I have lived in the Appalachian bioregion of western North Carolina since 1989. My home place is in Asheville where I work as a free-lance writer, author, publisher, speaker and community activist.
I cultivate an organic vegetable and medicinal herb garden. I'm self-propelled as a pedestrian/bicyclist as an everyday revolution. I keep my spirit joyful as a member of the Old Farmer's Ball dance community and enjoy regular Contra dancing to fiddle and drum.
I participate with the Asheville group of Women in Black. We stand each Friday for a silent hour in the public square to demonstrate our grief for the ongoing injustice and violence in the world. I am an associate member of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 99, standing every Tuesday to call for an end to the war on Iraq.
I have been speaking out for peace and justice for decades. I was convicted of misdemeanor trespass for a peaceful protest calling for closure of the U.S. Army School of Americas, a notorious counter-insurgency training school in Columbus, Georgia, and was imprisoned for six months (July 2001 to January 2002) at Alderson Federal Prison in West Virginia.
I have published two books based on my prison experiences. Jailed for Justice: A Woman's Guide to Federal Prison Camp,
(ISBN 0-9758846-3-3. $12.00) now in its 3rd edition, and
Conscience & Consequence: A Prison Memoir,
(ISBN 0-9758846-1-1. $18.00.)
I was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1950s. I earned a B.S. degree (cum laud) from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, balancing the roles of mother, student, and legal secretary. I have worked professionally in law offices, social service organizations, and as a free-lance writer, newsletter editor, grant writer, community government reporter, event planner, data-base manager, and in various administrative capacities in the non-profit sector.
My daughter Jessica and I are co-founders of ASAP Homeless Services, a non-profit family advocacy center and emergency shelter in St. Petersburg, Florida, soon to celebrate its 20th year.
More to come in my memoir: The Half-Life of a Free Radical.