Sometimes I feel that my life is a jigsaw puzzle, in that I’ve bounced back and forth between working in nursing and various other fields. As an R.N., I worked in the areas of psychiatry, medical-surgical, hemodialysis, subacute, clinics, clinical trials, and health-facilities evaluation with the California State Department of Health Services. In between I worked with Amnesty International, the American Red Cross, and Friends of the Earth; I held several secretarial positions with colleges and universities; and I assisted in managing a bookstore.
I’ve always had a passion for writing and music. As a small child, I wrote little poems and pasted them into a notebook. I received my first guitar at age 14 and immediately began writing songs. I started performing publicly while in nursing school and continued this throughout my twenties, thirties, and early forties. In my late forties, I became seriously ill with a chronic disease and was forced to stop working. After several years of battling flareups and depression, I finally got my life back on track.
In the early 1980s, I became actively involved with the animal rights movement. Vivisection, the animal meat trade, factory farming, etc. disturbed me to such a degree that I was compelled to establish my own animal rights organization. Two organizations and many years later, I remain a staunch animal activist. And by “animal” I mean all sentient life forms. We humans removed ourselves from the food chain ages ago, and we often forget that we are still animals, we are still “living organisms that feed on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli.”
In 1984, I became apprenticed to a medicine woman and have consciously walked a spiritual path since that time. The way out is the way in. My own experience has taught me that all we seek lies within, as we are microcosms of the vast All Knowing.
I’ve published articles in the fields of medicine and spirituality, and I’ve written essays as well as many book reviews. I created my website after publishing my début novel, Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012.
So much that had been televised about the end of the Mayan calendar on 21 December 2012 left me wondering if we’d be alive when the sun rose on December 22nd! A large percentage of the programs focused on a possible impending apocalypse, which I found disheartening. I firmly believe that if we keep our hearts open and act within love instead of reacting out of fear – if we practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath – we’ll raise our vibratory rate and help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness, facilitating personal and global peace. So after having seen one too many programs embracing doomsday prophecies, I felt compelled to write a novel of hope. Novel reading can stimulate empathy and increase our understanding of who we are and our tolerance for diversity.
When my niece had quadruplets in November 2012, I was inspired to write a children’s book. Gabby and the Quads is the product of that inspiration. A child’s moral compass develops early, and I wanted to write a book that was ethically as well as traditionally educational. I’m currently writing another novel that will be released sometime later this year.
Nature is my go-to tonic. Aside from music and animals, I love dancing and getting lost in working crossword puzzles.
Thank you, Storm, for showcasing me in The Writers Newsletter. I look forward to your ongoing success and all the good support your newsletter will provide authors. May your path in life be blessed …