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With a heart of gold and a gift for writing poetry, Jill Eisnaugle pours her beliefs and her compassion towards others into everything she writes.



In 1980, I was born in Columbus, Ohio. Though my family lived in Southern Ohio, I spent the first two months of my life as a NICU patient in a Columbus area hospital. 

From my homecoming in early 1981 until July of 1991, I was raised in the rural Southeastern Ohio communities of Jackson and Oak Hill. As the result, I quickly learned to appreciate life's simpler things.

A 26-week gestational age preemie at birth,  I overcame two neurosurgeries by the age of six. This experience left me with not only an appreciation for my own life and the lives of every preemie, but also a greater appreciation for how precious, fragile, and special our lives are and can become.

In 1991, my family and I left Southern Ohio and began traveling the country, living in Raleigh, North Carolina; Odessa, Texas; Cross Lanes, West Virginia; and Galveston, Texas. Between 1991 and 1997, we also made a few more stops back home in Oak Hill, Ohio. We settled at my current home in Texas City, Texas, fifteen miles from the Gulf of Mexico's coastline, in July of 1999.

I attended several public elementary schools from kindergarten through the sixth grade and began Christian Liberty Academy Satellite School's (CLASS) Home Schooling program in the seventh grade. I graduated from high school, via the CLASS program, in January 1999.

I began writing short stories due to a second grade school assignment in 1988; I began writing poetry as the result of a seventh grade school assignment in 1994. Since that school assignment in 1994, I have written over 1,500 poems and have achieved a great deal of personal and professional success, as a result.

My biggest influences in life are God, my family and my second and sixth grade teachers, Mrs. Regina Chaney of Jackson, Ohio and Mrs. Sharon Needham of Oak Hill, Ohio. Both teachers played a vital role in the path I am pursuing, today.

My writing inspirations are Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and R.L. Stine, whose "Goosebumps" children's book series (combined with the fun-nature of Sharon Needham's Reading class), took me from being a "fair-weathered" reader to someone who has a much greater appreciation for the world of imagination that exists between two book covers.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I hope you enjoy the poems, articles, and stories I have shared. Each piece I have composed and offered on my website has been written from my heart and I hope the messages within my various works touch your heart, as well.


Jill Allison Eisnaugle

To contact me, inquire about how I may assist your poetry needs, or to obtain written permission for the commercial and non-commercial usage of my work, please e-mail: txbuckeye80@hotmail.com

Birth Place: Columbus, OH USA

Accomplishments: "Coastal Whispers" - published in March 2004

"Under Amber Skies" - published in December 2004

"Beside Still Waters" - published in April 2009

"Simon the Snowman" - published in December 2010

"Fifteen Precious Butterflies" was aired by Dana Tyson of Houston's KODA-FM "SUNNY 99.1" on March 30, 2005.

"The Heart of a Father" was aired by Dana Tyson of Houston's KODA-FM "SUNNY 99.1" on June 17, 2005.

"Time of Greatest Need" was aired by Dana Tyson of Houston's KODA-FM "SUNNY 99.1" on September 1, 2005.

Granted the title of SUNNY 99.1 Resident Poet on September 1, 2005.

"Grandparent's Day" was aired by Dana Tyson of Houston's KODA-FM "SUNNY 99.1" on September 9, 2005.

"Adele Lee," a poem written in 2004, is being used in educational tool by the New York Board of Regents for preparing 11th grade students for the Task III: Unified Essay examination.

"Yours Alone" was aired by Marc Sherman of Houston's KODA-FM "SUNNY 99.1" on January 23, 2006.

"The Love You Share" was aired by Marc Sherman of Houston's KODA-FM "SUNNY 99.1" for the Eighth Annual SUNNY 99.1 Valentine's Day Wedding, February 14, 2006.

"A Mother's Embrace" was aired by Marc Sherman of Houston's KODA-FM "SUNNY 99.1" on May 12, 2006.

Jill Eisnaugle was a special guest of SUNNY 99.1 and the "Dana & Marc in the Morning" Program for the Ninth Annual "Valentine's Day Wedding" on February 14, 2007, at which "The Love You Share" was read by Marc Sherman as the event's wedding toast.

