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Lhasa, Tibet for “A Poet’s Progress,” Newtopia Magazine #32

Lhasa, Tibet I was a Snake, slipping out from under a sleeping woman who smelled of lavender and smoke and coconut. She was tiny and I felt as large as a walrus beside her, both taking up too much space and not having enough room to get comfortable myself because it was a twin bed…. Continue Reading »

“This is what we teach, this is what we practice”: Recording “Walking Meditation” with Nguyen Anh-Huong, for Many Voices

Last week I was in the studio with David Frenette, recording a program on Centering Prayer Meditations. David lives in Boulder, and so when some expected and unexpected situations arose during our recording, we had lots of options if we needed them, which we mostly didn’t. It’s actually not uncommon to be recording when something… Continue Reading »

Chengdu, China (“God Hates Pandas and Wants Them to Die”) & Arriving in Lhasa, Tibet for “A Poet’s Progress,” Newtopia Magazine #31

Xian: Day Five: We Come Upon a Pair of Butterflies and Xi Explains Why Butterflies Are Always Seen in Pairs Zhu Yingtai was a beautiful and intelligent young woman, the ninth child but only daughter of a wealthy family in Shangyu. At the time girls were not allowed to attend school, but she convinced her… Continue Reading »

Creating a Field Guide to the Human Brain with Rick Hanson, for Many Voices

I’ve recently returned from recording a new program with Rick Hanson in Corte Madera, California. I first worked with Rick and his co-author Rick Mendius in 2009, when we recorded Meditations to Change Your Brain and Meditations for Happiness at the late, lamented Ursa Minor Studios in San Rafael, with the always amazing Ben Leinbach… Continue Reading »

Xian Poet’s Park, a Village Dancing Lesson, the Mosou’s Walking Marriage for “A Poet’s Progress,” Newtopia Magazine #30

Xian: Day Five: We Come Upon a Pair of Butterflies and Xi Explains Why Butterflies Are Always Seen in Pairs Zhu Yingtai was a beautiful and intelligent young woman, the ninth child but only daughter of a wealthy family in Shangyu. At the time girls were not allowed to attend school, but she convinced her… Continue Reading »

Hong Kong for “A Poet’s Progress,” Newtopia Magazine #29

Xi tells me that in Mao’s time being rich and even dreams of getting rich were considered social crimes in China. But when his successor, Deng Xiaoping, assumed power in 1978, his first speech announced that helping every Chinese citizen become rich was going to be the driving force for the future of China. This… Continue Reading »

My Two Favorite Buddhist Stories for “A Poet’s Progress,” Newtopia Magazine #28

Sitting next to Xi on the plane out of Lhasa, I ask her if she knows the story of Buddha and the snake. I tell her it’s my second-favorite Buddhist story. I first heard it from Lama Surya Das, a Dzogchen Buddhist. Xi frowns. Once again I’ve proven that I know more about Buddhism than… Continue Reading »

Catching Up with Lisa Wimberger, for Many Voices

My primary area of interest over the last couple of years has been the relationship between meditation practices and measurable brain change. I have recorded programs on positive neuroplasticity with authors such as Daniel Siegel, Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius, and Andrew Newberg, and late last year I recorded two products with someone I believe will… Continue Reading »

A Memorial for Layne Redmond (1952-2013): Travels to Greece & Cyprus 2005 & 2009

Foreword On October 30th , 2013, I posted on my company’s website the following memorial for Layne Redmond, who had died two days before. 34-02 Layne Redmond, Promo Photo, Remo Drums, circa 2006Layne Redmond, Remo Drums Promo Photo, circa 2006 Layne Redmond: 1952-2013 As a producer and editor for Sounds True, I am friendly with… Continue Reading »

Layne Redmond, 1952-2013, for Many Voices

As a producer and editor for Sounds True, I am friendly with most of “my” authors. I have become friends with a few of them. But there’s only one who was more than a friend, and that was Layne Redmond. But I’m not alone in that. Within 24 hours, Layne had almost 1000 people “like”… Continue Reading »