Barbara Erakko comes from a technology-rich background, having designed information systems for the White House Executive Office as well as several other Federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies. While raising two daughters, she worked as a columnist for Catholic Review, winning a national award, and Laurel Leader, a suburban newspaper catering to Washington D.C. and Baltimore commuters.
Her first book, The Lost Cord: A Storyteller’s History of the Electric Car (Greyden Press) tackled the quirky life of electric cars in America. With children grown, and single once again, she published Silence: Making the Journey to Inner Quiet (Innisfree Press), and Silent Dwellers: Embracing the Solitary Life (Continuum).
Her latest book, Elsie at Ebb Tide: Emerging from the Undertow of Alzheimer’s, opens a new door to our understanding of this terrifying disease by asking, “Is soul-to-soul communication possible?” She believes this question, and answer, offers hope and insight that can change and soften our attitude toward this disease.
Today she lives in Hannibal, Missouri in a semi-silent lifestyle with her cockatiel, cat, corgi, and a rather wild garden.