Archive - September 5, 2012

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Maureen Orth (Colombia 1964-66) In the Middle of It Again!
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A Website To Promote Your Books Established by RPCV Julie Dargis (Morocco 1984-87)

Maureen Orth (Colombia 1964-66) In the Middle of It Again!

Maureen Orth (Colombia 1964-66) is in the “Middle of It” again! Maureen this morning on the TODAY Show defended her October article in Vanity Fair about the Church of  Scientology seeking a bride for Tom Cruise. Maureen told Matt Lauer on the TODAY  Show that “Tom can’t find the Scientology soul mate that he needs to be the No. 2 most important person in the religion, which is what he was called by the head of Scientology.” The church, it seems, wanted Tom to settle on actress Nazanin Boniadi who dated Cruise for a few months in 2004. In VF Maureen wrote that when Cruise was married to Nicole Kidman, the pair “drifted away” from Scientology; the Church then ramped up efforts to get them back by “auditing” (“their kind of confessional”) Cruise once a day for almost a year, and collecting information from spies working in the couple’s home. . . .

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A Website To Promote Your Books Established by RPCV Julie Dargis (Morocco 1984-87)

Poet Julie Dargis (Morocco 1984-87) is the founder of Indie House Press. This non-profit site is working to support independent writers by connecting them to independent publishing platforms, editors, designers, branding specialists, and independent booksellers. Rather than creating a list, like many traditional publishers, she is creating a network. If you are an independent writer, and you would like to list your work on her site, contact Julie at julie.dargis@gmail.com.  Julie lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has worked for international organizations in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia, primarily with populations affected by conflict and natural disaster for twenty-five years. Her first book, Seven Sonnets, was published in June on CreateSpace.com. Her second book, a memoir including sonnets and verse depicting her life and work in eight countries will be out in November 2012. She began writing sonnets when she was a PCV in Morocco. Her website is www.IndieHousePress.org.

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