I have to say my creative gene came solely from my mother. As a kid, she empowered me to try, while giving me the permission to fail, always reminding me that she would be proud of me either way. When I wanted to host my own teenage talk show at the age of 16, she told me to go for it, and I did, hosting a weekly show on WDNA public access radio along with my co-host Albert, now known to many as Father Albert.
As a junior in college, when I wanted to go to New York to intern for a network television show, she encouraged me to apply and traveled with me to New York for my interviews. Later when I started working for "As The World Turns," she moved me into the dorms at NYU for the summer.
As a kid, she never missed a recital. As an adult, she never misses a show, a birthday, a graduation, or holiday. Even if she can’t be there in person, she always lets me know she is there in spirit with a bouquet of flowers and a perfectly penned note.
I remember as a child, my mother’s paintings hanging on the walls of our house. When I was a little older, she converted our garage into a studio and dabbled in stained glass and photography. When I was a teenager, she started her own party planning business and designed custom invitations using the finest papers, ribbons, fabrics, die cuts, and foils. She designed her own line embossed papers long before the scrapbooking world made embossing trendy.