I grew up in New Jersey and graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma. After two years of graduate school I decided that I wanted to be a Rock Star. I moved to San Francisco, bought a guitar and made a fairly good living as a street musician. As you well know, I did not become a Rock Star, but what I did learn, in the process of buying vinyl records to obtain lyrics for new material, was that Rock n Roll records were becoming more rare, valuable and extremely collectible. This led me to my next career as a Record Dealer. I began to travel around the United States going to juke box vending companies, radio stations and thrift stores searching for rare records and selling them at collectible record conventions.
Alas, there are only a finite amount of old records from the 50’s and after about 5 years I was ready for my next great adventure. First it was time for a vacation. I headed down to Mexico to San Cristobal de las Casas, a beautiful colonial Spanish town in the state of Chiapas, where I met some other travelers who were on their way to Belize. They invited me to travel the short journey with them to the beautiful island of Caye Caulker, 21 miles off the coast. The Caye was truly a paradise and became my home for the next 15 years.
I opened a small breakfast restaurant that served only coffee, tea and fruit crepes with yogurt and granola, all homemade by me. After 5 years I needed a vacation and returned to Texas to stay with a friend and sell some more of the collectible records I had stored away there. Then it was back to the island. This time I opened a business designing hand-painted T-shirt. They sold like hot cakes. I began to learn about indigenous cultures, jungle herbs, healing methods and tropical magic.
I also began to write about all I saw around me. It was then that I was presented with my first laptop computer. I know how Harry Potter felt when he got his first magic wand. I was then able to type my stories instead of writing them by hand. Five more years went by, seems like a pattern, and I was offered a job in Canada in a film production office. I longed for the seasons and my own culture.
A year and a half went by and in 2000, when I found it difficult to get another work permit, I returned to New Jersey and got a job as a Software Analyst. Technology was not the only path I followed upon my return home.
I am a Karuna Reiki® Master and a MerKiVa Reiki master and author of “Do You Want to Be Happy Now?”, “Life is Good, All is Well – Everything is Vibration” as well as numerous articles on Conscious Human Evolution and Positive Thinking. I currently live on the same street upon which I was born, but I can honestly say I took the scenic route.