Missing Mama: My Story of Loss, Sorrow and Healing
I learned that I have internalized grief and sorrow as intrinsically as I have internalized racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression. I was on a healing journey. This is my story.
Writer, artist, community elder and Life Coach
Amoke Kubat, M.Ed, is a writer, artist, community elder, and Life Coach. She is a Minnesota Special Education teacher holding licenses in Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Developmental Delays, Emotional Behavior Disorders, and Early Childhood special Education.
She was born Patricia Ann Davis in Los Angeles, California in 1950 into a family of educators and entrepreneurs. In 1953 her mother’s tragic death began her nomadic lifestyle. She revolved through many caretakers and many schools. Teachers instilled in her a passion for reading, writing, learning languages, and travelling.
London and Heidelberg
Amoke’s curiosity lead her to live in London and Heidelberg in the early 70’s. In London, using her southern roots cooking and sensibilities, she opened up a Free Café, serving Bar-B-Q, beans and cornbread. She was also an artists’ model, Tea Lady, and News Film Librarian. Amoke acted in an independent film, and married a man from (then) Czecholovakia. She returned to the USA to raise a family.
Back to school
After a variety of work that included The German National Tourist Board and The Los Angeles Olympics, Amoke returned to school to earn undergraduate degrees in Feminist Studies and Creative Writing, and Masters in Special Education. She taught for the Los Angeles and Pasadena Unified School District. She loved working for middle and high school students with learning and physical disabilities. It was her work with preschool and kindergarten students at Barton Elementary School in Long Beach that Amoke found her sweet spot.
She would get a Specialist Credential for Early Childhood special Education from California state College at Dominguez Hills in 2000. She also moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Work with special needs children
In the mid-90’s Amoke worked as a Consultant to Early Childhood Day Care and Home providers addressing the needs of children identified as having special needs. Amoke began to write and published in the Association for the Education of Young Children’s publication, NEWS.
In 2004, Amoke founded Respondability, Inc. As a graduate of the Twin Cities META INSTITUTE, she provided life coaching services as a certified NLP, HNLP, Master Hypnotist and Reiki practioner.
In 2008, Respondability, Inc transformed into the umbrella company for LIVINGWOMB CEREMONIES and YO MAMA: The Mothering Mothers Institute.
LIVINGWOMB CEREMONIES provides holisitic wellness services to women through rituals that evoke the divine feminine energies. YO MAMA: THE MOTHERING MOTHERS INSTITUTE creates opportunities for increasing health literacy through art and education. It is “Where Healthy Mothers Raise Healthy Children”.
In January and April, 2010 Amoke published in the Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing.
In February, 2012, RESPONDABILITY, INC published, Missing Mama: My Story of Loss, Sorrow and Healing. It is her first book. It is the first in a trilogy about loss, grief and recovery
Learn more at http://amokekubat.com/