Author: Colleen Barksdale

About the Author

Colleen Barksdale

I am a teacher, author, and speaker who has had a life full of rich and varied experiences. This fullness has contributed to my story telling. My life story is where pen to paper first took off. The result being my autobiography entitled, “Nakedness: Covered In Blood.” This book documented my faith journey from childhood in Grand Rapids, Minnesota where I was born in 1955. The book touched on childhood scars and joys, high school escapades, 14 years in military service, 25 years teaching elementary school in Minneapolis, Minnesota to where I find myself today.

I am retired, living on wooded acreage in northern Minnesota, creating tailor-made trails for my grandchildren with unique markers to celebrate each child. In addition to trail-blazing I have written and published two children’s books. One is in honor of my deceased father and his great sense of humor, entitled, “The Butcher, the Bakers, the Cowmunity Makers.” The other book is, “The Little Woods Runner,” which is the true story of how one of my granddaughters, Dajahnae, being from the city, discovers her love of nature on her weekly visits to our home in the country.

I am old enough to be retired, still young enough at heart to inspire her grandchildren to dream.