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.
- Top Story - July 2021
Connecting with Great Food, People and Places, Provence Top Story - July 2021
On a glorious New England summer day I prepare a French meal I will soon serve to a group of close friends on my well-worn tablecloth that sports sunflowers and lavender. As I lay out this precious keepsake, I'm immediately transported back to Provence.
Today the girl is going with her father to see the man who talks to animals. His name is Gerald Durrell. He lives across the mountains. They get into her father’s green jeep. Her mother isn’t coming. She stands at the door waving to them. Her hair is tied up in a red and yellow scarf. Their house surrounds her as she stands on the balcony under the tin roof. She’s glad her mother isn’t coming with them, since she gets to spend the whole day alone with her father.
They come all the time now. Can’t stop them. Our world, well it’s gone. Food is scarce. Heat unbearable. Waters rise in Florida. Cover Miami. Volcanos erupt in the North. Earthquakes and flooding in California. We have nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. And not from them.
A Rose by Any Other Name would Smell as Sweet
My mother had an amazing rose garden in England and I planted mine to celebrate her. I have roses of all kinds but I mostly concentrate on bush roses. I have peach, red, yellow, purple and white roses. I also have a remarkable orange and gold rose bush which is right outside my kitchen window, and which I keep an eye on in all seasons, including winter. Once Spring comes I fertilize the rose bushes and then I mulch them. I spray them with a light spray for bugs and fungi. I can’t use anything too poisonous because my husband’s bee-hive is quite close, and I don’t want to hurt the bees in any way.
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.
- Top Story - July 2017
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.