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 […]

Distracted By Love

When I was a little girl and still too short to see over the hard church pew or past the sea of hairdos in order that I might study the flowers on the altar, I used to sidle up under my mother’s arm, instead, and lean into her softness. That slanting like a sigh of […]

Being Kind to My 14-Year-Old Self

“Oh, please. We don’t need to see that. Next picture,” I said, looking away from the computer. My friend and I were on Facebook looking through old photos when we stumbled upon a picture from my awkward teenage years. I was 14 years old in the photo. My hair was a frizzy mess, I was […]

The Secret of Unfurling

Can I tell you something? For too long I heard wrong. And misunderstood the language of the years. This mistake shaped me for a time. Calendars flipped and my body curved and still I was quiet. Each year sifted down upon my head and slowly I became hidden. But see this– Look with me at […]

Grown Ups Need Timeouts Too

Recently, a friend of mine posted a verse on Instagram. Psalm 84:5-7, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you … they go from strength to strength.” It’s a perfectly lovely verse, but as I read it, the words that came out of my mouth were an accusation. “That’s not true,” I muttered. And I […]