"A Haiku for Britney" was aired by Dana Tyson of SUNNY 99.1 during her March 21, 2007 "Chick Chat" segment on the "Great Day Houston" program, then hosted by Whitney Casey.

"Vacation Ovation" was aired by Dana Tyson of Houston's SUNNY 99.1 on August 3, 2007.

Jill Eisnaugle was a special guest of SUNNY 99.1 and the "Dana & Marc in the Morning" Program for the Tenth Annual "Valentine's Day Wedding" on February 14, 2008, at which "The Love You Share" was read by Marc Sherman as the event's wedding toast.

"A Mother's Embrace" and "Ode to Mothers" were aired by Al Woody of WQBE-FM in Charleston, West Virginia on May 8th and 9th 2008, respectively.

"A Caregiver's Prayer," was published in "Today's Caregiver" magazine in July 2008.

"His Golden Shield," a tribute to fallen Houston Police Officer, Tim Abernethy, was aired by Dana Tyson of Houston's SUNNY 99.1 on December 9, 2008 and acknowledged by a hand-written thank you from Houston Police Chief, Harold Hurtt, that next week.

"Humor + Faith = Recovery," Jill's autobiographical Hurricane Ike story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "Tough Times, Tough People" book, released June 16, 2009.

For much more news and information, please visit my website's news pages.


Simon the Snowman by Jill Eisnaugle
Eight-year old Nicholas Wells is dealing with a dilemma. ...

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Beside Still Waters by Jill Eisnaugle
Each person is but a grain of sand resting beside the sea. This thought sets the tone for Jill Eisnaugle’s latest poetry collection, Beside Still Waters....

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Under Amber Skies by Jill Eisnaugle
Under Amber Skies, written by author and poet Jill Eisnaugle, is a wonderful collection of rhyming poetry guaranteed to please every reader. In this, her second book, she writes of new friendships kindled, as well as old friendships solidified. She gives inspiration to those in times of sorrow and shows that with prayer, you will never walk alone. A world that sometimes appears gray and filled wit...

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Coastal Whispers by Jill Eisnaugle
Inspirational poetry, written from the heart and soul. Verses that are well-suited for reading on a rainy day and that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face....

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Short Stories

Finding Ricky's Voice
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Trouble is brewing in the town of Whistle Canyon, but will creative thinking and the power of friendship save the day?...

Worries Are Like Small Potatoes
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A very wise teacher's aide gave me a piece of advice in 1986 that still lives with me today....

Five Generations of Women, Five Generations of Strength
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A fictional story about the changes that women have undergone over the course of the last 100+ years and challenges they have overcome....

The Adventures of Gillyboat and Flea
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A story about an often unsuccessful, yet ever hopeful and adventurous goat and his supportive, ever understanding chipmunk pal....

All I Want for Christmas....
 by Jill Eisnaugle
The story of one little girl's Christmas wish and how beliving in ourselves and our dreams can make anything possible....

The Man in Gray
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A story about how one man can make all the difference in changing a person's perception on life, especially at the holidays....

Parsley Rabbit Learned a Life Lesson
 by Jill Eisnaugle
The story of how a young rabbit learned about life, friendship, being a better person, and always being prepared for the reaction that may come from the life decisions we make....

The Grand Prize
 by Jill Eisnaugle
The story of two siblings and the magic trick that changed their lives....

A Mug of Dreams
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Based on a true story from my childhood, "A Mug of Dreams" tells of how one little girl wanted to give her Mother a very special Mother's Day gift. The moral of the story is simple: We never know the ...

Taming of the Pre-Teen
 by Jill Eisnaugle
The true story of my childhood and my relationship with my former sixth grade teacher; a friendship still lasting to this day....

The Magic Bunny
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A story about a little girl whose fears and loneliness are ceased, thanks to her teacher, her grandmother and a special, stuffed bunny. Dedicated to Regina Chaney, my 2nd grade teacher and to...

One White Frost Rose
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem of faith, love, and never losing sight of one's beliefs...

Lorelei and Benjamin - A Children's Story
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A story about a dragonfly and a bee who together make changes in their community. ...

