Sex, Myths and Magic
The Rare and Endangered
D. K. Christi, author, journalist and lecturer
D. K. Christi shares her obsession with the “Super Ghost” of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and why it’s a “matter of consequence.”
D. K. Christi lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
Her stories and novels capture the multi-cultural experiences and the beauty, fear and excitement of foreign lands.
Three years of blue water sailing in the Caribbean add tropical spice.
A polished and professional platform speaker who includes the audience.
Christi spent her U.S. years in Michigan, California and Florida with stops in Idaho and Washington, D.C. Today she contributes feature articles to the Bonita Springs Southwest Spotlight, and is available for freelance writing, editing and grant proposals between novels. Favorite local haunts are Bonita Beach, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Koreshan State Park, and all outdoor places to kayak and ride her bicycle.
Contact D. K. Christi at www.dkchristi.com
Email: dkchristi at yahoo dot com
P.O. Box 367061, Bonita Springs, FL. 34136
The rare and endangered American ghost orchid is a protected species for good reason—it only grows in the wilds of the Everglades in Florida and is found in Cuba.
It is among the most complex and sophisticated of the orchid species, and is credited with legendary powers and mysticism.
July 10, 2007, D. K. Christi was spending her birthday wandering the boardwalk in one of her favorite places, Blair Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. To her surprise,
]“the air was filled with excitement—the discovery of the ‘Super Ghost.”’
D. K. Christi’s obsession with the “Super Ghost” led to write-ups in the Naples Daily News for her daily walks for three months following every nuance of change in the orchid plant that reached into her soul and took hold.
The novel, Ghost Orchid, grew from that obsession. She also became a certified Corkscrew Swamp naturalist to take visitors on tours along the boardwalk and gained expertise, both legendary and botanical. The mixture of sex, myth and magic provides an entertaining experience and a new appreciation for the habitat that is the domain for this rare and endangered treasure.
“Haunting” “Enlightening” “Amazing” “Brilliant” (A few reviews…)
Ghost Orchid Synopsis: A story of love, lies and redemption unfolds one coincidence at a time under the aura of the rare and mystical ghost orchid high in the cypress canopy of the Everglades. NPR Reviews praise Ghost Orchid for the beauty of the Everglades that shines through on every page, the ghost orchid the heart and soul of the story; a must read. Photographers seek the perfect subject in the perfect light, finding themselves and the answer to the question: Is love eternal? A complex unraveling of family secrets and unique friendship touches the heart, adding new meaning to the roots that strengthen family ties.
Buy Ghost Orchid: online print and ebook sellers; Corkscrew Sanctuary Gift Shop, Naples Visitors Center 900 5th downtown; Hallmark gift shop & Eastfork Orchids in Bonita Springs; Spring Lake, MI, Sarasota & Lee County, FL libraries. Order from bookstores & purchase at frequent D. K. Christi book signings. www.dkchristi.com . ISBN 978-1-60318-136-5
Review by Amazon.com —“Themes of friendship surviving tragedy, love conquering adversity & the triumph of the human spirit over the hardships of life serve to uplift & inspire...through her stories perhaps discover something new about yourself.” -
Book club conversation starters:
Why did Mel find such peace and serenity at the swamp?
What happened to her singular love relationship?
Neev had no desire to travel in Florida. Why?
Roger was faced with a heart rending dilemma. Describe it.
When did the mystery begin to unfold? The first clue?
Was the ghost orchid more than an exquisite flower? Why?
Find the coincidences as they occur.
Does the unraveling feel coincidental, spiritual or contrived?
Symbolism, spiritual and paranormal, threads through this story; point out incidences and their meaning.
Why is the setting critical and a “matter of consequence?”
Do you see any other potential endings for this story?
What do you think a sequel would include?
D. K. Christi, M.Ed., CWDP (Pen Name: D. K. Christi)
Christi is a polished, platform presenter and workshop facilitator with a high performance background in education and public/private partnerships. Christi has led regional Workforce Investment Boards and coalitions from mediocre to high peformance through strategic planning and board empowerment.
Christi is an expert in change management with a wide range of workshop topics that include: overcoming communications barriers, embracing change, teamwork in the 21st century and topics specific to education and workplace environments. Training and presentations will be customized to meet your specific needs from keynote addresses at conferences to short and long-term consultant contracts.
Credentials and Experience
q Published author under the pen name, D. K. Christi
q Keynote presenter and training specialist for regional, statewide and national meetings.
q 20 years progressively responsible work experience as Executive Director for regional boards.
q Regional director for multiple workforce and education contracts.
q Expert in specialized education and workforce topics such as multi-cultural diversity, Tech Prep, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, communications and workplace preparation and data.
q Graduate curriculum writer for the University of South Florida, Tampa and an expert at grantsmanship and contract management.
q Residence and employment in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean and sensitive to cultural differences and languages.
q Education includes a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision, additional graduate studies in vocational administration and certifications in elementary education, high school administration, adult and community education and workforce development.
Christi is known as a catalyst for positive, productive workplaces. Examples include: a founding member of community foundations with current equity assets in the millions, president and/or member of many community business and professional organizations and an advocate for special populations seeking solutions to economic inequities.
Would you recommend this consultant?
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