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Maya Angelou: Facing Evil

Sunday, October 15, 2017


We have been told that life moves on, in spite of political resistance, hurricanes, massive flooding, and horrific fires. So during these unsettled and troubled times, many of us have turned to comfort food, religion, humanities, science-based critical thinking, or all of the above, for reasoning and assurance.


My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.  —Maya Angelou


Current genome and DNA science explain epigenetic cellular memory. Maya Angelou started teaching us how we hide the pain of ancestral memory through her poetry—long before epigenetic science was codified. She also teaches us how to deal with the pain and pleasure of our personal lifetime experiences. 


When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.  —Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou became a spokesperson for all people who are committed to upholding the moral standards necessary for cohesive and forward-movement living in these, our United States. 


She served on presidential committees with both parties and was awarded the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also awarded more than 50 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges including Smith, Mills, Mount Holyoke, Northeastern,Lafayette, and others for her literary accomplishments. 


She discovered her passion for teaching at Wake Forest University, and for more than four decades, she inspired generations of students to become better writers, critical thinkers, and citizens. 


I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou


Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff