I was born in Germany, and grew up in France and Belgium. During my childhood, I became interested in searching for answers to life’s most fundamental questions. That search continues and I am realizing that the more I grow spiritually, the more meaningful both the spiritual search and the answers are becoming.
Growing up in a secular family I thought that the Holocaust, our German bête noire which I delved into deeply as a teenager, was proof that there was no God. I was unable to comprehend this and other human atrocities at the time. But it was this quandary that sent me searching for answers.
While I set out to become a doctor, things changed and I studied interior design instead. However, I never let go of my spiritual search as I worked in various fields over the years. I enjoyed living in different cultures as a child and extensive traveling has helped me to become a keen cultural critic.
Later in life, two people pointed out the strong philosophical and spiritual inclinations in my astrological chart. I took this as a sign to embrace this aspect of myself more fully and returned to school, first for an undergraduate degree in cultural and religious studies, then for a graduate degree in liberal studies. I designed my coursework around the idea of exploring our relationship with life and writing a book from the research.
When I had my beautiful babies, my protective mothering gene switched into gear and I wanted to shield them from all the dangers of the world. This impulse led me to the world of organic food and agriculture, the Waldorf School movement, alternative healing modalities, and - my most challenging study - compassionate communication.
My graduate research became the basis for my award-winning blog and books. There I explore healing our life and our culture; healing our relationships with nature, agriculture, food and our bodies; healing the way we communicate with one another; and speculation about why our culture is in such seeming disarray and what we can do about it. Although I will never be a physician, I love the fact that my life is coming full circle back to healing, albeit in a much broader sense.
I live in a net-zero house in the beautiful Hudson Valley with my loving family, two cats, and four bee hives. Good food and good company make me happiest, and I still love to travel as much as I did when I was younger.