On Aging and Beauty

The morning blooms pale and pink, warm and thick. I am suddenly older. I roll over. A small body has found his way to my sheets. I stare at the curve of his nose, the way his hair wants to bend, his dewy lips. I never expected middle age to feel so much like revolution […]

SheLeads: Strengthening Your Territory of Influence

My earliest memories of my own emerging leadership leanings began in the 1970’s when, as a young elementary student attending Tuesday night girls’ club meetings, I was the pig-tailed brunette with her hand thrust into the air desperately wanting to be picked to recite her weekly bible verse first or answer the leader’s question with […]

Resistance is My Stance of Hope

Some people call it deconstructing or unsettling. I feel like I’m just trying to sort stuff out. I was raised in the church. I went to Sunday School, Girls’ Club, Youth Group and Church Camp. I was taught all the stories, memorized all the bible verses and could hold my own in a “sword” drill. […]

Learning to Be a Desert

Growing up, I felt most at home in the desert. In our neighborhood in the foothills of Tucson, there were undeveloped tracts of Sonoran Desert around each house. I viewed all that land as my backyard and became as familiar with its thorny inhabitants as I was familiar with my bookshelves. There was the hook-headed […]

Change Over Time

By Jody Lee Collins | Twitter: @jodyo70 When I was 36 years old, one of my daughter’s childhood friends asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. True story. The two of them were casually seated in the back of our covered cab pickup truck (there were no seat belt requirements back in […]