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Sometimes when I work on my memoirs I feel like I am living in the past and ignoring the present too much. Thinking about romances or travels, I can get caught up in describing the clothes I wore then or in trying to evoke my emotions on a particular train ride as it arrived at the station in, say, long-ago Madrid. But my dogs keep me anchored in the present. Lilly and Nicky do not care about all that. Lilly brings her favorite orange ball to my feet… it’s a ball made specially for dogs that we can use in … Continue reading →
Sometimes when I check my author page at Amazon.com I find that one of my paperbacks, generally an older one, is listed as being for sale for a surprisingly high price, by a seller I have never heard of. It puzzled me for a while, but then I figured out that people do it to make a large profit. For example, one of the books about llamas and their care that I wrote many years ago is out of print as far as my publishing company is concerned. But someone has it listed for close to a hundred dollars. Huh? … Continue reading →
Some people keep on writing no matter what is going on in their lives. I like the idea but rarely succeed. Sure, the refrigerator giving out was only a matter of a few days. But we had a couple of other crises going on. Helping a homeless man was very satisfying when we helped him find a perfect rural spot for him and his numerous cats. Now I am back to my book about being a research subject for LSD back in 1964, with a lot about how it affected my life positively for years afterwards. How soon will it … Continue reading →
The other evening we had several of our close friends over for dinner. After it, I read aloud the entire second chapter of my forthcoming book LSD and Beyond: How Being a Research Subject Transformed My Life. I put the first bit of that chapter here in the blog recently. It was very quiet as I read, with a few laughs where I hoped there would be. Then my friends said they were eager to read the book. Well, duh, they are my buddies, but they all said that hearing that one chapter made them want to know how things … Continue reading →
A bit from the draft of my LSD book, which I’m working on now: The study habits that had made me a good student at Stanford kicked in as I read about Quakerism, the Bible, and prayer. Actually, to my surprise, I was a more diligent student now that I was studying exactly what I wanted to. If a book or a subject didn’t grab me, I put it aside. For example, I began reading a book called Dimensions of Prayer, written by a Quaker named Douglas Steere. He drew on Christians of all backgrounds. One thing I wrote down: Steere … Continue reading →