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Uncommon Voyage

Uncommon Voyage is the book I wrote during one summer on Cape Cod in a small studio in the woods. It was my fervent attempt to sort out what was happening and what had happened after our son Seth was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in 1984. Uncommon Voyage was first published in hardcover in 1995 and is now in trade paperback in a second edition (2002). Uncommon Voyage describes my uncommon journey with Seth, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was ten months old. It draws an arc of core beliefs and experience that grew out of the relationship I have with my own body and how I came to integrate alternative medicine. It describes the various therapies and methods I tried for myself first and then on Seth: Feldenkrais, cranial osteopathy, biofeedback, acupuncture, Rolfing, and ultimately Iyengar yoga. It relates my story of learning to trust what I knew intuitively and experientially and what it took to advocate for that chance for Seth. It is ultimately about living. Please click here to learn more about what happened with Seth and to see pictures.

Slab Boys

In 1983 I produced Slab Boys on Broadway with four little known actors: Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Val Kilmer, and Jackie Earle Haley. It also had a fine supporting cast that included Brian Ben-Ben and Madeline Potter. Slab Boys won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Robert Allan Ackerman, the Director, who went on to direct Farrah Fawcett in The Burning Bed as well as Susan Sarandon and Ellen Barkin in Extremeties.
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Iyengar Yoga

For more than half my life I have been a student of Iyengar Yoga. I am the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York and am committed to pursue the study and practice of Iyengar Yoga for the rest of my life. Iyengar Yoga is experiential anatomy and explores all the complex depths and dimensions of living.
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Not for profit work

My work in the not-for-profit community is focused on health, education, and art. Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN), The New York City Outward Bound Center (NYCOBC), The Creative Center, the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York (IYAGNY), Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Bezalel Friends) in Jerusalem, Life For Mothers (LFM), The New School, and YIVO, are some of the organizations that I support. Governance, policy, organization, systems and implementation, fundraising, Board development are some of my achievements. Please click here to learn more.

The Albyon Project

The Albyon Project was conceived in 1999 through the lens of the war in Kosovo as an over-arching effort to create an archive of interviews and recordings, documents, photos, film and video to testify to the unusual and much maligned (by some) people, history and culture of Albania, or Shqiperia. In my capacity as Project Director for the New York Foundation for the Arts, in 2004-2005 I traveled extensively in Albania, greater Albania (Macedonia, northern Greece, Montenegro) and Kosovo. I was surprised and thrilled by who I met and what I learned. I love and treasure my Albanian and Kosovar friends here and abroad and treasure my experience. Click here to see more:

Shqiperi

Shqiperi is the feature documentary based on materials, interviews, film footage, photographs, archival materials - collected by The Albyon Project and supported by the New York Foundation for the Arts for which I was the Project Director. Shqiperi is the name Albanians give to their country and they refer to themselves as Shqips. There was a hiatus on the completion of the documentary and finally I am again working with an editor and other professionals and with the support of new technologies, the film is underway. Please click here to travel to Albania, visit some fantastic citadels and other sights, and meet some Shqips.

The Studio

My Studio is my sanctuary. It is where I work, study, write, read and do Yoga. There have been many wonderful Studios. My present Studio incorporates my Yoga rope wall and practice space. There is also sophisticated audio/visual and technology apparatus with a projector, six speakers and multiple capacities with my computer. My children call this Command Central. I call it mine! Please click here to see pictures and read more.

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