Born and raised in Texas, I am the oldest of three daughters, and I am fortunate to count my younger sisters as my closest friends. After graduating with my M.A. in English, I was offered a visiting faculty position in the People’s Republic of China. I lived there from 1986-1988, traveling, studying Chinese, and teaching remarkable students, and developing a high regard for Traditional Chinese Medicine.
After I returned to the US, I lived and worked in Texas and began traveling to Mexico, particularly Mexico City. The history, religion, and culture of ancient and modern Mexico continues to be a passion of mine. Another passion was born at this time: belly dance!
In the early 1990’s I moved to Oregon. I worked in community colleges on the Oregon coast and in the Columbia River Gorge. Having always been an urban dweller, living in these rural areas afforded me an opportunity to live in a much closer relationship to the natural environment. My spiritual seeking in these surroundings brought me to a nature-based spiritual practice.
In 2004, I moved with my husband Ben Kuehn to the Nevada desert where I was Priestess of the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet. In one of those rare moments when the head and the heart meet, in 2005 I completed my Ph.D. in Women's Spirituality at California Institute of Integral Studies. My research and dissertation combined my life-long interest in Mexico and pre-Columbian religion by focusing on female divinities in the Mesoamerican cosmovision.
Still working in higher education, I am an adjunct faculty in Women’s Studies, Religious Studies, and Academic Writing. In 2011, Dr. Candace Kant and I founded the independent press Goddess Ink. We went on to edit two anthologies: Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet and Stepping Into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses.
I have always enjoyed journaling and writing. After my experience as a Priestess, I knew I had to write a book, and thus was born my first memoir, Desert Priestess: a memoir. After moving to Albuquerque, my dance passion lead into burlesque. My second memoir, Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love will be in print October 2015.
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