Felicity Harley is a polished public speaker, published journalist, and writer. Along with her career as a nonprofit executive, she served for twenty years on the board of Curbstone Press, an internationally recognized publishing house.
John Crowley: Great Novelist and Master of Fantastika
John Crowley is an American author of fantasy, science fiction and mainstream fiction. He is best known as the author of Little, Big (1981), which received the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and has been called "a neglected masterpiece" by Harold Bloom, and his Ægypt series of novels which revolve around the same themes of Hermeticism, memory, families and religion.
Andy Weir Comes Clean on How and Why He Writes
I’ve just finished reading Andy Weir’s new book, Artemis. This time, Weir’s characters inhabit a colony on the moon in the late twenty-first century. Because there’s been so much talk recently about the colonization of Mars, I was interested to learn what Weir had to say on the moon becoming a colony versus Mars.
Few Americans have yet to discover Portugal. We went recently to visit my British family in Vila Nova de Milfontes in the South. Our journey started in Lisbon where we stayed in an apartment in the central part of Lisbon. Our airfares were inexpensive and our accommodations through Airbnb even more so (we never paid more than $100.00 a night).
Glorious Passion Fruit
The Spanish name "flor das cinco chagas" was first given to this wonderful fruit by missionaries in Brazil. I am sure there are other names used for passion fruit by the indigenous inhabitants of Brazil, but I have not been able to easily find them.
A Fascinating Window Into Sean Stone - Host of 'Buzzsaw'
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sean Stone (eldest son of Oliver), and the host of Buzzsaw, a series on Gaia, a member-supported conscious media company.
I’ve just finished watching The Keepers. I would advise everyone to try and see this extraordinary seven part docuseries. It seems to tell the story of the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik in 1969. But really it also reveals a painful and terrible legacy of sexual abuse, perpetrated principally by Father Joseph Maskell, on a variety of female students at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore. This legacy of sexual abuse is corroborated by Charles Franz, a male child victim of Maskell’s. Horrifically, we learn as the documentary progresses that his corroborating story was specifically and maliciously kept from Jean Wehner, when she and another victim sued the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1994 for $40 million.
Donald and Jared Don't F*** with the Russians or the CIA
Rauri Chisholm who with his wife Janet Chisholm, two of my family’s closest friends when I was growing up, were top agents in MI6 and ran the star British agent Oleg Penkovsky in Moscow in the early 1960s. Penkovsky was the spy whose disclosures sparked the Cuban missile crisis. In fact it was Rauri who recruited me for the Foreign Office, where I served for two years in Iran.
Will the Past Sins of this Country Continue to Define Our Karma?
I was recently in Clarksdale in the Delta region of Mississippi. It has a bitter sweet history. Before the arrival of the European settlers Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians occupied this region which intersected two Indian routes.