WHO MADE LEGAL HISTORY IN THE U.S. COURTS STANDING FIRM ON MY BELIEFS, SCIENCE, FACTS, EVIDENCE AND FAITH.
WHO AM I ?
I am best known as Rev. Mary, a title I have since come to denounce.
Though I am still a Licensed and Ordained Minister.
There is so much to tell you… I hope you will bear with me… As I try to just cover what I see as some of the more ” Important Information and Highlights ” so you will know what I am about and who I really am.
I believe we can learn from each other through sharing where we’ve been and what we saw while we were there.
So I guess I’ll start with my background, education & credentials.
I attended High School in Mo, where I was born and raised… “St.Charles West & Fort Zumwalt Districts”.
I was moved to Kentucky, before I could finish and married a Kentucky boy at the ripe old age of 15.
No, I wasn’t pregnant, just hopping out of the frying pan and into the fire…
Up until this time, my major areas of study were Art, Music, and Religion… Many of which were private studies… My mother ( a Native American raised in the foster care system of ethnic cleansing) was an artist and trained me constantly.
I was a member of the Art Club in high school, as well as Band, Girl Scouts, 4-H, J.A., Color Guard, Pom Pom Squad, Twirlers, Chorus, Softball, Basketball, Track, BMX Racing, and a Speed Skater, before and during this time.
As well as being a member of several churches throughout the years, thanks to my mother as well. I went to and Graduated from the Local Baptist Church Kinder Garden, was baptized the youngest member of the church to qualify at that time. I was 4yrs old.
I was baptized in many denominations after this, Mom wanted to be sure she would find the truth, and the true church… She had read in the word, the K.J.V. of the Bible that there was only one… and admitted she didn’t know which one ??? So she would try to be safe and get us through all of them. I wanted to know what they were about too, I had questions I needed answers to, so I studied their doctrines.
I was also interested in raising money for ” M.D.A.” and was very active, throwing a carnival for the M.D.A. Cause from early on. When I was 6yrs.old, with the help of my mother and biggest supporter and disability at the time… Raising over $600.00 for the cause in our neighborhood and ending me up on the ”Jerry Lewis Telethon in 1971“.
Later in life I would understand my need, my desire to help this cause and many others…
In June of 1985, I went to take my ” G.E.D. which is = 2 a High School Diploma” and passed the test with no study or classes, and was awarded my ” General Educational Diploma “.
I was 20yrs. old, at the time, and had been married for 5yrs. That year I began studying ” Biblical Research with The Way International ” and in May of 1986, I received my” Certificate of Completion in Foundational Biblical Research & Power of Abundant Living“.
During these years I found myself living in Ark., where my father was born and raised.
My mother was from Mo. as I. In this same year I volunteered my time at the Local Woman’s Shelter and ” Received my Training Certificate in Working with Abused Children “. While working there, I was also asked to help publish their ” Local News Letter “.
This same year… I had a poem published in a book to raise money and call attention to abuse for another group named ” Youth Bridge, Inc.” The poem titled “No One Can Touch Me” was written on my own experience as a survivor of child abuse and incest.
I was also ” Trained and Licensed ” as a ” School Bus Driver ” that year. In the spring of 1987, I applied to and was excepted to ”University of Ark., Fayetteville“.
I attended school there from the fall of 87-89, with majors in Art & Psychology, and minors in Martial Arts & Education.
While in my first semester of classes there I gave birth to my only child, a son.
This same year as Recognized by the ” Library of Congress” for ” Outstanding Academic Achievement” for being conditionally admitted on G.E.D. and finishing my first semester with a ” 4.0 G.P.A.”. I was seeking a B.F.A. in Fine Arts a 5yr. Degree.
It is interesting to Note… and you will find this funny latter I am sure… While entering school at U of Ark… During my testing and such… They felt I should major in Law… and I felt there were too many greedy Lawyers on the face of the earth already… So I concentrated on a Teaching Degree in Fine Arts.
The next semester I went through a divorce. Shortly after the birth of my son, I awoke in severe pain and ”paralyzed” in the left side of my body including my face and both legs… For a few days at first, than off an on, a week here, days there, until finally I was forced to withdraw from school because, I was left completely disabled for more than a year flat on my back in a bed. I then became homeless, because I was ill, unable to work and due to the divorce in which I gave up my home against the advise of my attorney to avoid paying for a long fight I did not want or have strength for at that time… in court.
Eventually, I would be diagnosed with ” M.S.”, and ” M.D.A.” would pay for and provide part of my testing during this time. But for many years doctors misdiagnosed me and even told me I was crazy or it was all in my head… As they prescribed me anti-depressants… After I had fought so hard to get clean from their drugs and
addiction handed and taught to me as a child in their society.
While attending classes there at U of A, I was placed into the ” Student Art Show ” where I took ” Third Place ” in ” Student Competition “.
Between the year I was married in 81 until now, I worked many jobs, as well as Freelancing as an Artist, I was displayed in many local Galleries, Art & Craft Festivals, and was even ” Featured on the Local T.V. News ” for my work and talent. I had also opened a ” Wood Shop ” on my property, where I crafted handmade and hand carved Cedar Boxes, my now, ex would eventually snort it all up his nose before leaving.
While I was paralyzed in the bed after the birth of our son, he was about 3 mo. old, when his daddy up and decided he wanted to become a truck driver and left. After all the years I had tried to talk him into driving as a team with me. So after about 6 mo. of not receiving a word. I filed for a divorce on my birthday and said “Happy Birthday!” to me.
After years of struggling to over come the illness, ignorance, disability, and addictions…
I returned to my studies…
First in ” Religion ” privately. Then in 1990, the ” Martial Arts ” privately to improve my strength, health and discipline. This would lead me into ” Teaching Martial Arts ” with a group called the ” S.C.A. Society for Creative Anachronism ” in 1991, with-in a year I had been ” Elected to Arts and Science Officer “, this would put me ” in charge of ” Teaching Mid-evil Arts and Sciences over the Nashville area of Tenn.” as well as in charge of ” Fund-Raising “. I would help take our classes into the city schools as well as local events, we became very active. We held regular bi- weekly classes at the ” Cumberland Science Museum ” in ” Mid-evil Arts & Sciences ” as well. Everything from mid-evil calligraphy and painting to mid-evil cooking and fighting. During this time, I would be ” Featured ” twice in the ” T.V. News ” for my fighting ability, once on ” Channel 5 in Nashville“, the other on a ” Local News Channel in Mississippi”, where I had fought in a tourney there.
In 1992, I was injured in a car accident, I was hit, and sandwiched between two cars, and suffered ” 3 ruptured disk in my neck and 2 in my lower back “, this combined with the ” illness I was already fighting “, ended my tourney fighting…,…,…,…,…,…
TODAY I AM MOSTLY RECOGNIZED AND BEST WELL KNOWN AS AN INTERNATIONALLY AWARDED MINISTER, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, CANNABIS ADVOCATE, PUBLIC SPEAKER, EDUCATOR and a BAR CERTIFIED LEGAL MEDIATOR; IN THE SO-CALLED “WAR ON DRUGS.”
I AM ALSO KNOWN AS AN INTERNATIONALLY AWARDED LAUREATE OF THE ARTS. RECEIVING MANY AWARDS ON DIFFERENT LEVELS, AS WELL AS IN MANY DIFFERENT AREAS. AS AN ARTIST, DESIGNER, COOK, INVENTOR, POET LAUREATE, SEAMSTRESS, WRITER, WARRIOR AND WEBMASTER.