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Ever since I can remember, I have been searching for true connection: touchstones that could quiet my anxious, coyote mind and feed my need for inner peace.

As a child and young adult growing up in the harshness of Manhattan, I found such precious moments in the soul-drenched melodies of Nina Simone, Joni, and Laura Nyro who broke my heart open and in the mischievous copper leaves of Autumn that lured me into the majesty of Central Park. There I was lured into the amber eyes of my first medicine animal, a formidable tiger who paced like a warrior in his cage at the city's zoo. I found respite, too, in the dark eyes of my loyal spaniel, Rain, and in a stranger's glance and protective nod on the rush-hour subway train, all of which imprinted peace in me during my troublesome teenage years.

Once in a while a miracle happened...poetry poured from a "secret" part of me, and from it I felt connected to something richer, deeper. I discovered Zen Buddhism, the Beat poets, Rumi, Pablo Neruda, James Baldwin. I took long walks by the Atlantic ocean where I learned I could communicate in a totally unique way. I began to sense someone guiding me from a place that felt distant yet oddly familiar. There was no formula or reason for these occasions, but they have stayed with me, brought great comfort, and have sustained a feeling of grace throughout my life.

I left New York in the 60s, immigrated to San Francisco as a hippie, and started a commune for musicians and poets in the MIssion District. From then on — well into the 80s — I lived the persona of an earth mother, secretary, massage therapist, hermit, caretaker, and journalist. I married (briefly), worked in the English Department at Stanford University, and began publishing poetry. WHY WOMEN WEAR HATS was published as well as NETWORKS, AN ANTHOLOGY OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WOMEN POETS. By 1984, I had reached full-fledged yuppie-dom, owning an advertising agency that serviced many of the key players in a burgeoning Silicon Valley. I felt prosperous yet utterly disconnected.

Exhausted and dismayed, I took a long-overdue vacation to Maui. I chose Napili Bay on the northwest shore because of its healing, turquoise waters, and reputation for being one of the best snorkeling coves in the islands. It was there that I met the shimmering energies of Quan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion who gave me her ancient transmission on the ocean floor. Suddenly my life had meaning.

I returned to San Francisco and a year later began my practice as a medium, using astrology, tarot, and my newfound clairaudience, streaming from the goddess herself. Before too long, clients I had previously worked with as a copywriter now came for a private session to learn meditation or experience some form of healing. I studied the chakra and energy systems of the body, became certified in hypnotherapy, color therapy, sound healing, shamanic healing, Reiki, Ho'oponopono, past-life regression, Chinese energetic medicine, and others. I loved my life and was brimming over with gratitude. I have been blessed to teach workshops in the heart chakra of Hawaii, on the sacred earth of Big Sur, and in the Hopi prayer circles of Sedona. I found pure joy in the ongoing apprenticeships that happened in my home and over the Internet that opened students to their own magnificence and oneness with all life.


  • 1989 - 1996, Host of "Inside The Healing Circle," KEST Radio, San Francisco
  • 1995 -1996, Host of "San Francisco Nights," KEST Radio (interviewed Ram Dass, Rachelle Ferrell, Lynn Andrews, Al Young, and many others)
  • 1990 -1996, "Seeing Beyond", KEST Radio, San Francisco, CA (numerous appearances and co-hosting)
  • 1990 -1994, "Judith Conrad Show" KEST Radio, San Francisco, CA (numerous appearances and co-hosting)
  • 2001 - KPFK, Los Angeles, CA, (Guest Appearance)
  • 2001 - Numerous interviews on Internet Radio
  • 2001 to Present - newsconnexsion.net (Interview)
  • 1989 - "Mornings on 2" with Ross McGowan
  • 1993 to Present - Numerous Cable TV Shows
  • 1976 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • 1977 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • 1980 - Book People, Palo Alto, CA
  • 1979 - Intersection, San Francisco, CA
  • 1998 to Present - East/West Books, Mt. View, CA
  • 2001 - "Kindred Spirits" at the home of Norman Lear, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001 - Dutton's Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001 - Bodhi Tree, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001 - Border's Books, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001 - Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, CA
  • 2001 - Gateway Books, Los Gatos, CA
  • 2001 - Barnes & Noble, San Francisco, CA
  • 2001 - Cody's Books, Berkeley, CA
  • 2001 - Seattle, WA, Numerous bookstores
  • 2001 - Portland, OR, Numerous bookstores
  • 2001 - Border's Books, Kahului, Maui, HI
  • 2001 - Book Passages, Corte Madera, CA
  • 2001 - Reader's Books, Sonoma, CA
  • 2009 - Border's Books, Kahului, Maui, HI
  • 2009 - Andrea Smith Gallery, Sedona, AZ
  • 2010 - Public Reading, "Why Women Wear Hats" San Francisco, CA
  • 2011 - Stillheart Institute, performance of "Being Quan Yin" with Tuck & Patti and MIchael Nisley Instrumentation
  • 1993 - San Francisco Examiner, by Jaan Uhelszki
  • 1996 - San Francisco Examiner, "Simone Says"
  • 1997 - San Francisco Chronicle, "A Wedding Held in Present Tents"
  • 1998 - Metro, cover and lead article
  • 2001 - People Magazine
  • 2005 - Town & Country Magazine (Weddings)
  • 2001 - San Francisco Chronicle, "Choosing Compassion"
  • 2001 - Dallas, TX
  • 2001 - Palo Alto Weekly
  • 2001 to Present - Numerous articles on the Internet listed by Carol Simone, Simone, and "The Goddess of 5Th Avenue"
  • 2005 - San Francisco Chronicle, "Swells"
    2006 - San Francisco Chronicle, Ross & Matier Column
  • 2006 - San Francisco Chronicle, "Predictions"
  • 2006 - Kudo Weekly, Sedona, AZ
  • 2008 - San Jose Mercury
  • 2008 - Palo Alto Daily News, "Gavin Wedding Guru Speaks"
  • 2008 - San Francisco Chronicle, Ross & Matier Column
  • 2009 - San Francisco Chronicle, Ross & Matier Column
  • 2011 - Huffington Post, "Myrtle Isn't Fertile Anymore," by Lisa M. Grotts
  • 2004 - Benediction for the Inauguration of Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco, CA, "SFGTV"
  • 2005 - Blessing for United Nations Environmental Day, San Francisco, CA
  • 2005 - Blessing for "ONE, An Earth Installation" by Stanlee Gatti, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco, CA
  • 1990 - 1996, Whole Liife Expo, San Francisco, CA
  • 1995 - Whole Life Expo, New York, NY
  • 1995 - Whole Life Expo, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1997 - New Life Expo, San Francisco, CA


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In the 1990s, a bright new gateway opened and I began hosting two radio programs: "Inside the Healing Circle" and "San Francisco Nights" on KEST radio. I mixed poetry, jazz, philosophy and metaphysics and introduced the Bay Area to spiritual teachers, artists, activists, and many others. By the end of the decade, I had given over 15,000 readings and felt compelled to write a book about my beloved Quan Yin. My first novel, THE GODDESS OF 5TH AVENUE appeared in 2001, and I began touring around the U.S. teaching people how to attune themselves to the Quan Yin energies inside of them. I connected with people from every background, meeting myself again and again.

Since then, I have maintained my private practice in Palo Alto, California teaching meditation, metaphysics, and other forms of healing. Other highlights include creating ceremonies, blessings, and invocations like the benediction I wrote and performed for the Inauguration of Mayor Gavin Newsom, and the Blessing for the United Nations Day in San Francisco with Vice President Al Gore, or for jazz greats Tuck and Patti, and the-then Poet Laureate of California, Al Young. Since then, I have had the honor of marrying people all over this beautiful country. What bliss!

I continue to be inspired by the Native American ways, my beloved teachers Thich Nhat Hanh, Gangaji, Josie Hadley, Terry Attwood, Dorthy Tyo, Jan Venturini, Dr. James Silva, Dr. Jennifer Lendl, Viet Nguyen, Dr. Gerald Cohen, and my current mentor and friend, Helene Rothschild. I believe I am one of the most blessed people in the world, having been teacher and student to so many wonderful people who have arrived at my door. Oh yes, and I also married a wonderful spirit, Locke McCorkle. Rumi, our whimsical bearded collie, joined us in 2007.

As I move into my later years, I realize even more the importance of helping others learn to quiet their minds and experience the vastness of who they really are.

I am so honored to be here on the planet at this time. I invite you to enjoy my new website and know we will meet somewhere along the way.

Until then...

Ten thousand blessings from all directions!


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