My friends call me "the atheist who went to Heaven."
I would never have thought I would be writing a book about spirituality and near-death experiences since I spent my adult life as a scientist and skeptic. Born Roman Catholic, I became an atheist, and later an agnostic, beginning in my late teens when I went off to university to study geology and archaeology. While I started out my education as an artist (at Chicago's American Academy of Art), I went on to earn a degree in geology from Northern Illinois University, then attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, for Masters-level coursework. The sciences taught me to base my views on things I could measure, and since spiritual matters were not measurable, for me they did not exist.
During most of my adult life, a part of me hoped there was something more than just physical reality, but I never saw evidence for it. The skepticism remained until January of 2014, when the Divine gave me a wake-up call: an opportunity to return to Spirit! Since my near-death experience, I have returned to a more spiritual and creative life based on the wisdom I learned in Heaven.
In the past, I have been an archeological artist, geologist, data analyst, and science/technical writer. But then Heaven threw me a curveball, one I desperately needed. Now I am writing about my experience of the Divine, what happens when we die, and how we can bring a little bit of "Heaven" to our lives on Earth.