About Me

It’s important to know who you’re working with so you can decide if we might work well together. 

Geek

Ages ago, I was a Microbiology major at the University of Illinois.  This was slightly after Bacteriology was phased out as a major.  Now Microbiology is mostly gone, too, in favor of majors like Cell and Molecular Biology.  I loved the work and went for a masters degree in Microbiology at UC Berkeley.  But sadly, I discovered that research wasn’t adventurous enough, so I tried something else.

Writer

Fearless reporter interviewing a December visitor.

I’d always loved to write and became a science writer at The Daily Californian in Berkeley, CA.  Then I worked at The Daily Ledger in Antioch, CA. When my husband and I moved to Boston, I worked as a science/medical reporter at the Harvard Health Letter and the Harvard Medical School News Office. We had computers back then, but no internet. We had to find research articles in the library! On paper! Can you imagine?!

Geek Writer

Behind the scenes at BNSG, season 1.
Behind the scenes at BNSG, season 1.

In Tacoma, I worked as a science researcher and background writer at the “Bill Nye the Science Guy” TV show  during its first two seasons.  The show was written, and a lot of it filmed, in a warehouse near the King Dome (before they blew up the King Dome).  I tried really hard to stay behind the scenes, but was arm-twisted to be a stressed-out computer person in the “Structures” show.   I’m in this video at 8:03.  Don’t blink!  I’m gone by 8:11!

Me and Bill! Bill! Bill! at the 20th anniversary reunion. Both of us older and wiser…no wait, we’re just older.

More Geek Writer

Me, Grace O’Malley, and Phoebe Wray at the Broad Universe bookselling table.

While home raising the kids, I wrote science fiction to keep my brain alive.  I was a terrible fiction writer, and have no published work (a great relief to  the literature scene at large).  On the bright side,  I helped to start Broad Universe, a cooperative group promoting women authors in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Granite

Polishing a marble cutting slab in the back yard.

It took me 15 years to realize that I was  always going to suck as a writer, so I finally left that world and sort of accidentally got a job at  a granite company in town.  I ran a computerized machine that cut out sink holes and arcs; the guys in the back shop considered machine work to be girly, so it  worked out fine.  I loved the colors and patterns of granite, but after a couple of years, I wanted to work in a warm room in the winter, and have groovy co-workers, and work in a job that was both problem-solving and hands-on.

Massage

I ended up in massage school at Cortiva in Seattle.  Massage brought me back to science, but in a way that valued intuition and energy.  Not forgetting my earlier training, I wrote a case report about one of my clients that won a national award in 2009.  (Yay!)

CranioSacral

I started training in CranioSacral with the Upledger Institute in 2010. It’s more gentle than Swedish massage, but more effective.  I know it doesn’t make sense, but it works that way because connective tissue is more like cling wrap than rubber bands.  A little pull goes all the way down.  Things can get weird and tangential.  It’s a really fun way of helping people heal.

Travels and Hobbies
Kimi, me, and Carolyn dunging the floor of the makhosini (sacred hut).
Kimi, me, and Carolyn helping to dung the floor of the makhosini (sacred hut).

When the kids finally became adults, my husband and I have been able to travel a bit, most notably to Italy and Japan.  I’ve also been to South Africa twice with the Intuitive Mind group.  When home, I’m usually at my sewing machine making a quilt.  I also love singing kirtan and had the best time ever a while ago at kirtan summer camp (info on Jai Uttal’s website).  I also love going to concerts by Krishna Das and Bhagavan Das when they’re in town.

So that’s me.  If this kind of person appeals to you, give me a call!  I’d love to work with you!

drakensbergs
Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa