Daphne woman balances interests, takes on new ventures

By Jessica Jones
Posted 8/14/13

When we think of those who have found the key to multitasking, organization and overall accomplishment in many genres, Rayna Gangi might find herself at the top of the list.

When asked to tell “a little” about herself, she admitted that would …

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Daphne woman balances interests, takes on new ventures


When we think of those who have found the key to multitasking, organization and overall accomplishment in many genres, Rayna Gangi might find herself at the top of the list.

When asked to tell “a little” about herself, she admitted that would be hard to do. For a woman like Gangi, no task is too great, nor schedule, impossible.

Gangi is a:

*Published author with eight books in different genres, available on kindle and on audible.com.

*Screenwriter with one screenplay, “Mary Jemison — The True Story,” now under option to become a film, and another, “Buckle Down,” based on the true story of the Women Air Service Pilots of WWII in the top quarterfinals for the PAGE awards.

*Holistic health consultant and therapist who's owned Earthwalk-usa.com for almost 20 years. Through Earthwalk, she does holistic podcasts, teaches and facilitates Native American circles and medicine wheels for all ages, and provides massive information on holistic and alternative health topics. She also counsels suicidal youth.

*Certified National Trainer for Time To Teach, Inc., providing professional development training in classroom management to teachers and administrators across the country and will be a national director by the end of the year. She speaks at events on educational issues such as presenting a paper at the Clute Institute conference on education in Las Vegas in September.

*Division representative for Best Version Media which produces high quality community magazines nationally and internationally.

With so many irons in the fire, she said that writing came naturally.

“I was inspired to become an author because life is a story and we are all the authors of every page and every chapter,” she divulged. “We can't always pick the characters or the plots or the even the chapter titles, but the story is ours and only we can write the feelings and words.”

And with interests as varied as Gangi's, she said she couldn't limit herself to one genre or style.

“My books are in different genres because life is not a genre,” she explained. “I've been a holistic health consultant for 40 years and added the modalities of alternative health to my resume continuously. Because I was trained as a child by Native American grandmothers, I studied both traditional and alternative medicine, so when scam artists began doing infomercials on miracle cures and playing on everyone's fears, I decided to tell people to forget the cures and look instead for the causes of illness and disease. That became “Forget the Cures, Find the Cause,” books 1 and 2.”

She recalled, “I was also interested in history as a child and maintained that interest as a connection we all need to understand why and who we are today. I grew up in Western New York on the shores of Lake Erie, an area rich in history, and because I also love to travel and drive, I visited every nook and cranny I could, just as I have traveled the United States dozens of times by car, foot, train and plane.”

Gangi's fascination with, not only her own life events, but the fascinating lives in history, lead her to write her first screenplay.

“Letchworth State Park is just south of Rochester, N. Y.; often called the Grand Canyon of the East, the scenic wonder in the fall and winter is beyond words,” she began. “It was also the home of Mrs. Mary Jemison, a Scotch-Irish woman abducted by the Shawnee and French and gifted to the Seneca. A hundred years after her death, William Pryor Letchworth fell in love with her story, had her re-interred at the park and a statue erected to honor her. I believed someone should do a film about her and my friends just looked at me and (said), 'go ahead.' So I taught myself how to write a screenplay, researched her history, and the screenplay was one of the top 50 in America. I turned down Turner Television because they wanted to change her story to one that centered on her husband so they could have a male lead. That prompted me to also write the novel, to protect the research and approach to her story. The Seneca sanctioned my story as the only one that's truthful and the book has been re-titled, 'Mary Jemison — The True Story.' The screenplay is now also under option by a company in New York.

She said that her other two screenplays are also historical, and other books are based on culture and politics both in New York and in other parts of America.

“Four of them are currently being translated to Spanish and French and are also available as audio books,” she revealed.

But books and screenplays only take up part of her time.

“Because I'm now a disabled veteran of the Marine Corps, I've had to limit some of my holistic practice, but I've spent much of my life empowering children and their mothers which enabled me to counsel many teens and veterans who were and are suicidal,” she explained. “I travel all over the country doing this and all of them are still very much alive. But seeing what is happening in schools and in our education system prompted me to find a way to help teachers find time to teach, something all teachers need, but also something kids need to feel good about school and learning. So I became a Certified National Trainer and provide professional development for teachers and administrators across the U.S.”

Gangi's commitment to helping others is also the focus of another project.

“I've just started a publishing venture of community-focused magazines that incorporate specific communities and families,” she divulged. “In fact, the Lake Forest area of Daphne and the Gulf Shores area will see those publications by late fall. That venture is an effort to bring communities back together and also is for kids to get involved in community areas that teach them about not only surviving, but also thriving.”

And now, an obvious question seems to be, how does she balance all this?

“Well, we are body, mind and spirit, so our stories and paths are varied, or should be,” she offered. “We need history so we don't repeat our mistakes, not only as a country, but also as individuals and in relationships. We need to understand our bodies and our physical, emotional and spiritual health so we not only can save on healthcare costs, but also be vital in our work and at home/school. We need to get back to community because we are all connected, and we need to start caring about the next seven generations before it's too late. So all I do is balanced. And I'm nowhere near done.”