Susie Weinberg - 1963
Bio & Picture from 40th Reunion

Miriam & husband, Richard Berger (October 2002)
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Bio for Susie Weinberg, now Miriam Dyak - 2003-08-14


Changed my name to Miriam when I went off to Oberlin College.  Graduated with a degree in German and Russian in 1967 - graduated in the morning and got married that afternoon to Bruce Palmer.  We spent the next 2 years working with the American Friends Service Committee in Toledo and Dayton while Bruce fulfilled his alternative service as a conscientious objector to the war in Vietnam.  We moved Rochester, NY, and then to Maine where we were active in both the anti-war and women's movements.  I became active and well-known as a poet in Maine, helped to found The Maine Writers Guild and also a Women's Counseling Service in Brunswick.  I wrote and published 3 books of poetry between '77 and '88 under the name, Miriam Dyak (no legal name changes since).

After Bruce died of cancer, I continued to live in community in Maine with my second partner, Michael Rounds, a wonderful musician and mechanic.  We built a house together in the Maine woods.  When he also died (in '78), I spent one more year in Maine and then went off to live in New York City, Massachusetts, and again New York City, training first as a Shiatsu therapist and teacher and then Picture - April 2003              working for a company then called DMA (now Technologies For Creating).  I met Richard Berger, the owner of a fossil and crystal gallery located on NY's upper east side and we have been together 21 years, married 18.  We both became involved with a personal growth process called Voice Dialogue and I have made a career of being a Voice Dialogue facilitator and counselor (see my website <> or <>.  I have a private practice in Seattle (where we moved in '88), I teach trainings for other professionals wanting to learn the Voice Dialogue method, teach also at an institute in northern California, and have written a text book for the Voice Dialogue work.  My classes are sponsored by the Association For Humanistic Psychology. I'm involved in the Seattle Counselors Association, Women of Wisdom Foundation, and lots of efforts to preserve and maintain our environment out here (despite a very hostile political environment).  I live on the beach in West Seattle with Richard, no children, no pets, but lots and lots of wild birds and a big garden with vegies and hundreds of irises.


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