Born into a non-practicing Jewish family, I cannot remember not being a spiritual seeker. The Mass (both Protestant and Catholic) resonated deeply during my early adult years but I had no desire to join a church. Similarly, the Native American spirit-saturated nonlinear path spoke to my heart but tribal membership was not a possibility. When the door to Eastern spirituality opened it was the heart-mind of Paramahansa Yogananda and deep being of Thich Nhat Hahn that called me to awareness. I actually inquired about becoming a monastic in Plum Village but there was an upper age limit for entering that practice.
All of the above led me to the Margha program and NDF in 2011. That first year was Bodhicitta and after the first Benefactor practice, I knew I was home. I have immersed in the Margha program every year since then, gratefully resting in the Three Jewels. My teachers are Lama Willa, Lama Liz, Camille Hykes, Bob Morrison, and Brendan Kennedy as well as the beautiful sangha of NDF as it manifests in groups and teachings.
Occupationally, I retired from teaching sociology at Rutgers University; directing a program at the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers; and directing Children and Family Services in mental health and addictions at a NJ hospital. But my heart-identity is as a writer and poet and I love participating in the international community of artists via the internet.
Geographically, I live in NJ fairly close to my three adult children and four grandchildren with my 85-pound labradoodle (Bodhi) and orange rescue cat (Simon.) I look forward to continuing to walk the path of Awareness with all of you.