I split my time between the SF Bay Area and New York.
I have a new book out called "The Central Park Lost Mitten Party" that combines a wonderful tale for children with detailed Notes offering excellent research about the Park. It was selected by and is being sold in Central Park's Visitor Centers, and was also recently selected by clinical psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Rick Hanson for his website www.rickhanson.net in the area of family resources and mindful parenting.
In my "business/volunteer life," I have achieved significant impact through good research and writing, which was to add an amendment to Dodd Frank that restored $270 million to 9500 bank depositors, pro bono. There is a video all about it on youtube.
I have always written . . . and love doing the research and the writing. I am fascinated by the "right" phrasing and word, and hope that my experience and willingness to share will be helpful to others. I love good words whether in the non-fiction writing I do or in a children's story.. With all of my experience in the Park and researching the Park, I also designed the story board for the book and the "lost items" that incorporate the architecture elements of the Park. Thankfully, some wonderful artists brought these concepts to life.
The Central Park Lost Mitten Party
This children's picture book about Central Park is based on the imaginative premise that everything we lose goes to Central Park for a nighttime fiesta before magically returning home. Set perfectly in a restored Central Park, the designs on the "Lost Mitten Party" mittens and gloves reference some of the many beautiful and unique motifs of Central Park’s balustrades, columns, bridges and arches. The hats on the mittens, gloves and socks are based on hats worn by Radio City Rockettes. Detailed footnotes explain the beautiful locations included in the story: The Delacorte Clock and “Alice in Wonderland” statue, Bethesda Fountain, Terrace and Arcade, the Carousel, Greywacke Arch, Belvedere Castle, Paul Manship’s Bears, the Naumburg Bandshell, the “World’s Fair” style cast iron bench, the Bow Bridge, and the Henry Bacon lamp post. Educational and informative.