Why should you care about my blogs?
I can’t think of a single good reason you should care, but I hope you, at least, enjoy them. I write them for me, so I can keep track of what I’ve done and what I thought about while I was doing it. I also post about stuff I’m doing with The Shift Network and about my writing projects/research. If you think they’re interesting, leave me a comment. I’m always glad to hear from nice people.
Lisa Bonnice (her maiden and “pen” name) was born in the days of hippies and JFK. Bobby Kennedy’s assassination was the first major event of her conscious awareness and it informed her worldview (Cute boys can have their heads blown off on national television, for no good reason. WTF?).
She knew, during the Sixties, that if she was ten years older, she would be spending the Summer of Love tripping at Haight Ashbury, so it’s probably a good thing that she wasn’t. Instead, she spent her teens like the kids on That 70s Show, wearing platform clogs and getting high in the basement while listening to Elton John, Aerosmith and Queen — can’t forget Freddie Mercury.
She married young, as girls who grow up in Indiana often do, and divorced young, as girls who marry young often do. With two daughters to raise alone, she naively decided to perform standup comedy and travel the country. That’ll be fun, right?
For seven years, from the mid-1980s to the early 90s, she dragged her girls out on the road with her as she told jokes in comedy clubs all over the US, opening for such acts as Tim Allen, Steve Harvey and Jeff Foxworthy. (She even taught Ellen Degeneres how glowsticks work, got a hug from Emo Philips, and was once galactically insulted by Paul Reiser!)
During her sojourns as a wandering yukster, her eyes were opened to the great big world out there, and she was able to see that there is so much more to life than being a Midwestern teen mom with a dysfunctional Catholic dogma pounding. While wandering through a bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin—a very cool town with a great comedy club—she discovered the “metaphysical” section of the store and has been hooked ever since.
In 1989 she met Mr. Right, Jeff Sweeney, another comic. You can read that awesome story here.
Lisa and Jeff moved to LA, with the kids, to become famous comedians. Long story short, that did not happen. But Lisa did find interesting jobs in LA, like working as an editor for Future Medicine Publishers, on their now-classic encyclopedia, Alternative Medicine—the Definitive Guide. She takes great pride in showing off her name in the credits to whomever she finds in possession of the massive tome.
She was working for Laserium, the original laser concert company in Van Nuys CA, when the Northridge Quake devastated the San Fernando Valley, where she and the family lived. So. That happened.
Indiana called her (lord, she can’t go back there!), so they moved back to the Midwest where Lisa got a job at NBC33-WKJG, the local NBC affiliate, as their MSNBC affiliate writer/producer and on-air Internet reporter. During her five years there, she won two Excellence awards from MSNBC.com. One of those awards was for a story she wrote about one of the station’s reporters who had escaped the fall of Saigon at the age of six and reunited with her mother, decades later.
It was during this time that Lisa wrote her first book, originally title Addressing the Goo—the metaphysics of weight loss. She lost 50 pounds while figuring out ‘what are the metaphysics of weight loss?’
Eventually, the kids grew up and moved out, so Jeff and Lisa moved to Florida to get away from the snow. They synchronistically ended up in a nudist resort on the Gulf Coast, where Lisa met her future co-author Stacey M. Kananen.
Meantime, she became the Florida State Coordinator for Neale Donald Walsch’s organization Humanity’s Team. She met Walsch during a conference in Santa Barbara. She was coincidentally walking by as he was picking up a copy of Addressing the Goo that a friend had left on a table. He said, “This looks cool!” so she, of course, stopped and said, “Thanks. I wrote it.”
He loved her book but hated what it was called. He told her that he would write a foreword if she wrote a new edition, but she really should change that title. As a result, Shape Shifting—reclaiming YOUR perfect body was born.
The Shape Shifters Daily Diary soon followed, and Lisa began hosting Shape Shifting with Lisa Bonnice on . She featured guests like Neale Donald Walsch and moon-walking Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. During this time, she wrote her first novel, The Poppet Master, about a bored housewife who wakes up one day with psychic abilities and a sarcastic fairy sidekick.
Meantime, her friend and neighbor Stacey Kananen was enduring the most horrible real-life storyline you can imagine. Stacey’s mother had been murdered, and she was falsely accused and arrested. Lisa attended Stacey’s murder trial, which aired on national TV. After the trial ended in a not guilty verdict, she and Stacey co-authored a book entitled Fear of Our Father (Berkley Books, June 2013).
Fear of Our Father climbed to #1 on the True Crime charts, and has been featured on two Investigation Discovery TV programs: Catch My Killer and The Perfect Murder. Stacey’s story was also featured in the Emmy-nominated BBC documentary, America’s Child Death Shame, and on the BBC World Service’s radio program, Outlook.
Lisa now works as a program host for The Shift Network interviewing top luminaries in the field of human consciousness, and hosting Shift’s annual Ancestral Healing Summit, Beyond the Veil Summit and Intuitive Medicine Summit.
She is currently working on a historical novel series based on an incredible true story of how a witch trial in 1677 is still casting ripples into the time/space continuum.
She and Jeff now live in Arizona.