welcome to my humble author page

My previous, ancient home page is now set in stone. Finito! Done. Check it out!

Meanwhile, I pause to reflect – Gosh! – I’ve been online since 1989.  ( Where were you in 1989 ? )

Anyhoo – please, enjoy! & come back whenever you wish.  Wherever you go, I’ll be ” here ” —

¿ why not ?


  1. Hello Gary,

    First visit, first acquaintance. Your archives are such a rich source of information and good thought, I wait with interest to see what this new venture/pages will bring. Wishing you every success, and that your pages continue to ripple outward and enlighten and delight those ahead of us whom we will never meet.

    I Dream the Children

    I dream the children yet unborn
    that see the bloom I will not see,
    and plant what seeds I have at hand,
    word-watered that they might be spared
    though brief my life and faint the drum
    that conjures up mortality.

    There’s little else life ought,
    a moment here or there, a thought
    against the time they might emerge
    to wonder if we ever knew
    how much was said but never heard,
    as though the dream would make it so.

  2. Hello Gary,

    I’m reading your book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism, now and I found two errors on page 49. The page says, “Mention might be made, too, of Mani (210-276), who synthesized Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, and Zoroastrian doctrines in what became known as Manicheasm.” Muslim shouldn’t be in that sentence because Islam was founded over three centuries after Manichaeism was founded, and Manicheasm should be spelled Manichaeism. Other than that, I think everything else is good.

  3. What a wonderful approach to Life … “pause breathe smile”! Hey Gary, I like to tell folks, I’m three years away from Seventy – I let them decide which way!
    … Your new book has already helped me deliver our timely and critical message of “mindfulness”.
    I am a disabled Vietnam Veteran that volunteers at the DC V.A. and in senior centers – working with Veterans still experiencing PTSD. Thank you for your gift of humor and tranquility. ..
    “… Serenity Now” (-a Costanza mantra)

    Namaste’ … now, Namastgo’

  4. Gary, so many great ideas in your new book! Have you started on your next project: “breathe pause smile” ?

    I loved the ‘red dot’ idea! I now give out circular plumb color labels which remind us to say; “THANK YOU” ” … breathe, pause, smile”

    I also refer folks to a Meditation bell app;
    “MindBell” and set mine to chime every half hour – amazing how many bells I never hear during my day!

    Your book and ideas have made a huge difference in my life and the lives I touch. I’m also getting ready to go into our jails to share these and other healing methods with our prison populations. I will be sharing EFT and Thick Nhat Hanh’s meditation in your book …
    Thank you Gary … thank you !

  5. Gary, here’s an update on some recent contributions where I shared your new book: at Ft. Belvoir USO in a holiday de-stress presentation with military and families; at a local Veteran’s gathering; two classes for prisoners at an adult Detention Center; and a special workshop for Dr. Patch Adams and his group in West Virginia at their clown retreat – the Gesundheit Institute farm. All venues, well received with concepts like: pause breathe smile or – breathe pause smile … either way, it all works!
    Thanks Gary !!!

  6. Hello Mr Gach, I just wanted to say thank you for writing Pause Breathe Smile. It has truly inspired me to work to become a better person. You have changed the trajectory of my life, and by doing so you have affected the lives of all those who I come into contact with every day at work, at home, and everywhere in between. Take care of yourself, and thank you.

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