About Me

Sandy Brown Jensen portrait
Shooting with Burnside 35 Lensbaby lens at Kubota Gardens in Seattle, Spring Break 2018. Photo by Carol Vipperman

Hi, I’m Sandy Brown Jensen, a retired-but-still-teaching Creative Writing, English and Composition instructor from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

I’ve been writing since 4th grade when my parents pulled all four kids out of school for a one-month road trip to Mexico. My teacher assigned me to keep a journal and to write letters back home to my fifth grade class once a week. I’ve been keeping journals ever since.

At 19, I sold a story about throwing kittens in the river (would I kid you?) to Harper’s Weekly for $25.00 and got instantly addicted to publishing

When I first began teaching creative writing, I was mentored by the great mythologist Joseph Campbell. He was the one who taught me the journey of any writer is the journey of a hero struggling to bring the Gift of Self to the world.

Now I am retired. I am an independent scholar writing about whatever the heck I want to, doing photography, writing, doing radio, hiking and snowshoeing.

I am an arts reviewer for Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review Program. KLCC, NPR for Oregonians.

Some of my papers and stories are online at https://lanecc.academia.edu/SandyBrownJensen

This blog has turned into a travel vlog as I have begun traveling more.

It has also turned into a location for my photography portfolios.

Mind on Fire is the online repository of my digital life and creations.

Who I Am

My name is Sandy Brown Jensen. I'm a dreamer and a poet, a photographer, a walker, and a maker of nature videos.

I live a quiet, contemplative life immersed in the natural setting of the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

This is a personal journal blog reaching out to share my intimate vision of a beautiful world with anyone who cares to subscribe or visit and walk a way with me.

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Who I Am

My name is Sandy Brown Jensen. I'm a dreamer and a poet, a photographer, a walker, and a maker of nature videos.

I live a quiet, contemplative life immersed in the natural setting of the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

This is a personal journal blog reaching out to share my intimate vision of a beautiful world with anyone who cares to subscribe or visit and walk a way with me.

Subscribe to my posts



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