I graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics and played on the varsity tennis team there. As a serial entrepreneur, I serve as chairman of two companies I founded: Zephyr Partners, a San Diego based real estate development company and USAOPOLY, a maker of toys and games. In my spare time, I play golf, ski and write political commentary and satire.
I am a San Diego native and am fortunate to split time between there and Aspen, Colorado with my wife Katherine.
I have been teaching writing for over twenty years through universities, the Richard Hugo House, national writing conferences, and Swedish Cancer Institute. I also work as a developmental editor and writing consultant based in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I was the publisher of the zine Reality Mom for eight years and the editor of Verve, a Seattle women’s magazine, for two.
I am the author of Washington State Book Award and PNBA nominee Creating a Life: The Memoir of a Writer and Mom in the Making (Catalyst Book Press, 2010) and Divorce as Opportunity (Booktrope, 2014). My essays have been featured in over twenty-five publications including Mothering, Hip Mama, the Seattle PI, and several writing anthologies.
I love working with words and writers. As a breast cancer survivor and writing mentor, I know words can heal.
I am an educator and psychotherapist in private practice on Bainbridge Island. As an educator, I’m interested in the neurobiology of healing grief, loss and trauma as well as ancient wisdom practices that traditional societies have offered to people suffering from adversity. For the past twenty years, I traveled throughout the world teaching practitioners how to include the innate intelligence and wisdom of the body in conversations regarding loss, adversity, trauma and grief. Currently, I’m interested in bringing the findings of neuroscience that facilitate the grieving and healing process into community groups and professional relationships.