Works in Progress
I spent most of 2011 and all of 2012 caring for my parents, who both died in the latter year. Upon returning to Los Angeles, I created the web site and fledgling online magazine and nascent independent publishing company, bluesforabuddha.com as a platform for my own writing and that of others. The site currently includes the work of published poets and prominent journalists, including a well-known writer for Esquire. I want to showcase new American roots music with truth, guts and meaning, and the interest is starting to swell. I’m finding a lot of great poetry, mainly because I know people who write it but just stay clear of the literary hamster wheel, but I’m pleased to have the work of critically acclaimed poets like Rayn Roberts along with the obscure.
What more, Blues for a Buddha just released its first EP. It features the drummer formerly known as Jeff Mince, now ordained as a Buddhist monk and setting up meditation centers on the east coast. We're going to do a crowd-founding campaign for the site soon, and part of the aim is to raise some money for Kelsang Pawo's festival fund, or whatever his needs may be. I'm very proud of this effort. Learning the sound engineering software very nearly broke my mind, but I mastered it--and that was on top of learning how to build a web site.
I’m particularly interested in essays about personal transformation through meditation and creativity. The site has a soft focus on recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, my interest in the latter being a consequence of my former life as a food, wine and travel writer.
I am currently finishing a book proposal about a med student who lived on skid row for two years—while attending med school. Also in the works is How to Unkidnap Yourself: Adventures in the Quest for Liberation, a book about co-dependence from a mostly implicit Buddhist perspective (With psychologist, Laura C. Brewer, PhD) which I plan to self-publish as an ebooklet.