Meet Me

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you there will be a butterfly.” ~Buckminster Fuller

Emerging Butterfly

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.

Linda at Sophia's Table Book Signing

Linda at Sophia’s Table Book Signing

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.