The information here, in this “About Me” is not completely the same as what is in my other website. Please visit there, as well. Thank you.
I’ve always found it difficult to write about myself. I’ve done so many different things in my life, at least so far, that I understand it can be overwhelming when I make a list of them. My personal feeling about it all is that there’s always more to learn, always more to discover, always new ways to challenge yourself, and if you don’t like something about your life, then you must do whatever is necessary to change and improve it.
With that in mind, I will create a short list of some of the more memorable highlights, and if you want me to fill in the lines between, then just email me and I’ll do my best to oblige. Just remember that I live by the concept that everything we learn goes into making up who we are. We may not be able to immediately use what we’ve learned, but that knowledge goes towards who we are, and possibly what we are able to do.
One particular event actually set me on my life course. At age 18 months I contracted a deadly illness. I was the first infant to use a new medication, Streptomycin, but the size of the experimental dosages were too high. This caused the muscles in my eyes, particularly my left eye, to atrophy. I had two unsuccessful operations at a very young age, but lost my depth perception and three dimensional vision forever. At age 8 I had the first successful eye muscle transplant ever performed. The Streptomycin has compromised my left side all of my life, and the limited vision caused me to rely more heavily upon, and to develop further my other senses. I’m so fortunate that it did, because I’d hate to think of what a boring life I might have lived had it not done so.
Graduated from Danbury High School, Danbury, CT
Graduated with a B.A. from Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, KY
History major, French minor, teaching certificate for Kentucky and Connecticut
Taught French in Derby, CT, to grades 3 through 7 for three years. For two years was the head of the Foreign Language in the Elementary School (F.L.E.S. Program)
Taught English, history, reading, and spelling to grade 7 for six years Derby Middle School when the F.L.E.S. Program was ended.
Master’s Degree credits from Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Left teaching after nine years to raise a son with disabilities.
Took courses to better understand and further develop my natural perceptual senses. I eventually became the Northeast Director for a school that taught Intuitive Development. Also taught and created courses for the school. Became nationally known for a specific event.
Left the school in order to put into use what I’d learned and developed. I decided it was better to do something, rather than just talk about doing it.
Found myself being directed towards developing nonverbal communication links and skills. Eventually the focus was upon dolphins, and then using what I’d learned from them to communicate with children with autism. I did pioneering research for 19 years.
I became a professional scuba diver (Divemaster level) through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (P.A.D.I.) Lectured around the United States to dive conferences, and was the Northeast Director for a nationally known scuba scholarship located in Chicago, IL.
Wrote professional, peer reviewed papers, was published in many journals, and did Grand Rounds at hospitals. Spoke before organizations connected to Autism. Also spoke and lectured in schools, at conferences, in colleges, universities, and hospitals.
I traveled around the world and did communications research with both captive and free swimming dolphins, including three species: Atlantic Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus), Spotted (Stenella frontalis), Black Sea Bottlenose, and fresh water Amazon River (Inia geoffrensis) dolphins. Many of my research projects lasted more than ten years. Some were located in Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Soviet Georgia (at the time), Bermuda, the United States, the Caribbean, and in the Bahamas.
I addressed many professional cetacean organizations, some of which I was a professional member, delivered papers, many of them published, and had certain programs in place.
In 1990 the first edition of my first book, the award winning, “The Secret Language of Dolphins”, was published by Summit Books, then the premier imprint of Simon & Schuster. My literary agency was William Morris Entertainment. The book sold in France, Germany, and Holland, and received the prestigious Delta Kappa Gamma International Educator’s Award of $2,000.00, which was presented to me in Louisville, KY, before an audience of more than 2,000 educators. It was twice optioned by Paramount Pictures for a feature film.
The book was reprinted in all countries in quality paperback, and in the United States by Stillpoint Press, under the different title of “Beyond Words: Unlocking The Secrets To Communicating”. “The Secret Language Of Dolphins” is still available today as an audio book on CD and can be purchased here:
From the jacket: “In her extraordinary work with dolphins, Patricia St. John has broken new ground in opening little known worlds, all in pursuit of what she fiercely believes in: learning the languages of those who have been unreachable. Using what she has discovered from her years of work with dolphins, St. John is able to break through to autistic children. Her story is a remarkable one.”
My newest book, “Once An Enchanted Island”, is fiction, but strongly based upon actual events. I have chosen to once again be a pioneer and with the new year, I will strike out on my own and explore the world of e-Books.
In 1990 I was invited to become a “Fellow” (a Fellow must be a published Member) of the famed Explorers Club, the New York City division. “Fellowship is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves by directly contributing to scientific knowledge in the field of geographical exploration or allied sciences. Such accomplishments usually are evidenced by scientific publications documenting fieldwork or explorations.”
My newest book is somewhat of a companion piece to the Enchanted Bowls, and I have worked to endow each creation with the same feelings of otherworldliness that is inside the pages of it.
While there is more, as I said before, but if you want to know about the antiques side of things, please visit my other website, which you can connect to through the link at the bottom of this page.
If you look at the first page, you will see how it came to be that in addition to antiques, I also now work with the Enchanted bowls. As I said, you will always find use for everything you’ve learned throughout your life!
Please be sure to also visit my other website:
where I have fabulous antiques under that name Patricia St. John Fine Antiques (and outstandingantiques on eBay!)