A Traveler’s Testimony

Minnah and I have been on a road trip since we left Miami in June of 2014. Minnah was an energetic red puppy of mixed origin who looked to me like the Chocolate Lab I always knew would travel with me. I was a high school teacher awakening to the spiritual world and heading out on a Vision Quest to find my own Truth.

Along the way, we picked up David, the friend I named El Juglador in my blogs. The three of us headed West to find the Hopi and other Truths that can only be found in the deserts of America. Then we continued our travels, from sea to shining sea.

One thing I’ve witnessed on this spiritual quest is something I have fought to admit. I pride myself on being Pollyanna, believing the best in people. It’s been sad, however, to have to admit the truth – some people have been so bombarded with the Mundane that they can’t see past the screen in their hands.

We have seen a lot these past few years and have met very special people who were like human angels. Our experiences have come since we set out on the road in our precious BT Cruiser, whom we have nicknamed MammaJama, or MJ for short, a rolling Genie bottle that’s home to a couple of gypsies.

This addition to my The Dragonfly’s Student blog will present real-life stories that speak to the life we’re each living, every one of us who functions in this world.

In June of 2014, I was a high school teacher awakening to a spiritual reality. I believed we are in a reality where we all have an ability to be One with the Most High.

Along our travels, El Juglador and I have come to realize that we humans have learned to justify ourselves, to set our own ethical standards. Good people do less-than-honorable things when it comes to watching out for themselves. We have learned to excuse ourselves from judgement, claiming, “God knows my heart.”

Let me tell you this from my own personal experience. I used to repeat that to myself as I continued sinning against God and against my soul. The Truth I’ve learned thus far is not as forgiving. Yes, God knows my heart. He also knows when I am not living the truth of my heart, when I am living a lie. That is what The Most High knows. That is what He objects to the most.


There is a difference between “thinking” you are a good person and actually “being” the person you believe yourself to be.

So, as I sign off on my first Traveler’s Testimony, I leave you with one overarching thought – I am living the life I imagined most days, being when and where I should be as a servant of the Most High, and learning tough lessons every step of the way on my way Home.

This new blog is a graduation of sorts from The Dragonfly’s Student, and because my birth name means, The Beloved (Mary) and Blessed (Olga), Happy Traveler (Fernandez), add to those Locklin and Starkey, (both of which have implied meanings in themselves). the graduated Dragonfly’s Student will sign as the Happy Traveler.

Nah, I am just another traveler on this journey we call life, but I can’t change who I am. Sometimes I am Mari or Maya or Faith or any number of characters created for my stories, but, behind it all, I am me, Mariolga, another child of the Most High. Remember, my friends, we are beloved of the Most High.🙏👼

Much Love to you, my fellow travels, but I am always, simply

The Dragonfly’s Student

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