I grew up in Madurai, South India. After moving to the US, I worked as a legal aid attorney in rural Appalachia representing disabled coal miners and battered women. In the early 1980s I settled in Oregon. I received my MSW degree so I could work with low-income women in a college setting. I was then blessed with a job coordinating a women’s program at a community college, where I spent 16 years helping women transition from domestic violence, poverty, addiction, and incarceration to college and career success.
Now I enjoy the flexible life of a retiree living in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I am developing my creative writing skills. I have a work-in-progress novel and am dreaming of a multicultural community of writers with whom to grow and share. I will be in Chennai, India, during the winter months of 2017-2018 as a Fulbright Scholar training Indian college instructors to engage in more “student centered teaching” in their classrooms.
The theme of my privileged life has been empowerment: helping disenfranchised people develop their own voices, stand up for their rights, and contribute to justice in their own communities. It’s been a joyous adventure; I want to convey some of my gratitude and excitement in this blog. Please join me!