About

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Born in Illinois. and lived most of my life in the Midwestern states of IL,WI, MN,and IA.
Currently retired and live in Oregon.

Education
Graduate of Zion-Benton Township High School in Zion, IL.
Certificate of Ministry from INSTE Bible College in Des Moines,IA.
Web Site Development and Design Certificate from Portland Community College in Portland, OR.

Ministry
President of SGLY Ministry–an encouragement ministry which has been online encouraging Christians since 1997.
Website:  “Smile God Loves You” www.smilegodlovesyou.org

Writing
Several local news articles for “The Beacon” a hometown newspaper [2008-2010]
A Devotional “Praise Pause” was published in part in the Cokeburg Presbyterian Church Newsletter [August 2003]
“Proverbs 31 Woman” Scripture Acrostic was published in Proverbs 31 Club Newsletter [2000]
Several articles,devotionals and poems currently published online.

Several articles published by Oregon Women’s Report Portland,OR.
     “Dandelions a delight through my daughter’s eyes”  4-23-11
      “Insight into the raindrop”  5-14-11
      “Oregon’s Lilacs Rich in Local History”  6-4-11
      “Fragaria of Rosaceae”    6-11-11
      “Washed Ashore Project encourages reusable bags”  8-6-11
      “Pondering people, paintings, and petunias”–article on Georgia O’Keefe  9-1-11
      “Brooklyn’s Emily Roebling picks up where her husband left off”  9-26-11
      “Lessons from a Beanie Baby”  10-24-11
      “Marvelous Mary and Her Natural Soaps”  03-02-12 -Mary Holmes of Holmes Natural Soaps-Hillsboro Or.
      “Local Contest Hero–Transforming Lives through Trash”–07-09-12–article on Angela Hazeltine Pozzi–Oregon Woman of the Year!
      “Of Happy Face Spiders and Grand-daughters” 07-13-12

PowerPoint Presentations
“The Way”  An original presentation of the Gospel.  A courtroom drama that brings the Gospel to life in an easy to understand way. [2008]
“Plastic Pollution”  What can we do about all the plastic pollution that is destroying our oceans and marine life?  [ 2012]
“Recycle Empty Tissue Boxes”   Make two pretty Gift Bags from one empty Tissue Box in three easy steps. [2012]

Songs
   “Come Holy Spirit” [2008]
    “Up on the Housetop” [2008]
    “God’s Way” [2009]

Books
Devotional- “54 Spiritual Blessings in Christ”  (2011)
Poetry Chapbook “April Ad-Libs” (2014)
Poetry Chapbook “May Flowers” (2014)
Written and Published  by Leona J. Atkinson–Atkinson Publishing

Reference-“Names of God” (2012) (2013)
Devotional-“Psalms Prayer Pockets”  (2013)
Devotional: “Praise Pause” (2017)
Written by L.J. Atkinson–Published by: SGLY Ministry–SGLY Books

Currently working on:

My Memoirs– “Midwestern Memories”
Children’s book–‘The Year of Good Things”

Poetry Chapbooks:  “Thoughts of June”–“Freedom”–“Summer Days”– and more…



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