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 when my awe for Existence Itself took hold. In my late teens, when I lived in Greece, my ancestral home, I clearly saw how Light brought to life the hidden beauty of everything.
When I moved to California in my mid-twenties I fell in love with the free spirit of the times and decided to emerse myself in the energy fields of Reiki and Acupressure. I became a practitioner of both. I also worked as a peer counselor on the Aids Ward at San Francisco General Hospital. At the age of 44, I decided to go back to graduate school and received my doctorate in East~West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. I taught consciousness raising courses and workshops in the Bay Area and in Wisconsin. I currently teach at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), an affiliate of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon where my beloved home is.
Over the past twenty two years, traveling extensively ~ 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, like photography, has also been a companion of mine since my teens. I have selected some of the poems that I have written during these last twenty years and they are posted 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 sending 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 creative work in progress that I absolutely love! I continue to add and shift things around, as life keeps taking me through some deep, humbling and wondrous places.
I am deeply grateful for being and doing what I love, especially being with adorable grandkids, sweet loving daughters and son~in~law, caring siblings and fantastic friends! I feel so blessed and keep bowing deeply to What Is...
So here's to Life!
We are all in this together ~