I’m at work on two new books now, The Passion for Rescue and Our Oceans, Our Breath. The Passion for Rescue is about the extraordinary spirit which inspires people to undertake rescue operations and how pivotal this is to meeting our environmental and humanitarian challenges. Our Oceans, Our Breath is about marine plants and algae. It’s inspired by the fact that over 50% of the oxygen in every breath we take comes from marine plants and algae in the ocean. It will highlight the crucial role of marine plants and algae in maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems, coastal resiliency and decarbonization efforts.
My writing has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals such as Alternet.org, Asian Geographic, Earth Island Journal, The East Bay Express, GreenBiz, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology, The Mindful Word, The Outward Bound International Journal, Times of the Islands, Seven Seas, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Drawing and nature journaling are integral to my writing process. My drawings have been exhibited at a variety of venues including the Berkeley Art Center, the COA Ethel Blum Gallery, Fort Mason Center and the Oakland Museum.
I worked as an editor and writer for over fifteen years and authored my first book, Talking Politics, a series of oral-history interviews with top television journalists such as Tom Brokaw, Larry King and Robin MacNeil. In the year following the book’s release I began to do radio commentary. But I also was in an accident in which I nearly lost my life. The combination of those two experiences – a book launch and an acute reminder of how precious each moment is – caused me to reassess my work. Over time I realized my greatest passion was to help others connect with nature and inspire them to participate in forging a sustainable future.
With much of my work I seek to create “the magic of the encounter” – to take the audience deeply into an experience, whether it be in an oral-history interview or an illustration depicting what it might be like to quietly look into the eyes of a trunkfish in an underwater cavern. For me that sense of connection is the “intangible and infinite thing” I so sought when I came west and I think it’s key to our future. Our future depends upon seeing connections – biological, cultural, economic, political – and crafting our collective and individual lives with them in mind.
I am also a proud member of W2O (Women Working for Oceans), which works in partnership with the renowned New England Aquarium to inform individuals about the challenges facing our oceans inspiring them to connect with their communities to take action to ensure a healthy, sustainable blue planet for tomorrow.