I was an intern in Washington DC where I met President John F. Kennedy and participated in the Martin Luther King March on Washington. I was a student radical, arrested in the Free Speech Movement, was a member of the civil rights organization CORE, and went to Bogalusa LA one summer in a voters registration drive. While I was somewhat skeptical of the Summer of Love hippies I was drawn to the San Francisco poets who gathered in North Beach.
I married in 1970, moved to Vancouver BC for a while where we lived in a commune and built a wonderful cabin in NW British Columbia. I was married to my husband and lived with him in Berkeley for almost 37 years. He died in 2001. We had two children, a boy and a girl. My son practices Chinese medicine in Blue Springs (Kansas City) MO of all places and has an 18 year and 5 year old son. My daughter lives in Berkeley (her daughter is just 6 months old).
I worked for twenty years for public policy think tanks, primarily in the area of K-12 education policy, because I believed that schools were one of the institutions still alive and vital to the inner city and minority community. Interestingly, this belief led me to question my liberal or progressive assumptions, and I became much more interested in conservative or libertarian ideas when I realized that the progressive movement was bankrupt. My work in education reform has taken me to the California legislature, to Washington D.C., to schools in the inner cities of Oakland and Richmond, and finally to Iraq, where I worked with the US government to rebuild the Iraqi Ministry of Education. Much of my research, once considered anti-progressive (charter schools, standards based curriculum, high standards for teachers) is now being promoted by the Obama administration.
I have been a seeker of freedom and happiness all my life. Although my professional career was exciting and rewarding, I believe that true happiness and the freedom to pursue it will come to me spiritually.