I moved to Phoenix in 1993 with 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 later welcomed nearly 400,000 visitors each
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 dimension.
In addition to career and motherhood, I’ve practiced yoga, hiked, 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 at Berkeley. I continue to live in Phoenix with my husband and our new, rescued dog.
To see some of my past work—a storybook for early elementary grades, a guide to designing science museums—click here.