About Mary Elizabeth

I hope that you will join me in my continuing journey of seeking higher consciousness and a more loving spirit.  I have committed myself to writing with depth and truth.

Please read my first entry of November 22, 2010 entitled, “Introducing ‘Mary Elizabeth Sings,’ ” to understand the motivating force which has driven me to develop this blog.

I will be disclosing part of my personal history for the purpose of fostering a deeper understanding of human nature.  A brief synopsis of my life follows. Revelations in depth of my life’s journey will be shared with readers in future postings.

I grew up in the rural South of the 1940s through the early 1960s. I well remember Jim Crow.  I went to college in the South, studied Theatre, worked summer stock in Connecticut in 1961. I fell in love at summer stock with a “fellow traveler of like-mind on this Earth,” married him and lived in the East Village of NYC with him during our twenties. We had a son, Thomas, who was born prematurely in New York City and died there, after having lived for nearly 24 hours.  My first husband wrote a heartfelt poem about his only child, Thomas, twenty years after Thomas’ passing, which was published after my first husband’s death.  Thomas is buried today beside my second husband.  I had had Thomas’ remains exhumed and flown South after his father had died in NYC, and after his father’s ashes had been spread by his sister on Mt. Rainier where his mother’s and father’s ashes had also been spread, in his birth state of Washington. My first husband became a teacher when I was with him in NYC, and later he became an honored poet. I completed college with a degree in English in NYC. We ended our marriage after six years, but we kept our deep friendship, which lasted 45 years until his death in 2006.  A book of his poetry has recently been published, posthumously.  It has been dedicated to his sister and me.  I wrote the Forward to the book.

After I graduated from college in New York City, I returned to my Southern roots, became an English teacher, earned a M.Ed. as a Reading Specialist, and taught school for 30 years until I retired in 2000.  I was a substitute teacher for five additional years.

I was married, a second time, to a generous-in-spirit, family man in 1979. I met him when I was 35.  He was an immigrant to this country from France.  At one time, during our almost 28 year marriage, he had started his own business of his created salad dressings.  Together, we created our daughter, whom we both have loved more than words can possibly express.  I was 39 years old when she was born.  She still lights up my life.

My dear second husband died of a major stroke at age 60 in 2007. In a sense, he gave his life for his two “girls.”  He was a man of character and class. We shall never forget him.

I had a difficult childhood and adolescence which I overcame through self-awareness and therapy.  It made me more humane.  I have always seen the world through the eyes of an artist.

Welcome to “Mary Elizabeth Sings.”  I hope that you will join me often in my continuing journey toward higher consciousness and a more loving spirit. The following topics, among others, will be explored on this blog:

Spirituality/Religious Philosophy

The Arts




Political Arenas


My Biography as Example


To my readers:  Most of my posts which I have entered into my blog have not been edited, yet, for eliminating some redundancy and verbosity.  My priority has been to get my thoughts on paper, and later in my life to streamline the writing of my entries.

I am presently working on a project of completing the typing and editing of my father’s book, which he left for me to accomplish. For me, editing takes time.  My time now is being prioritized in terms of completing my father’s book.  Nevertheless, I do believe that I have offered readers of my entries in my blog thoughts of substance to be weighed.  My apologies that these posts are equivalent to a first draft, at this time.

Link: Introducing ‘MaryElizabethSings’



10 Responses to About Mary Elizabeth

  1. josef nix says:

    If you are interested vis a vis our conversations on Jay’s blog in re the South and the Southern consciousness, I have been working on a manuscript “Dereconstructing History: a revisionist view of the South starting with Columbus” which, if you would like to see, I will share with you if you will keep it just between us for now. Contact me via my e-mail address should you so desire…and please, do not feel under any obligation…

  2. To josef nix

    That is such a generous offer and I do appreciate it. I will get back with you in the near future. Best to you, josef.

  3. Charles Douglas Edwards says:

    I enjoy reading your comments and opinions !!!

    Charles Douglas Edwards

  4. Bonnie Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for your post about your son, Thomas. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon it but I have found solidarity in your history and ongoing love for him in my own life’s experiences. It has not been easy to find a shared voice or common ground with others in this loss and your narrative comforts my truths.

    Bonnie Elizabeth

    • Thank you, Bonnie Elizabeth, for taking the time to express your thoughts to me regarding my feelings about my son, Thomas. I am very pleased to know that my words have given you some comfort and solace. Best wishes to you, Mary Elizabeth

  5. Richard Lee says:

    Hello Mary Elizabeth, I read your post on Get Schooled Regarding the recent TRS Vote-May 15. Here is a link about ALEC http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

    • Thank you for your message, Richard. I have known about this link regarding ALEC’s agenda for some time. I am glad to share this link with the readers of my blog, thanks to your post. Best wishes to you, Mary Elizabeth

  6. Hello Mary Elizabeth. I just read the comments on my recent blog post that was reposted on Get Schooled and retitled “AP history ought to treat founding fathers as men, not monuments” and was struck by your many thoughtful and beautifully expressed contributions. I followed you here and find myself overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of your work. I have barely scratched the surface and look forward to reading much more as time permits me. I want to thank you, first of all, for adding your voice to the conversation on ajc.com. I would like to invite you to visit my blog at jmarcuspatton.wordpress.com. It seems clear that we have some common concerns and interests. I am particularly curious, given your reading of the Ferling book, what you think of the most recent post, as well as the series on currency. I also want to say that reading your words makes me want very much to have a conversation with you. You are my new favorite writer.

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