About Ruth

Special Note: I’m looking forward to teaching a workshop at the Mystic Museum of Art that is designed to spark the writer’s imagination. I hope that participants will feel that they have been sprinkled with the pixie dust of creative ideas. Join me at Mystic Museum of Art for The Writer in the Museum on September 25 or October 7. 

A little background information:

“I grew up in a nursing home – the family business – perhaps that enlarged my view life and death and why we should do what we want while we can. Growing up among old people and then losing my husband in the Vietnam War provided me with an early education about grief and resilience.” 

To this end, she performed for audiences of all ages as a singer, actor and storyteller while maintaining a career in clinical nutrition and health care administration.  Today, she is a published author and loves teaching the writing process, especially with aspiring writers who have personal stories they would like to share.

“My parents encouraged me to get a good education.”

She received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College, a PhD in Nutrition and Human Development from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Education from Tufts University. Along the way she also became a Registered Dietitian.

“I think it was because I love food and cooking. I wanted to know everything about nutrition.”

Ruth’s career in health care spanned the entire age spectrum. She focused on the family treatment of children with eating disorders and obesity at Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital while working as a counselor in private practice with families with ill children, and eventually became the administrator of a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. But, throughout all of these endeavors, the creation of stories, essays and writing for the theater remained a centering focus. Now, she has found her ultimate joy as a full-time writer and writing workshop leader.

“I don’t regret any of my life experience. Everything has brought me to this moment – with a lot of stories to write.”

While managing a 100-bed skilled nursing facility she managed to squeeze in portrayals of Louisa May Alcott throughout New England in her one-person play, The Secret Life of Louisa May Alcott. Among numerous publications, her essay Sam’s Way, originally published in the Gettysburg Review, was listed in Best American Essays 2013, and an excerpt from her memoir, Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War,  was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the national board of the Gold Star Wives of America.

When she isn’t traveling to workshop presentations,  she lives and writes in Mystic, Connecticut, with her husband, Swiss artist Frederic Walperswyler, and is the proud mother of television, film and theater actor, Noah Bean.

Noah, who Ruth calls her “main muse,” inherited the acting bug and performs in television, film and theater. He is currently starring in a new TV series adaptaton of the science fiction movie classic, “12 Monkeys,” which will air in January, 2015.