I grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, without any memorable traumas. I spent the summer of my 19th year with an Italian family. The landscape was soft and colorful, shown here. We are still in touch. What a gift.
After plodding pleasantly through a B.A. in French and Spanish and an M.A. in English from New York University, in the heart of Greenwich Village, I immediately left for Europe with $400 and no particular plan. I didn’t come back for 13 years.
I spent six months in Israel, three months in Spain, and months here and there in Germany, Austria, and Italy. During my 11 years living in Athens, Greece, I taught English as a Second Language and created my own line of skin care products, which I manufactured in my kitchen. Among the many places I traveled in Greece was the Gorge of Samaria in Crete. This is a picture of me at the bottom of the Gorge.