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MELINDA’S LIFELINE March 24, 2009 – Age 0- 54 in 10 year increments
Have you ever created a lifeline for yourself?
Here’s what you do. You plot your life from 0 years old to the age you are now. Divide the line in 5 or 10 year increments. Above the line is positive, below the line is negative. Plot your life out according to your overall experience for that time era.. Wait a few years and do it again. You will notice a difference. As we age we heal certain areas of our past and they become less prominent, then other areas become more dominant. Look at the time period that is equal to where you are now if there is somewhere in your past that is. Ask yourself what reminds you of that time period now. This is a fantastic exercise to get to know yourself and your life’s adventure… to understand your soul’s purpose here better.
1955 Born Melinda Gale Lichter April 1, 1955 at 11:20 PM to a middle class Jewish Family in Pittsburgh, PA- 2 older sisters – Shelly and Wendy.
1960 Youngest sister Amy is born
1962 Maternal Grandmother dies of cancer at 62yrs old in Melinda’s bedroom
1965 Father – Dr. William S Lichter, MD-is killed in an automobile accident at 47 years old returning from a family trip to California when the Recreational Vehicle they rented is hit by a truck and turns over on the highway. Melinda, her mother and three sisters survive.
1967 Melinda's Maternal Grandfather dies of a heart attack.
1967 Melinda’s mother marries Leonard Jacobson who moves into their home with his son Peter.
1970 Mother – Lillian Jacobson – dies in a car accident at 44 years old and Melinda's stepfather moves out leaving the children orphaned. Shelly, Melinda’s oldest sister returns from college to help raise Melinda and her youngest sister Amy. Melinda and her sisters devise a plan where they will each spend two years away at college and two years in Pittsburgh helping to raise Amy.
1971 Melinda and her sisters decide the plan is too difficult so Melinda and Amy move in with her maternal Aunt & Uncle and their three daughters in Pittsburgh Pa.
1972 Melinda attends Trinity College Early Admission in the class of ‘76
1974 Unable to declare her major, Melinda drops out and heads for the Bahamas- hitchhiking boats through the Caribbean. She then backpacks through Mexico and Central America where she meets Reto Meister in Guatemala and begins travelling with him.
1974-76 Melinda and Reto backpack through central America, US, Canada and Europe, spending a year in Switzerland.
1977-79 Melinda and Reto return to the States and attend the University of Arizona where she graduates with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a minor in Womens Studies and Philosophy. Reto earns a BA in Linguistics.
1979 Melinda’s housekeeper from when she was born, Jessie Coleman dies at 50 of a heart attack.
1979-80 Reto and Melinda live and work at Innisfree Village in Crozet Virginia, a community with mentally challenged adults. They decide to have a child. During her pregnancy Reto falls in love with another woman and leaves.
1980 Melinda’s son Krishna Meister is born in Charlottesville Virginia
1980-83 Melinda and Krishna continue to live at Innisfree Village where she helps to start an independent living program.
1983-84 Melinda and Krishna travel in Europe hoping to reunite with Reto at his parents in Switzerland, but it doesn’t happen. They return to Virginia and purchase a house in Charlottesville.
1984-86 Melinda and Krishna live in Charlottesville and Melinda takes a job as a preschool teacher at the school Krishna attends. When he starts kindergarten she applies for graduate school at the University of Virginia.
1986-89 Attends the University of Virginia and receives a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1989. Her Master’s Thesis is titled: Innisfree Village: Commitment and Community in a 20th Century Intentional Community
1988 On February 29, Sadie Hawkins Day, Melinda marries her neighbor Leo H. Elliott Jr. and moves across the street .
1989 Almost one year later their son Forrest Elliott is born.
1992-2001 Melinda cofounds the Attitudinal Healing Center of Central Virginia and teaches classes with Lewis Crowder.
1993-95 Melinda commutes to school evenings, at the College of Health Sciences to receive her Associates of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She becomes a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA.
Click here for her professional resume.
1995-2006 Works as a COTA in Charlottesville VA at the hospitals and nursing homes in the area.
1999-2000 Melinda becomes the Director of The Academy of Re-Remembering in Ivy VA sponsored by the Mind of Christ Church. The Academy was a therapeutic arts program and included a living foods program.
2000 Melinda is called to ministry and establishes Shining Star Miracles Ministry
2000 Melinda divorces Leo who immediately remarries and dies 3 weeks later leaving Melinda a single parent once again.
2000-2001 When the Mind of Christ Church withdraws their funding from The Academy of Re-Remembering Melinda and Avai move the program to Greenwood Virginia and rename it The New Life Learning Center. Melinda seeds her ministry by investing in a ministerial funding program called Living Your Sole Purpose out of Virginia Beach. She meets her new partner Glen Bailey at a Ministerial program in Hawaii. Five months later Glen joins his ministry with Melinda's and moves to Charlottesville. Two days after moving to VA, Glen dies suddenly of a heart attack at 49 years old the day before Melinda's 46th birthday. Shortly thereafter, the funding program shuts down and 100 ministers lose their investments. Melinda closes the center in Greenwood and establishes a ministry online called New Life learning Center World News http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NLLC_WORLD_NEWS/ Melinda returns to work as a teacher at the College of Business and Technology and as a caretaker for a woman with Alzheimers.
August 2002 Melinda finds a lump in her breast and is diagnosed with breast cancer. She decides to let her body heal naturally. Click here for letter from Melinda's doctor documenting her cancer treatment at UVA Hospital. (also see Melinda's Cancer Story and click here for Melinda's Book Healing Breast Cancer Through the Arts).
2003 Melinda receives her Colon Hydrotherapy Certification
2003-6 Melinda works part-time as a COTA in the local nursinghomes and as an assistant to Malcolm Mason as he writes his memoirs.
2006 Melinda meets Nathan Batalion online at veggieconnection.com and a year later moves to Oneonta NY, when her youngest son Forrest is accepted to Cornell in Ithaca, NY
2006-2010 – Melinda helps Nathan with his real estate business (see http://www.qualityrentalsoneonta.com) and with the technical side of http://www.raw-wisdom.com/. She is passionate about the raw food diet and healing naturally.
2010 and beyond - Melinda returns to work as an occupational therapist in Florida and to maintain the raw-wisdom website. She is presently studying Kabbalah at the Kabbalah Center of Boca Raton. The future is wide-open.