Biography

Born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa 73 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 life took hold.  

In my late teens when I lived in Greece, my ancestral home, I clearly saw how light brought into being the hidden beauty of everything. That is when my curiosity of wanting to know reality became a dedicated quest of mine. Since then, I have studied and been a student of many diverse spiritual paths and have finally found myself at home in Rupert Spira's non~dual teachings. 

In my early twenties I came to California in order to continue my studies, received my Master's at UCSB, got married, moved to San Francisco and had two beautiful daughters who are my treasured gifts to this day.  I emersed myself studying the energy fields of Acupressure and Reiki and became a practitioner of both.  In the late '80s I 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.

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 in San Francisco.  I taught Consciousness~based courses and workshops at John F. Kennedy University in Walnut Creek and later on at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.  

Over the past twenty four 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 early thirties.  Writing poetry helps me move through the turbulent parts of my life.  I have selected some of the poems that I have written during these last forty years and have posted them here.  

Art, on the other hand, is a recent surprised discovery.  I feel like a kid playing with paints, colored pencils, charcoal, aerosol cans, stencils, stamps, photos, fabrics, glue gun, gel printing plates ~ 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 put together the website in order to sell my greeting cards. Although I'm still making them, I am now gifting them to friends.  So what I'm realizing is that when there is an inspiration to do something, to just do it, because the gift is embedded in the doing itself.  At this time, it is propelling me to brand new horizons exploring different ways of combining my photography, art and poetry into some kind of media expression.  

I am moved for being and doing what I love, especially being with two adorable grandkids, my precious loving daughters and son~in~law, caring siblings and fantastic friends!  Loving activities are keeping me engaged with my community, by volunteering at a residential Hospice and getting my hands dirty at the Japanese Garden at Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon where my home is.

So this site has become a fun and creative expression of the golden thread that is unfolding within me.  I continue adding and shifting things around, as Life keeps taking and carrying me through some deep, humbling and wondrous places. 

 

There is this big Love here ~

          bowing deeply to this groundless ground of Grace ~

                    with the greatest of gratitudes...