Life is short, in what seems like a blink of the eye, I'm in my golden years. Here are some reflections of where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and what's going on.
Growing up in the sixties, I wanted to make a difference in the world. I was planning on being a social worker yet was swayed by the counter-culture and started living a back-to-the-land lifestyle in the Maine Woods instead. I raised my son as a single Mom, happily employed as a greenhouse grower, and later in the restaurant industry, which morphed into discovering my passion in holistic wellness.
In 1990 I opened a private practice in Energy Healing, became an adjunct faculty at two massage schools, and traveled statewide to facilitate wellness awareness and enrichment programs for healthcare, educational, and small business facilities. As Founder, Director, and Instructor of a Holistic School, I offered numerous workshops and services to my community, developed a curriculum, and taught certification training in Polarity Therapy and Reiki.
I have had four close encounters with death due to environmental toxins and was disabled with little chance of recovery predicted. As a believer in the power of the human body when given the right conditions, I am grateful for Western Medicine, Holistic Health Practices, the Avini Cellular Detoxification Program, and my Nikken Wellness Home for the comfort, relief, and recovery that has me feeling robust and energized. It's a joy to be active and engaged in my full, rich life once again.
It's a garden gala on the hill where I still live in the Maine woods. When I settled here as a younger woman with no gardening skills, one garden became two, two became three, and more. This floral landscape provides the perfect palette for my self-developed photography. Along with the gorgeous gardens that grace my home, I photograph the beauty of my surrounding landscape, and the nearby lake. Always a card sender, I began making cards to share the beauty of nature that is so inspiring to me.
Now in my seventies, I continue to delight in my rural lifestyle, landscape gardening, piano noodling, yoga stretching, swimming at the lake, sharing nature's beauty through my photography, being with loved ones, and providing services and solutions that have transformed my life and the lives of others. Life is good and I am grateful.
"Extend to each person no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same.”