Born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa 72 years ago, I was brought up in nature where everything was my playground. Great open spaces held animals, big sky and sparkly starry nights. We had no electricity or running water and slept with the sounds of frogs, lions and drums. This is where my awe of Existence took hold. In my late teens when I lived in Greece, my ancestral home, I clearly saw how Light brought into Life the hidden Beauty of everything. That's when my interest in knowing Reality became a life~long dedication.
In my early twenties I came to California in order to continue my studies. I got married, moved to San Francisco and had two beautiful daughters who are my treasured gifts to this day. I emersed myself in the energy fields of Acupressure and Reiki. I became a practitioner of both. I also worked as a peer counselor on the Aids Ward at San Francisco General Hospital. It was devastating to see my dear friends die all around me. It was a time of reckoning.
So I went back to graduate school and at the age of 48 I received my Doctorate in East~West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I taught consciousness raising courses and workshops at John F. Kennedy University in Walnut Creek and later on at Edgewood College in Madison. I ended up in Wisconsin because I became involved with a woman. I got a divorce and moved near Madison to be with her. Currently, I am a teacher at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), an affiliate of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon where my home is.
Over the past twenty two years, traveling extensively around the country ~ primarily hiking the Colorado mountains and visiting the Northern California coast ~ I seriously began trying to capture the light and beauty in photos, especially the micro aspects in nature. The funny thing is that I have never taken a photoghraphy class. Taking pictures makes my heart very happy!
Poetry has been a companion of mine since my teens. It is still serving as a saving grace through the turbulent times of my life. I have selected some of the poems that I have written during these last twenty years and have posted them on the website.
Art, on the other hand, is a recent surprised discovery. I feel like a kid playing with paints, colored pencils, stencils, textures, stamps, photos, fabrics, glue gun, gel printing plates, etc. ~ a mixed media haven! And to top it all off I have come across the SoulCollage process, which dovetails with all of this somehow as it uses images, imagination and intuition to bring forth a deeper sense of inner knowing.
The interesting thing is that I initially created this website in order to sell my greeting cards. Although I'm still making them, I am now giving them to friends as gifts. What I'm realizing is that when there is an inspiration for something to just do it, because the gift is in the doing itself. It is propelling me to brand new horizons exploring different ways of combining my photography, art and poetry into some kind of media expression.
This site has become a joyful creative work in progress! I keep adding and shifting things around, as Life takes me and carries me through some deep, humbling and wondrous places.
I am moved for being and doing what I love, especially being with two adorable grandkids, sweet loving daughters and son~in~law, caring siblings and fantastic friends!
I bow big to this groundless ground of Grace ~ with the greatest of gratitudes...
So here's to Loving
We are all in this together ~