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Ages ago, I was a Microbiology major at the University of Illinois back when Microbiology was still a thing. Now it’s all upscale, it’s Cell and Molecular Biology. But it was an earlier age and I liked microbes, so I went for a masters degree in Microbiology at UC Berkeley. There I discovered that research wasn’t the right box for me. I wanted adventure.
I left research to become a science writer at The Daily Californian in Berkeley, CA, then worked for The Daily Ledger in Antioch, CA. Later, we moved to Boston, where I worked as a science/medical reporter at the Harvard Health Letter and the Harvard Medical School News Office (long before there was an internet or web pages!).
After we moved to 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 warehouse near the King Dome (before they blew up the King Dome). I even had a cameo in the “Structures” show as a stressed-out secretary.
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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 readers everywhere). On the bright side, I helped launch Broad Universe, a cooperative group promoting women authors in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
It took me 15 years to realize that I was always going to suck as a writer. Then the universe conspired to get me a job at a granite company. I ran a computerized machine that cut out sink holes and arcs; the guys considered machine work to be girly, so it worked out just fine. I loved the granite, but after a couple of years, I wanted a job in a warm room in the winter, with groovy co-workers, that was problem-solving and hands-on.
After going in for a massage, I realized that everything on my list was in this field! Doors opened and soon enough, I was 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!)
I started training in CranioSacral with the Upledger Institute in 2010. It’s more gentle than Swedish massage, but more effective. Doesn’t make sense, right? I’ve always said that CST is weirder than science fiction. Things can get really wacky, like the existence of energy cysts, or bits of traumatic energy trapped in tissue. I doubted they were a real thing…but found I could feel them. Weirder yet, we can talk to organs or joints (or the immune system!) to find out why they’re unhappy. I can do CST with dogs, because they have spines, too. It’s a really fun job.
With the kids grown, my husband and I have been able to travel. Together, we’ve been to Italy and Japan. He and his travel buddy have been to Bhutan, Morocco, China, and Vietnam. I’ve been to South Africa twice (and Nebraska!).
The South Africa adventures started in 2014 with the Intuitive Mind group trip. (They’re doing another in November 2016.) Their trip involves three weeks of deep personal change…and also seeing zebras, elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and meeting Nancy Rebecca’s Zulu shaman family. (She’s an initiated Zulu shamanic healer, or sangoma.) It has been a huge blessing to meet all the great healers who fly in Nancy and Yvonne’s orbit.