Who I am

I’m a lifelong dreamer, learner and creative artist. For six decades of my life, I’ve embraced life head-on with determination to find meaning, and if none can be found, to create it. I began developing my artistic talents at a very early age, first enjoying the sound of my voice bouncing off the walls of an adobe bus stop as a six year old to the tapping of an old steel typewriter composing my first chapter story at the age of eight.

Since then I’ve lent my artistry to communicating messages of hope and healing in victim’s rights vigils and candlelight memorials such as the Tiananmen Square Massacre Memorial in Washington, D.C. since 2000 and as recently at the 25th anniversary in 2014.

The abuse and trauma of my past has endowed me with a wealth of personal experience and knowledge of the healing journey. It is my honor and joy to translate and convey this knowledge into writing that speaks to the heart and song that moves the soul.

I consider myself a communicator. The arts are various mediums I use to convey ideas and connect with people.

I attended the University of Virginia for two years in the early ’70’s, among the first groups of women admitted to the University, but my greatest education came from life and my voracious appetite for self learning.

I’m working on several projects at the moment — reclaiming my heritage from my mother, who was born in China, sold at the age of two and raised in Japan by writing her biography as Miyasan’s Daughter; completing a retelling of an ancient Asian legend, River of Heaven, in honor of my mother, working on a five book series on covert abuse, Where There’s Smoke, and hoping to start my first fiction novel sometime! In the meantime there are poems to write, books to read, piano to practice and more songs to create.

And I can think of other creative projects I want to engage in, too — oh yes, and let’s not forget podcasts. I want to record podcasts of the posts I publish here and audio books!

I’ve never had a problem with the creative well running dry. More like running over. My challenge is time. I’m learning to use it more efficiently and wisely… which I am learning includes giving myself the space to breath!

I’m so glad you’ve come to visit. I look forward to our conversations over tea and honey.


For business inquires or feedback please drop me a line! Due to time constraints, I can’t answer personal emails, but I do read them all. If I can I will try to address direct questions as a general topic for a post on this blog. Thanks for understanding!

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