I moved to Phoenix in 1993 with my husband, eleven-year-old son, and our Labrador retriever to build a science museum.
Serving as CEO, I led the team that opened the Arizona Science Center and welcomed nearly 400,000 visitors each year.
Towards the end of my tenure, my mother had a stroke. She declined over a period of eleven months, losing memories, then words, and
then sense of herself. So I felt compelled to write her story down, and then I realized I wanted to write more. Not analytic stuff about museums, but something looser and evocative. So I turned
to fiction at age 63.
Writing as a "second act" is thrilling and humbling. I use skills and work habits learned in my
first act to express thoughts and feelings--the fruit of decades--that I hadn't articulated before. I'm still engaged with the world, but I'm exploring in a different
In addition to career and
motherhood, I’ve practiced yoga and dabbled in foreign languages. Born in a taxi in Manhattan, I studied at the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California
To see some of my past writing about science museums, click
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