Back in 1996, while taking part in the  Landmark Education Curriculum for Living in San Francisco, California, I declared this about who I am:

"Who I am, is the possibility of people powerfully celebrating themselves each moment . " 



"It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us."


What planet  are you from?     

I was born in Detroit, Michigan and when I was a six month old, only child, my parents headed west to Los Angeles to complete my dad’s education. By the time my dad graduated from UCLA School of Law, there were four more kids in the family besides me.  What can I say?  Oh yeah: C-A-T-H-O-L-I-C.


My mom has always been amazing. Back then she had the domestic Goddess thing dialed in. Although my parents were dirt poor, and lived in the “slums” that used to be married student housing on the UCLA campus in Westwood, my mom always made sure we were well-nourished, clean, and able to play in the mud whenever we wanted.  She and my dad never complained (although they yelled at each other a lot), and we never knew there was anything missing- because bottom line: we knew we were loved.  They worked hard and provided fond memories.


I consider myself fortunate, in that I come from two hard-working immigrant families. My dad’s father came to the U.S. via Ellis Island from Palermo, Sicily. My Nana and Papa spoke Sicilian at home, but never in public.  And my mom’s father took a different boat to Ellis Island, by way of Baghdad, Iraq.  My Chaldean grandparents spoke Aramaic at home, but never in public.  Thus, I never learned those two historical languages.  Bummer!!  Back then, all they wanted to do was “blend in” – assimilate.  So, our cultures were a bit underground, if you will.


It was with my maternal grandparents that I cut my teeth – starting at the age of 9, working as an entrepreneur, in the family businesses.  More about that another time (great stories to share).


Fast forward – back and forth between Michigan and California, and now, I am “livin’ the dream” in the beautiful wine country of Northern California.


I hope that the pages of this community site inspire you in some way.  Together, perhaps we can learn more about the many facets of each other and connect with those who could benefit from our contributions.

I strive to keep my business practices GREEN!  THINK globally, ACT locally; THINK personally, ACT communally

and I LOVE Moo business cards The paper is  made in a factory powered by sustainable energy, 100% recycled, recyclable, and free of harmful chemicals. 

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