'Wonder Woman' to appear in Hamilton

Staff Writer
Glen Rose Reporter
Mary Kyle Inks will be a featured guest at the Spring Fling on March 30 in Hamilton.

How would you like to meet a real live “Wonder Woman” in person? Embodied in Mary Kyle Inks, you can catch her appearance at the Spring Fling on March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church Family Life Center in Hamilton.

Frankly, I don’t believe “Wonder Woman” is in any way an exaggeration. Mary is a full-time freelance writer, editor and project manager, and has edited a plethora of books and written or co-written a great number of articles, as well as regular blogs in www.empowHER.com, Tom’s IT Pro and Certification Magazine. Her personal life philosophy is to “Live life fully so that at the end of it you'll have no regrets for the things left undone. Live long – live well – live happy. The most important thing is to LIVE!” And live she has!

Mary has, in her own words, “Danced in the rain with joy and made more than one joyful noise. I took drawing lessons and loved it so much that I followed up with oil painting lessons and discovered a latent talent I never knew I possessed. I now have an art studio in my home. I write more and worry less. I play music and direct a children’s choir. I learned to tool leather. I’ve been known to eat dessert first and sometimes drink champagne and eat chocolate while taking bubble baths. Life’s all good. I have more dust bunnies but also more joy. I have less time for negativity and more time for love.”

Even though Mary attended high school in Evant, calls Zephyr her family home, considers this area her old stomping ground, she’s clearly not your typical “girl next door.” Her husband, Cotton Inks, describes her perpetual motion as “Retired from active sailboat racing, now performing, playing piano and singing with many opry houses including Llano, Mason, Georgetown, Taylor, Huntsville, McDade, and played 10 years at the Lockhart Opry until it closed last year. She’s played piano with many different bands and has released three albums/CDs of her own. As a songwriter, has had radio play on a song she wrote called “American Soldier,” a topic dear to her heart.

“You may know her as an officer of the Austin Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) or from their newsletter that she wrote or as a former board member of the Freddy Powers Parkinson Foundation. “

Some significant history: She left high school in her junior year because she was given a grant to attend college at Tarleton State University in a gifted and talented student program, having tested in the top 2 percent of the juniors in the United States. She graduated from Southwest Texas with a bachelor of arts in music education (classical piano – and plays in country bands – go figure!) and permanent teaching certificate.

Mary has a Master’s Degrees (graduated Summa Cum Laude distinguished with honors with a 4.0) was completed in Legal Studies (Law) from Southwest Texas University while working full time as a certified Paralegal sitting Second Chair in litigation, while raising three young children in school. She also has several Master’s level professional certifications from various schools including Stanford and George Washington University School of Business. Most recently, she completed her three year quest for a Project Management Professional (PMP), a credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Her day jobs have included working as a choir director, teacher, principal, paralegal, project manager, program manager and contract administrator. Her second jobs include being an author, writer, songwriter, musician, editor, cattle rancher, tractor driver and publisher.

In her spare time, she has written two children’s books, "A Valentine for Miranda" published in 2009 and "A Home for Blackie" published in 2010. Both available on Amazon.com. She started a publishing company, a cattle company, is studying portrait painting in oils from an Oxford trained artist, gardening and now raising chickens.

“You could ask her about her new John Deere tractor with front end loader or the restoration of her Grandmother’s ranch house or her new calves or her new chicken coup if you want to start a conversation,” according to her husband.

In spite of her long term issues with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), currently she works full time for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in Information Technology (IT) Vendor Management, while having written several hundred articles and blogs, including being the regularly featured contributor on the women health blog www.EmpowHER.com and editing articles, technical and software books and college course curriculum for the companies like Peterson’s and McGraw Hill on her own time. The subject of women’s health has been more than a topic for her; it is one of her passions.

And obviously, this is a woman full of passions, and talents, and joie de vivre, and is an enthralling storyteller. Best of all for me is that she is my sister-in-law, someone you may have noticed that I admire tremendously. I know you will want to get to know her better, and the opportunity is yours at the Hamilton Extension Education Association (HEEA) Spring Fling on March 30.

In addition, you can enjoy a big salad lunch at 11:45 a.m., all prepared by our own members, finish it off with a scrumptious dessert, for only $8. And for no additional charge, you can soak up all the wisdom of the day with Mary and three other fine speakers, shop with our 18 vendors or at the silent auction filled with many delights, possibly get your number selected for a door prize, and be enchanted by musical delights from St. John Lutheran preschool cherubs. All this and Wonder Woman, too!

Want to know more? Email jinksblack@yahoo.com, or contact our Spring Fling chairperson Jerrie Cage at jerriecage@gmail.com or call 254-372-3165.