Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a dreamer, thinker, artist, writer, teacher, mom, yogini, naturalist, spouse, out-of-practice musician, organic gardener, and INFJ. I currently live in the great state of Maine, where I’ve been quite happy to raise my 2 children. I lived all over the US until I settled here in 1996, and since I do have a restless spirit, I predict I’ll move again, as long as I can be near the ocean.
Currently I work in higher education coordinating experiential learning programs. In the past I worked as an adjunct writing instructor, piano and voice teacher, choral director, graphic and web designer, copyeditor, and photographer. When my kids were little I decided to go to graduate school and proudly earned my graduate degree in 2007. I’d actually like to start working on a doctorate but have put that aspiration on hold until my kids are older…having 2 teenagers is occupying a lot of my time right now.
I also teach yoga, lead guided meditations, and make art. My current body of work feels like I’m finally bringing together the many facets of my “self.” It’s called “Deep Looking,” a phrase taken from Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, who says that deep looking is a form of meditation that develops insight into the Buddhist concept of impermanence. My images are a result of looking deeply at leaves, blossoms, pods, etc., and noticing how they represent all stages of life, whether still blooming or withering and dying. I often keep my “specimens” for weeks or more to more fully appreciate their impermanence. Each change is beautiful in its own way and through observing this ongoing change, I hope to more fully appreciate the steady and merciless march of time on my own body, mind, and spirit.
What one thing are you most proud of in your years so far?
In 2007 I published my first book, called A Settled Mind. I’ve been trying to write another one ever since and so far have been failing miserably, so now I just think it’s amazing that I managed to write one to at all!
What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
I am passionate about educational access and best teaching practices, plus I’m an environmental activist. If I can make a positive impact in either of these ways, I will be happy. I just want to make a difference.
What one thing have you seen in your lifetime which has changed the world the most significantly?
The internet! I grew up without the connectivity that exists now. I embraced it quickly and easily as an adult, but I think it is making a significant impact on our youth socially, for both good and bad. We humans have been forever changed by this “instant gratification” and I fear that solitude is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. I just hope we have the wisdom as a species to use our new-found powers for good.
What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Forget about boys! Pursue what YOU are passionate about. Boys will come and go but you will always have yourself and will need to learn to love yourself unconditionally.