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About rheaharmsen

Rhea Harmsen is a scientist, novelist and author of Language of the Spirit, a volume of selected poems. She has also released three novels, The Harvest of Reason, Intermarry, and God Created Women. Harmsen was born in a family with a black father and a white mother at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in some states. Her parents gave her a vision of world citizenship that informs her writing and her lifestyle and has caused her to reject traditional views of race and gender. Harmsen's article "Science in the Hands of Women: Present Barriers, Future Promise" appeared in World Order in 1998 and provides the foundation for the story line for her novel The Harvest of Reason. She co-published the Monroeville Race Unity Forum Bulletin and authored many poems on racial topics, crystallizing the "conversation on race" in the novel Intermarry. Her work with domestic violence survivors in Puerto Rico inspired the novel God Created Women. Harmsen holds a doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Puerto Rico. Upcomming projects are described in her web page at rheaharmsen.com

Parliamentary speeches of Maria Klaus – BIRTH OF IDEAL CAPITALISM – On Student Debt

INTERVIEW SOUNDBITES 8  (Translated from Aussish) (COOK/OWNER of a tiny felafel place talks across the counter to a CUSTOMER) “Yeah, I remember one of Maria Klaus’ speeches.” “Which one?” “The one about the student debt crisis.” “They say she did … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Speeches of Maria Klaus – BIRTH OF IDEAL CAPITALISM – On Work

INTERVIEW SOUNDBITES 3 (translated from Aussish) (COLLEGE STUDENTS AT A CAFETERIA TABLE): (STUDENT 1) “The Capitalists, the capitalists. She kept using this funny term. And at first we didn’t even know who she was talking about. Then little by little … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Speeches of Maria Klaus – BIRTH OF IDEAL CAPITALISM – On Wealth

INTERVIEW SOUNDBITES 2 (translated from Aussish) College Students at a cafeteria table: (STUDENT 1) “So it became a fight, you know, because the rich didn’t want to pay any more taxes. So she just came back, in a few weeks, … Continue reading

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Race in America: My Reflections on “The Present Crisis”

Poetry is all I have to offer today when my country is in such turmoil. I write a lot about race unity, hoping to spread hope. Wherever there is a thought of hate, replace it with a thought of love. … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Speeches of Maria Klaus. BIRTH OF IDEAL CAPITALISM – On Debt

  INTERVIEW SOUNDBITES 1 Farmer (with his wife beside him) “She was so ugly you know. Just a dumpy little woman. And she changed the course of history. Because we were sinking. Not through any fault of our own, but … Continue reading

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MORAL COURAGE, a book launch on Mother’s Day about war and peace.

Released on Mother’s Day and dedicated to her mother (Jane Reynolds Howard) Moral Courage is the newest novel by independent author Rhea Harmsen. It follows the indie release of The Harvest of Reason (2012), Intermarry (2013), and God Created Women … Continue reading

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Recommended link: One ayatollah’s stand for the Baha’i

Originally posted on Everybody Means Something:
Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani There is a very moving piece by Ibrahim Mogra in the Guardian today, which is most appropriate as it is the first day of Ridvan, the most important Bahá’í Festival. I…

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What is more horrible? #BringBackOurGirls

On a scale of one to ten, what is more horrible than the kidnapping of little girls to be sold into sexual slavery in order to scare folks into not sending girls to school? How should we react to that? … Continue reading

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The Black Woman’s Journey, a poem for Black History Month

The Black Woman’s Journey   It’s a dangerous world out there Treat her like a queen Close ranks for protection Treat her like a queen You can’t carry her bags Even though she’s a queen She must tote the weary … Continue reading

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MLK Poetry Tribute – Race in America: Journey of the black male

MLK Poetry Tribute – Race in America Journey of the Black Male   Have you ever seen a black man walk straight? Not shucking nor jiving, not strutting – but straight! It’s a long time coming, this regal gait Takes … Continue reading

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