Themes and Commentary
I have written a collection of stories, journals and memoir; with themes that relate to the outsider and the search for social acceptance. Being in some ways outside the margins, my work as a poet and fiction writer may focus on people outside mainstream American culture.
I believe that the commentaries I am sharing relate to emergence and transformation in my life and give the added spiritual dimension, addressing life path issues, learning from experience, karma and a historical record of one woman’s life and work.
In the 1970’s, I was a young, full-figured Jewish woman, a poet finding my way in America. I was earnestly seeking connection, meaning and authenticity for my life, and a sense of belonging. For various reasons, I did not find social acceptance (ie…dates, attractive, accessible clothing) or social approval in the realm of the mainstream milieu.
My friends and companions were often other outsiders. I was searching within and meeting other outsiders; to find my sense of self. This search was my way to creatively explore and to find a sense of wholeness.
In 1974, I became active in the fat women’s liberation movement for size acceptance. I soon began writing short stories and poems to bring to light the experience of living as a full-figured woman in America. During that time, I also began to explore the psychology of Dr. Carl Jung.
In 1986, my life began to change slowly, yet dramatically, when I became a spiritual devotee of Meher Baba. Since then, my work has focused more completely on the inner journey toward wholeness, from a more conscious spiritual perspective.
Now, I am organizing and sharing my reflections and commentary on my collection of stories and experimental plays.
My intention is to reclaim what is of value and wisdom, so that I and others may continue to learn from that earlier time frame in my life. (These notes were originally published on February 10, 2011 and later edited).
Read more about these writings: Excerpts from a Play and Three Short Stories