Hi, I’m Jody, California transplant in love with Seattle–rain & sunshine both–even after 25 years. Coffee makes me happy, walking makes me happier, and writing makes me happiest. Back in the day (read–in print), my essays were published in our city’s newspaper. More recently my words have been on the web at (in)courage, Makes You Mom, The High Calling and Jennifer Dukes Lee, Grace Table and Altarwork.
My training and background is in education, but the words have always been there as I pour them out in verses for my King.
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A few more details, written in third person, clearly the most awkward way to write:

Jody has known Jesus since she was 19 and got dragged to Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, back in the 70’s during the Jesus Movement. She wrote a poem about it here.

She and her husband have been married over 40 years and currently live near Seattle, their home for 25 years. (They miss California only a little; they miss Yosemite a LOT.) Jody and her husband worship at this Foursquare Church, where she serves on the Worship Team. In addition to vocals, she’s recently learned how to play the Peruvian cajon–a ‘beat box’ kind of drum–the most.fun.ever.

After 25 years in Elementary Education, Jody is officially retired (at least from teaching). As often as possible, she hops on the freeway to visit her two married children and 5 grandkids, who thankfully all live no more than 3 hours away. When she’s not at her desk reading and writing, you’ll find her out in the garden, weeding and worshipping in her other happy place.

Some other places I like to be 

Through the connections afforded via the blogging community I’ve been able to meet and encourage a myriad of different folks (the reality of meeting people you’ve only ‘met’ online is a joy).

After being an attendee in 2014, I served on the Leadership Team for the 2015 Faith & Culture Writer’s Conference in Portland, OR, as Volunteer Coordinator. I wrote about that experience here.

In Fall of that year, I co-lead with Kimberlee Conway Ireton a Writer’s Retreat in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. We dubbed the gathering ‘Abide’ and spent our weekend parsing out poems and spending time with God, letting Him speak to us and through us. In the Fall of 2016 we met again for ‘Dwell’; they were very rich and rewarding experiences.

As fruit of the Abide Retreat, I founded Glory Writers, an online writing group where I facilitate conversations around inspiration, encouragement and information about the writing life. The Facebook group is ‘closed’–but please, just knock on the door and we will welcome you!


Now it’s your turn~what about you?


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