IT’S ONLY RITA BEING RITA

(a memoir of an enduring but unlikely friendship) “Who was that?” I asked when, after chatting for over an hour, Joe finally replaced the receiver. I was 19, newly arrived in New York, and had just moved into a studio above Carnegie Hall with a man 25 years my senior, Joseph X  Dever, the very … Continue reading IT’S ONLY RITA BEING RITA

FOLLOWING THE HUNT

A Memoir of an Unusual Friendship by Caroline Kennedy   I remember the moment so well. We were sitting across from each other, on red velvet banquettes, in a quiet corner of Annabel’s in Berkeley Square, indulging our taste buds in the nightclub’s  famous marmalade ice-cream, when he suddenly blurted out: “I think I’ve got … Continue reading FOLLOWING THE HUNT

CARNEGIE HALL DAYS

 My new home in New York was a studio above Carnegie Hall I shared with my boyfriend, society columnist Joseph X Dever. Our neighbours in some of the other studios included the jazz pianist and cabaret singer Bobby Short, the Italian impresario Gian Carlo Menotti, the famous milliner and NY street photographer Bill Cunningham, the … Continue reading CARNEGIE HALL DAYS

WANTING TO BE EDDIE

A Cautionary Tale set in Nicaragua in 1996 by Caroline Kennedy High up in his lonely retreat on the Maribios Mountains, Terry Chapman surveys the golden beaches and the viridian waters of the Pacific Ocean 1500 metres below him. Standing on the cliff edge surrounded by towering hardwoods, he watches for a moment as, in … Continue reading WANTING TO BE EDDIE

HOW NOT TO CATCH A SERIAL RAPIST

  (or How Following in the Footsteps of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Can Lead to Serious Trouble!) With the long overdue disclosures of many brave women around the world who have suffered sex abuse at the hands of, mainly powerful, men, I thought it was time to revisit a terrifying experience I lived through on … Continue reading HOW NOT TO CATCH A SERIAL RAPIST

ONLY MASS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CAN BLOCK MARCOS’S BURIAL

I am reposting this article so more people will have the chance to read it. I am hoping its author, Herbert Docena, will not mind my doing so. I am glad to see he is a young man who may never even have experienced the worst excesses of the Marcos years. But he has read … Continue reading ONLY MASS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CAN BLOCK MARCOS’S BURIAL

#NeverAgain: Martial Law stories young people need to hear

Here is an article by Shakira Sison that is important for all young people to read so they know exactly what really happened under martial law, what the true cost of human suffering was. Maybe your families were the lucky ones. Maybe your families made money through the corruption of the Marcos regime. Maybe your family … Continue reading #NeverAgain: Martial Law stories young people need to hear