Mary A. Mann
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Tortoise Shell 
by Mary Anneeta Mann

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Aboriginal people inhabited Australia for many thousands of years before Captain Cook discovered it for the Europeans in 1770. The first British settlement was in 1788, a penal colony in the state of New South Wales. The northern part of the country lured free settlers from England and the state of Queensland was declared in 1859. In the 1860s the Tolls arrived from Bedfordshire in England. They were builders but Benjamin was also something of an historian and in his later years he wrote many of his memories. One of these he called 'The memories of a Tortoise Shell'. His language was so poetic and the sentiments he expressed so profoundly human that his great granddaughter Mary Anneeta Mann wrote this little play Tortoise Shell, based upon his story. And your grandchildren's children Will come with the artifice To polish the work of your hand And to joy in the splendor of the sun shining On their native land.


 


ANZAC The Play 
by Mary Anneeta Mann

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Most of the characters in this play are taken from real life. When war was declared in 1914, Charters Towers was a happy, carefree but tough pioneering town where all hands were needed on the land. However most of the young men go to war, traveling first to Gallipoli on the coast of Turkey. They were decimated there. The survivors and new recruits were sent to France. Before leaving, Pal , torn between love of country and the call to fight for liberty for all the world, meets Madeline, an aboriginal girl from the Dreamtime who decides to follow him through the powers bequeathed her by the great Earth Mother Eingana. Liberty presents herself to Pal during the war reviving him as the Eternal Soldier each time he is killed. Pal’s brother Fred also enlists and is killed on Gallipoli. In Charters Towers Fred’s love Jessica dies in childbirth. Mother, Father and daughter Millicent together with their friends, Kate, Ilene and Kitty try to go on with their lives. Young Pal, Fred’s son is raised by all these women but enlists in the second world war and is killed at Dunkirk but not before he and his English love Kathleen have conceived their child during the London Blitz. Kathleen carrying the pendant that Young Pal had made for Kate and returned to him upon his enlistment, travels to Charters Towers to deliver their baby with Kate. He is called Boy Pal. Pal, the eternal soldier, travels the world, receiving many visions of a global Eternal Justice who will eventually arbitrate the Peace and World Commonwealth who will preserve it. Pal returns to Gallipoli experiencing the continuing conflict between Death and Liberty. He secures the keys for Peace, returns to Charters Towers and gives them to Boy Pal and a young Madeline as they both receive the covenants.


 

Poems of Woman

Poems of Woman
by Mary Anneeta Mann

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There Are No Enemies: A Practical Philosophy of Life

Mentoring Poems 4:: Four Centuries of Selected Poetry
by Mary Anneeta Mann

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This Anthology of Poetry is for educational use. It covers the period from Shakespeare's age to the present. In these four centuries, civilization has undergone a sea change in its shift to accelerated knowledge and technological capability Poets are struggling to express it. There was great redeeming human awareness that grew out of the 20th century - a recognition of the inalienable value of the single human life, living freely, and the need for reverence for it. This is clearly illustrated in the difference between After Blenheim by Robert Southey born in 1774 and Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen born in 1893. Concerning war, "Why, 'twas a very wicked thing!' said little Wilhelmine; "Nay.. Nay.. My little girl," quoth he, "It was a famous victory", compared with "What passing bells for these who die as cattle?"Poets are historians of the heart, the organ of love. They adjust to the best of their ability, to their surroundings, mundane or otherwise, to their environment, inspiring or depressing, to our advancing civilization at whatever level they perceive it. However there is a recognition of the fragility of life emerging in the 21St century, despite the technological revolution or perhaps because of it. Each human being is struggling to find and hold on to individual harmony with the Life Force, the love of the Universe amid a plethora of conflicting peripheral yet powerful passions, many still violating the hard-earned reverence for life. So the poems in this Anthology have been selected for their spiritual wisdom and harmony, their dramatic use of the cadences and beauty of the English Language as well as their pure simplicity and their ability to be part of the healing process, soothing the soul, mentoring the heart and encouraging us to find meaning in our lives and to understand our role in the universe - for example, from William Davies, Nature 's Friends, " Say what you like, all things love me! I pick no flowers - that wins the bee."


