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.
Portland Community College–Computer Applications & Design–Web Design Certification

Ministry
President of SGLY Ministry–an encouragement ministry which has been online encouraging Christians since 1997.
Website:  “Smile God Loves You” http://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)
Written and Published  by Leona J. Atkinson–Atkinson Publishing

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

Poetry Chapbook “April Ad-Libs” (2014)
Poetry Chapbook “May Flowers” (2014)
Written and Published by Leona J. Atkinson–Atkinson Publishing

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…

Online Profiles:
My BrandYourself Profile:   http://leonajatkinson.brandyourself.com/

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