“The simple step of a brave individual is to take no part in lying. A word of truth overcomes 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 rampant bayou and Lake Pontchartrain, I was recruited into all things connected with human nature. I’m the quintessential Southern woman, meaning I daresay most could never accurately define what that label truly represents. In brine below sea level where it is respected; the shelters that endure, the force of the storm, the ethos of Mardi Gras, and the sanctity of generational family—I know what it’s like to belong to an organically diverse culture.
Early in life, my career path meandered and led me through brief, 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 the needs of children/adolescents. After living in NOLA for decades, and after Hurricane Katrina exposed the realities of today’s inner cities, I made the pivotal decision to move to the place where my family and I spent our summers in search of safety and civility in my life.
On top of one of the “grandfather mountains” I now stand in a Smoky Mountain community in East Tennessee. While I wouldn’t change my formative years in Louisiana, unfortunately that era of America is no longer obtainable in the times we live in – 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 expand the mind and heart to a more nuanced understanding of all things in our inner and outer world. We are all bound to bang against the rotten cultural rocks of humanity’s disintegration until we recognize that a shared moral tone is essential to a free society. A healthy culture is one made up of many unique people who provide shade and depth to the experience of living, yet all choose to embrace the basic truths that unite us all: a social moral tone. Intolerance, censorship, intersectionality, culture cancellation, apathy and ignorance will only further oppression and tyranny. Critical thinking, differentiation, and dissent is your individual right that is not granted to you by the government, and it must always be protected, defended, and defended.