Grew up roaming the hills, woods, and pond edges of a 60-acre dairy farm on the North Shore of Long Island. (Sprawl has now eliminated anything rural on Long Island). The natural world was my playground, and eating fresh food from our garden was a baseline assumption. Both parents attended Cornell Agricultural School and passed on an appreciation for and a curiosity about flora and fauna, geology, indeed, the whole mysterious cosmos.
College at Duke, Grad School at LSU studying philosophy, psychology and finally Clinical Social Work. Moved to Wilmington Delaware for next 40 years where Bill and I shared the wonder of guiding two delightful offspring into independence. Witnessing Dan’s (now married to Emily) and Kari’s life journeys continues to be an astounding privilege. Worked for 37 years in private practice as a psychotherapist. Took up skiing (not easy in Delaware) and white water canoeing and windsurfing. Camped a lot, traveled to 49 of the 50 states, sang with the Unitarian Choir and other musical performing groups, birded along the Atlantic flyway, and advocated for non-violent conflict resolution.
Moved to Vermont in December ’02, at last, back to my imprinted landscape. I am determined to own less, to share more, to re-learn to play my flute, to canoe and hike a lot, to compose music and write two books, to be mesmerized by the Northern Lights, to construct a cohousing community of physical and interpersonal beauty, and to live in such a way that my work and play are indistinguishable.
My spirit is most renewed by participating in growth—- my own growth, the growth of children and all vulnerable little critters, the growth of gardens and forests, and the evolution and growth of local and international social systems. My hope in community is to tap into the synergy, linking my energy with others of similar interests and values.