About Me

Early Years

I grew up in a single-family home with my parents, brother, sister, and grandmother in Laurelton, Queens, a shetetl-like suburb of New York City not far from Kennedy Airport. From my sixth grade elementary school classroom, I could see the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center being completed. Nearly every day of every summer of my youth was spent at Capri Beach Club, about 25 minutes away, where I played endlessly in the ocean, pools, and pinball arcade. I was bar mitzvahed at the Laurelton Jewish Center, where my parents centered their extraordinarily active social life (but the party was at Leonards of Great Neck!).

Schooling

I attended the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University), where in 1981 I received a B.A. in Philosophy with Honors, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In 1984 I received an M.A.P.P.A.A. (Masters in Public Policy Analysis and Administration) from the same institution. From 1985-1988 I then attended the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. I graduated Order of the Coif and was the Virginia Law Review's Research & Projects Editor. Charlottesville is a very beautiful small city, and I had always been a fan of Thomas Jefferson, who founded and designed the University.

Career Path

Notwithstanding a couple of brief stints working as an attorney (for Cooley Godward and later at NASA), my entire career has been spent as a writer or editor. In between graduate school and law school I worked in Manhattan as a grant writer for Federation Employment & Guidance Service, a large non-profit social services agency. After law school and my time at Cooley Godward, I became the managing editor of GNOSIS Magazine, a highly regarded journal of the Western inner traditions. I then turned to writing several book length treatises on electronic evidence for a large legal publisher. Along the way I started writing magazine articles for WIRED and other magazines, and began consulting on a variety of projects including one for AOL that took me into the heart of Hollywood.

After spending some time working for the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA’s Ames Research Center, I turned to ghostwriting. Currently, I specialize in books, articles, and columns for the financial services industry, but I also have helped clients with psychology, self-help, and business books. My specialty is organizing and synthesizing complex domains of discourse, including those with technical considerations. I excel at interviewing experts to capture their knowledge and their voice.

Download the PDF version of my resume here.

Avocations

I have two avocations. The first is Enlightenment.Com, which I founded in 1995 and turned into a corporation in 2000. In 2001 I was fortunate to obtain the first audio interview with Ken Wilber, released as Speaking of Everything. My other avocation is rebounding. Nearly every day since late summer of 2002, I have bounced up and down on a “mini-trampoline” for about 45 minutes on average. I feel that rebounding has nearly unlimited potential as a physical and metaphysical practice, and plan to create both written and multimedia training materials. My goal is to see 20 million Americans bouncing daily.

Fun, Family, Felines

My family and I live in Menlo Park, a block from the San Francisquito Creek, which flooded in 1998. For fun … I bike, play Frisbee and pinball when I can, and read science fiction, philosophy, and human potential materials. I love music (bouncing is much easier to music), and while I only became a devotee of Leonard Cohen in the last five years, there’s no doubt that “he’s the man.” I’ve been fortunate to travel to Canada several times, and have also visited Italy, Greece, England, and Amsterdam. As for felines, we always have at least four, and I never regret the time I spend daily with these amazing beings.