My Memoir

My Memoir

This book is for people who love and want deeper connections to nature and seek practical information on “why to, how to” co-create with nature (herbal craft and natural healing).
 
I was born in Alberta Canada in 1951. It was cold and isolated with beautiful mountains to the west and rolling hills to the east that resolved into vast rolling plains. My father was a WW2 veteran who wanted nothing more than his own farm. My mother was an elementary school teacher who wanted nothing more than a well-nurtured family. Tragically, a severe car accident took my mother away from us forever. My father escaped from sorrow into the hard labor of farm life and the task of surviving in the harsh climate taking my brother with him.

At 12 years old, I was generally left alone in the house while “the men” worked the farm. The isolation and loneliness prompted me to begin to seek connections with nature and spirit, while struggling with the cruelty of my mother’s death. I reached into the mystical presence of trees. Struggling for over a decade in this wilderness, cold, often hungry and barely surviving I finally made my way toward Red Deer college. Over time my inner life began to blossom. After two years of college I went on to a large university in Edmonton. I met mentors in both schools, Gil Farthing, Lis Atkinson in Red Deer, and Daiyo Sawada, Lorene Everett-Turner and Moira Juliebo Walker in Edmonton. In 1974, I began teaching in an elementary school west of Edmonton, and like many young and vibrant personas I married in 1977. Unfortunately, the marriage did not go well but I had a child in 1981 and persevered for another few years, finally getting a divorce. I began graduate school in 1988. There, my mentors opened windows of possibility and showed me how to begin to release my inner voice. They showed me pathways toward the quantum space of other dimensions. With their help I was able to develop my life, expressing myself through poetry and narrative writing. I became aware of the mystical and physical worlds around us whether it was communicating with stones, plants, divas or more organized energy fields that we might call God. This realization of the world eventually provided me with financial means that I desperately needed to nourish my daughter, complete my education and develop my professional life. Slowly I began to learn how to ground myself in the real world, not leaving the mystical behind, but integrating the All into a whole that could carry me forward. I have gone on to carry a professorship Vermont for nearly 20 years with a PhD in Education, a writer, and graduate coordinator at Northern Vermont University. In my educational publications you will discover the importance of growth and play in childhood to overcome adversity and in my poetry you will find connections to the mystical and possibilities in the world around us.

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The natural audience for this memoir, “Notes on Hunger” is wide, encompassing those of us who struggle with emotional loss; people of Scottish and Irish descent; readers of writers such as: Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Mists of Avalon); Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series); Mary Stewart (The Crystal Cave series); E. B. White (The Once and Future King). It includes the many others who have explored the mysteries of Celtic spirituality. It reaches toward those who know and love Findhorn and those who seek what’s there without knowing that’s where they want to be, or somewhere very like it in temper and substance.
began to seek out connections with nature, family and the beautiful possibilities of life.

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