About the Author

Portrait (book cover) (2).JPGI am an accidental author. My book, an account of my last year with my terminally ill and eternally wonderful mother, essentially wrote itself in the weeks of intense grief following her death in September 2009. Chapters poured out of me at all hours of the day and night, flowing directly from a broken heart to a blank page. I finished the manuscript in less than two months – in time to give it to my father for Christmas, his first without his wife and sweetheart of 52 years.

It is a story I never wanted or expected to tell, but now that it’s written, I am happy to keep my mother’s legacy of love and her joyful, generous spirit alive through its pages.

Professionally I keep busy as a Connecticut-based management consultant; my solo practice serves nonprofit organizations of all sizes and missions. In previous stops along my career path I have been a corporate executive in the aerospace industry, a senior administrator at a private college, and an international trade negotiator in the executive branch of the federal government. (I am a walking advertisement for the value of a liberal arts degree. See where a major in German can take you?!)

I currently reside in West Hartford, Connecticut, and I grew up in nearby Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  I am married to my high school sweetheart, Joe, who is an architect and a wonderful life partner. We have three sons in their twenties and an adorable mini-goldendoodle whose unconditional love is no substitute for my mother’s but sure makes me feel good.


“Why Are We in Denial of Death?”

“The Voice on the Answering Machine”

“Compassionate Care Key for Dying Patients”

“Gratitude for Unexpected Gifts and Bonds Unbroken”

“Mother’s Presence in a Bird’s Flight, A Perfume’s Scent”

“A Terminal Diagnosis Does Not Terminate Living: Tips for Injecting Living into Dying”

“Facing death, we lived, we loved, we laughed.”

“Dreams of Mom and Reflections on Mother’s Day”