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began my writing career at Niles North High School in Skokie,
Illinois, where I won a national feature writing award from the
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I joined the
second class of women to graduate from Yale University (1974).
Everyone else in my class went to law school or business school,
but I wanted to go to Columbia for a degree in journalism. I
had one problem, though. The year I applied (1974), Woodward
and Bernstein had just brought down a President. Investigative
reporter had become the chichest profession in America. I was
accepted despite the largest applicant pool in the school's history
and graduated in 1975.
I remained in New York City and
joined the international reporting staff at the United Nations.
In 1978, I was sent to Dallas by a computer. Actually, my now
ex-husband, the cardiologist, was sent by a computer to Texas
and I went, too. I joined the Dallas Times Herald (God rest its
soul) and soon became its food editor. In 1981 I joined D magazine
(the city magazine) as its business editor. I continued to review
restaurants for the magazine.
In 1989, the real estate depression
hit Texas. I got laid off. So I became a literary mercenary.
I formed The Writers' Block, a Texas free-lance writers' syndicate.
My articles have appeared in Playboy, the New York Times Sunday
Magazine, Banker's Monthly, Sky (Delta's in flight magazine),and
the Miami Herald Travel section, among others.
I began ghostwriting books. One of the books I ghostwrote in 1991
was for Dr. David Watts, owner of the lab that performs the TMAs.
(The book, written for doctors, is entitled "Trace Elements and
Other Essential Nutrients.") With his help, I used Dr. Watts' science
for the foundation of my first book, The Meltdown Diet and Cookbook,
which came out in June, 1994. This spring my second book, Meltdown,
Too: Lose Your Temper Forever. Learn How To Eat Right and Shut
Up! will be published. Again, Dr. Watts worked closely with me
to popularize his 25 years of research.
While writing Dr. Watts' book, I became intrigued with the concept
of the TMA and asked if I could have one. It took me 13 months
to get rid of my calcium toxicity. About the time I completed the
manuscript, I lost four inches off each thigh, my body's natural
fat storage deposit area.
Meanwhile, I had taught the same step aerobics class for five years.
Suddenly, my thighs disappeared. It was pretty obvious in work
out attire. The husband of one of my students asked if I could
help his wife lose her thighs. I asked Dr. Watts if I could order
tests for my friends. He reluctantly agreed. My friends got great
results and told their friends. Over a four year period, my business
grew strictly through referrals. In November, 1995, I gave up my
other interests to devote 110 percent of my time to Meltdown International.
My corporate philosophy is simple. I want to make a difference
as well as a living. I want to make the world a healthier place,
one body at a time. I've discovered it takes less time and less
money to eat right than it does to eat poorly. Help me spread the
My number one job, however, is being a mother. I became a single
mother when my son Austin was two. Now he attends the University
of Texas. He's a terrific person with a great sense of humor. I'm
still single but very available!
I have two hobbies. I love to dance. Rock, country, disco, techno:
I love it all. I take push (West Coast swing) and country dance
lessons every week and have gotten pretty proficient on the hardwoods.
I even won a dance contest!
Boating is my other love. (Appropriate for an Aquarian.) I own
a 25 foot Bayliner which I keep at Lake Texoma on the border between
Texas and Oklahoma. I'm a member of Flotilla 10-4 of the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary. My boat is my solace. Nothing beats a Texas sunset
on the water.
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