I am an avid champion for creative aging. Research shows that we all have a burst of artistic impulses in our older years and an urgent drive to tell our important stories. From my first job in a nursing home while I was in college to my current work serving senior living communities across the metropolitan area, I've seen firsthand how this creative burst, when guided by skilled teaching artists, transforms lives. The stories, resilience and creative capacities of older people come to life!

I've felt the joy of teaching creative writing to older adults for nearly two decades. I've also worked throughout Minnesota and nationally to spur the development of creative aging programs. As a co-founder of the Minnesota Creative Arts and Network, and its long-time coordinator, I organized statewide conferences, helped create a documentary, and sparked the implementation of arts program for older adults across the state. In recent years, I guided the development of the Artful Aging program at COMPAS and set up state-of-the-art learning opportunities in the arts at Ebenezer's Minneapolis campus. I continue this work today by speaking to groups and providing training and consulting support for arts and senior-serving organizations.

One way I express my own creative drive is by writing. Through my eight books and countless articles, I have spread uplifting and empowering messages to readers around the world. I have also served as editor of numerous books and wellness publications.

It's also exciting for me to help other people and organizations with their writing and editing projects. My goal is always to create, or help them create, a piece of writing that rings true to their purpose and leaves them with feelings of pride and satisfaction.

Author

Daily Comforts for Caregivers

Self-Care for Caregivers

Comfort and Be Comforted: Reflections for Caregivers

The Secret Wisdom of a Woman's Body: Freeing Yourself to Live Passionately and Live Fearlessly

Body Odyssey: Lessons from the Bones and Belly

Three more books — on mental illness and chemical dependency

Hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on the arts, spirituality, health, aging, caregiving, body wisdom, and human behavior

Speaker and Workshop Leader

Hundreds of audiences across America have heard my talks and joined in my workshops, including many at state and national conferences. Main topic areas:

Conscious aging

Creativity and aging

Peace of mind for family caregivers

Body wisdom

Nonfiction writing

Education

Masters in Human Development, St. Mary's University

Master of Fine Arts in Writing, Hamline University

Consulting, Training and Employment Experience

Community arts and aging
• Minnesota Creative Arts and Aging Network (now ArtSage)
• National Center for Creative Aging
• COMPAS
• Teatro del Pueblo
• Minnesota Opera
• Springboard for the Arts
• Minnesota History Theatre
• Ebenezer
• Lyngblomsten
• Avinity
• Episcopal Homes
• Presbyterian Homes
• Ecumen
• Masonic Homes
• Minnesota Veterans Home
• And more

Writing and editing
• Hazelden: author, ghost writer, and editor for books and training curriculum
• Learning Strategies Corporation: curriculum designer and writer
The Phoenix: editor and contributor
• Blue Moon: video script writer
• Catholic Charities: newsletter editor
• Plymouth Christian Youth Center: annual report writer
• U of MN School of Dentistry: newsletter editor
• Metropolitan State University: writing teacher
• Macalester College: grant writer
• Search Institute: curriculum designer and writer
• Ebenezer: writing teacher
• And many more