Author Mary "Crash" Batson is a mediator, a storyteller, and a big fan of apple butter. While learning to fly on the midwestern winds, this barnstormer-in-training spread her wings and now serves others as they do the same.
In 2013 Mary followed a long-heard calling by becoming a certified mediator and now serves her community in this capacity. By complementing this training with heart-centered approaches and applying ancient wisdom to modern challenges, Mary hopes to lead clients from a superficial, surface-level conversation into a real heart-to-heart. When that is possible, she believes, miracles can happen.
In addition to peace-building, Mary continues to follow the thread of her writing. Her book Going Home, inspired by the death of her older brother, is a finding-myself journey of spirituality with a homespun twist. Through articles and stories about grandmas and fresh biscuits, rocking chairs and talking trees, she weaves tales that remind us of comfort, home, and hope. Based on her personal journey, she also shares stories about finding ourselves, finding others, and finding Spirit, and offers workshops and talks on these themes. Having faced the challenges she now spins yarns about, this wingwalker wannabe is not afraid to take her readers there with her, with the hope that even one might be inspired to find her voice, take a leap of faith, and learn to love (herself!) again.
Additional publications include Going Home: The Tour, a collection of award-winning songs and stories from the Going Home stage show with Bob Sima, Granís Apple Butter Blog, and articles in On Purpose Woman, Chesapeake Taste, and Mother Earth News. Several ideas are in the works, including a children's series which will complete Mary's vision Ė Front Porch Rambles and Backyard Swings. Next up: The Patchwork Heart: Finding the Courage to Love Again and Granís Big Book of Short Stories.
All in all, Mary is proud to carry on Gran's tale-spinning, apple-peeling tradition, with a little skydiving thrown in for good measure to keep things exciting. Come on by Granís front porch Ė they love company, and that's where Mary does her best work.
MA, Intercultural Communications (Germany, 2002)
BA, Political Science (Honors, Magna cum Laude) (USA, 1999)
Certified Mediator & Volunteer, Community Mediation Ctr, Independence, MO (2013- )
Reiki Master Practitioner (2008- )
Leader/Facilitator, Women's Circles (2010- )
Leader/Facilitator, Personal Growth Workshops (2011- )
Life Coach/Mentor (2010- )
Trained Facilitator, Awakening the Dreamer Symposium (2011)
Facilitator, E-conference Series, EcoRes Forum (2006-2009)
Intern, Centre for Peace and Development Studies (Conflict Resolution), Limerick, Ireland (2001)
13+ years communications (publishing, nonprofit)
2011 Transformational Author Experience Award
2010 Marquis Who's Who, International/World
2007 Marquis Who's Who, Emerging Leaders
2007 Marquis Who's Who, International/World
2006 International Professional of the Year