A Warm Welcome!
I’m Kathy and I have launched this site to share my story – but more importantly, I want to introduce you to the people, books and ideas that inspire me. The ones that turn me ON! I would also like to learn what excites you and turns you ON to issues, places, philosophies, and so much more.
Like anyone else, I have had my share of difficulties: I’ve had my heart broken more times than I can recall; suffered from eating disorders, got divorced, became deathly ill, lost everything I had, fell in love again, had it all – and then, most recently, watched my beloved husband get cancer. The worst was when my son, Dan, an artist, adventurer and activist was killed while working as a photojournalist in Somalia. He was only 22.
However, I have lived fully, loved much and enjoyed multiple careers as a teacher, journalist, author and filmmaker on three continents. Together with my daughter Amy Eldon Turteltaub, I have launched a production company and Creative Visions Foundation, a vibrant organization that supports creative activists who use media and the arts to ignite positive social change.
Now I’m excited about the publication of my memoir, In the Heart of Life, which shares what I have learned about life, death — and most of all — about the power of the human spirit to overcome all obstacles as we seek to achieve our highest potential.
With love, Kathy
Leaving her conservative roots in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a young woman, Kathy attended Wellesley College. She married an Englishman and moved to London during the ’60s. Ten years later, together with her husband and two children, she flew to Kenya, where she entered a tumultuous world as a journalist and writer. The tragic death of her talented son Dan, a 22-year-old Reuters’ correspondent, stoned to death in Somalia, was to change her life once again. Determined to transform the horror of his death into a positive force for good, she moved to Hollywood, where she began a new career as a film and television producer, determined to catalyze people to achieve their potential – both for themselves, and for the world.
She and her daughter, Amy, were inspired by Dan’s life to become the co-founders of the Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization dedicated to supporting “creative activists who use media and the arts to transform the world around them”. CVF has assisted more than 100 artists, filmmakers, playwrights, leaders of social movements on five continents who use media and the arts as vehicles of social change. The foundation’s headquarters are in Malibu at the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism.