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 will publish 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.

The Musings blog is designed to help students and other become more successful in their learning endeavors. In it I share my thoughts on techniques for becoming more successful and research I’ve found about how to be a more successful learner. Many of the posts are focused on learning in the classroom, both face to face and online, but many will also be helpful for informal learners. I am also interested in how memory works especially as we age and our cognitive abilities change so this blog will include my thoughts about memory and cognition.

I’ll also blog about 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

I have published three academic books and have been working on several fiction manuscripts all in various states of completion.

The Baron’s Box: Stories from the Bardo, a stunning debut novella about one woman’s journey through the afterlife  was publicated September 2017. It’s available at most online .retailers including If you want to be notified of signing and events, join Dr Mary Ann’s Academy. If we are face-to-face friends and you’d like to get a copy from me directly, I now have copies available.

Book Tour Calendar

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Prescott Valley Public Library Local Author Book Sale
7401 E. Civic Circle. Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Please check back for more information as the event date nears.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB)
University of Arizona
Please check back for more information as the event date nears.

Lecture and Teaching Schedule


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 stunning debut novella about one woman’s journey through the afterlife is coming out soon. If you want to be notified when it’s published, sign up to join Dr Mary Ann’s Academy.

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