ABOUT MARY ~
Mary is a "late-blooming" writer from Texas who enjoys exploring a variety of different styles & genres, however her deep passion for creative writing (poetry, essay, narrative interview & non-fiction) remains unwavering & most purposeful.
Mary's personal & professional background is filled with an eclectic combination of business & art (e.g., music, performing arts, 15 years sales/marketing & special events planning in the private club industry). Mary is a 1990 graduate from The University of North Texas with a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management. In 2001, life as she knew it would be dramatically & forever altered by the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at age 35. Several years passed, searching for answers to unknown questions. This loss of reality, normalcy, & PURPOSE needed to be reinvented - renewed - rewritten. This disease is not a "one size firs all." MS affects everyone differently & can morph unpredictably, silently, relentlessly... day to day. It's not easy to figure out how to deal with disease & this vile invasion of an uninvited, unwanted "internal room-mate." Eventually, Mary also sought the help of a professional therapist which helped her learn important coping skills needed to tame/calm mood disorders & to encourage healthy ways in which to purge the noisy chaos inside the brain. And so the writing began... as did a newfound passion & purpose. This journey of reinvention became plausible via Mary's background & her desire to discover new creative outlets. As a student for life, Mary continues to explore & study the health benefits from turning off our "auto pilot switch" & instead focus on learning - consume new information & participate in new activities (Neuroplasticity). The gift of "resilience" is a glorious, powerful tool which stems from the endurance of life & it's many challenges. Resilience forces us to rise up & learn face issues (new & old) head on. Focus on the important things in life. Laugh & live selflessly with compassion, purose & passion.
Connect with Mary at:
🔸Twitter: @pettigrew66, @MSpals
Acknowledgments and Press ~
* Creator & Co-founder of MSpals: A Global Organization (2014 - present)
* Administrator & contributing author of content, posts, & interviews on the MSpals website:
~ The Summer of Sport: Forward Poetry 2012
~ Poetry Rivals Collection 2013
~ Something On Our Minds Vol.III
~ Something On Our Minds Vol IV.
Interviews: National Multiple Sclerosis Society's "Momentum Magazine"
~ 2013 = Art Therapy & MS
~ 2015 = Connecting Via Social Media
Other works also featured on a variety of blogs, websites, videos, as well as other multimedia platforms including:
iConquerMS/The Accelerated Cure Project
A sense of unrest morphs into
Gut wrenching heartache
Painful frustration greets me
Each day, my emotions spent
Weakened, exhausted as words,
Words & more words fall flat
Without action or purpose.
Yesterday’s headlines have
Become blurred, catastrophic
Events & breaking news unfold
Too often, too fast, too much –
Coping mechanisms seem trendy
Events marked by hashtags,
Catchphrases, memes &
Even merchandise for sale
Items worn, displayed online
Represent protest, honor
Solidarity or awareness, but
In truth, such things are only
Momentary fashion statements
Red carpet paparazzi
Portray images of posers,
Do-gooders displaying swag
Accessories for “the cause”
Selfies & videos gone viral in
“Word couture” filled with
Overtones political, yet no one
Plans to walk the walk.
Self absorbed, gadget obsessed
A society oblivious to reality –
Hateful gibberish & angry rhetoric
Desecrate all human decency
Society lost in translation.
Words are just words…
Without intent & purpose,
Words are just words…
Until you give them meaning.
Fueled by action & movement
Words become powerful,
Purposeful messages with
Thought provoking, soulful
Inspiration deserved of attention
Take pause, listen to the voices
For this is the stuff from which Healing can begin.
Body numb, mind in hopeless disarray
Despair and fear consumes, relentless
Acclimated now to such exquisite pain, solitude
Resigned to wallow in this… fully & completely.
Grasp on reality dwindles, seems senseless
Daily plans fall short, intentions meaningless
Nightly dreams fitful, restless from discomfort
Gasping for air, I wake, anxiety ridden, nervous
Needful of peace, I search for calm & normalcy.
Only recently did I have the pleasure to hear this beautiful poem – written by Tupac Shakur. I became so moved by this, I had to find it & include it here for others to read. Typically, I never post pieces written by other artists on my blog, but this is such a moving piece, a MUST READ which was inspiration for one of my earlier poems.
Where the red fern grows –
As the children’s story told us
In death, there will also be life
Strong, resilient to the season
Only God truly knows how
Or why this rogue flower blooms
Once again with beauty.
Ah, tis the message… Be present
Focus on the here & now
Not what wasn’t supposed to be.