“I am a country girl. I love the country. I will never live in a city.” This was Marta Felber’s early life mantra. She was born on a farm outside of Winston Salem NC. The central room of their family home was a pre-Civil War log cabin her great-grandfather had built for his bride before he went to war. Little did this young girl know that she would some day live in several of the largest cities in the world: Los Angeles, Cairo, London and Jakarta.
Marta graduated from High Point University. A social work job took her to Pennsylvania, the state that became the setting for family, including marriage and the birth of three sons. Eventually four grandchildren and one great grandson entered the family. She continued her education, earning a Masters in Counseling at Lehigh University. She did social work in Lancaster, PA, and counseling in the Palisades School District, Bucks County, PA.
Marta began her overseas positions as School Counselor at the Cairo American College in Egypt. Next she became Head of the Counseling Center for expatriates in Jakarta, Indonesia, a position she held for ten years. During those years she also served in a consultant role, working with teaching staffs at international schools in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. She returned to the US and entered private practice in counseling, combined with leading groups and workshops. After the death of her husband, Marta wrote two books, Grief Expressed When a Mate Dies and Finding Your Way after Your Spouse Dies.
A recent move brings Marta back to Winston Salem NC. Marta’s
cat, Sterling, has provided the sixty stories in their co-authored book,
A Cat’s Eye View of Life and Love by Sterling with Gentle Self-Help
for All Ages, 2009 publication. All photos in the cat book, and on
this website, are Marta’s beginning efforts to combine photography
with her inspirational writing. She manages to find time for walking and
yoga to keep fit.
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