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 Box. You can find more about this novella and my other writing in the Fiction area of this site.

In 2018, The Third Way was published. You can find out more about this book and it’s progress through the writing process here.

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

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

Click on cover for more information.

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

Book Tour Calendar

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB)
University of Arizona
I will be joining the Arizona Author’s Association at the Tucson Festival of Books Saturday, March 10. I will be selling The Baron’s Box along with several of my academic books, including Then We’ll Sing a New Song a fascinating examination of how African religions have shaped belief and practices in America and Santeria: Correcting the Myths and Uncovering the Realities of a Growing Religion.

If you or any of your friends are planning on being in Tucson that weekend, please encourage them to stop by and say hello.

Watch the Festival Website for more information.

Lecture and Teaching Schedule


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.

November 2 Introduction and Origin Story
November 30 Five Pillars of Islam,
December 7 Contemporary Issues (veiling, jihad, sharia, etc.)

Fall 2017 REL-201 Comparative Religion at Yavapai College, CRN #32288 (face-to-face) and CRN #32287 (face-to-face evening).

July 15 10 am to noon Yavapai College, Building 4 Room 102 Prescott Macintosh User Group (PMUG)All About Scrivener”

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. As both a word processor and project management tool, Scrivener can help you get from that first unformed idea to the final draft. Whether you’re writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text, Scrivener can help you collect research, order fragmented ideas, shuffle electronic index cards in search of that elusive structure. I will talk about how I uses Scrivener for novels and other long-form documents.

April 30, 2017 Service at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, “Making of a Unitarian Universalist”

Unitarian Universalists are often asked what is it that UUs believe. This is not really the right question. As in many other traditions what makes one a UU is not what one believes but what one does. Using the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria as a model, Mary Ann Clark will explore the idea that being a UU is more a matter of praxis (practice) than doxis (belief).

Spring 2017 REL-201 Comparative Religion at Yavapai College, CRN #10375 (face-to-face) and CRN #10376 (online).

Fall 2016 REL-201 Comparative Religion at Yavapai College, CRN #30336 (face-to-face) and CRN #30337 (online).

Summer 2016

June 12 Service at Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, “Then Why Not Every Man? How Americans Developed a More African Way of Looking at God and Salvation”

June 29 presentation to federal prison chaplains at National Correctional Academy on Santeria and its sister traditions.

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 new book, The Baron’s Box,  a novella about one woman’s journey through the afterlife has been published and is 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.

Just want to talk?