How do you live an authentic life while keeping a secret?
This award-winning memoir chronicles one woman’s struggle to be true to herself as she grapples with the ramifications of accepting that she’s gay amid the religious, social and legal norms of the Sixties.
Growing up in a fundamentalist Christian household, and fearing the rejection of her parents, she keeps the secret of her love orientation for many years until the unexpected death of her father causes her to face what she’s lost in not telling him the truth.
Candid and poignant, You Can’t Buy Love Like That reveals the complex invisible dynamics that arise for gay people who are forced to hide their true selves in order to survive and celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one’s courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.
This book offers hope to those seeking to live truthfully as well as those who value the triumph of love over fear.
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Before becoming a full time writer I was an organizational consultant and leadership coach who supported people to live more authentic lives in and outside of work.
Travelling the world for work and pleasure has always expanded my sense of wonder and gratitude. My most recent trips were to Kenya, New Zealand, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and The Dominican Republic. Exposure to many different cultures engenders a deep respect for the resilience and beauty of people around the world, and inspires my sense of global citizenship.
Significant passions include photography, travel and empowering women to lead lives of their own choosing. Founding Rebellious Dreamers, a twenty-year strong non-profit organization that helps women over age 35 realize dreams, has been a way to positively impact women on their path to realize their personal visions.
My award-winning first memoir, You Can’t Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties, has won twenty awards and my essays have been published in The Huffington Post, Curve Magazine, The Advocate, and Pop Sugar. I am working on a second memoir tentatively entitled,
Softening Into Love: The Gift of Vulnerability.
At this stage of life my goal is to live with a peaceful heart – a state regularly cultivated through walks in nature, meditation, and heartfelt conversation with friends. I live with the love of my life and our entertaining pup, Saxon, in a nature sanctuary in Ann Arbor, MI.