 

There Are No Enemies: A Practical Philosophy of Life

There Are No Enemies: A Practical Philosophy of Life
by Mary A. Mann

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There Are No Enemies explores a Practical Philosophy of Life for humankind based upon reverence for life and The Science of Being Altogether first offered by Aristotle, the Philosopher. Human beings are all deemed to share a common spirituality which can be accessed by the individual conscience and is divine, operating in the field of understanding. The field of science shares the same source as the field of spirituality Written by an artist-scholar, the artistic suspension of disbelief is offered to effect a vision of humanity participating harmoniously in the Life Force of the universe itself and using as a touchstone for their common spirituality, their own religion, their own God, Allah, Yahwah, called by any name or no name. Following the philosophy applications of it are offered concerning Iraq, Israel, Terrorists, the Money God, Hatred, Diplomacy, the War Machine, Australian Aboriginal Spirituality, Native American Peace Examples as well as poetry excerpted from the author's other books: ThuGun and Natasha, The Round Table, Maria and the Comet and Anzac to Understanding.


 

ANZAC TO UNDERSTANDING: Including

ANZAC TO UNDERSTANDING: Including "Anzac, the Play: A Saga of War and Peace in the 20th Century" and "A Quest for Understanding"
by Mary A. Mann

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"Anzac, the Play: A Saga of War and Peace in the 20th Century", was written in Berkeley in 1969, published in 1971 and produced at the Globe Playhouse Los Angeles in 1984 with readings at the Lankershim Arts Center, No-Ho, North Hollywood in 1996. Accompanying the play, is historical documentation of the lives of the families from whom the characters were drawn as well as war letters of Willie Augustus Mann, 1914-1919, his own story and relevant pages from the Anzac Book, written by the Anzacs themselves, published in 1916.

"A Quest for Understanding" is rooted in this Great War, the First World War, the war to end all wars. In Australia, half the eligible young men enlisted. Their casualties were horrific but they brought Australia on to the world stage. They were called Anzacs, members of the Australian, New Zealand Army Corps, a name coined on the Gallipoli Peninsular, Turkey in 1915. Theirs was a shining light of naked courage, an epiphany of what it meant to be human beings who had earned their own freedom and freedom for the world. To be a child of Anzac was a privilege and a great joy. The quest for the understanding of why war by one of these children began with the Second World War in 1939. It would go back to the Greeks, to the origins of English Literature, through halls of learning across two continents, to the great religions and recent scientific advances and into the heart of a woman. It ended with a Practical Philosophy of Life based upon the understandings: reverence for life, gender differences, the female as the guardian of ethics, and the in-organic nature of money. It offers the individual conscience as humanity's inherent connection to the Life Force of the Universe, or God.

 


 

The Construction of Tragedy: HUBRIS

The Construction of Tragedy: HUBRIS
by Mary A. Mann

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A beacon for the 21st century is an understanding of the Science of Being Altogether as practiced by the great tragic dramatists.

An integral part of the art form of tragedy is deemed to be the dramatists' adherence to the philosophy of the Science of Being Altogether where the artist becomes intuitive scientist in creating a microcosm of the universe itself. Six plays Antigone, Hamlet, King Lear, Murder in the Cathedral, A Man for All Seasons, The Condemned of Altona are analyzed in similar format

in HUBRIS, The Construction of Tragedy.

Societies and forms of government may vary but humanity itself does not change significantly. Antigone, Hamlet and Albany in King Lear are deeply aware of mortals' cosmic connection and the responsibilities resultant from it.

Hubris in human activity such as domination, exemplified by Creon in Antigone, and martyrdom extolled by More in A Man for All Seasons and Thomas in Murder in the Cathedral can be understood to be scientifically untenable and destined to be chastened or broken by the universal life force. The Condemned of Altona addresses the 20th century disconnect of human morality from cosmic harmony.

At the end of each play's analysis, a section is devoted to its contemporary relevance. Contemporary issues as fear of dialogue, domination , martyrdom, religious fervor and ideological hatred, and the slide into hopelessness all fit into patterns of human behavior that are explored in tragedy.

 


 

TWO FAMILY PLAYS: MARIA AND THE COMET THE ROUND TABLE

TWO FAMILY PLAYS: MARIA AND THE COMET THE ROUND TABLE
by Mary A. Mann

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MARIA AND THE COMET: A quaker girl of the 19th century, the earthling Maria Mitchell studies the universe and is beloved by the stars who seek other earthlings from the audience and dance with them across the sky. The inquisitive and studious Maria fixes a chronometer when she is 12 years old. Maria is also beloved by the Comet who is discovered by her in 1847. Later she becomes a professor of Astronomy at Vassar College encouraging young people particularly girls, to study mathematics and science, even teaching some of them on stage!