The Thin Line Between North and South
 by Jill Eisnaugle
My take on the cultural differences between the northern and southern portions of the United States, as learned through living in both locales....


Life As I Now Know It
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem that best summarizes the last few weeks and with hope for everything yet to come. For Matt...

For Susan Bachman – Missing from Pennsylvania
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A plea to a missing woman from Pennsylvania. Please read below poem for more information on how you can help....

Budding Relationships
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem written for a guy named Edward....

Soft Light of Solitude
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem written for everyone mourning the loss of someone that struggled with addictions of any kind. ...

The Heartfelt Gift
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem written as a reminder to put a positive spin on a difficult situation....

Her Courage
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem inspired by the courage of those dealing with PTSD every day. ...

Bravest of the Brave
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A Houston Fire Department Memorial poem for four fallen firefighters that perished as the result of a motel fire on May 31, 2013, a fire that became the deadliest in Houston Fire Department's history...

Our Hearts Are Hurting for Boston
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem for everyone affected by the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy....

A Soul of Kindness
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem written to honor the memory of my friend, Debbie Ivey....

One Day at a Time
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem written to honor my friend's journey to recovery. For Elizabeth...

Once Upon a Christmastime
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A Christmas poem with well wishes to each and every one of you this holiday season!...

A Mother’s Birthday Wish
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem written by request for a mother seeking to let her 14-year-old daughter know that their relationship may not always be perfect, but a mother's love never fades....

Hope & Faith
 by Jill Eisnaugle
The inspiration for this poem came after a very difficult year in which I relied so much on faith and hope for better days. I hope you enjoy....

Cowboy in Heaven
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem written in memory of my former boss's husband, Reverend James Turner. ...

Snowy Blessing
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem I sent with all my Christmas cards this year, I hope it brings a little holiday cheer to you and yours as well....

Ode to Our Love
 by Jill Eisnaugle
This poem was written as a wedding vow that a bride could read to her groom. ...

A Prayer for the South: 2011 Tornado Outbreak
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem to honor the lives lost and affected by the recent tornado outbreak in the South....

You Are Special
 by Jill Eisnaugle
I wrote this poem for a special friend of mine that has been a source of inspiration, support, and strength over many years now. For Lynn Photo - Copyright © 2010: Jill Eisnaugle....

My Precious Daughter - A Father's Wedding Tribute
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poetic letter that a father could give or read to his daughter for her wedding day....

I Do, Again
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A short, simple vow renewal poem for couples re-validating their love and their commitment to each other. ...

Beyond Compare
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A little friendship poem....

With God
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A poem of faith and about using faith to overcome, to live life to its fullest, and as a roadmap to success...

Divine Marriage Prayer
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A little marriage prayer that screamed to come out of my heart and onto the page until 1:30 this morning....

Christmas Prayer
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A Christmas blessing for all of you, as thanks for your support of my work, all these years....

Thirty Years
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Those of you who have followed my work a long time know that each year, on or just prior to, my Nov. 12th birthday, I write a poem to celebrate the age I am turning. This year's the big 30th. As you ...


Love Letters for Valentine's Day
 by Jill Eisnaugle
The tradition of sending love letters for Valentine's Day began centuries ago and for those who may be searching for the perfect Valentine's Day letter for their husbands, wives, boyfriends or girlf...

First Lesson of the School Year: Just Be You
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article addressing how parents can help to ease their children into the transition from home to kindergarten or from one school to another....

Daddy’s Spirit Keeps Fallen Fathers in Children’s Hearts, Year-Round
 by Jill Eisnaugle
As we approach Father's Day and the celebrations with our fathers, it is often easy to forget the children whose fathers are no longer living. Ron Opher, Executive Director of Daddy's Spirit, never ...

Where the Gas Goes, the Car Goes: Maintaining Educational Fun
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article offering tips, suggestions, the author's personal insight and her firsthand experiences to show parents how they can best assist their children's educational goals, this upcoming school y...

Why Do We Want to be Famous?
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article in which the reader is asked to question why the lifestyles of today's hottest celebrities are so appealing and offering a glimpse into how, if we more closely examine our own lives, we wi...

