The Shipley School, 1981; B.A. Mount Holyoke College, 1986, M.A. University of Southern California, School of Cinema-TV, 1993; MCPHS University/New England School of Acupuncture, Master of Acupuncture degree, 2017; Diplomate in Acupuncture, Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture, Licensed to practice in MA and NC. Currently in practice at Best Acupuncture (bestacupuncture.com) a private clinic in Cornelius, NC.
Founder and executive director of the Boston Wellness Center from 2003 to 2018. Raven began practicing yoga in 1981 and has been a yoga therapist and professional yoga instructor for over 15 years. She holds advanced certifications from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is registered nationally with the Yoga Alliance at their highest level E-RYT-500, with over 4,000 hours of teaching and training. She is also a Certified Yoga Educator, training other yoga teachers.
Her first book, Get Your Low Back on Track: 30 Days to a Healthy Spine, was published in 2008; a program for healing the spine through therapeutic yoga practice. Five years later, the updated edition was published under a new name: Back to Balance: Heal Your Spine, Heal Your Life. The book has been well-received and favorably reviewed, endorsed by nurses, chiropractors and Master Yoga teachers -- it is currently available for purchase in print or Kindle download at Amazon.com.
She is also a Reiki Master in
the Usui Tradition, an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and former
massage therapist. When not teaching or practicing Chinese
medicine, Raven is a speaker/presenter at Health &
Wellness Events and Yoga Conferences.
(cousin), Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Joseph's
University, Philadelphia, specialties: markets and morality,
social meaning of money, ethical consumption
Buying into Fair Trade: Culture Morality and Consumption
"Stamped on products from coffee to handicrafts, the term “fair trade” has quickly become one of today’s most seductive consumer buzzwords. Purportedly created through fair labor practices, or in ways that are environmentally sustainable, fair-trade products give buyers peace of mind in knowing that, in theory, how they shop can help make the world a better place. Buying into Fair Trade turns the spotlight onto this growing trend, exploring how fair-trade shoppers think about their own altruism within an increasingly global economy.
?Using over 100 interviews with fair-trade consumers, national leaders of the movement, coffee farmers, and artisans, author Keith Brown describes both the strategies that consumers use to confront the moral contradictions involved in trying to shop ethically and the ways shopkeepers and suppliers reconcile their need to do good with the ever-present need to turn a profit. In addition to his in-depth analysis of the fair-trade market, Brown also provides a how-to chapter that outlines strategies readers can use to appear altruistic.This chapter highlights the ways that socially responsible markets have been detached from issues of morality. A fascinating account of how consumers first learn about, understand, and sometimes ignore the ethical implications of shopping, Buying into Fair Trade sheds new light on the potential for the fair trade market to reshape the world into a more socially-just place.
Rex Sexton was a Surrealist painter in
award winning art has been exhibited in museums, televised on
PBS, written about in newspapers, reproduced in magazines and
included in national and international exhibitions. His poetry and prose
appeared in cutting-edge literary magazines. His short story
“Holy Night” received an Eric Hoffer award and was published
in Best New Writing
was married to the neuroscientist Dr. Rochelle S. Cohen. Rex
died in 2015, after a long illness. He worked on his
writing and his art until the very end. He often wrote
about and depicted an out-of-body, near-death experience
when he was a teenager suffering form spinal meningitis.
At the end, having faced death before, he was determined
to "not go gentle into that dark night."
currently in private collections
Artwork available for purchase
Rochelle S. Cohen
is presently Professor Emerita at the University of
Illinois at Chicago, where she was the recipient of the
2008 College of Medicine at Chicago Distinguished
Faculty Award. She is a neuroscientist with publications
in synaptic structure and biochemistry and hormonal
effects on brain and behavior. Rochelle is presently
studying the Brazilian Portuguese language. Her love of
marine biology is reflected in her present endeavor of
writing a book of poetry about marine life and science. She was
married to the writer and artist Rex Sexton.