"Hatiku di Indonesia (My Heart is in Indonesia)," mixed media by Merry E. Wilcox

“Hatiku di Indonesia (My Heart is in Indonesia),” mixed media by Merry E. Wilcox

Something in me said “I MUST Go” when Maya Angelou spoke at the Performing Arts Center in Austin, Texas. That was over two decades ago and it was the closest I ever came to meeting her in person.

She had a dignity and presence that communicated with some deep eternal part of me. She moved me. She helped me remember to be grateful for all the ancestors on whose shoulders we stand (Oprah Winfrey also reminds me of this).

Thank you, Maya Angelou, for your life and legacy. Thank you for reminding me how important it is to be authentic.

(Thank you artist, Merry Wilcox, for this beautiful mixed media piece I saw in the Dallas Area Fiber Artists show in Spring 2014).