“The simple step of a courageous individual is to not take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
I was born and raised in the enigma known as “The Big Easy.” There, rooted along the banks of the great Mississippi River between the creeping bayou and Lake Pontchartrain, I was conscripted on all things pertaining to human nature. I am the quintessential southern woman, that is to say, I defy most could never accurately define what that label truly represents. Brined below sea level where one respects; the haunts lingering about, the force of storm surge, the ethos of Mardi Gras, and the sanctity of generational family-I know what it is to belong to an organically diverse culture.
Early on in life, my career path serpentined and led to brief stints of living varied experiences as I indulged my passions for painting, musical theater, and the culinary arts. My young experiences evolved my purpose and honed my intuitive skills and I became a Medical Professional specializing in mental health with a focus on child/adolescent needs. After living decades in NOLA, and after hurricane Katrina unearthed the realities of modern-day inner cities, I made the pivotal decision to relocate to where my family and I spent our summers in a quest to find security and civility in my life.
High up on one of the “grandfather mountains” I now perch in a Smoky mountain community in East Tennessee. Although, I would not trade my formative years in Louisiana, unfortunately, that era of America is no longer obtainable in the times we live – changing course was the best decision “Evah!”
I am a warrior for freedom and truth , steeped in my ancestral history ,I am constantly reminded that stillness and introspection expands the mind and heart to possess a more nuanced understanding of all things in our internal and external world. We are all destined to bash ourselves against the rotted cultural rocks of humanity’s unraveling until we recognize that a shared moral tone is essential for a free society. A healthy culture is one comprised of many unique people who offer shading and depth to the experience of living, yet all choose to accept basic truths that bind us all together-a societal moral tone. Intolerance , censorship, intersectionality, cancel culture, apathy ,and ignorance will only groom oppression and tyranny. Critical thought, differentiation, and dissent is your individual right granted not by government -and must always be protected, championed, and defended.