Anastasia's Bio


Introducing Anastasia The Storyteller
(Formerly Marcia E. Rosen)

M. Anastasia Rosen-Jones (formerly Marcia E. Rosen) has six books,*numerous articles, three intriguing blog sites and two online radio shows to her credit. A once famous Washington, D.C. businesswoman with clients in the White House and on Capitol Hill, Ms. Rosen-Jones has frequently appeared as a guest speaker and on radio and television talk shows. She is now a retired psychotherapist, social researcher and community development and violence prevention consultant and coach whose touching and inspiring personal journey is offered throughout these books, as well as on her blogs, as teaching stories. (*As of July, 2013 Anastasia began work on her sixth book, "Hot Pants, Motorcycles and K Street". Publication is expected in 2016. Publishing options are now being considered for the package of the six books.)

During her twenty-five years as a private practice psychotherapist, Ms. Rosen-Jones came to be known as one of the first clinicians to identify and treat both the addict personality and the addict society. The psychological and sociological theories and treatment strategies she researched and developed to address these problems became the basis for her three earliest books. These were sold to Random House (1989), but not published due to her losing her eyesight (1998). Two of these books are now being published online in excerpts at Exploring Your Dark Side: The Adventure Of A Life.

Blindness dramatically altered Anastasia’s consciousness -- and -- eventually her way of presenting herself in community service. She wants us to be able to learn from her experiences. Building upon the foundations of these three earlier works, Ms. Rosen-Jones, now, through sharing her personal story of recovery from blindness and reentry into the mainstream world, guides us to explore the higher realms of personal and social consciousness -- and -- how these, as an ethical system, can be best applied to everyday life.

Two of Anastasia's three new books (in progress); To See Or Not To See And The Art Of Transcendant Living; A True Story Of Clarity and The Middle East Crisis In My Backyard chronicle the challenges of re-entering the post 9/11 culture of the U.S.A. as seen through the expert eyes of one who is both a private American citizen and a community development and violence prevention specialist.

Written after she regained her eyesight, Ms. Rosen-Jones invites the American public to walk with her as she confronts limited sight and challenges the obstacles to regaining her vision after an extended time. From this perspective she asks citizens of this country to examine their own blind spots, be they physical, emotional or spiritual, and face up to their personal resistance to altering habitual patterns; the culture-wide acceptance of private citizens’ minimizing what might be right in front of their eyes; the denial and seemingly banal lies that pervade our society. Along with this confrontation to others, she also offers an equally strong message of hope.

The first of these new works, To See or Not To See: and the Art of Transcendent Living, is a story of Ms. Rosen-Jones' personal struggles to live with and then recover from blindness, under the guidance of spiritual teacher and tribal leader, Murat Yagan. Murat guided Anastasia through this ordeal, spiritually, and assisted her in developing an art form for individual and social transformation.

This art form is now being introduced through the various programs and projects of the New Horizons’ Small “Zones of Peace” Project. At the present time, the most profound of these programs is the Bus Ride Story Adventure.

The second of the new books in progress, The Middle East Crisis in My Backyard, is a memoir of how Ms. Rosen-Jones' efforts to re-engage with the sighted world landed her a central and anguish-infused role in a local Jewish/Muslim controversy. Returning to mainstream life as a Rip Van Winkle-kind of character in this post-911 era, this second new book is presented as both a memoir and as a guidebook for active community engagement.

It highlights the obstacles facing our contemporary society in the age of terrorism as seen through the waxed paper-like veil of a recovering blind woman, finding her way back to normalcy in a changed world she left behind almost a decade before.

The third book, Hot Pants, Motorcycles And K Street, has an entirely different tone. It gets down into the dark and the dirty of the Washington political and social scene with Ms. Rosen-Jones sharing how her close to ten years involvement in Washington's fast track served to be the fire pit of her initiation into adult life.

Information, consultations, program proposals and reservations contact Anastasia: zonesofpeacenh@aol.com