Marriage Proposals by Women: Tips and Is Trend Really for Leap Year Only?
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article offering proposal ideas for women seeking to "pop the question," this Leap Day or any other time of the year....

What About the True American Idols?
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article about the true American Idols in our country. Disclaimer: These views are merely my own and you are free to disagree with them....

Houston.... Have We a Communication Problem?
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article addressing the lost art of letter writing and society's need for instanteous feedback....

Keys to a Purpose Driven Life
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article expressing the effectiveness that five simple "keys" can have in our time of need or crisis....

Broadcasting Relationship “Status” (on a shirt)? Is It Funny or Desperate?
 by Jill Eisnaugle
The latest fashion craze among singles is broadcasting one's relationship status or hopes for a relationship via a T-shirt. (No, I am not kidding). Am I too old-fashioned or does this idea seem a litt...

Relationship Obituaries: A New Way to Move Forward?
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Does writing about a failed relationship really ease the pain and is a public online forum the best place to clear the air? For some, it is....

Resurrecting Love at Easter: Is It a Good Idea?
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article about how the past is difficult to overcome, thus leading some individuals to consider re-kindling failed relationships. The question: Is this a good idea?...

The X’s & O’s of Love & Romance
 by Jill Eisnaugle
X's and O's have been used to symbolize kisses and hugs throughout history. Often brought into our lives in elementary school and a mainstay in our hearts until our passing, these symbols --- the si...

The “After-Valentine” Valentine’s Day
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article about how love shared and expressed after the February 14th holiday is equally as important as on the holiday, itself. Please note: The views expressed in this article are shared b...

Valentine’s Day Gifts: Are Secrets and Surprises Taboo?
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article addressing the differences between surprise gifts and the idea that individuals receive prior knowledge as to the content of the gifts they might receive....

Re-gifting (for the Right Reasons)
 by Jill Eisnaugle
As we approach the holiday shopping and gift-giving season, we may be faced with the dreaded instance of receiving a gift, worthy of re-gifting. By opening our hearts, we can put our re-gifting need t...

Productivity is Not Always in Black and White
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article describing how color affects the workplace and the individual worker's performance....

Lemonade from Lemons – Turning Negative Situations into Positive Outcomes
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article about the power of friendship, the joys of giving and the rewards that can be reaped as a result as experienced from the author's actual accounts and personal triumphs....

The Prioritization of Pleasing
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article about pleasing others and the extent to which we should try....

Thoughts for This Memorial Day
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article about the true meaning of Memorial Day....

The Greatest Generation
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article about our Senior Citizens, the current generation and how we, as society, need to care for our elder counterparts in better fashion than we currently are....

The Friendship Virus
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Please consider this article as a public service announcement because I want everyone to stay safe, as we approach the upcoming holiday shopping season. These things DO happen and they can happen to t...

Poetry: An Overview
 by Jill Eisnaugle
A look at poetry from its beginnings to the present....

A Single Grain of Sand
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article of hope, faith, strength and courage as seen in the miracle of one of the earth's smallest wonders....

Friendships, Role Models and the Pursuit of Happiness
 by Jill Eisnaugle
An article stating the likenesses and differences between friendship and control that also explores the common sense that we all yearn for - the pursuit of happiness and satisfaction....


Poem Requested by WBZ-Boston
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill's tribute to the Boston Marathon victims requested by WBZ-Boston producer....

Jill Eisnaugle Scores Third Place in Writer's Weekly Contest
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Ms. Eisnaugle's story, inspired by Houston's Snowdrop Foundation, finishes third among 500 entries....

Jill Eisnaugle Wins Two Hallmark Book Contests
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill's two stories will be published by Hallmark in March 2013....

Featured Author on Five More Minutes With
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Two stories Jill wrote about her father are featured....

Card contest win meaningful for daughter, Jill Eisnaugle, on Father's Day
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Hometown Article in Jackson County (Ohio) newspaper about my in-store Hallmark Men's Birthday card for sale NOW....

Jill Eisnaugle's Hallmark Card to be Sold in Stores
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill's Hallmark 'Birthday His Way' contest winning card to be sold in Hallmark stores, beginning this Summer....

