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Solitude and Splendor: Living in the Schoolhouse,

Memoir, 140 pages, 14 photos, Publish America, 2007.

$18.    I followed my dream of living alone in the forest. As

I lived simply and close to trees, snow, bugs, and

mountains, I thrived in my handyperson’s special of an old,

one-room schoolhouse in the rugged wilderness of western

Maine. Without electricity, a phone, or running water, I

was able to travel back in time away from the chaotic

modern world. I was spellbound by the forest, which

revealed itself to me in joy and wonder through the ever-

changing drama of the seasons. Solitude and Splendor

shows how I lived my dream and presents a vivid account

of the challenges I overcame as I sought a different way to

live as an antidote to the 24/7 speeded up, multi-tasking

character of today’s world.  I survived the cold and a

chimney fire, bonded with bats and mice, and followed my

artistic inspiration during this transformative adventure in

my forest home. Solitude and Splendor celebrates the

richness and beauty of nature as I was privileged to have

the time to savor it.  Contact mariatermini2013 (at) to purchase.

The Artist and the Spy, Memoir, 280 pages, Winter

Garden, 2010. $18.  Passion, fear, the joy of creating art,

lost hopes, and new life intertwine in an unsettling six-year

long relationship with a mysterious military officer. I am

irresistibly attracted to Lt. Col. Matthew Cordes’ life of

adventure and danger, which leads me to a point of no

escape. My story takes place in Washington DC, New York

City, and Boston during the time of the Vietnam War and

sheds light on the unknown story of Matt’s betrayal by his

own government and the deadly reality of intelligence

leaks.  I alone witnessed how Matt tried to leave the world

of combat and spying to seek a peaceful civilian life and

how he was pressured by the CIA and FBI to return to

covert operations. I was an art student in graduate school,

in love with Matt, as he became trapped in a bureaucratic

limbo, suffered from PTSD, and fell into an ever-increasing

spiral of depression, paranoia, and poverty.  I struggled to

survive with our twins in an atmosphere of growing danger

and to become free to fulfill my calling to be an artist,

clinging to hope for a better future, which came with a high

cost.  Contact  mariatermini2013 (@) to

purchase. Also available as KINDLE e book)

Driving Curiosity: On the Road in Central America,

Memoir, Winter Garden, 2012, 293 pages, 73 black and

white photos.  $18.   In 1986, I was inspired to leave

Boston and travel slowly through Mexico, Guatemala,

Honduras, and Nicaragua. I saw all that I could, talking,

listening, and living mainly in my green, white, and rusty

VW bus.  My rambling journey led me to an adventure deep

into the unknown, a revelation of amazing natural beauty,

an appreciation of the richness of indigenous cultures, and

the unforgettable reality of extreme poverty.  My trip

included a long stay in Nicaragua at the height of the war

between the Sandinistas and the contras.  I parked my bus

in a peaceful pasture near the Honduran border and lived

with poor families for five months. I used my carpentry

skills to build houses and witnessed close-up the profound

courage and gracious kindness of people who survived in

very dire circumstances. Everything below the border was

fascinating to me.  I wrote this journal alone in my bus,

often by moonlight or candlelight, to capture all the details

of my new existence as well as relieve my loneliness with

words to someday share with others who are also curious.

Contact mariatermini2013 (at) to purchase. Also

available as KINDLE e book.

Leafdancer, CD, 17 songs. $15.

Maria Termini has been singing all her life in coffeehouses,

churches, subways, and other places. This CD features her

own original music, Italian classical songs, folk songs in

English and Spanish, and a variety of other songs as she

accompanies herself on keyboards and guitar. Preview and

purchase this CD at or

contact: mariatermini2013 (at)