I’m an abundantly happy woman. I wake with gratitude and go to sleep giving thanks every night. But it wasn’t always that way. I had two failed marriages, filed bankruptcy, and spent ten years in a profession that frustrated me every day. But I finally found fulfillment.

Fortunately, I was blessed with strong genes to live long enough to discover gratitude, the power of meditation, and the value of persistence. Slowly but surely I entered the path of abundant happiness. And I particularly want to share what I've learned with the woman of color who may be where I've been.

My life has been filled with travels and so much variety, I felt a photo journey would provide the more entertaining story.


My grandmother Annie Glenn in Cedartown, Georgia, where my mother was born.

From Catholic school girl in Minnesota to Black consciousness college student in Columbia, Missouri.

I performed original work in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, New York City, Chicago, IL, and Austin, TX.

I earned a degree in storytelling in Denver, Colorado. This is me telling in Des Moines, Iowa. I told stories at schools and Underground Railroad Stories around the state.

My Kriya Yoga practice keeps me healthy and led me to eventually find a spiritual home in Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.

Dad, Tommie Walker & Mama, Ann E. Glenn were star-crossed lovers making me an only child with 7 siblings.

In my sister's back yard in Greenville, SC where I was the editor of the weekly black newspaper.

Gretchen Groth performed my wedding to Brian Payne in the Buddhist Temple Uddiyan Maitreya Kosha in Denver, Colorado. We've been married over 20 years.

I had a mid-life crisis and became an RN. My first job was in the Navajo nation in Arizona. Later, I helped deliver babies in Deming, New Mexico, and in Polacca, Arizona in the Hopi Nation.

Now I dance and create online experiences here in Homer, Alaska looking out over beautiful Kachemak Bay.