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“As I turned sixty, I found my answer to happiness: kindness in all its infinite expressions.”
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Like Isabella we each have a unique life story.

Mine begins in 1953, born to Serbian parents, growing up in a small town in northern Illinois...

Looking back I realize as a child I often reflected on "what makes someone happy?" Though the question remained unanswered for years, I continued searching for a secret map that would show me the way to happiness.

Professionally I followed a trail marked by change and growth through such diverse jobs as a correctional supervisor, a community organizer, a Fortune 500 business consultant, an advocate for survivors of gun violence and trauma, a creativity coach and most recently a psychotherapist in private practice.

Personally, I explored that question through education, spirituality, meditation, therapy, creativity, nature, family, friends, and animals (I have two cats - Jillian and JoAnn, 40 fish, countless outdoor feathered friends, deer and creatures that snuffle in the night). Somewhere around my fortieth year clarity began. As I turned sixty, I found my answer to happiness: kindness in all its infinite expressions.