Category Archives: Authors

No Is Not Enough

James Hillman (1926-2011), who I regard as a mentor, always sought the fantasy, the imagination that underlies the literalism of what we take as facts. Quoting Jung, he said, “The psyche creates reality,” (Revisioning Psychology). The Buddhist teachers I’ve met … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – William Stafford

Some poems are prophetic, though readers and the poet alike discover this only after the passage of time. William Stafford (1914-1993) wrote poems like this. Of his process, he said, “It’s like fishing,” and “A writer is not so much … Continue reading

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Timely quotes from Reinhold Niebuhr

Neibuhr’s best known work, however, is the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Continue reading

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Drinking in America: Our Secret History by Susan Cheever

The Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower were headed toward Virginia, where they had a land grant from King James.  Instead, they landed illegally in Massachusetts because they were running out of beer.  So says historian, Susan Cheever … Continue reading

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Happy 90th Anniversary to…

…the Sacramento Branch of the California Writer’s Club, founded October 31, 1925. Here’s some info from the brochure at the celebration lunch last Saturday: “Club history lore is that the founding of the California Writer’s Club emerged in part from … Continue reading

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Her Poison Pen

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Agatha Christie as the best selling novelist of all time. Over the years, I’ve done my part in helping to make her so. Christie’s preferred fictional murder weapon was poison. Of the more … Continue reading

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Inside Inside Out, a review of sorts

In a culture that imagines a sharp mind-body split, it isn’t surprising to see images of a smart inner being controlling our physical “machinery.” Inside Out gives us a committee at the helm. Among feature length movies, it is unique in … Continue reading

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Thomas Hardy – take two

Let’s try this again…last time I pulled a classic not-paying-attention trick – I hit “Publish” instead of “Save,” and then trashed the previous draft. So as I was I was saying…. A movie trailer for a new version of Far From … Continue reading

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