Author * Stress Management/Resilience Trainer and Coach *
* Keynote Speaker * Adjunct Philosophy Professor
Rita's storied career began when Santa Claus gave her a Tom Thumb typewriter when she was six years old. Years later, at the ripe old age of eleven, Rita began writing Girl From U.N.C.L.E. episodes after her favorite television show was cancelled. Her homeroom teacher set aside thirty minutes each week for Rita to read the latest adventures of April Dancer and Mark Slade to her classmates.
Fast forward to 1989…pursuing yet another dream, Rita opened an Italian-Japanese restaurant in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. She began writing late at night “to relax” from the long hours the restaurant demanded. She went on to write Sweet Bitter Love, published in 1997 by Rising Tide Press, (New York), contributed several short stories to magazines, and to two anthologies, Early Embraces and Beginnings, (Alyson Publications, CA). The year 2007 saw the release of Rita's highly-acclaimed, semi-autobiographical novel, Painting The Invisible Man.
Rita's recent work, Live A Flourishing Life™ melds her three professions — philosophy professor, stress management trainer, and writer. The workbook includes numerous exercises and quizzes to help you dig deep into your life story to uncover and discover long-standing attitudes and habits that influence your life.
Rita is a published songwriter and member of ASCAP. She co-wrote two children’s songs for KidsTerrain, Inc.—The Magic in Me and Tiny Acts of Kindness — the latter a tribute to the goodwill of children in the wake of the September 11 attacks. She was the host of the BlogTalk Radio show, "Talk To Me...Conversations With Creative, Unconventional People."
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