She Brings Me Water

An aeclectic look at the nearby world

About Us

Do make the home your career, for this is the greatest career any soul can make in the earth.  To a few it is given to have both a career and a home, but the greatest of all careers is the home, and those who shun it shall have much yet to answer for.  For this is the nearest emblem of what each soul hopes eventually to obtain, a heavenly home.  Then make your home as a shadow of a heavenly home.  For the home where there is unity of purpose in the companionship is the nearest pattern in the earth of man’s relationship with his Maker.  For it is ever creative in purpose, with personalities coordinated for a cause, an ideal.”

Edgar Cayce (1070-1)

Mari’s husband, Rod moved from his home state of California to Virginia/North Carolina partly to be near where Edgar Cayce had lived and where his readings, his life’s work, are stored (The Association for Research and Enlightenment).  As a young man, Rod had become dissatisfied with the state of his health and turned to the readings of Cayce for guidance.  When we were married, Rod taught me, Mari, what he’d learned and had been practicing for many years.

Mari’s bio:

Born in southeastern Virginia into a military family, Mari Mann had the usual shuffling about in her early years, but finally was settled and grew up in Norfolk. She was plagued by nightmares as a child and eventually taught herself to control her dreams. She became an avid reader and lover of art and also felt very close to the animal world and anything earthy and old–like old bones and stones, deeply buried. This idea extended itself into the area of deeply buried memories and perhaps even lives.


With her varied and slightly off-beat interests she wasn’t sure what to do with herself. She worked on a ranch for years and ran 60 horses. She married and they bought a farm next to the Great Dismal Swamp called the Ponderosa. After a divorce she went back to school and focused on art.


She took a at Virginia Weslyan College and then a Masters in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills. Her thesis was on Maya Jaina Island burial figurines from the collection of the Chrysler Museum and is now part of the museum library. But, instead of using the degree in some way and digging deeper, Mari went to work for an investment firm in a tall building in downtown Norfolk.


A few years later, in another reversal, she spent time in the Southwest in New Mexico and then attended an Archeological field school at Southern Utah University. Their dig that summer was an ancient Anasazi site near Little Creek Mesa where the nights could be filled with ghostly howls.


Her second novel, “The Call of the Coyote”, slated for 2012, is based on that experience and is set in a completely different world than her first novel but has one central theme in common: It deals with present realities buried in the past.


In Parisian by Heart, Mann digs into the history of her dreams and reading life and makes some of those writers come alive in what is sometimes called, “the City of Light”. She read long before she was ever able to seriously dig in the dark earth for old bones and old memories.




  Reggie wrote @

What a beautiful quotation from Cayce – it makes me feel as though there is more value in being a ‘homemaker’ than is normally admitted in a society where it’s almost expected for both partners in a marriage to have full-time jobs. I lost my very demanding half-day job a few months ago, and so I’ve been able to devote much more time, energy and love to our home and garden. Reading Cayce’s words makes me feel less like a ‘social failure’ for that. Thank you for sharing that. 🙂

  marimann wrote @

Thanks, Reggie. I have this quote up on my refrigerator and it gives me comfort as well. Isn’t it funny that in a society where it used to be expected that women would stay home and make the home their career, we now feel like failures if we do stay home? Of course I’m speaking of the US; is it the same where you are?

  Reggie wrote @

Yes, it’s similar here in South Africa. There is still a very clear ‘division of labour’ in our society, perhaps because we are still more of a patriarchal and traditional society. Women are expected to bring up the children and to look after the home – but nowadays they are *also* expected to work, if not full-day, then at least half-day. The economic downturn isn’t helping matters there!

Also, men earn more than women would for the same position (though the glass ceiling might make it impossible for women to even GET that position, even if they are talented and skilled). As a result, men are still regarded as the main breadwinner here, but I don’t really mind that. What I do find unfair, though, is that even if both partners work, household chores are almost exclusively ‘women’s work’.

But I confess that I don’t really mind the ‘gender division’ in my own personal life – I really prefer to work independently from home (even if my income from proofreading, editing and writing is very unpredictable), and to look after the home and garden – and my husband, of course! 😀

The stress of working a long day AND doing all that really isn’t good for one’s mental, emotional or spiritual health.

In South Africa, the situation is complicated, however, by the implementation over the last 15 years of policies of race-based ‘affirmative action’, which give preference to non-white men (mainly blacks, but also coloureds, indians, chinese) over white men. There are also quota systems in place for increasing the number of women in the workplace.

It’s all become really messy and unpleasant, this kind of social engineering, although I do realise that it’s a way of (over-)compensating for years of racial oppression, and swinging the scales the other way to achieve balance.

  Ken Broadhurst wrote @

I wonder what N.C. island you live on? I grew up there and just came back to France after a visit to Carteret County…

  marimann wrote @

Hi Ken~ We live on Knotts Island which is just across the border from Virginia Beach, VA. I just looked at your beautiful photos of where you live in France on your blog. My husband and I visited Paris in 2005 and I have longed to go back ever since! Thanks for commenting. Mari

  steven1111 wrote @

I too love this quotation from Cayce, tho I confess I don’t quite believe in a Maker so much as a continual Making…. I may be a male but I’ve always held a special place in my heart for my Home and now that I’m disabled and retired from social life in effect it’s where I focus most all of my attention. I used to be out in the world a lot doing things with lots of people but still I held my home as Sacred Ground and it was there that I regenerated and renewed myself. I think making a real Home is what matters most and my partner and I have created a wonderful space that he renovated mostly by himself over the last 30 years and I enjoy the gift of living in it now with him. We love our little house and the garden I’ve created around it and it’s where we spend our time having friends over and just being here by ourselves. It’s peaceful and such a healing place for us both. Thanks again for liking one of my posts and happy holy-days to you this coming Season of Lights.

  marimann wrote @

Another of my favorites from Cayce is “Mind is the Builder”, which parallels with your belief in the continual Making; one might paraphrase the saying as “Mind is the Maker”. My husband is very hard of hearing and so may be considered disabled in that way; he too spends most of his time at home and working in our gardens and yard (very large) and it is his therapy and healing and Sacred Space (mine as well). It’s wonderful to hear about the home and environment that you and your partner have created (built/made) for yourselves and that you share with others. Peace at home and with your friends and neighbors is the path to peace in the world. Blessings, Mari

  steven1111 wrote @

Congratulations! I’ve just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can go to my link here to accept the Award:
Great job!

  hakesplace wrote @

Beautiful blog. Found you through Steven1111 @ Gardening in Greenwood–above! 😀

  marimann wrote @

Thank you, hakesplace! Steve’s blog is a beautiful place, too, isn’t it? He writes so movingly and his pictures and the information there are done so well. Glad you came to visit!

  hakesplace wrote @

You are very welcomed! Yes, Steve’s blog is also excellent! Good to meet you!

  steven1111 wrote @

Greetings again, friend! I’d like to thank you for commenting, liking or following my blog. As such I want to nominate you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Please go to this site: to read the rules and decide if you want to accept it or not. It’s your choice and I hope you will, but it’s up to you. Mostly I want you to know that I appreciate your loyalty to me and my writing. Thank you so much!

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