I am a story-teller, illustrator, meditation facilitator, and a wilderness and nature educator. I guide school groups and families in my beloved California Bay Area Parks through the local Sierra Club Chapter and Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks.
My goal as a writer and illustrator is to inspire a sense of wonder in young people. I am currently working on a graphic biography of Robert Marshall which I hope will motivate readers to become environmental activists in their own right. As part of my research, I spent October, 2022 as the Sherry Levy-Reiner fellow at the American Jewish Archives. A second project which is nearing completion is a collection of poems that describe a field trip at Huddart Park.
Meditation changed my life, allowing me to create space for myself in the chaos of family, dogs, chickens and daily demands. I believe meditation has the power to propel us forward on our quest for self-discovery and growth, cultivating happiness and peace and the ability to act from inner wisdom and kindness.
Connecting with nature is key to developing a sense of well-being, ease and relaxation. Learning the name of a flower or the time of year a tree blossoms awakens in us the ancestral memory of who we are and where we came from. In my hikes, I strive to create an atmosphere of discovery and exploration, trusting the sense of wonder which the beauty of nature can rekindle within us.
This January I graduate from the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I love this program! Please email me if you would like to learn more about it. I am a Certified Interpretive Guide and a California Naturalist, a member of the Sierra Club since 2003 and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).