“But then there was a star danced, and under that was I born.” -Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing, II.i
I have always defined myself through the dizzying duality present in the details of my life.
My parents crafted a collage of cultural differences and personal preferences about as docile as a hurricane. The meeting of sharp blue eyes to doe brown; Princeton pomp to upstate prep; Carnegie Hall acoustics and Grammy award winning recordings, to worn boots traveling from Petra to Galilee and back again.
The meeting of these two extremes created a home overflowing with music, literature, history and free thought. And while far from perfect, their shared life fostered a love for creation and ultimately a creation out of love.
I came into this world fire and earth and water, all at once, gasping for air.
And thus, I was named for nearly all the elements:
“from the ash tree of the forest of the sea”