Jill's Poem Slated for Part of Permanent BP Memorial Plaque in Texas City
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Plans were unveiled in Houston on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 -- at the 5 year remembrance of the Texas City BP refinery explosion -- for Jill's poem "Fifteen Precious Butterflies" to be featured on memo...

Jill Featured in Galveston County Daily News for Hallmark News
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill was featured in a front page Lifestyle section article in the Galveston County Daily News about her writing and Hallmark cards....

Jill Eisnaugle Repeat Hallmark Winner with That's Motherhood Victory
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill Eisnaugle's card chosen among the 26 winners in October 2009's "That's Motherhood" card contest, sponsored by Hallmark, for her second win in as many months....

Jill's Card Selected as a Winner in Hallmark Contest
 by Jill Eisnaugle
For years, you've suggested I "write for Hallmark." Now, I have. Please visit the website and check out my card. More importantly, buy several for your guy friends and family members and spread the w...

Jill Raises over $3,300 at 2009 Breast Cancer Auction
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill Eisnaugle's contributions to the Houston affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure raised beneficial funding for breast cancer research, education, and more....

Jill Eisnaugle is Stirring Press with Chicken Soup for the Soul Publication
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill has received various media feedback and reviews for her publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People....

Jill's Hurricane Ike Story Published in Chicken Soup for the Soul Book
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill Eisnaugle's Hurricane Ike ordeal published in Chicken Soup for the Soul collection....

Jill Eisnaugle Interviewed by Story Institute
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill's January 15, 2009 interview with John E. Murray, III of Story Institute is now available via Podcast....

Jill Eisnaugle Published in Special Anthology
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill Eisnaugle's poem, "Romantic Ocean Sunset" will be published in a special bound anthology, presented by Shadow Poetry's Quill Magazine....

Jill Eisnaugle's Fallen Police Officer Tribute Aired on Houston Radio
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill's tribute to the life and memory of slain Houston Police Officer, Timothy Abernethy, shared on Houston radio....

Jill Eisnaugle Raises Over $3,500 for Breast Cancer Research
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill's support of the Houston chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure helps to raise much needed funding for finding a breast cancer cure....

Jill Eisnaugle Wins Story Institute Poetry Contest
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill's poem, "Ship of Gold," has been named the winner of Story Institute's debut poetry contest....

Jill Eisnaugle's Poem Published in Today's Caregiver Magazine
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill Eisnaugle's poem for caregivers is the featured "Care Verses" in the July/August 2008 issue of a popular caregiving magazine....

Jill's Poem Featured in Breast Cancer Awareness Book
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill's poem, "You're a Survivor," is featured in Stacey Chillemi's latest book project....

Jill's 'Bedtime Prayer' Accepted by Christianity Guide
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Mary Fairchild, author of About.com's Guide to Christianity, has accepted Jill's poem, "Bedtime Prayer," for inclusion on her website....

Jill's Poem Featured in July Issue of SP Quill Magazine
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill Eisnaugle's poem, "Romantic Ocean Sunset" will be published....

Jill Eisnaugle's Poem Published in Chicago Poetry Magazine
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill's poem, "Ode to Wrigley Field" will be included in the forthcoming June issue of ChicagoPoetry's "Cram" magazine....

Jill's Poems 'Aired and Shared' with WQBE-FM for Mother's Day 2008
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill Eisnaugle's Mother's Day poems were aired and posted on a popular morning radio program's website in honor of the holiday....

Celebrating National Poetry Month with the Houston Chronicle
 by Jill Eisnaugle
Jill Eisnaugle participated in the Houston Chronicle's National Poetry Month "Poem a Day" mission....


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Daddy's Spirit
A non-profit organization founded by Ron Opher that assists children whose fathers have passed away.

Newborns in Need
A Christian non-profit organization specializing in assisting the premature newborns and their families.

J-La7 Design
A link to my friend Jenny's custom art page. Her mission is to create art that bring smiles to faces, or gives people a special feeling every time they see it.

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I was featured in a front page article in Saturday, June 13, 2009's edition of the Jackson County (Ohio) Times-Journal newspaper.

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