Gail (Steeves) Collins-Ranadive

Gail Collins-Ranadive

Writing is the way I have processed life while I've gone from being a nurse to earning a private pilot’s license, from visiting with my in-laws in India to spending time with a friend living in Nicaragua before and after the revolution there, from earning a degree in Peace Studies as a military spouse to lobbying for federal funding of the U.S. Institute of Peace, from creating a women’s writing workshop as part of my M.F.A. in Creative Writing to winning a grant to publish them in book form, from receiving an M.Div. to doing ordained
interim ministries all across this continent, from growing up the oldest of eight to being the mother of two daughters to becoming a grandmother of four granddaughters and a grandson. 

​         Writing helps me to make sense of both my inner and outer world.

​          This would explain why I always have a pen in hand. 

          It could also explain why, while visiting my daughter, I noticed my son-in-law trailing me with a can of spot remover and a cleaning rag: I was literally leaving marks everywhere! I prefer to leave my mark in books.  

          On this web site, you will find that Nature is both my organizing metaphor and the Ground of Being. The Natural world is the ultimate author/ity:

I am simply holding the pen, or, in this case, using a computer.


           Other computer 'contained' pieces, such as sermon videos and workshop slide shows, can be found at this link: Type your paragraph here.