Becoming an Antique

October 26, 2014
When we visited a producer recently, we were surprised to discover that his office contained a proud display of all the sort of furniture Whitley and I grew up with—circa around 1957. There was a dining table with chairs that looked like they were out of the old cartoon show the Jetsons, and framed fifties ... continued

My Uri Geller Experience

October 16, 2014
When we interviewed Uri Geller, it turned out that he had a gift for me. When I told him I had cancer, he gave me a suggestion: he said I should meditate every morning and visualize my brain healing. So, I started. How to go about this? I don’t know what the cancer might look ... continued

Football is Back

October 14, 2014
I’ll miss baseball, but I’m glad football season is finally here. For one thing, NFL players all have their last names on their jerseys, unlike the Yankees. The Yankees only have their numbers, so, unless it’s somebody like Derek Jeeter, you have to guess who’s who. One thing that fascinates me about NFL is the ... continued

A Contented Traveler on the Bardo Express

September 26, 2014
Football season has started, there’s a fat hummingbird on the feeder, and I am content, but it’s not just sports and bird life that are making me happy. It’s also because things are going surprisingly well. I mean, I haven’t died yet, and I consider that VERY surprisingly well! Another thing that hasn’t died ... continued

Think Pink

September 8, 2014
I’ve talked about green, I’ve talked about blue, now I’m going to talk about pink—Pepto-Bismol pink, which is soothing not just because it’s the color of a notably gentle medication. The color itself is soothing, so much so that it’s often found on the walls of mental hospitals. continued

Stuck in a Laundry Basket

September 1, 2014
It’s very hard to predict earthquakes. So far, nobody has found a reliable method. There was just recently a major quake in Napa, the winemaking capital of California. It didn’t reach us down here in southern California, but I ended up stuck in a laundry basket anyway. It turns out that there was a microquake ... continued

We’re Losing Our Clowns: ADDITION August 24

August 18, 2014
The recent suicide of Robin Williams reminded me that we are losing our clowns. They are so important, because scientists tell us that for optimal health we need to have at least one good laugh a day. A friend of ours attended school with Williams, so I told him I thought he had a pretty ... continued

Blue Pills, Blue Beads…and Seeing the Visitors

August 14, 2014
In my last diary, I talked about the color green. This time, I want to talk about blue—or rather, blue pills and other things blue. As you can imagine, I take many pills and supplements and in many different colors. A few of them fall on the carpet at times—well, a lot do! (Whitley is efficient, ... continued

Goodbye, Margot

August 6, 2014
Our good friend, wiccan Margot Adler died last week. Margot was an NPR reporter and she was also a Wiccan. We never knew for sure if she believed in an afterlife, but as the dead now so often appear in our lives, I wanted to get in touch with her spirit. But how to do ... continued

Baseball Blast from the Past

July 15, 2014
The baseball season is half over, and I’ve been thinking back over my own career…as a fan. To be exact, a Yankees fan. Being a fan is something you take with you wherever you go. I notice people wearing their beat up, much loved Yankees caps out here in California, thousands of miles from Yankee Stadium. ... continued