Born in humble beginnings in Castine, Maine, my family moved to California when I was 10. I received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Hawaii in 1972, majoring in accounting and economics. Then returned to the mainland and worked for 20 years in the Silicon Valley for 3 Fortune 100 companies. I turned from the material accumulation phase of my life to start the spiritual path. Am currently retired, actively investing, and living in Grants Pass to enjoy the outdoors. I'm working on a book called, A Girl From Castine; An Examined Life that reflects what life has taught me on the path to self-actualization. I have taken the trail versus following the paved road. On a personal note, I enjoy reading philosophy, psychology, and literature, and spending a lot of time with Mother Nature; walking, hiking, and backpacking.