Carol Miller

ABOUT THE AUTHOR The restless Carol Miller, often called "The Renaissance Woman of Mexico", was born in Los Angeles but as one local journalist wrote, in Mexico she "forged a niche only she could fill”. Carol Miller has been a sculptress for over fifty years with some two hundred gallery and museum exhibits, as well as auctions to her credit, “but a writer all my life”. Her career in professional journalism began at age fifteen, then took a definitive turn when she arrived in Mexico in 1954 and began contributing regularly to Howard Phillips’ “Mexican Life”, Anita Brenner’s “Mexico This Month”, as well as a number of Mexican magazines and newspapers, in Spanish. A correspondent for LIFE Magazine in Mexico (1962-65), syndicated travel writer, translator, film and art critic, magazine editor, lecturer, photographer, gastronome, she has also worked for ad agencies, public relations firms, craft centers, archaeological projects, and documentary film makers as the author of their background text. Her many books, a number of them published in both English and Spanish, have evolved out of her extensive research and travel, initially among Maya sites in Mexico and then distant, often related, cultures around the world, with a special focus on archaeology and history. Her articles on the Greek world in the Sunday Travel Section of the now-defunct Mexico City News, published during the 70’s and 80’s, earned her the title of Honorary Cultural Attaché for the Greek Embassy in Mexico, and the nickname of “Athenea”. Her career in the arts, and particularly as a sculptress, won her the “Superior Academic Order” in 1999, from the Accademia Internazionale Greci-Marino in Vinzaglio, Italy. In 2004 this order was raised to “Honorary National Councilor for Mexico” in recognition of her overall contribution to the arts, specifically in sculpture, research and journalism. In addition she is a photographer and scholar; and through intense travel and research an authority on the Maya, among others of the world’s cultures. In 2000 she was awarded a Certificate of Academic Merit from the University of Campeche, Mexico, for her paper “The China-Maya Connection. The work, greatly expanded, is pending publication in Spanish. She has also written several books under the Xlibris imprint, regarding the Maya, Travels in the Maya World, and The Other Side of Yesterday, the China-Maya Connection. She is a member of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) where she has served as a perennial member of the Media Relations Committee; and is a research consultant at the Institute for Maya Studies in Mexico. She serves on the Advisory Board of Exploring Solutions Past (ESP): The Maya Forest Alliance, with the El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna in Belize. This great Classic Period site is further described in Miller’s "Belize, An Interruption of the Jungle". A resident of Mexico for over sixty years, she lives with her husband, designer and art restorer Tomás González, in the Pedregal suburb of Mexico City. He inspired her to write the present book, The Magpie Syndrome, Understanding Dyslexia, and in love and gratitude it is dedicated to him, in his lifelong struggle, which was really boundless creativity, barely disguised. A departure from her other work, these studies are both personal and generic, through a selection of texts, not entirely random, in which Miller deals principally with energy healing, dyslexia and personal ghosts. Miller, tireless iconoclast and adventurer, through her roster of books, has created a unique compilation of observations and personal experiences from around the world. Her work includes The Winged Prophet, From Hermes to Quetzalcoatl, an analysis of the parallels between the Aztec pantheon, and the esotaeria of other cultures as expressed in the Tarot, co-authored with Guadalupe Rivera Marín, daughter of world-renowned artist Diego Rivera. This study in cultural convergence and comparative mythology was published by Red Wing/Weiser. Recent titles include as well the autobiographical and deeply insightful Training Juan Domingo: Mexico and Me, called by Denver anthropologist Schuyler Grey "the work of a hardy lady, and a must for anyone interested in Mexico or planning to visit our enigmatic southern neighbor”. The book is described by anthropologist and art historian Dawn F. Rooney (specialist in the Khmer culture of Southeast Asia, according to Miller, related to the Maya) as "A treasure, this book is a delight to read”. Another of Miller’s recent publications,Travels in the Asian World, is a five-part mix of history and autobiography roaming through China, Tibet, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, and is as provocative as the places it visits. Much of the material on Tibet served, as well, as the background text for the ninety-minute documentary film “Free Tibet”, a Juan E. García production. East Asia was followed by the The Coca Box. This trip through both coastal and highland Peru includes the misadventures of four unlikely travelers, one of whom devotes her time to the unsuspected collecting of highly restricted archaeological treasures. Were they real? Were they fake? Were they stolen? We may never know. South America was followed by another travel anthology, called Laying On Of Hands, a trip around the world beginning with an experience in mystic healing in northern Mexico, continuing through the U.S., and moving across the Mediterranean, Austria and French Polynesia, exploring the origins of the Olympic Games, the beginnings of banking and finance, gold mining in Real de Catorce, a belly dancer in California, wine in Sicily, the age of exploration in the South Pacific, even the founding of Venice, one of the great marvels of all time. Travel, history and journalism combined in 2011 in Alma de mi alma, el México de los extranjeros, published by the National Institute of Anthropology and History together with the National Migration Institute, a branch of the Department of the Interior: a work which treats the stories of eighteen personalities, including the author—artists, actors, linguists, composers, photographers, writers, a gastronome, a pioneer in public nursing— who succumbed to the magic of Mexico and made it their home. oOosee more