Born a miracle—nearly three years to the day from the passing of her nine-year-old sister—Jamie became a bright spot amidst a family wrought with tragedy and heartache. Called a “do-it-yourself grandchild” by her mid-life parents, and pampered by her doting eighteen-year-old brother, she sparked their lives with adventure from the start. Thus, as she would later explain to all, a new “ugly duckling” had hatched.
At three, when her mother demanded, “why have you filled this entire pad with scribbles?” Jamie bluntly remarked, “I’m writing a book.” At eight, she typed her first bio, neither which makes for interesting reading—except to her mother, who secretly squirreled it away for posterity in Jamie’s baby book.
When Jamie turned five, she attended vacation bible school where she made crafts and learned the golden rule. The pastor taught the children how to pray by placing their palms together to “pray with the church” or by interlocking their fingers to “pray directly with God.” Jamie noticed how almost everyone put their palms together flat. She misunderstood, thinking “praying with the church” meant praying with the physical building (rather than the body of people there), so Jamie chose praying directly to God and thus, from then on, prayed with her fingers interlocked.
Entering the 3rd grade—her fourth school in four years—Jamie found herself the new girl with a boy’s name. Feeling awkward and alone, she found sanctuary in the school’s library where she devoured every fairy tale on the shelves. From the mythical stories, Jamie formed her core values, learning the importance of virtue and the power of magic and miracles. Her favorite became Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, a story of transformation and self realization—a timeless story that did not use any magic at all.
“Ugly ducklings,” she learned, occur when a child is brought up in unusual circumstances that blind the child’s ability to recognize his or her true potential and cause them to live amid the expectations of others rather than from the purest desires of the heart. Swans, then, are ugly ducklings transformed, their eyes opened so that they might recognize all that they need is already deep inside themselves, and it is grand.
From these imaginary elements and more, nowadays Jamie brings forth adeptness in empowering others to be who they are, teaching them to tap into their inner providence and guiding them to receive their God-granted higher destiny, which she believes is available to us all.
Just as in a fairy tale, she believes we too can be transformed into greatness because it already dwells within our hearts and souls. We must only learn how to activate the swan within by reaching into our deep inner well, thus creating beauty out of the ugly duckling we falsely believe ourselves to be. No more must we be who others demand we be‚ we are freed to be who we are—free to be who we were sent here to be.
The ugly duckling from Andersen’s tale never changed into something else, he merely opened his eyes to who he already was—a majestic swan. Though others put him down and caused him to believe his desires were wrong, something deep inside challenged him to pursue the desires of his pure inner heart.
Jamie, who became a “swan” after battling cancer, depression, and several near death experiences, is the author of five books, including: Transformational Healing, Prayer Superchargers, and The Wisdom of Emotional Healing. She offers online workshops, leads weekend retreats, and offers one-on-one counseling for ugly ducklings looking to discover their own inner swan.
Trained in Lily Dale, NY, at the Fellowships of the Spirit School of Healing and Prophecy, Jamie is a spiritualist minister and certified metaphysician. She has also trained with Donna Eden in energy medicine. Dubbed “the POD Queen,” she has been designing print on demand books for self-publishing professionals for over a decade, specializing in spirituality, health and wellness, nutrition, business, memoir, and other non-fiction topics.
These are the beliefs I have also crafted into my books:
Transformational Healing: Five Surprisingly Simple Keys Designed to Redirect Your Life Toward Wellness, Purpose, and Prosperity;
The Wisdom of Emotional Healing: Renowned Psychics Andrew Jackson Davis and Phineas P. Quimby Reveal Mind Body Healing Secrets for Clairvoyants, Spiritualists, and Energy Healers; and
Prayer Superchargers: The ‘How to Pray’ Book for People Who Need Answers in Today’s Troubled Times;
…and into all that I teach.
As, author, healer, speaker, and reverend, I wear many hats. I enjoy many varied interests from spirituality, metaphysics, and numerology, healing modalities, diet and nutrition, as well as jewelry design, sports, travel, and cats of all sizes. I am a total Mac geek; I build my own websites and upgrade my own computers. I can wield a screwdriver just as easily as a knitting needle. In addition, I have long supported independent publishing and authors of all kinds and types. I've been a book designer and self-publishing expert for over a decade, sharing a different kind of knowledge and insight with countless authors from coast to coast.
I've been married to my husband, Tim, for over thirty years. My two adult sons Matthew and Mark still live at home with us in PA. During the summer, Tim and I live part time in Oakfield, NY, in a tiny cottage community. We have two cats.