Marilyn grew up in Illinois, but since marrying Dean, has lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Dallas, Texas, where they have been for the last 35 years.
Their son Mike, (wife Allison), and daughter Susan live in the Dallas area. James and his wife Sang live in California. Robert and his wife Fiona make their home in China. Scott, wife Pam and their married daughters Ashley and Amber live in Florida. Amber and her husband, Justin Brown, have given us two great-grandchildren, Emma and Owen. Ashley and her husband, Randall Cochran havea little girl, Braelynne. Both Amber and Ashley are expecting in September.
Family reunions occur as often as possible, usually in Texas, Florida, or Colorado. In the best of all possible worlds they would have a little lodge in Colorado--and Marilyn would be there every summer.
A psychotherapist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Dallas, Texas, Marilyn Stacy was a professor at Richland College, for fifteen years, counseling and teaching Human Development, Psychology and Honors English classes. Twice she team-taught summer classes on the British Isles.
As a member of the Speakers Bureau, she wrote and spoke on topics as diverse as Dreamwork, Parenting, Stress Management, and Communication Skills. She presents workshops on writing and spirituality and has read her poetry at numerous venues.
She speaks and gives readings in support of curing breast cancer.
Marilyn is also involved in a non-profit organization, Helping Our Helpers, which provides free counseling with a licensed counselor to people in the helping professions. (For more information, see www/helpingour helpers).
During treatments for breast cancer, I promised myself to use those experiences to help others who find themselves on "the cancer train." Writing my book, Sometimes You Have to Laugh...a poet's look at cancer is one step on that path. My hope is to open a dialogue with other survivors and those who have been touched by cancer, and to bring hope, understanding, support, and maybe a few laughs or smiles. Click on the toolbar at left, A POET'S LOOK AT CANCER to see more.
My first poems were published in Voices FromWithin, UNT Press in 1997, and since then my poems have appeared in: The National Federation of State Poetry Societies Book of the Year, A Galaxy of Verse, Freedom, Grandmother Earth, Half Tones to Jubilee, Lucidity, The Southwest Journal of Aging, Moon Crossed, Senior News, Passing, The Texas Poetry Calendar, Contact, the papier-mache press anthology, Generation to Generation, and every Poetry Society of Texas Book of the Year since 1998. Swimming for the Moon includes my poems, as well as poems from six other wonderful Texas poets. Besides Sometimes You Have to Laugh, I've published two books of poetry, Along the Path, Dreams...and other altered states of consciousness, and a chapbook, A Traveler's Tales.
As a member of the Poetry Society of Texas I have served on the board as recording secretary, corresponding secretary, vice-president and was president from September, 2006 to September, 2008. I am currently co-editor of the PST Book of the Year and am also a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and A Galaxy of Verse. Their websites can also be found on the links page.
While a counselor at Richland College, I co-authored a college manual, Practical Applications of Psychology, and have had numerous short stories and articles published over the years. My articles on synchronicity and intuition, shown on this website, were first published in Venture Inward, and are excerpts from the non-fiction book I am writing about spiritual growth.