Header pic by Mark Gunther
Bob’s writing showcase
Bob’s helpful psychology site
Bob’s environmental web site
Archives of Bobbing Around

Here is a pic of me making friends with a kookaburra, who was an extremely trusting person. His attention was more at the grubs exposed by the splitting of wood, but he didn’t mind a bit of a chat either.

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that’s now threatening us with extinction, and replacing a culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.

Bob and Ella 100110
Ella lived next door to me for over a year, and as you can see, adopted me as a grandfather.

So far, I have retired 5 times as:

  • Research scientist
  • Builder’s labourer
  • Nurse
  • Director of my professional association
  • Counselling psychologist

I am still going strong as a storyteller, writer and editor. To date, I have 15 published books you can inspect at http://bobswriting.com (read the first chapter of each). Five of them won awards. Also, I do professional editing, for a number of small, independent publishers and a steady stream of writers pre-submission.

What genre do I write in?¬†Rather than a square peg in a round hole, I am a fractal-shaped peg that makes its own hole, so my writing doesn’t fit in genres. My main aim is to entertain, but as with every other writer, my belief system underlies everything I write.

What is that?

Have a read of my essay, How to change the world.

I have been publishing my newsletter Bobbing Around since mid-2000, and now I am continuing it here. The archivers of the many past issues are listed at the original Bobbing Around.

Other things worth reading here

There are pages about several of my books, with links to my web site where you can read the first chapter of each. Anyone who provides me with proof of purchase of any of my books, anywhere, in any format, has earned a second title, free.

The essay, But there is no need for despair.

A person made a comment on this essay, and I responded in some detail. You will find my answer thought-provoking and powerful.

The 4 Rs of sustainable use.

A project on designing the culture we need to establish for survival. You’re encouraged to have an input, and you’ll get a free short story as a reward.

An explanation about predicting disasters.

My assessment of a Vipassana retreat that has been of major benefit to me.

Several entertaining and instructive interviews, some by me, others of me.

You can listen to a radio interview in which Diane Wing asks me about “Challenges for Humanity.”

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19 Responses to About

  1. Dear Dr. Bob,

    I am very proud of you. Your blog is looking great. I love the view of the mountains. Thanks for being a grandfather to our world. Congratulations on your many books.

    You are a jewel. Always remember that.

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards


  2. bobrich18 says:

    Thank you Joan. I am doing my best following your instruction manual on setting up a WordPress blog.


  3. Carolyn Howard-Johnson says:

    Joan and Bob. Way to go. Two of my fave, generous writers working together.


  4. Chris Gallard says:

    Excellent froth my friend.


  5. davidnorman59 says:

    Well done again Bob :)


  6. I enjoy your writing and your contributions immensely. I want to be like you when I grow up!


    • bobrich18 says:

      You’re doing pretty well in your own field, Paul. And you’d make my glasses fog up if I had any.

      You must have paranormal abilities. That very phrase “I want to be like you when I grow up!” occurs in my latest book, which has not yet seen the light of day.


  7. What a lovely tribute. (I want to be like you when I grow up.) You must be an example to your grandchildren, Bob.


  8. bobrich18 says:

    When my son was 15, I told him he’d have to look after me when he could defeat me in rough play. He became very gentle after that. (He is an aikido exponent.)


  9. I did not know that you were a researcher and a nurse! What did you research?
    I love that you spend time with your grandchildren!
    I can imagine that some people struggled with withdrawal from electronic gadgets at the retreat. If we all purposely spent time away from them, we could be more aware, more mindful,connected to our thoughts and to relationships.

    Janis L. Silverman, author


    • bobrich18 says:

      Hi Janis, thank you for commenting.
      My research was on cognitive psychology: how people think; specifically how short term memory works. Later, I had a job at Australia’s government funded research organisation the CSIRO, running surveys on things like energy conservation, privacy, safety in the home etc.

      I wasn’t able to be a therapist until nursing toughened me up!

      I do love my genetically related grandchildren, but the “professional grandfather” refers to the many young people who email me out of despair, and almost always I am able to steer them toward growth, inner strength and decency. It is one of my gifts (and therefore responsibilities) in this life.

      The Vipassana retreats are brilliantly designed to maximize habit change, in the same way as boot camp in the army is. Basically, you have literally nothing to do except what you came for!

      Look after yourself,



  10. bobrich18 says:

    As I say in one of my projects on this blog http://wp.me/p3Xihq-8N
    “An act of kindness carries its own reward.” The more you give, the more you get.
    Incidentally, adding to my lists there earns people a free short story. :)


  11. Erin Ireland says:

    I’m sure your Kookaburra and your little friend Ella Have gained much through your gentle acts of kindness. The little pleasant things in life are many times what bring us joy. .


  12. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Well, all Kookie got was a selection of grubs hiding in the wood I split. But then, birds are wise and have simple needs. Buddha and Jesus tell us that’s what we should aim for too.

    You might enjoy my bird poem at http://anxietyanddepression-help.com

    At times of great disappointment, I have been known to recite it to myself over and over.


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