Hi there, I’m Jody. It’s nice to meet you. Before I called myself a writer (I was a mom and then a teacher) God gave me Psalm 45:1 as a theme for my life, “My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”
The words have proven to be true, even though it’s taken a while to get here. I began with scads of bad poetry in high school and journaling before it became a verb while 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.
Fast forward to 2012 when I discovered the world of Christian online writing. I’ve never been so 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 writing two books–Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas (2017, rev. 2018) and Hearts on Pilgrimage-Poems & Prayers (January 2021).
The reason for the tagline above–Poetry & Made Things. It has been said we are God’s handiwork, his ‘poem’…in the Greek, ‘poeima’, God’s made thing. So, when we write a poem, it is a ‘made thing.’
While you’re here, you’ll find on the Tabs above:
- My Published work
- My Poems
- Poetry, including other authors, interviews & book reviews
- And a place to Subscribe to my monthly email–Random Acts of Writing
- A bit more About Me
- And….. my favorite thing–helping would-be authors on my Consulting Page
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 the family pix of my children and 6 grandkids over on Facebook. If I sent you a Christmas card, this would be it.
Besides calling myself a writer and Nana I also fill my days with therapy in my garden. Flowers and growing things bring me such joy.
Thanks so much for stopping by!