I grew up in northern New Jersey. I won a congressional scholarship at 17 to be an exchange student in the Black Forest in southern Germany. The cultural exchange lit a fire in me. I fell in love with traveling the world. I returned to NJ to graduate high school, then immediately went back to Europe. I was at an international university in London for a few years, but then I dropped out to travel. I went solo all over the world, and eventually landed back in the US (Jersey City). I later moved to the Hudson Valley, NY, and called that home base as I did #vanlife for parts of the year. I arrived in New Orleans, LA in 2021 and I’m excited to see what this city wants to show me.
When I was 16 in 1997, I went on a class trip to Beuron Monastery in southern Germany. I spent a few days practicing meditation with the resident Benedictine monks. I became fascinated by the idea that meditation was a pathway to inner peace. And, I felt the physical sensations that came from the practice of working with mental sensations. My experience transformed. I knew mind-body-spirit, mind-matter interactions were something I wanted to explore more. I took on a spiritually curious orientation to everything in life, and I matched that to a fascination with cultural exchange.
When I was 17 in 1998, I went to the PEAR Labs (a parapsychology lab then located in a basement at Princeton University) and Brenda Dunne, whose role in the parapsychology community is to provide a humanistic interpretation of hard science data, told me that the field needed more people who can correct the grammar and presentation of all of the material. That experience launched my editorial career. I have helped with editorial production for Mindfield, a publication of the Parapsychological Association, for many years.
When I was 22, I self published my first work of autofiction, SevenThirteen. When I was 24, I started my first microbusiness, the syntax rugrat, with the slogan “bouncing ideas, one word at a time.” I offered creativity consulting that helped clients expand their vocabulary around what it was they were bringing into the world. Both were outlets to explore language and its role in creating reality.
When I was 33, I went through a devastating course correct in my life: I confronted lingering mental health challenges, ones that held me back from living fully present. I changed my lifestyle to align with self care needs, and I dove head first into my creative expression practice to understand why I experienced reality the way I did. I made meaning out of inner chaos and surrendered to incredible potential of the human to provide learning and healing for my soul.
Culture, boundary-pushing ideas, and art are the points that constellate and light up my experience.
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