While a seminary student, classmates bestowed this name upon me, perfectly capturing the trajectory of my life~~a never-ending process of becoming.
The butterfly is my favorite symbol for resurrection and transformation.
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From an early age, my spiritual practice involved writing letters to the Divine in my journal.
My first distinction as a writer came when my New Bremen, Ohio teachers selected me as the editor of the high school’s newspaper, The Crimson and Gold. While a student at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, my academic writing was praised for its clarity and the depth of my thinking. One of my papers was published in a University of Dayton academic journal, Explorations: Journal for Adventurous Thought. It gave me great pleasure to be thought of as an adventurous thinker.
In retirement, I reinvented myself as an author. Click here for link to “My Writing Journey.”
My memoir, A Long Awakening to Grace will be published in 2017. In the process of writing it, a profound level of inner wisdom emerged from my pen as I came to understanding and compassion for myself and my family amidst the trials experienced during the twenty-two years my children’s baffling challenges remained a mystery. My life path is one of continually emerging into acceptance of my humanity, especially the less-than-desirable parts of myself, while being challenged to evolve into expanded levels of consciousness and compassion.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Philo
Before retiring fully in 2012, my professional path gave me an appreciation for the indomitable spirit present in the midst of all people’s stories and struggles.
After receiving a Master of Divinity degree with a specialization in spirituality and pastoral counseling in 1979, I served as an Associate Pastor, a Living-in-Process Facilitator of spiritual recovery groups, a Family Therapist for those caught in the pain of addiction, an Imago Relationship Therapist for couples and families, and a Relationship Coach for couples and singles.
In 2001, I was hired as the Director of Couples’ Programs by The Relationship Coaching Institute, a virtual organization. In that capacity I trained couples’ coaches from around the world via the internet and phone and edited a couples’ newsletter. I served for four years as Dayton’s Relationship Coach, writing a monthly column for Single Source News.
I live and write in Centerville, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio. A health crisis resulted in my daughter moving in with me in June 2016. We enjoy the antics of Kiko, my Siamese-mix cat. A life-long learner dedicated to growing spiritually, I enjoy participating in writing and spiritually-oriented groups.