About the Author

When not exploring and connecting, the author has been engaged at home as a professor at Cal-State University East Bay and earlier Santa Clara University (first woman professor) and San Francisco State.  She was a board member of the re-socializing program for ex-felons, the Seventh Step Foundation, and a radio and television actor.  She was the first woman member and chair of Hayward's Zoning Board and Planning Commission and a member of three County and State Commissions.  She authored World Without Heroes: The Brooklyn Novels of Daniel Fuchs (Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press), and part of O'Neill in China (Greenwood Press), and co-edited Speaking of Rhetoric (Houghton-Mifflin).

She's presented numerous academic papers on classical literature and American writers, published articles in magazines and newspapers including The International Herald Tribune, and for two years exhibited a collection of photos of Nepal at CSU-East Bay.  She's composed questions for Princeton's Educational Testing Service, renovated a cabin in Big Sur, and taught modeling on Park Avenue.  She alternates travel with volunteering at two local school districts

Reading at Shakespeare & Co., Paris, 2008