THE ROUND TABLE: In a lively retelling of Arthurian legend, the hitherto unknown Merlina, sister of Merlin is very distressed by all the blood spilled on the earth in the 20th and 21st centuries. She accompanies Nyme, the Lake of the Lake on a journey from the middle earth to our world today. They surface first in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. They flash back and forth revisiting the legends and bringing Excalibur the Sword of Right into the 21st century. They try to find someone to fill the current Seat Perilous and bring peace to the world, finally accepting their own responsibility.




 

Science and Spirituality

Science and Spirituality
by Mary A. Mann

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How can science and the spirituality of the great religions help us all in our quest for global harmony? How can artists, philosophers and mystics reveal to us who we are? How can studying our civilization's timeline show us where we came from? How can meditation, prayer and the desire to recognize the divinity in each and every one of us inspire us to create a freer, safer and better world?

 


 

ANZAC TO UNDERSTANDING: Including

ANZAC TO UNDERSTANDING: Including "Anzac, the Play: A Saga of War and Peace in the 20th Century" and "A Quest for Understanding"
by Mary A. Mann

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Description

"Anzac, the Play: A Saga of War and Peace in the 20th Century", was written in Berkeley in 1969, published in 1971 and produced at the Globe Playhouse Los Angeles in 1984 with readings at the Lankershim Arts Center, No-Ho, North Hollywood in 1996. Accompanying the play, is historical documentation of the lives of the families from whom the characters were drawn as well as war letters of Willie Augustus Mann, 1914-1919, his own story and relevant pages from the Anzac Book, written by the Anzacs themselves, published in 1916.

"A Quest for Understanding" is rooted in this Great War, the First World War, the war to end all wars. In Australia, half the eligible young men enlisted. Their casualties were horrific but they brought Australia on to the world stage. They were called Anzacs, members of the Australian, New Zealand Army Corps, a name coined on the Gallipoli Peninsular, Turkey in 1915. Theirs was a shining light of naked courage, an epiphany of what it meant to be human beings who had earned their own freedom and freedom for the world. To be a child of Anzac was a privilege and a great joy. The quest for the understanding of why war by one of these children began with the Second World War in 1939. It would go back to the Greeks, to the origins of English Literature, through halls of learning across two continents, to the great religions and recent scientific advances and into the heart of a woman. It ended with a Practical Philosophy of Life based upon the understandings: reverence for life, gender differences, the female as the guardian of ethics, and the in-organic nature of money. It offers the individual conscience as humanity's inherent connection to the Life Force of the Universe, or God.

 


 

ThuGun and Natasha: A Drama With Rap

ThuGun and Natasha: A Drama With Rap
by Mary A. Mann

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How to move beyond global warfare and gang and street violence is explored through the unlikely medium of RAP in THUGUN AND NATASHA, a drama with rap, for family audiences.  The play  is rooted in the real life Los Angeles killing of  a young black girl by a Korean storekeeper who was a woman.   In THUGUN AND NATASHA, the gun is personified and becomes THUGUN a master rapper and manipulator of people's hearts and minds.  RAP replaces the Greek Chorus, as  Thugun the time-honored  gun with all his attendant hubris,  raps his way through life, exploring every angle of temptation for young men in an ethnically divided community as well as those living in fear while trying to keep their lives and their businesses intact.  Sookee the storekeeper becomes a tragic perpetrator as well as deceived victim when she unwittingly  kills the promising Natasha, an A student, a brilliant, precocious teenager while Thugun, the 'man-made oddity' gloats in his achievement.  Sookee and Thugun  are finally put on trial, as is Article II,  the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution, humanity itself and the will of human beings to transcend their differences and reach the ultimate intuition of reverence for life.  THUGUN AND NATASHA is a play for all ages.

 


There Are No enemies: 2nd Addition
by Mary A. Mann

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There Are No Enemies explores a Practical Philosophy of Life for humankind based upon reverence for life and The Science of Being Altogether first offered by Aristotle, the Philosopher. Human beings are all deemed to share a common spirituality which can be accessed by the individual conscience and is divine, operating in the field of understanding. The field of science shares the same source as the field of spirituality Written by an artist-scholar, the artistic suspension of disbelief is offered to effect a vision of humanity participating harmoniously in the Life Force of the universe itself and using as a touchstone for their common spirituality, their own religion, their own God, Allah, Yahwah, called by any name or no name. THE SECOND EDITION describes the God of MoneyEgalitarian DemocracyThe American Dream Revisited, WOMEN AWAKEN, Visionary Formations for the 21st Century and SOUNDBITES for the Social Media as well as excerpts from ThuGun and NatashaThe Round TableMaria and the Comet and Anzac to Understanding.