1. Where are you from?
I was born in New York City but we moved upstate (the Adirondacks) when I was 11.
2. What is your education?
I graduated from the State University of New York with a B.A. in English. Being 20 years old, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
3. So what did you do?
My early career was a patch work quilt. After college, I worked in advertising in New York City for a couple of years. Then I moved back upstate and taught high school English. Eventually I started a weekly newspaper in Lake George, New York. When I moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1976, I went to work as the activity director in a convalescent center. So, as you can see, I was all over the board.
4. How did you end up doing what you do?
From an early age, I felt there was more to life than meets the eye. I wanted to understand life, people, myself. Who are we? Why are we here? What’s it all about? So I was always reading, searching. I devoured countless books on metaphysics, philosophy, psychology. Knowing of my interest, people began asking me questions, coming to me for advice. When I lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, friends urged me to give seminars. Things kind of snow balled from there. Eventually I was able to support myself with lectures, classes and workshops.
5. And that included lecturing on cruise ships?
Well, that came much later, after I married my husband Ron and we started traveling.
6. When was that?
We married in 1995, sold both our homes and bought a big motorhome. We fell in love with the lifestyle and traveled full-time all over the U.S. and Canada for the next 6 years. Then we thought we should start seeing the rest of world, so in 2002 we took a world cruise. During that cruise, people learned of my background and asked me to give a lecture. That led to creating Powerpoint lectures I presented on many different cruise ships.
7. What did you lecture about?
My first series of lectures were based on well-being, communication and relationships. I called them Life Enrichment lectures and many of them eventually found their way into my book “Make the Best of the Rest of Your Life.” The second category, Travel Enrichment, evolved from years of traveling all over the globe. They are based on my interest in and studies of the world and its people.
8. Are you still traveling?
Oh, yes. After we sold our motorhome, we thought we were supposed to have a home so we bought a condo in Boca Raton. But we hardly ever used it because we travel so much. We sold it fully furnished in January 2011 and have been traveling full-time ever since. I think of us as modern day nomads.
9. Where do you go?
We are either driving all over the U.S. or around Europe. You can read about our travels on my blog: www.highroads.blogspot.com
10. What is your favorite place?
Everyone asks that and it is impossible to answer. I like different places for different reasons. Every place has something special about it.
11. You actually have 4 books but you only promote 3 of them.
Yes. My first book “Super Self: Life Without Limits” was published in 1984 but it is long out of print.
12. Your present books are so different — from fiction to self-help to spirituality. How do you account for that?
Well, they are not as different as one might first think. “Heartsong” is a love story with very metaphysical, spiritual overtones. “Make The Best Of The Rest of Your Life” while not overtly spiritual is about living a healthier, happier life, becoming more of the person you are capable of being. “Healing Feelings” is the next step in the progression toward fulfillment.
13. “Heartsong” and “Make The Best Of The Rest of Your Life” have been out for a while. Why are you promoting them now?
Because outside of selling them on ships, I did not do anything to promote them before. So in 2015, I republished Heartsong, and revised and updated “Make The Best Of The Rest of Your Life.” I feel both books have great value and deserve more attention than I was originally able to give them.
14. How come “Healing Feelings” is so short, only about 27,000 words?
People today simply don’t have time to wade through a lot of books looking for answers. I wanted to take the most helpful things from my own quest for understanding and peace, and present that in a clear, direct manner. Short and to the point, you could say.
15. So would you say “Healing Feelings” is the culmination of all your studies?
I would say the culmination of all my experience. Much of what I learned in my quest for Self knowledge was not in any book. It came from personal experiences, challenges, from workshops I created and processes I developed, from people I worked with. I did (and still do) a lot of reading and research, but it is the application of knowledge, not knowledge itself, that brings change.