Beginning in September, 2004, I will be taking a one year program at the University of
Santa Monica called Soul Centered Leadership. This is the first time the course has been
offered. I am excited!
I graduated from a year long course in Consciousness Health and Healing at the
University of Santa Monica in August 2002. One outgrowth of that is that I participate
with a hands-on energy healing group here in Los Angeles. (www.lahealing.org)
I graduated from a two-year program in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa
Monica in August, 2000. I love the program and the people I know there. It's also cool
that I am in the class of 2000! This website is an outgrowth of my school project.
I'm learning a lot about how to manage my time and my life with grace and ease. In
addition, I'm healing parts of myself that are stuck in the past by revisiting stored
memories through this expression.
I have photos from the graduation festivities!
I spent five years at the University of Maryland in a Ph.D. program in Computer
Science. It took me that long to figure out that that wasn't what I wanted! I have an M.S.
in Computer Science from my time there. I also learned to play ultimate frisbee and dance.
For a while I competed at the college level in ballroom dancing, and it was FUN. I also
learned a lot about partnership from that experience.
This period of my life was also a turning point in my personal development. I joined a
band as a lead singer. The band was more of a social/drinking club than a music-playing
entity. After nearly a year in the band, I developed a crush on the drummer. It took six
months and a lot of strife for me to come to terms with this, and another two or three
months to admit that I was attracted to men. It wasn't until I moved to California that I
accepted my sexuality. This era of my life marks a tremendous period of learning and
I spent four years at Loyola College in Maryland. I chose to double major in
Mathematics and Computer Science. I have a B.S. and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I still had
my nose in the books, but I began to branch out a bit. I joined the chapel choir and
learned to sing. By Junior year, I had joined the Chimes--the all-male a cappella singing
group. I also participated in a few plays and the concert choir. I worked as an assistant
in the computer labs, then as assistant to the director of user services, and finally as a
system administrator. (And can I say my ego really loved the power trip...and that I
learned what it meant to be of service people...)
Everyone always asks why Calvert Hall College High School has the word 'College' in it.
Well, it's been around a while, and it just means school of higher learning. I only formed
one lasting friendship while I was there. In the past couple of years, my friend Al has
asked me for space, so we haven't spoken in over a year. Back then I thought that the
subjects were the only important thing. It took me a while to figure out that learning to
build relationships is at least as important.
My Catholic School education started at St. Joseph's School in Texas, MD. (I think it's
been annexed into Cockeysville by now, but it was technically called Texas, which confused
people.) I spent eight years there and graduated in 1982. I maintained no friendships from
that time. I didn't understand how being the smartest kid in the class alienated me. I was
so driven to get straight A's that I never even stopped to question it. I know now that it
stemmed from an internal sense of inadequacy, and I'm pretty sure that was in place by the
time I got to first grade, so my world at that time was colored by my self-image. Since
then I've worked on that part of me, and yet it still crops up every now and again. I look
forward to the day that it's healed for the last time.