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My book tour covered the San Francisco Bay Area – inaugural launch at Green Arcade, San Francisco; East West Books, South Bay; Copperfields, North Bay; Book Passage, Marin; and capped by a benefit for KPFA-fm (Pacifica) at the Hillside Club, Berkeley (Moe’s Books on Telegraph supplied copies).

For the latter, Maxine Hong Kingston generously donated her time to join in conversation with me. For a preview, we were guests of the Talkies show, moderated by Kris Welch, who hosted our benefit evening. The benefit event will be used for December pledge drives for the Pacifica network affiliates (listener-sponsored).  Pacifica was born in the peace movement surrounding World War Two, hence its name, referring to pacifism.

In our Talkies segment, we begin at [ 30 : 53 ].


Meditation: The Gardening of the Heart • Airing October 31 – November 13, 2018 then available on-demand • Episode 3,469 • New Dimensions Radio.
Mindfulness Is the Path is a free chat in the program’s Café series [Tags: mindfulness, liberation, vulnerable, liberation, Mindfulness Fellowship, Tai Chi, Qigong, rhythmic breathing, swimming, Personal Transformation, Self Help, Meditation]
At lunch after the session, Justine & I found how interwined is our “crazy, twisted karma.” I remember, for one thing, the original New Dimensions pod, plus we discovered our mutual connections from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Being in conversation with her is like having an intimate session with your beloved guru. It opens the heart and awakens the mind, clarifies purpose & vitalizes the spirit, & uplifts the soul.


The Secular Buddhist podcast
Episode 299 •  Pause  Breathe  Smile : Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough [ 44:42 ]  August 11, 2018.

Conversation with Ted Meissner ~ Teacher of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) at Jon Kabat Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, & Society in Massachusetts, where he manages online programming and community development. He also teaches MBSR online at his magnificent site Present Moment : Mindfulness Practice & Science

Meditation is sometimes thought of as a passive relaxation technique. And I’ll admit, those three words together rub me the wrong way. Meditation is, to me, an active, alive way of being, and that is often far from relaxing, though of course it can be. But to think of the full breadth of contemplative practice as “a technique” is doing a great disservice to the change which can occur by realizing there is no distance between you, and living this very life.

Author 2 Author
Conversation with Bill Kenower, Editor-in-Chief, Author magazine, September 4, 2018 9 [ 35:30 ]
Bill started us out in spiritual openness & we fell into a conversation from there. When we both looked at the clock, a half hour later, we realized we’d barely scratched the surface together, and yet we covered a great deal of ground.

Conscious Community
Recorded September 4, 2018.
Janae Jean, Spencer Schluter, and I discussed “conscious” & “community,” on many levels – as well as kung fu, fundamentalist atheists, gender & smiling, & much more. ( 1:11.36 )


What Matters Most
Conversation with Paul Samuel Dolman, Recorded September 6, 2018


The Soul-Directed Life • Conversation with Janet Conners, recorded September 13, 2018, Unity Radio.  Video trailer ( 3:10 )


Mindfulness: Good Medicine in Confounding Times • New Human Living, with Les Jensen, October 31, 2018. ( 1:00:15 )


Unshakable Self-Confidencewith Bill Atwell

In the Spirit – with Gary G. LIVE September 27 – the deepest dive yet ( Gary G. kept a recording of it ] –  a return visit is scheduled for December 13.


Insights at the Edge with Tami Simon. Pause. Breathe. Smile. Spiritual Awakening as an Art Form [ 58:58 ]  August 14, 2018 — with transcript.
I’m embarassed to say, alas, I flubbed this one – my first interview in 5 years. Since then, I’ve been answering Tami’s questions elsewhere, but not in her sublime sequence. All my bad.




Review by Lynette Monteiro, PhD [clinical psychologist, co-founder of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, and co-author with Frank Musten of Mindfulness Starts Here : An 8-week guide to skillful living] in 108zenbooks, November 11, 2018.

Review by Krysta Gibson, New Spirit Journal

Pause Breathe Smile’ a nifty primer on mindfulness. by Leslie Katz, in San Francisco Examiner,  September 5, 2018 

Community of Communities – Excerpt of interview with Gary Gach by Janae Jean & Spencer Schluter in October 2018 issue of Conscious Community

Review by J Aisylnn D’Merricksson in San Francisco Book Review, November 2018 

What Is Meditation?  – by GG • excerpt, in Tricycle_Fall 2018_Brief Teachings, emailed to subscribers September 12, 2018

Selected in Spirituality & Health‘s 100 Books Round Up • chosen as 1 of 10 mindfulness titles

Study. Observe. Practice.  – by GG • in How to Take Knowledge from Books & Actively Apply It to Your Life  by Ben Skute, in Fupping

Look to the Growing Edge. – by GG • in The Edge, on September 1, 2018.