I was raised to worship at the altar of the intellect. I studied at Sarah Lawrence College and graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University with a BA and partial Masters in social psychology, with a focus on psychoneuroimmunology and community health, through the lens of the AIDS epidemic. When I burned out from grieving dozens of friends, I shifted into the theatre world and attended Yale School of Drama for stage management. Later, I attended Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing program (fiction).
After a brief stint at Simon & Schuster, I landed in the television world, writing and later producing for VH1, Comedy Central, MuchMusic and Alliance Atlantis. I’ve taken Robert McKee’s Story Seminar, as well as a host of writing and film production workshops. In the 1990s, I was head writer for the web’s first entertainment magazine, Entertainment Drive, and I content-designed and ghostwrote several of the first official celebrity websites (Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears and others). That was followed by stints as a print music journalist and film critic for the now-defunct Reel.com. More recently, I’ve written for Tiny Buddha, Lion’s Roar and Eckhart Tolle’s website.
On a personal level, I’ve always been spiritually curious. As a child, I dreamt lucidly and obsessed about parallel universes and the quantum implications of picking up my knife before my fork. For much of my life, though, I only lived from the neck up.
In 2010, I experienced an episode of profound grace, and it transformed the way I live in the world. For the next seven years, I took notes as insight after insight arose. I write about these at The Counterintuitive Guide to Life.
I was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and I currently live on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples and the Snuneymuxw First Nation on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
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