

Here’s a few more details about me (you can click on the About tab above for more)

My husband and I are California transplants, lo, these 27 yrs, currently living in the Seattle area, which we enjoy immensely. It’s green! There are trees! And oh, the birds…
I became a Christian during the Jesus Movement in SoCal in the 70’s { you can Google it} and am daily amazed at God’s patience with me. I spent over 20 years in Elementary School classrooms wrangling early learners from Kindergarten through 6th grade and loved it. (I even survived teaching middle school for 2 years at the beginning of my career.) That experience, including 5 yrs. working with kids with special needs, is all material for writing my way through the days.

Now that I’m retired, I consider gardening & weeding as therapy, along with scribbling essays and poetry in the margins of my days. Spending time with my children & grandchildren is my greatest joy. I am Nana to 6, the newest of whom is 2 1/2 wks old.

I think concrete, sequential, analytical people are highly overrated, even though I’m married to one. Give me Abstract Random every time.

3 Fun Facts:

-I once embarrassed Judy Collins {see Google} at a concert in Fresno, California by presenting her onstage with a bouquet of chrysanthemums from my yard and telling her we shared (sort of) the same name.
-We lost my son Aaron in a crowd at Disneyland when he was 6 yrs old while we were lined up for the Electric Light Parade. We found him three hours later safe and sound with the nice people in Lost and Found. #parentsoftheyear
-I was 40 yrs old when I received my teaching degree but needed 3 credits before I could graduate-in Science! Argh. I chose to make up the work during summer by taking a weeklong backpack trip. We hiked up over 12,000 feet from the Yosemite Valley floor with a motley crew of folks young & old. I nearly died (altitude sickness) but will never forget the astonishment of sitting on a bare granite outcropping, staring up at the moon. Surviving that trip was one of the most difficult, memorable achievements of my life.