The World as I See It: An Exploration

I have always loved teaching and sharing what I know with others. I started teaching very young and continue in both a formal and informal basis. This website is an opportunity for me to share what I know with my students, friends and others. This isn’t meant to replace my professional website which lists my academic activities and achievements. Rather it is intended to be a more personal site where I can talk about my other activities, including my work with the local Unitarian Universalist congregation, my cohousing community, my computer software experiences, my research and my teaching as well as my opinions about the state of the world. I’ve also become active in the Prescott Area Wildland/Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC) an exciting group of local agencies and community dedicated to the prevention of wild fires in the Prescott area. We’ll be sponsoring our WildFire Expo every April in conjunction with the Open Space Alliance Earth Day celebration.

In 2017 I published my first piece of fiction, The Baron’s BoxThe Third Way was published in 2018. You can find more about these works in the Fiction area of this site. My third novel, tentatively entitled The Hybrid, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2019. If you’d like to be notified when it becomes available, please join Dr Mary Ann’s Academy.

I’ve moved my hints for becoming a better student to my Yavapai College course management system (Canvas). So now my Musings blog is my opportunity to talk about other things including my writing, other events I’m involved with, and, once in a while, my opinions on the state of the universe.

Check out my books

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Can market women and artisans to save their people from the slow death of starvation and the bloodbath of resistance?

In the fall of 2198, the Republic of the Great American Southwest is suffering from years of drought. Using good conservation practices, the people of Verdant Valley have been able to feed themselves and their people. And each year, they have fulfilled their contract for protection with the motorcycle gang known as the Demon Spawn. But this year the gang want more, much more.

Giving them what they want will lead to starvation for Verdant Valley and the entire Babapupa Reserve. And it seems improbably that farmers can survive a firefight with bandits brandishing guns.

In this first book in her new series, The Force of Destiny, Mary Ann Clark introduces us to a new culture that has colonized the central Arizona highlands This re-telling of the story of the ‘Seventh Samurai” and “The Magnificent Seven explores how would the basic story change if the group of women decide to combat bandits exploiting their people?

What would you do if you discovered yourself in an afterworld unlike any you’d ever imagined?

In this imaginative debut novella, Mary Ann Clark asks us to follow the newly dead Sara on her journey through the afterlife. Will she remember enough of her former life to understand why she and her compeer, Sam, have been thrown together? Will they be able to release the emotions of their lives and tragic deaths? Can they meet the challenges of the Bardo and fulfill their promises to each other? The Baron’s Box: Stories from the Bardo is a stunning debut novella about one woman’s journey through the afterlife. It’s available at most online retailers including

Academic Books

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Then We'll Sing a New Song Santeria: Correcting the Myths and Uncovering the Realities of a Growing Religion Where Men are Wives and Mothers Rule

Lecture and Teaching Schedule

July 21, 3019 Service at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation (GPUUC)
Becoming Astonished: Lessons from the Gospel of Thomas
“Jesus said, ‘Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.’” (Thomas, 2).

Some of us may have heard of the Gnostic Gospels but how many of us have actually read them? On Sunday, July 21 at 10 am, Mary Ann will explore The Gospel of Thomas to discover a different view of Jesus and his teachings and think about how Christianity may have developed differently had this text been included among the canonical Gospels.

Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset Ave, Prescott, Arizona 86305 Map:

Recording at

May 26, 2019 Service at Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF)
Ramadan Mubarak, (Happy Ramadan)
Ramadan, the most holy month in the Islamic calendar began Monday, May 6 and ends Tuesday, June 4. Let’s some some time learning more about this important and much-maligned world-wide religion. 

April 2019 An Introduction to Islam
Saturdays, April 13 & 20, 10-noon
Do you wish you knew more about Islam and the Quran? Mary Ann Clark will be presenting 2 two-hour sessions introducing the basics of Islam and exploring some of the more controversial (from a Western viewpoint) portions of the Quran.
Let’s talk about the early history of Islam, its central teachings and moral code, its relationship to Eastern European Unitarianism, and special topics like Sharia (the law),veiling, jihad, the rise of the Islamist Movement and just war theory.

Spring 2019 REL-201 Comparative Religion at Yavapai College, CRN #14879 (Tuesday/Thursday mornings) an CRN 15126 (Online). Registration opens Monday, October 22nd at 7:00 am, Spring 2019 for continuing, degree-seeking students and Monday, October 29th, at 7:00 am for everyone else. Go to the  Yavapai College website for more information.

Fall 2018 REL-201 Comparative Religion at Yavapai College, CRN #35228 (Monday/Wednesday mornings).

Spring 20198 REL-201 Comparative Religion at Yavapai College, CRN #13335 (face-to-face) and CRN #13336 (online).

July 10, 2018 presentation to federal prison chaplains at National Correctional Academy on Santeria and its sister traditions.

November and December 2017 “Introduction to Islam” for the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. These sessions will be presented in conjunction with the Thank Goodness for Thursday dinners at the congregation.

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Contact Me

If you have questions about Santeria/Lukumi/Orisha religion, please review my FAQ page before contacting me.

Looking for bibliographic information? Check out my African Religions in the Americas Reading List.

My novels, The Baron’s Box  and The Third Way have been published and are available at most online retailers including If you want to be notified about books signing and other events, please join Dr Mary Ann’s Academy.

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