Twelve inches of snow covered the ground on the day I was born in Cleveland, Ohio-–my home until I was twenty-eight years old. I grew up in a middle class neighborhood with parents who were nurturing and who showered me with much love. I truly was one of the lucky ones!
I married my high school sweetheart and taught elementary school for several years. After my husband graduated from podiatry school and finished his internship, we moved to Miami, Florida with our six-month-old daughter and our gentle German Shepherd. At the time, we had no idea what life would be like in this tropical paradise, but it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the ocean and with living in South Florida.
When our son was three years old, I went back into education and had a wonderful career: a preschool teacher, the director of a preschool, the director of a summer day camp with 350 campers, an administrative assistant in a private high school, the educational consultant for the Anne Frank in the World: 1929 – 1945 photographic exhibition, and finally the director of educational outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in Hollywood, Florida, my position for twenty-six years.
The focus of my work at the Holocaust Center was to help Holocaust survivors pass along their life stories-–their Legacy of Remembrance–-to this and future generations. After retiring from the Center in December 2011, I developed a course entitled Living and Leaving Your Legacy® and began teaching it in October of 2012. I have since taught fifty-five classes and speak on the subject of legacy to a wide range of audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.
In 2012, I completed Room 732, my debut collection of short stories based on the Hollywood Beach Hotel. Ever since 1984, with each walk I took along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, I thought about writing this book. I never lost sight of that goal and finally cleared the space to sit down and make it happen.
My dream has come true as I have combined my writing, teaching, and volunteering-–touching lives and connecting with others.