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I am a retired architect (Australia), currently living in the USA, where I work as a writer and strategist. I am also a certified End of Life Doula and volunteer my time in New York City.
"Jumping Fences, Love and Hazelnut Cake" is my first book. I started writing it as the story of the year my mother died, and it expanded into an account of my search for love and meaning. The day my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007, she asked me to look after her at home. While this was not the scenario I'd anticipated, I took it on to please her. I had no idea how difficult it would be or how I would cope and nonetheless, it was an extraordinary time.
With only days left, she and I had a conversation that turned me upside down, and opened the door to seeing my entire life in a different light. In her matter of fact way, my mother enabled me to make sense of questions that plagued me since I was nineteen years of age; why did I not experience love and what the heck is my life?
I looked back and saw love in everything I had done, in every person I'd met and in every place I had traveled. In this book I go back in time and revisit the past but from the perspective my very wise mother passed on to me.
Both my parents were lion hearted in their love and ruthless in the discharge of their duty to my brother and I.
To understand this, is to know me.