Kissing Flapper Selfie Poster 2_MPHIXWhat’s in a name? That’s a good question as put rather famously by Mr. Shakespeare. During the past four years that I have been blogging here on WordPress I have been known under several names: Ishaiya, M, Bess, and Maria, the latter being my birth given name.

Like a lot of artists and writers I have adopted theses pseudonyms because in and of themselves each of these personas have had significant import for me, but also because they have served to protect my privacy. Despite my extrovert tendencies I am still a very private person, and wish to remain so unless I call you a friend, which as those who truly know me will tell you is a title I reserve for very few.

I am most grateful if you take the time to stop and visit and read what I write, enjoy the pictures I take, and more so when you stop to comment, but I won’t condone poor behaviour, as has unfortunately been the case in the past.

This particular blog of mine, ‘Diary of a Person Being Human’ was always intended as a platform for my more personal takes on the world in which I currently inhabit, as well as a home for my poetry and more lyrical pieces. I am very frank with my opinions, but my position and attitude is always one of positive progress and encouragement. Always.

I therefore do not invite criticism or negative debate, my beliefs are my own and I am as free as anyone else to express them. Any disagreement or disapproval should be left at the door before you take your seat, with the added assurance that you will be welcomed with open arms as long as we can all get along.

As it is, owing to big changes having occurred in my life since my journey here began, I have been relatively absent from these once well frequented treads. One of those changes was moving to the U.S. and marrying fellow blogger Bill Jones Jr., with whom I now share a photography blog and an art blog. Legally then, I have undergone yet another name change, so that now I am also known as Maria-Xosรฉ Jones-Phillips.

In fact Bill and I met here on WordPress through this and my first blog IshaiyaFreshlySqueezed, back in 2013. He has also become my best friend and collaborative partner, especially when it comes to photography. That and a passion for writing is something we share, amongst many other things, including world travel, when we can of course.

I am, and always have been an artist first. All other labels and definitions proceed that, as such that the names, or labels that I have adopted and been given throughout my life are part of the evolving art of me.

With a redesign of this blog and new incentive to blog again, I hope we’ll get reacquainted, or if new to these parts, that we’ll strike up new and interesting conversations.

Welcome to my theatre. ๐Ÿ™‚



Here is a list of my others blogs:


Raw, Naked Art

Today on Earth, Art

Bess’s Art Journal

27 thoughts on “About me – What’s in a name?

  1. Lovely to read more here and connect again. Looking forward to digging in and having a good read later on. Thanks for the inspiration today, and the great reads. What is this background picture, if I may ask? Cheers!


    1. I see you found my other blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Much of my poetry seems to have gravitated to this side. Thank you so much for taking the time to read, it means a lot. The background photo is one I took when I was in Venice last year. I’ve never been so deeply moved or affected by a place before, so Venice is a very special place or me. Blessings and have a wonderful day today


    1. Wow I’m shocked, that’s an immense compliment! Thank you so much for always being so kind and generous with your comments and your time Steve, friends like you keep me inspired and keep me writing. I too feel very blessed to feel so welcome on here ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Language and writing is very powerful, a magic that has inspired pure awe in me from a very young age. I write because I have to speak about the things that I know within me. Thank you for visiting today


              1. I think my favorite nickname is from my oldest sister. She’s long called me Billy Bob. Sounds funny from her southern accent. I had a friend in college call me “JB” for years and years. I used to wonder if he was dyslexic.


  2. Hi there I have nominated you for โ€œWordpress Family Awardโ€ฆ.โ€

    Please find the information on the below link if you choose to accept the award nomination.

    Thank you for being a part of my world and sharing yours with me.



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