Maria Thompson Corley is a Juilliard-trained pianist, composer, church musician, voice actor, writer, and mother of two highly gifted artists. In her non-existent spare time, she loves to read, watch movies, and take pictures of flowers.
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'Theme and Variations: Musical Notes by a Neurologist,' by Dr. Carl Ellenberger
Neurologist and flutist Dr. Carl Ellenberger's new book about the effects of music on the brain continues in the vein of the great Oliver Sacks. Maria Corley reviews.
Black Hollywood is (and has been) ready for its closeup
Helping Hollywood help itself
When black people are given the opportunity to take charge behind the camera, they can diversify every other aspect of a film. When that happens, everyone benefits. Maria Corley considers.
Confederate monuments down, racists still standing
Maybe the nation's Confederate monuments will all come down, but what will we do about the racists who are still standing? Maria Corley considers.
Hedy Weiss, Antoinette Nwandu, and taking ownership
What language does critique speak?
When a reader from the U.K. reviewed Maria Thompson Corley's new novel, it reminded her of the Hedy Weiss/Antoinette Nwandu reviewing controversy.
Lilli de Jong: A Novel, by Janet Benton
For Mother's Day, a mother's tale
Janet Benton's debut novel, 'Lilli de Jong,' offers a view of single motherhood in late-19th-century Philadelphia. Maria Corley reviews.
When fake news invades real life
God help us, every one
When a fake news story took over the headlines in Maria Corley's Lancaster County town, people suffered, which was bad enough; but even worse, she believed it.
Gaining citizenship, losing confidence
Yearning to breathe free
Maria Thompson Corley, a Canadian citizen, got her long-awaited U.S. citizenship after the election ended. So, now what?
Why Prince was special
‘Better live now’ — and so he did
Why did an entertainer like Prince inspire a classical pianist like me? Because he refused to be pigeonholed or controlled by any force except the Almighty.
Lennox Randon's 'Memoirs of a Dead White Chick'
Experiencing another life
Memoirs of a Dead White Chick is a lively, entertaining read. It considers issues around gender and race — and the darker side of America's history of them — without delving too deeply into their horrors.
Meet Jeanne Krausman
A long musical life
She gave herself a “musical Bat Mitzvah” at 83, followed, at 85, by seven consecutive daily performances of a short living room recital. Jeanne Krausman was preparing for her final concert, at 89, when fate intervened.
Does sexy have an expiration date?
I will, on occasion, pull together an outfit purely for the fun of pleasing myself aesthetically, but when I'm dressed that way, I don't assume anyone is deciding whether I'm “toothsome” or not — I figure that, at nearly 50, I'm pretty much invisible, and at this point I don't care if people are assessing me or not.
The many kinds of success of Venus and Serena Williams
That Serena and Venus are excellent, well-adjusted, and curious about things outside their area of expertise is phenomenal. That they are best friends on top of that is even more amazing; the investment Oracene Price and Richard Williams made in their children has paid many important dividends.