Wings for the Soul
Mary Stewart Anthony
Mary, born in 1937, was the oldest of eight children in a
German Lutheran-Irish Catholic raised family and was raised
in New York City. She is a graduate of Hunter College with
a degree in Creative Writing. In 1959, she left New York to
pursue a degree in Library Science from Berkeley University,
the seedbed of the cultural upheaval in the Sixties. Shortly after
landing there, she succumbed to Timothy Leary’s mantra
“turn on, tune in and drop out” and became part of the Flower
Children movement that overflowed the streets of Berkeley
and San Francisco.
After a disastrous marriage to a drug dealer in Berkeley,
she moved to Big Sur, the next Mecca for hippies. Mary
settled there with her three-year-old daughter Aimee in 1967
and gave birth to a second daughter Lucia in 1970.
She chronicles her wild spiritual odyssey in Book One of
her memoir, Love Song of a Flower Child, that received a five
star review from the San Francisco Book Review.
She is planning to publish Book Two called Love Walk,
the Story of a Flower Child and Her Marine, in 2018.
Mary and her husband, John Anthony, a Vietnam War
combat veteran, spent many years doing missionary work in
Eastern Europe, South America, and China. They now live in
the Northern California Sierra foothills, enjoying many visits
with their seven grandchildren.
Poetry remains her singular passion as a writer, and she describes herself as a “Grandma Moses” type, a very late bloomer of the Baby Boomer generation who has just celebrated her eightieth birthday.
You can read her blog at https://lovesongofaflowerchild.com and watch her read poetry on the Mary Stewart Anthony Poetry Channel on Youtube.