Like her main character, T.C. Sonnenshein, Ruth was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. When she was 3 years old, her father moved the family to a tiny town in the Oklahoma panhandle called Elk City as part of his medical training. This was the first of many moves around the U.S. and the world.
Ruth developed what has proven to be a lifelong interest in Eastern spirituality during the remarkable hippie heyday of Haight Ashbury. She spent years high in the Swiss Alps practicing Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi of Beatles fame.
At the age of 25, she was bitten by the desire for a career. So from Switzerland Ruth moved straight to New York City, Wall Street and the offices of the eccentric “gold bug” James Sinclair. Sinclair and his partner, Vincent Tese (later NY Governor Cuomo’s head of Urban Development), became millionaires riding the 1979 bull market in gold then multiplied their assets many times over by buying and selling the first New Jersey cable TV company. Ruth had a ringside seat but unfortunately managed to miss the money backwash.
Though she had bypassed both high school and college diplomas during her travels, Ruth was accepted into the University of Chicago’s Graduate Business School and, at age 30, received an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Planning. She spent most of her career as a marketing consultant to a variety of for- and non-profit organizations – in particular, alternative investments, “green” products and politics.
Ruth has three handsome, charismatic sons. The oldest graduated from Occidental College and is heading toward a career as a psychologist. The two youngest, identical twins, are internationally known poker players.
Now she lives in an odd, picturesque little 1894 house in Washington DC’s Dupont Circle Historic District. Her writing reflects all the many and varied aspects of her life, from the 60s to travel to historical architecture and beyond.
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