About

You’re probably here because of some misplaced desire to get to know more about me…  freaking stalkers….  Still, I suppose I must oblige my massive fan base with the demand for my personal information.

First off, I was born almost 30 years ago on the Fourth of July.  I don’t remember much about that day, strangely enough, but I was told my siblings (of which I have two older – and several others of various ages through my dad’s third marriage) that the fireworks were pretty good that year and easy to see from the hospital waiting room.

Since that fateful day in my history, I have developed into the awkward, strange, freak-person I am today recognized as.  I had the standard rearing and education, mostly accomplished by jumping from school to different school every few years.  The main schools of note that I attended for my primary and secondary education included Bethel, Tecumseh, Seminole, and Carl Albert.  There were a few others here and there, but those are the major and most important institutions which began shaping me into the unique intellectual I a today.

After secondary school, I moved on to post-secondary education (what the layperson calls “college”), attaining degrees from OSU-OKC and the University of Central Oklahoma.  This time and massive accumulation of debt and information yielded little tangible results as far as desirable or even effective employment, so in 2008, I took my life into a different direction.

Inspired by intermittent unemployment and regular underemployment, I managed to stumble into to what I know consider my true calling, social services.  From August 2008 to August 2010, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA; in September 2010, I became an AmeriCorps Coordinator for a sub-grantee program of YouthBuild USA’s AmeriCorps National Direct grant.

Currently, I run a twenty member AmeriCorps group through Eagle Ridge Institute’s Eagle’s Nest YouthBuild program.  YouthBuild is a GED training and construction job preparation program for ‘at-risk” individuals between the ages of16 and 24.  Our program prepares them for the work-a-day world in a manner that is accordance with the YouthBuild grant from the Department of Labor.

In my little corner (oh, wait, it isn’t a corner now, it’s an entire classroom!!) of our program, I manage our AmeriCorps members with attaining community service hours.  They are given one year to obtain 450 to 675 service hours, with which, upon completion, they are rewarded with between $1,4oo to $2,000 they can use to gain future training, either in the form of college or career tech advancement.

When I’m not coordinating members, providing participant services, or the odd bit of office tech support, I also teach various leadership activities to all our YouthBuild participants.  All and all, I not only enjoy my work, but I find it very personally rewarding.

More information on our YouthBuild program can be obtained by calling 405.601.5516 or visiting our (NEW) facilities, located just north of N 36th Street on Prospect Avenue, in the old Polk Elementary school building.  We generally accept new students twice a year, once in the fall (August/September) and once in January.  But, like I said, if you want more information, give us a call and we’d be glad to tell you the details.

Luckily, professional advancement wasn’t the only thing I have been busy with over these 28 odd years.  In 1999, I met the man of my dreams, and we have been together ever since.  Married in 2002, we have so far managed neither to kill each other or populate the world with children, instead opting to be owned by three cats who were in need of homes.  We are lucky to have purchased our own home last year, and have achieved some sense of financial security and lots of happiness.

I am also blessed with a few but wonderful circle of friends who I wouldn’t trade for the world or most of the money in it.  Each one of the enriches my life in a way that is unique and wonderful, and I love the all dearly.  Additionally, I have pretty strong family ties to my large and varied family, including my mother and father (divorced), my sister and brother (and their children), my step- sisters and brothers (and their children), and a  few odd balls we’ve accepted into our family of love along the way.

The most unfortunate part of my life is my health.  First and foremost, I am a sufferer and survivor of mental illness – specifically major depression and anxiety.  My body also plays host to a variety of other problems, which unfortunately result in frequent illness.  Still, one does the best one can, and I try to keep holding my head up regardless.

I’ll end with a short statement on my religious and political beliefs.  I believe in the teachings, ideology, and ideals of Jesus Christ, while at the same time I do not claim to be a member of any specific organized religion.  Similarly, I tend to be politically liberal, but am mostly disgusted with political parties that while I am a registered Democrat, I vote my beliefs much more often than simply a “party ticket”.

Last but not least, I have a very firm belief and drive in community and national service.  I think that the way to change the world was worded very effectively by Gandhi when he said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.  I try to live by that concept each day of my life, and find that as a basis for existance, there is little else that can be more satisfying for me.

This blog will probably touch on each of these issues from time to time, so if you are intrigued by what you have read here, you might not be entirely wasting your time following my other rantings and ravings.  On the other hand, if you don’t like what you’ve read here, seek another blogger.  I have no taste or desire for hate mail, so let us simply take civil leave of each other here and move on with our separate lives before we start to fight and argue over issues where neither of us will change our minds, and the result will be that we will merely both come out of it looking like fools.

So tata for now.  Stay tuned for more ramblings of a mousekitty…if that’s your thing.  If not, have a wonderful, happy, and productive life free of MK!

Yours in Service!

-MouseKitty

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