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if you have died, all the leaves will fall in my breast,
it will rain on my soul night and day,

the snow will burn my heart,

I shall walk with frost & fire & death & snow,

my feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping,

but I shall stay alive...

- Pablo Neruda

The Call to Adventure:
From an early age, I was immersed in the cultures of Europe and Latin America, and drew upon their wisdom in my career as an artist, educator, mentor, and parent. Surviving cancer, overcoming obesity, and facing the unimaginable loss of my beloved 13-year-old son to brain cancer in 2008 all taught me invaluable lessons in courage, empowerment, and integrity. My Assistance/Service dog Flat Stanley is a constant source of comfort and strength, accompanying me wherever I travel. The Initial Departure: For over 25 years, I have been a director, performer, visual artist, writer, singer, Life Skills mentor, counselor, and educator. I am a proud graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory's MFA program, studied at the Art Institute of Boston, and have served on the boards of Expressive Arts Collaborative, Outward Spiral Theatre, The North of Boston Arts Center, as well as on the Parent Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, and Parenting 2.0.
The Road of Trials:
My son's battle with cancer inspired us to found The Brain Candy Project, a non-profit organization providing support to parents living in hospitals with their critically ill children. We established a permanent endowment at the University of MN Children's Hospital, and then expanded our mission to become THE LOST TRAVELERS CLUB, a safe haven for parents to take steps back into the world surrounded by others who understand the pain of their journeys. I am developing a pland to take on special philanthropic projects together in honor of our children. There is a virtual Lost Travelers Club Lodge & Retreat Center in Second Life, which was nominated for an award in technical innovation in health care, where Lost Travelers need not be limited by geography to meet, travel together virtually, and plan real-world retreats and excursions. I've also created the BRAIN CANDY wing of this club, which provides art supplies to critically ill youth, and am in the ongoing process of building Brain Candy Magazine, an art & literature periodical created by and for youth struggling with critical illness. Through THE LOST TRAVELER PODCAST, I also aim to spread vital Universal Life Skills to a global audience. 100% of sponsorship and listener support benefits The Lost Travelers Club.
The Innermost Cave:
My journey brought me to Cape Ann, MA in 2009, where I founded The Folklore Theatre Company in 2011. We produced 40 original inter-generational productions based on local stories, along with outstanding arts and cultural programs for youth year-round. I also partnered with the United Nations Development Programme in Suva, Fiji, to develop a workshop in creative activism, called Talanoa Mada/Stories to Tell, using folklore as a vehicle for youth empowerment and as a vehicle toward positive change. In 2020, I co-founded THE LIMINOS PROJECT, an international company that explores the dance between the human physical and spiritual worlds through the art of theatre toward achieving artistic, social and economic freedom. We are soon launching Luminos Liminos Tales, a folk and fairy tale audio theatre series for children of all ages that offers a homeopathic dose of goodness during these challenging times. It also serves to preserve and protect stories that may otherwise be dying with those who carry them. In 2022 I started Guy-Wire Life Skills Mentoring and Counseling services to help provide stability during these unstable times. All proceeds from Guy-Wire support noble charities.
The Return:
I am an ambassador for The Global Presence, the educational wing of Parenting 2.0, an organization that focuses on Life Skills education worldwide. Since 2016, I have also regularly been a judge for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University's annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In 2022, I was adopted into the Red Bear Band of the Pembina Chippewa Tribe, The Adik Songab Doodem of the Anishinaabe People of the Ojibway Council of Three Fires under the name Minwa'ajimo Winini (Man Who Speaks Good News) and was bestowed the great honor of being named Special Advisor for Culture and Media to the Global Indigenous Council. 

I am a member and speaker/moderator of Cultural Talk For Diversity & Inclusion and also a proud member of  Virtual Worlds Education Consortium (VWEC)
 for faculty, teachers, librarians, innovators, pioneers. 

On July 08, 2023, I becama
 Certified Grief and Bereavement Counselor, having completed the KEW Training Academy's Grief & Bereavement Professional Diploma Course with Dr. Karen E. Wells, fully accredited by CTAA (Complimentary Therapists Accredited Assoc.) & IHTCP (International Holistic Therapists & Course Providers).

The Final Reward:
Creative Life Skills Education, Humanitarian Philanthropy, Personal Growth, and Freedom of Expression have become the most deeply cherished areas of purpose in my life, and I am humbled to share them with my global community. 

In Service,
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