Blogs

On Being a Woman

What are the roles, the promises, and the limits for women in today’s world? Transcending sexism.

Science and Spirit

How does human consciousness fit into the universe? How do we understand and transform our world?

Woman of the World

A woman can explore and travel on her own. Adventures living and being around the world.

Body Wisdom

Understand and care for your body. Develop long-term health habits. Interface successfully with the healthcare system.


Books

Is there hope for peace on the Korean peninsula? These deeply personal stories of two Western women reveal the almost unimaginable transformation of Korea from a culturally and politically united peninsula at the end of the nineteenth century into today’s dangerously divided land.

A collection of meditations aimed at understanding the nature of spiritual experience. Dr. Simson is a scientist who has explored the history and content of most major world religions, has been a lifetime “truth-seeker,” and takes a sympathetic view of the God-quest.

This beautifully illustrated booklet narrates a tour from Ukraine to Moscow and then on an idyllic cruise  through northern Russian rivers and ancient towns to St. Petersburg, the glorious capital of imperial Russia. A thousand years of Russian history unfolds during the journey.

This eclectic collection of short fiction centers on the theme of revelations that can occur during unplanned encounters with those we don’t know or don’t understand, including ourselves. The poignancy of each story arises from the flash of understanding, sometimes tempered with despair, that may be triggered by such chance interactions.

Jo Anne Valentine was born to educated but impoverished parents during the Great Depression, attended grade school during World War II, had an idyllic youth in rural Michigan, and attended college and graduate school, eventually earning a Ph.D. degree in the biomedical sciences. She did research and taught at a time when women experienced considerable difficulties pursuing a scientific career. She was married twice (hence Simson) and has three children and six grandchildren. Keenly interested in human culture, she was an avid world traveler, ultimately living abroad for five years in four different countries. Since retirement, she has enjoyed the challenge of authoring both nonfiction and fiction. This autobiography narrates a complex life replete with setbacks and rewards.