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 the awe of my 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 is
when the curiosity of knowing Reality became a dedicated pursuit of mine. Since then, I have studied and have been a student of many diverse spiritual paths. Currently, I am following the teachings of Rupert Spira's, Direct Approach.
In my early twenties I came to California in order to continue my studies, 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 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 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...