We came here, and until we return...

we are simply asked to live, to love and to learn. ~m. higgs

Who I Am

Who I Am

Hello, my name is Marcus AureliusThat's right, like the Roman Emperor. Higgs. I am a simple man who tries to leave each path I walk a little brighter than how I met it.

Where am I from?

A better question is Where am I going, but since you want to know.

I was born in Riverside, California. Moved to Alabama at 2 and back to California at 7, then Nassau, Bahamas at 12 (Yes, The Bahamasand no, we didn't sit on the beach everyday, being fanned by servants while drinking daiquiris...not everyday..)

I studied CISComputer Information Systems at College of the Bahamas and Communication, Journalism at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. Right after college I moved to South Korea안녕하새요 친구! :) where I worked as an English Instructor/Administrator  for 6 years. My mother is Filipino and my father is Bahamian. But it’s not about where your from, it’s about where you’re going.

…a simple man who tries to leave each path I walk a little brighter than how I met it.

Because of the consistent change in my life, I’ve learned to ‘get in where you fit in’. And with no individual ‘group’ to identify with I learned to quickly relate with a wide variety of peopleover 18 countries so far, and still counting, while still standing as an individual sure of who I am.

I embrace my diversity (or ‘muttness’). It adds to my insight and helps me see how we have more commonalities than differences.

a Wordsmith

a Wordsmith

In the Bahamas around 1998 I was watching “Slam Nation” on HBO.Looong before Def Poetry Jam. Watch the trailer now if you love poetry (or even if you don’t). To see the intensity, the craft, the drive of the poets’ words; to see what they created with their lines was all a wonder to me. While in awe, my feeling was clear, ‘I want to do that’. Not as a profession, but as an expression.

…my feeling was clear, ‘I want to do that’. Not as a profession, but as an expression.

Right after the movie I jumped our 52k modem and Yahoo searchedThat's what we did back in my day before Googling :) and sifted through the words ‘slam’, ‘poetry’ , ‘performance’, ‘spoken word’, and everything inbetween. Early inspiration came from established poetssuch as muMs the Schemer, Taylor Mali , Jessica Care Moore , Mighty Mike McGee, Big Poppa E, Talam Acey, however most of my drive came from a sea of unnamed poets, with pieces that still stand out in my mind.

For two years, I wrote and shared my work through email and with friends at school, but there was no ‘stage’ or outlet until “the Verse Place” in Nassau Bahamas. In college I continued writing with two creative collectives, “Art n’ Soul”, and “M’kono-Nia”. All the while, traveling and performing at every opportunity on every open mic and stage. Along the way, I’ve shared the stage with Nikki Giovanni, Shihan the Poet, Will ‘Da Real One’ Bell, Mike McGee, just to name a few.

Here is something I wrote a while ago:

~ the Word is Love, Spread the Word.

an English Teacher

an English Teacher

“Your communication affects the quality of your life.” That’s the reason we study languages; to improve the quality of our life.

Since 2005 I’ve had the opportunity to help improve the quality of numerous lives as an English teacher. I started in beautiful South Korea, earned my CELTA in luscious Thailand and have taught in a wide array of class settings around the worldSaudi Arabia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Spain and Venezuela..

Some call it teaching. For me, it’s another way to live life and enjoy it, while helping others improve their lives (by helping them develop their English skills.)

Some call it teaching. For me, it’s another way to live life and enjoy it, while helping others improve their lives.

Teaching English has given me the opportunity to travel to different lands while meeting interesting people with intriguing stories. One of my most satisfying moments as an English teacher happened in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. I needed a place to stay for one night but there was no vacancy in the hostel. After talking a few minutes with the desk worker he said it would be possible for me to stay in the staff quarters, but only if I volunteer to teach English at the orphanage the next morningHonestly, I would have slept outside and still volunteered in the morning.. Needless to say, I had a wonderful time with the kids the next morning.

I’m currently in land of sand and sun, Saudi Arabia. You can also often find me on Verbling.com either teaching an English class or trying to improve my Spanish.