About me

Industry Law
Occupation Retired
Location Davis, CA, United States
Introduction I'm the author of three books: the award-winning "How to Be Sick," "How to Wake Up," and my new book, "How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness." Two of my books are intended to help people find a measure of peace and joy despite the many challenges posed by chronic pain and illness; the third focuses on the Buddha's path to awakening in this very life, even in the most difficult of circumstances. I write in a conversational style, with the intention of helping everyone learn to live with compassion, joy, and purpose. To this end, all of my books include easy-to-learn exercises and practices that come alive through the use of personal stories. I've been a practicing Buddhist for over 20 years. I was also a law professor at the University of California--Davis for 22 years, serving as the dean of students for six years. I live in Davis, California with my husband and our endearing, if goofy, gray lab Scout. I hope you'll visit my website at