Dear MAPS Members; "Who is this person who has begun to answer our MAPS mail?" you ask. For years, my career passion has been museum studies, though now, I’m not so sure, and I’m exploring other interests. Upon graduation, I was far from committing to a graduate program, so fortune returned me to my hometown of Charlotte, where I met Rick. Though what I first found compelling about MAPS was the full 19-syllable name, what has kept me committed is its multidisciplinary imperative, weaving together the varied threads of thought and deed that cross paths with the MAPS office. This approach can only enhance research projects, heal minds and bodies, and inspire us to understand more deeply our right to joy and freedom. Ignore the interplay of culture, medicine, and politics, and you’re missing the point. This is why I am here! I look forward to working with you.