I like an open world view. Ever since I heard about foreign exchange programs as far back as high school I aimed to attend one. I thought it was the most natural thing in the world. Came the time when my peers and I were planning out the years of our young twenties I noticed few who wanted to go abroad and none but me who did. It has been my pleasure to live in new places: Paris, Geneva, Israel and a fair sample of states on the east coast of USA. I've learned other languages, one of which, French, I use every day. I have traveled to yet more places in Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa and the US west coast.
I was born and grew up in Arlington and Canton, Massachusetts; Pensacola, Florida; and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Returning to my home base I lived in Falmouth and Woods Hole and settled in Newton to raise a family. It's a wonderful life of movement and variety and I keep a world map on my wall to remind me where I've been and where I'm going and especially, not to stress too much about where I am at any given moment. The ship of state always finds a new haven.
I got my start in professional writing with five years working in business journalism in Geneva, Switzerland. Returning to Boston I built a career on the twin pillars of medical research administration and an MBA in health care management. In both I acquired new skills in writing and with both was propelled to volunteer at activities and charity events outside of work that were both meaningful and unusual: 22-year service with the BAA's Boston Marathon that put me on their Wall of Volunteers, Susan G. Komen and Alzheimer’s fundraisers, creation of a graduate-level public health preparedness course, and deployment with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Currently I am a volunteer with the Society of Research Administrators International as an Editorial Board member and mentor/advisor in their author fellowship program that encourages non-writers to fine-tune writing skills in order to disseminate their expertise in the research administration field.
Favorite reading: memoir, historical romance, giant sagas of historical fiction, history texts. Occasional legal thrillers. BA Wellesley College and MBA Boston University.
I dance, too! Latin and ballroom standard.