I’m a left-brain, right-brain hyphenate, born in an early-morning palindrome; 6:56 a.m. in Montreal, Canada. The filling in a 3-sibling-club sandwich. A multi-lingual Water Rabbit (English, French, Hebrew, Indonesian). I had a heart murmur, braces and pigtails. I danced ballet, played piano, cello and tennis. Studied art, design, photography, ceramics – and law. Envisioned and sketched out a glass-walled security perimeter for metro station stops – as a teenager. Designed and built a 3D hydraulic pump prototype. Made a quilt. Invented stylish, cold-weather fleece jeans. Worked in TV news. Wrote poetry. Scribed papers addressing human rights violations by police, and advocating against xenophobia and anti-semitism. Tracked down missing relatives. Raced dragon boats. Walked a pilgrimage route across Spain with donkeys and a reluctant hermit. Paraglided in Mexico. Volunteered in hospitals and a women’s shelter. Lived in Israel, France, Nepal. Paddled through a long underground cave in Laos. Rode open-bottomed buses in Thailand and a buffalo in Vietnam. Trekked the Himalayas. Slept in yurts and drank camel milk in Mongolia. Floated on the Dead Sea. Slept through my birthday, sick in bed, on the shores of Lake Baikal. Fell through a bridge in Cambodia. Flew over the North Pole and now live south of the equator – where I write, make art (on my own & with others; check out HEARTshops!) and design labyrinths for walking meditation. With a side order of Reiki, Iyengar yoga and feeding stray dogs.
My first book, a memoir called (Un)Bound, Together: A Journey to the End of the Earth (and Beyond) comes out soon! Click on the ‘Books’ tab for details and updates.