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Writing saved my life.  When I was in college and the world came crashing down, as most of our worlds will at sometime or another, I wrote.  About nothing.  About everything.  When it all fell apart, it was the pen that held me to the ground and brought me to my truth.

Twenty years later, I continue to swing between the companion arts of Life and Writing.

Because this simple art saved my life, I am moved to share it.  I write, teach, and speak about journaling as a contemplative literary art throughout the Twin Cities, including at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and as an adjunct professor in Hamline University’s Graduate School of Education.  I also am an adjunct instructor in the Leadership Minor at the University of Minnesota and a 2016 recipient of the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for my second novel, Phoenix.

My writing has been featured in MPR’s Public Insight Network, Mamapedia, Minnesota Women’s Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Tinybuddha.com, as well as regularly on this website.

When I am not teaching or writing, I am playing with my two children, Oliver and Lucy, trotting in the woods with my dog Dharma, and riding bikes with my husband, Paul.

Clients Include:

PEASE Academy, Minneapolis, MN

Simpson Housing Services, Minneapolis, MN

St. Anne’s Place, Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Social Services Agency

MN Association of Mental Health Programs

Minnesota Transitions Charter High School, Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Public School’s Teen, Pregnant, and Parenting Program (TAPPP), Minneapolis, MN

Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

Blooma, Edina, MN

Minneapolis Police Activities League (PAL), Minneapolis, MN