PKIA KNOW IT ALLS: My contributing editors!
What is a fortune if it’s not shared?
Some folks collect jewels, baubles, art, dollars, cars, purses or shoes. I collect amazing people to share the dinner table with.
When I was 16, I worked in a nursing home as a nurses’ aid. The job was physically tough but super rewarding. I loved sitting with the old people and listening to who they had been and what they learned. One woman in particular would tell me every afternoon the tale of a different place around the world. At the end of the summer I asked her how she managed to travel to so many places in her life? With a giggle and smile she said, “Via listening to others’ stories.”
I was sold. I knew adventure was in my future…all I had to do was ask questions and listen to the answers. To this day, when I don’t know something, I am the first person to find someone who does. When I decided to launch this online magazine I asked some of my favorite experts–who also happen to be among my favorite dining partners–to join me in my quest for health and beauty. I present to you my list of Go-To Know-It-All’s!
|PRINCESS KNOW IT ALL (MEE TRACY- MCCORMICK) EDITOR IN CHIEF:
I grew up in Oberlin, Ohio—one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad—and I spent my childhood looking for Harriett Tubman. Instead of playing with Barbie’s, I was pretending to help free slaves. By the time I was seven, my relationship with Harriett posed two questions to me: “What type of woman would I be,” and “Would I walk an un-cleared path to become that woman?” I have been striving to answer those questions ever since.
I was educated at Kent State, the University of Maryland, and the Lee Strasburg Institute in Hollywood. I’ve worked every job from changing diapers in an old folk’s home to cleaning the pole in a nudie bar. I’ve waitressed, bartended, been a stylist, modeled, acted and sung back up.
Now my days are filled with working on my first series of books, launching PKIA and mothering my two small children. We live in Sayulita, Nayarit Mexico and Nashville, Tennessee.
|SECOND IN COMMAND (ABI STAVRAND):
Abi Stavrand recently graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a thorough, goofy, determined young gal who is stubborn for success. She’s on her way into the Real World with a marketing job in Cincinnati, OH. No worries though, she’s still helping me in my endeavors!
|PRINCESS KNOW IT ALL’S STYLE GURU (JUSTICE METOYER)
Justice is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University. This girl stays busy and wouldn’t have it any other way! She is style central and always has a beauty tip. As a senior studying Public Relations and Design at MTSU, she has an innate eye for fashion. Justice is easygoing yet a stickler for detail, and finds herself becoming more like her mother every single day.
| PHOTOGRAPHER EXTRAORDINAIRE (HEATHER MURO):
Heather has discovered her life’s rhythm in Art & Photography. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine and Professional Arts and has explored many studio art mediums. Living through the lens has become a healing process for her and in doing so has ignited a passion in Photography. She is an award-winning lifestyle photographer who sees LIFE in photographs, loves the ART of imagery and cooks food for HEALING. To see some examples of her work and read her blog, click here! Or visit her gallery webpage!
|YOGA MOMMA (MICHELLE GEFT):
is our super brave American-Israeli surfing and yoga editor. Four weeks after her second baby was born, she was in her wetsuit and surfing First Point Beach in Malibu! She is a living reminder to all of us that moving our bodies is how we stay connected to them! Michelle was trained in Integral Hatha Yoga by Ulla Anneli, who learned from Swami Satchidanda. She continues her own search for knowing via conferences and workshops. She teaches private lessons in the greater Los Angeles area.
|GOT GRACE (Peggy Raess)
Peggy, whose relationship philosophy is, “You can do it with one, or you can do it with many, but whatever you need to learn about relationships will come up whenever you are in one, no matter what.” Married for nearly 40 years, and Mentoring for the past 15 years, Peggy has in-depth, first hand experience about the myriad avenues relationships can take, and is a beacon for others who are learning to work it out for themselves.
|Dr. Joan Borysenko
is a Harvard-educated pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has helped recognize the important role of spirituality in health and healing. She is a co-founder of the renowned Mind/Body Health Sciences clinic in Boulder, Colorado and the author of the New York Times best-seller, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind. She has written many other books and created numerous audio and video programs, including the Public Television special Inner Peace for Busy People and a weekly Internet radio show, Your Soul’s Compass. Joan’s innovative ideas, great personality and lively sense of humor make her a sought-after speaker. Now, you can access Joan’s inspirational reflections on this web site!
|Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH
is a nationally known author, speaker and expert in the field of Eating Disorders and Integrative Medicine. She has also developed a line of supplements to help patients during their recovery from eating disorders. She is a consultant for treatment centers around the country—including The Ranch’s program near Nashville, Tennessee and a private practice, which she runs in Colorado. Her most recent book, The Overcoming Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Overeating Workbook, will be published later this year.