Barbara is best known as an architectural watercolor  rendering artist, who produced high quality  renderings for architects, designers and developers for over 25 years. She also competed in the sport of reining through the NRHA and the SFRHA.

After contracting the deadly H1N1 Virus in 2009, Barbara was not expected to pull through. Family, friends and loved ones prayed over her hoping for a miracle. After awaking from a two week coma, Barbara was mystified by her experience especially the visit from an angel. She immediately dictated her experience into recorder to capture every detail and the essence of her experience. She also suffered a stroke while being on life support, which affected her vision and cognitive processing. The timeline for Barbara's physical recovery is interesting; a testimony to a sad yet inspiring story and a strong woman. The timeline documents the gradual, intermittent recovery of her physical and brain function. What does Barbara's story tell us about survival and in particular recovery; recovery from all sorts of issues?

In her story, Barbara  escapes the boundaries of her own ego by resolving many of her life issues. Then, she was open to developing a spiritual connection and when she did, amazing things happened. She was told by an angel she would have meaning as well as getting a healed heart and a new perspective on life. She has found that meaning and purpose through helping others who in a way are trapped in their own form of coma. Now she is performing the role of the angel, giving hope, guidance and inspiration, to help others resolve their issues, find connection and literally have "a change of heart" about the direction of their lives.

This story may redefine the concept of a miracle.

Please visit to see what Barbara does now as a result of the coma and angel experience.

Please visit to see what Barbara did pre coma.

In the mid-nineties, Howard started a small publishing company writing and producing self-help books on wellness, relationships, communication and weight loss. Later he even got involved in helping Gary Marino write and produce an award-winning movie, the Million Calorie March. As his career developed he was getting more and more into story-telling, combining his psychological expertise with his creative muse. Later Howard became seriously interested in neuroscience and actually  conducted what maybe the first project using the QEEG (brainwave technology)to assess troubled elementary schoolchildren in the US public schools. 

Spurred on by  life-changing trials, he really started studying how people think, perceive and make judgments. He studied the cognitive science research which is very well summarized in an excellent book Thinking, Fast and Slow by psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. Howard understood better than ever before, the role of our narratives in fashioning our lives, decisions and actions and the role of our emotions and inherent cognitive biases in the construction of those stories.

 He started a writing agency and before long it was flourishing. Howard had clients all over the world who appreciated the combination of his psychology background, publishing experience and creative expertise. Within a year he had written several books on such seemingly diverse subjects as leadership, six-man football in World War 2 Louisiana, neuroscience in management, dementia, other memoirs and even a couple of screenplay treatments.  But at their heart these were all stories about human nature and the human mind. So when Barbara and Mike approached Howard, it seemed like his telling her story constituted a match made in heaven. 

Howard Rankin 

Barbara Morello O'Donnell

in God's waiting room 

the only way to avoid death was to face her life

‚Äčin a coma

It's exhilarating book about being trapped in a coma. Have you ever wondered what happens in a coma? Do angels minister in this state? Find out!