I would describe myself as a Modern Renaissance Woman with broad intellectual interests in a myriad of disciplines; a multi-dimensional portrait of a physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and professional Planetary Citizen. In the second decade of the New Millennium, I shall transition into the role of Elder Stateswoman; and while I feel prepared to face the challenges of life as a single, mature, articulate, and artistic black woman living in the South, I yet hope and pray that Wisdom will be my guide as my journey continues...since manual dexterity, visual acuity, physical endurance, and my "girlish figure" are only memories.
I received my BA degree in Organizational Management at Ashford University in April of last year…almost 40 years to the day after graduating from high school. I kept going and I'm now pursuing an MS degree in Instructional Design & Technology at Walden University. As a life-long learner, I have earned over 260 semester hours of college credit so far. But after graduating from WaldenU. I plan to continue my studies at Michigan State University in their hybrid Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology & Educational Technology to fully prepare myself for an "Encore Career" as a 21st Century Educator & Learning Theorist.
I am also a Citizen of the Muskogee Creek Nation and proud of my Native American Heritage (1/4 degree). My father’s family lives in Tulsa OK and I have many relatives there. Although I was raised in the South by my grandmother after my mother's death, I have always seen myself as an heir to the legacy of the survivors of the "Trail of Tears" in equal shares to that of survivors of the "Middle Passage".
Through my experiences as a life-long learner, I have developed a strong spiritual dimension that is reflected in my close affinity to Native American Spirituality and practice of Nichiren Buddhism, which mutually influence all aspects of my life. Moreover, I look to the common elements found in the Faith Traditions of all World Religions as a path to the peaceful co-existence of all mankind, rather than embracing the divisiveness of fundamentalist religious doctrines that have fueled the fires of hate and ignorance around the world.
I have gained a Humanistic Perspective in viewing the personal worth of the individual and in the commonality of basic human values and aspirations across cultures. I believe in the ultimate dignity of the human spirit and the interconnectedness of all things in the natural world. I support the development of human potential and the advancement of social justice, and I realize the need for a strategic commitment to ecological sustainability and environmental stewardship in future human endeavor.
I guide my life by the words of The Desiderata by Max Ehrmann:
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive her to be!