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I first took root in the overgrown gardens of the U.K., was nurtured in the almond croissant shops of Québec, and matured in the suburban wilderness of Southern California where I became a social worker. (The influences of India, Oregon and the Sahara are described in my memoir, A Slice of Orange - see the Books page.)

My years as a therapist have taught me how to listen, not only to others but to my heart’s own voice. (My professional bio is available on my therapy website

I’ve loved writing since I could hold a pencil. I’ve been published in The Mighty, The Feisty Writer, Stage Directions, Advanced Computer Entertainment, Somatic Psychotherapy Today, and have written advice columns for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and those seeking the wisdom of fairies. Excerpts from my memoir, A Slice of Orange, have won places in San Diego’s 2019 and 2020 Memoir Showcase competition.

I live in Leucadia with my filmmaker husband Ron, with whom I’ve recently co-written the screenplay for Tattooed Trucks of Nepal - Horn Please.

We share our garden with this extremely tall tulip, and wild rabbits who haven’t been informed about my MacGregor ancestry.

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