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).