I’ve been a digital nomad since before there was a name for the thing. I travel to have direct experiences with many different spiritual practices and places. I’ve studied with different teachers who bring a holistic worldview to life. My insatiable creative impulse implores me to reflect back these experiences through my own vocabulary, one that allows me and invites you to play with being in the world and the things you and I bring into it.
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, mind-matter interaction became something I wanted to explore more. The experience changed my life, and I credit it as the point in which I took on a spiritually curious orientation to everything in life.
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 helped with editorial production for Mindfield, a publication of the Parapsychological Association, for many years.
In 2003, I self published my first work of autofiction, SevenThirteen. In 2005, I started my first microbusiness, the syntax rugrat, with the slogan “boucing 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. Over the years, my creativity consulting and output took many forms. The book and practice were the genesis for the form of work I do now.