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Raised in Elkhorn Nebraska, JULIE CARDA started writing one-page stories when she was seven years old and later became editor of the local high school newspaper. After high school, she pursued a career in ballet, studying in New York City and Europe. Missing her midwestern roots, she returned to Nebraska and in 1981 graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Dance. For several years, she brought a spiritual expression of the arts into the lives of young people living in the inner city of Milwaukee. Wanting to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, graduating with a Master's of Arts degree in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Again, she taught and lectured for several years, while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living led her to travel and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests, and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Julie's inspiration for the characters in Portal to Love comes from her personal experience with shaman practitioner Maladoma Patrice Some, author of Of Water and Spirit (Putnam Publishing), Native American medicine woman Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Last Ghost Dance (Ballantine Publishing); wise woman healer Susun Weed, author of Healing Wise (Ash Tree Publishing); psychic intuitive Judith Orloff, MD, author of Awakening Second Sight (Sounds True Publishing); and Lazaris, a friend. After several years sojourn, she recently returned to Nebraska and currently is living in physical and spiritual transition with her husband and their two sons. Besides writing, Julie is a spiritual coach. She enjoys reading, gardening, nature walks, music and yoga.

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