Celebrating Nature, Culture, and Spirit
With my novel The Last Book, Further Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, Thomas Mann’s unfinished European classic takes a speculative turn to a dystopian future, via a ’70s joyride through middle America. Precocious con-man Felix Krull meets his match in Sophie Vaughan, astral temptress and first woman president. Together they must choose sides in the looming battle between the ruling Hierarchy and the rebellious Panarchists.
Key to Felix’s awakening to the realities of the twenty-first century is his discovery of a mysterious document in a top-secret government archive, from which we are shown the following excerpts: The Last Book: Footnotes to the History of Humankind
I’m happy to announce the birth of twins: two new novels, long in the making (just when I think they’re too big to ever see the light of day, out they come, fully formed):
Red Rock Road, Light Blue Sea – a nonfiction novel about love and art
Midlife Canadians in a fledgling relationship, Wilson and Noella trek the wild edges of Spain and Portugal, a honeymoon-flavored pilgrimage of creative inspiration. Navigating between bliss and burnout, they retreat to the island of Formentera, where their rustic cottage proves a crucible of reinvention: of self, of love, of new art.
Red Rock Road took seventeen years and two dozen drafts to flesh out and complete, following its conception during a journey with my partner to Spain in 2000.
The Last Book: Further Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man
Thomas Mann’s unfinished European classic takes a speculative turn to a dystopian future, via a 70s joyride through middle America. Precocious con-man Felix Krull meets his match in Sophie Vaughan, astral temptress and first woman president. Together they must choose sides in the looming battle between the ruling Hierarchy and the rebellious Panarchists.
The Last Book was conceived in 1976 when I finished Mann’s Felix Krull and was inspired to continue the narrative voice of its hero… to continue the tale Mann failed to finish before he died in 1955.
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Nowick Gray - Wild Writings - NowickGray.com
Then There's Only One Choice - by Wolfgang Borchert, trans. William T. Hathaway
Rx against trauma - by William T. Hathaway
Spring Fever: coon croon (live outside my window, 5 May 2017)
Laura Magdalene Eisenhower - How to Access the Real Story, the Positive Timeline
Corporate Media - poem by Nowick Gray
First let’s get this straight:
I am not the t-word....
Crimes Against Nature (and humanity) - by Nowick Gray
from the writer's journal: Simple and Free - by Nowick Gray
House of Cards (TV series) review, by Nowick Gray
The Political Art of David Dees - book review by Nowick Gray
Building Bridges of Expanded Consciousness
and Global Transformation
Long Ago and Far Away
Once upon a time in a far away corner of the universe in the outer reaches of a medium-sized spiral galaxy, there was a beautiful blue-green planet whose inquisitive inhabitants named their world Earth.
Many different peoples inhabited this planet teeming with abundant lifeforms. They had come to learn the many difficult, yet rewarding lessons of exploring in physical bodies what it is like to feel separate and disconnected from their own divine essence and from all around them.
The collective consciousness of all people on Earth greatly affected everything that happened on this revolving planet. Yet because of their explorations into separateness, the vast majority of these people – or humans as they called themselves – were unaware of how their collective will formed their world.
In order to learn the deep wisdom of this Earth school or Univers-city, these humans had chosen to forget how in their deepest essence they were all interconnected and how every individual played an essential role in what happened on their planet and to their people as a whole.
Tri Hita Karana Doctrine
In accordance with Balinese Hindu philosophy, peace and tranquility are obtainable in our lives only when we respect and observe the three harmonious relationships known as the Tri Hita Karana Doctrine:
1. The Gods blessed life and created nature and all of its contents.
2. Nature offers sustenance to support the needs and activities of human beings.
3. Human beings have an obligation to establish a traditional village structure, to build temples in which to worship, to hold various ceremonies, to make daily offering, to preserve nature and to solve problems together.
We have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour and there are things to be considered.
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in a good relation?
Where is your water?
Have you prepared your family?
Can you live from the Earth?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold onto the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, and push off into the river, keep our eyes open, and our head above the water. See who is in there with you and Celebrate.
At this time in history, take nothing personally. Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over, Gather yourselves!
Banish the word ''struggle" from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. "We are the ones we've been waiting for..."
--The Elders, Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona
How to "Corrupt" the World
"The Creator wants us to drum. He wants us to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants. After all, we have already corrupted the world with power and greed....which hasn't gotten us anywhere - now's the time to corrupt the world with drum, dance and chants."
A New Story
--from Niles Eldredge, Dominion
The People came from the earth and were linked through the recesses of time with all other creatures. They were kin of the bacteria, the microscopic ones, the fungi, the plants, and the other animals. And they were nearest to the Apes: the orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees.
The People, though, became self-aware and through time came to devise artifacts and customs to help them live. In time, they left their ancestral home and spread throughout the world. Everywhere they went they lived in and were dependent upon their natural surroundings, which they acknowledged openly.
Then the People came to control their own food supply. Everything changed. No longer at home in the local natural world, the People now lived in inner-directed settlements. They invented gods and declared dominion over all the natural world: the rivers and seas, the forests, the plains, the deserts, and the swamps.
The People prospered and their knowledge grew. But soon their numbers grew so great that they saw they had not, after all, truly left the natural world. They saw a limit to the natural resources, and to the production of their own food. They came to see that poisons of the waters, soils, and air threatened them. And they understood that the other creatures--their kin--were vital to their own survival.
The People acknowledged their true past and their newfound problems. They decided to use the very same tool that had brought them along so far: their cleverness. They saw that all creatures--including the People--face limitations and depend on the natural world.
The People decided to curb their population numbers. They determined to curtail environmental damage and the loss of other species. They decided to conserve the world's remaining ecosystems. And they embraced sustainable development, matching economic growth to the carrying capacities of their surroundings.
The People lived. And it was very good.