The journey continues…

with my next project, a memoir based on my years as a spousal caregiver during my husband’s struggle with dementia. During those same years, we maintained a home sanctuary to help monarch butterflies and their caterpillars survive and thrive. This image is a monarch on Alan’s hand. I guess the theme of hands will carry through for the rest of my days…

Aldous Huxley’s Hands  by Allene Symons
from Prometheus Books 


   Psychedelics, neuroscience, and historical biography come together when a journalist finds a lost photograph of Aldous Huxley and uncovers a hidden side of the celebrated author of Brave New World and The Doors of Perception. Allene Symons had no inkling that Aldous Huxley was once a friend of her father’s until the summer of 2001 when she discovered a box of her dad’s old photographs. Read More








Praise for Aldous Huxley’s Hands

1458498_431371003710688_3654313972731525021_n   “The psychedelic Sixties didn’t begin in the 1960s. That much is certain after reading Aldous Huxley’s Hands ….”
– Ben Fong-Torres, former senior editor, Rolling Stone; columnist,
San Francisco Chronicle

“Allene Symons has written an intriguing combination of an Aldous Huxley biography, a smart daughter’s memoir of her father, and science–ranging from schizophrenia to paranormal consciousness to psychedelics … It’s an absorbing and beguiling read.” 
Lisa See, author of China Dolls, Snow Flower
and the Secret Fan,
and  On Gold Mountain