Ruggieri spent a semester in Japan at Yokohama College of Commerce and published a book of her experiences – The Character for Woman (Foothills Publications). She received a Sasakawa Fellowship for the study of Japanese Culture and at San Diego State University. Other books are Glimmer Girls (Mayapple Press), Butterflies Under a Japanese Moon (Kitsune Books), and The Kingdom Where Everybody Sings Off Key (Aldrich Press). She has edited an anthology of writings on the Allegheny River – Written on Water. Her award winning haiku have appeared in publications in Ireland, England, Russia, Belgium, Japan and elsewhere.
She has produced a video of the 14th Century Buddhist nun Abutsu, a trailblazer for women of her time. Ruggieri studied tai chi for fifteen years and has two kung fu weapons – the fan and the bo staff. She is a master gardener.