Instructions for living a life.
Be astonished. Tell about it.
― Mary Oliver
I am interested in connecting how small lived moments can be windows of meaning to a sacred and universal human experience. As a writer I draw on my theological and ministerial training as well as my lived experience. Diverse traditions from Buddhism, mythology, depth psychology and the rich myths, metaphors and stories of the Jewish and Christian traditions inspire my musings.
There has never been a time in my life when I haven’t been writing. I still have the story packet (see above) from third grade where Mrs. Gordon wrote, “Jenny, you did a nice job on most of these stories. You have a gift for writing, make sure you always use it.” The compliment also contained reference to my greatest struggle as a writer -showing up for myself and my voice by cultivating a consistent writing practice. I only really gave my best on the story prompts I really liked. :)
In my work life, I help to communicate and raise money for causes close to my heart- healthcare for children and the poor, housing for the homeless, after school programs and services for the elderly.
The most pivotal shift in my spirituality and writing came with my son’s birth and my encounters with the Divine Feminine. The rite of passage of motherhood wholly and completely shaped how I engage the world. As a result, much of my writing is focused on the Sacred Feminine, her ways of knowing, and her expression in a contemporary context.
I serve on the board of Whispering Prairie Press, publisher of the independent literary and art magazine, Kansas City Voices.
I live in eastern Kansas with my family and two of the sweetest pups on earth. For questions about my professional work feel free to visit, Give Gratitude.