Bobbing Around Volume 20 Number 8

When you see a destitute homeless person, a refugee, a victim of violence, think “There but for the grace of God go I,” and act. You will be improving two lives: that person’s through your action, and your own through your spiritual growth.
Dr Bob Rich


When we love one another, all things are possible. The problem is that we don’t do a very good job of loving one another because of our learned discrimination and dehumanization.
Daralyse Lyons


In my busy-ness, I sometimes forget to stop and give thanks for all the blessings in my life. I am truly fortunate to experience abundance, health and aliveness. I am grateful for the simple joys of laughter, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to witness everyday miracles.
Pragito Dove

Bobbing Around

Volume Twenty, Number Eight,
January 2021

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* From me to you
How to be WAY above normal: an interview
On New Book Review Site, TWICE
Tweet, Tweet: an essay contest
Fun interview with fun lady; serious message

 

* New stuff
Responses
Cathy Brownfield
Psychology
I feel terrible about the sexual games I played as a child and teenager
Deeper Issues
Laurent Grenier’s improved talk
Cindy Davis shows the path to inner peace
$1000 bet: the end or not the end
The Grassroots Manifesto, by Don Lubov
Look over a writer’s shoulder
Signposting the past
I approve of these announcements
For the Love of Writing Festival
7 Thoughts to Live Your Life By: grab a discounted copy
Kim is collecting COVID stories
Reviews
Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity by Daralyse Lyons
From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Mike Muntisov
You are the Phoenix: Trauma recovery is possible, by Lorraine Hardy
Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett
From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Rod Taylor
Fun
Sartorial social distancing
* Blog posts during January
ENVIRONMENT
100 seconds to midnight

GOOD NEWS
Cooperation beats intimidation

Terra Carta: Prince Charles leading toward survival

Coal failed — solar more than saved the day

European Investment Bank cuts off gas

INSPIRATION
Interview with Daralyse Lyons

TECHNOLOGY
Circular life for chopsticks: A brilliant model for converting waste to something useful.

HEALTH
Pre-surgery visualisation: How to maximise your chances of doing well in surgery.

LOOK OVER A WRITER’S SHOULDER
2021 in Bob’s computer: Buddhist philosophy for Rhobin

New cover: please advise

No sooner done, than modified: new cover, again

Please comment on a beautiful sleeper

Spaces: those little blank characters

REVIEWS
Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka, by Amy Wilinski-Lyman, illustrated by Leela Green

From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Amy Lyman


From me to you

How to be WAY above normal: an interview
On New Book Review Site, TWICE
Tweet, Tweet: an essay contest
Fun interview with fun lady; serious message

 

How to be WAY above normal: an interview


In December last year, Dr Paul Mason interviewed me on his video show, “Idioms of Normality.” The episode is now live, and I think you will enjoy our chat.

Paul is an impressive young man with impressive qualifications. When I asked him for advance questions so I could prepare my answers, he sent me only one: “What is normality?” Everything else in our half-hour discussion is ad lib by both of us.

I came across Paul because he interviewed my daughter Anina (that’s Professor Anina Rich to you) about synaesthesia, which is one of her fields of interest. I liked his approach so much that I queried him, and he agreed to have me on his show.

My two reasons were to publicise my book, From Depression to Contentment, and to carry on my work of making this planet a better place to live on. Coming to think of it, the that’s one reason, since that was my motivation for writing this book.

So, please, go and look and listen to an old fellow being quizzed by a young one, and let other people know about the interview.


On New Book Review Site, TWICE

In December, I reviewed an excellent book, Ten Journeys on a Fragile Planet by Rod Taylor. Now, Carolyn Howard-Johnson is featuring it on her New Book Review Site.

Please go over there to comment, and spread the word.

And then I read a book that had me cheering. Daralyse Lyons is a campaigner for a world in which differences between people lead to friendship, interest and help, rather than discrimination, abuse and hate. So, I reviewed her Demystifying Diversity: Embracing our shared humanity, and sent the review off to Carolyn as well.

You can make the world a better place by publicising the work of three people: Daralyse’s and my campaign for compassion and empathy, and Carolyn’s work of cheer squad leader for writers.


Tweet, Tweet: an essay contest

I have organised an essay contest aimed to improve public understanding of the philosophy my political party, The Australian Greens, is based on. Then I had the marathon task of publicising it. As part of that, I asked every writer-oriented group within Australia to spread the word. PEN Melbourne don’t publicise contests of any kind, but kindly offered to retweet about it, if I emailed the link.

I am a twitter bunny, but composed a suitable message. Then there it sat on my Twitter home page, and I couldn’t work out how to get a link to it.

That wonderful lady, Carolyn Howard-Johnson pointed out what should have been obvious: click on the thing, Bob. I did, and there the link was: https://twitter.com/bobswriting/status/1352087608118001667

I will be grateful if you can also retweet it.


Fun interview with fun lady; serious message

Daralyse Lyons is a young woman with a message: regardless of our differences, we all deserve respect, and all are worthy of friendship. I have interviewed her in a way she found unusual: emailed her a question, then shaped the next question based on her response, just like a face to face conversation.

She has offered A FREE COPY OF HER BOOK to one commenter. We will choose the lucky recipient using random.org on 7th February, so rush over and have your say.

You can find out about the book by reading my review of it, right here.


Responses

Cathy Brownfield

I watched both. [Cathy was responding to my announcement of an
interview with Dr Paul Mason
, and his previous interview with my daughter, Anina.]
You talked about a lot of things, some of which I have written for Family Recovery Center. Some are topics that are a part of my fiction writing. I wish I had seen this several weeks ago. My supervisor at FRC asked me to write about the walking wounded. I had never heard that term before. Turns out we all are walking wounded. Working for FRC, a counseling agency that works with families in recovery, not just from alcohol or drug addiction, I have learned a lot of things over nearly 21 years. Thank you for the invitation to watch. It was nice to listen to you say about normal: “Why stop there?” 😀

Cathy


Psychology

I feel terrible about the sexual games I played as a child and teenager

A lady has tracked me down, and we have been exchanging emails. This title summarises how she feels. She had already read my page for self-assessed sexual abusers. Here is my answer:

Dear Ellen,

The first takeaway is, if you feel guilt about any past act, or collection of past acts, then, regardless of the past, NOW you are a good person. You have learned lessons, advanced in spirituality, grown. This is something to celebrate.

Over 20 years ago, some negligence of mine resulted in terrible injuries for a calf. Later, in 2007, I found a therapist I could work with, and asked her to help me to recover my infant years, so I could resolve the traumas. She did, but also took me into past lives. (I’ve written up the story in fictionalized form in my novel, Ascending Spiral). When we were just chatting, I said I’d probably need to come back and live a life as a calf, injured by human action. She asked, “What has the result of this experience been on you?” I said that I’ve been very careful since to avoid injury to animals. So, she explained that, having learned this Lesson, there is no karmic debt left. I do not need to return as a calf.

This is how I see your situation. You have learned your Lesson, as shown by the fact that you wish you hadn’t done those things in your younger years.

Certainly, it would be better for me to actively and deliberately avoid injury to animals without having hurt that poor calf, and it would be better for you to be the kind of person you are now without having played those games then — but done is done. We can’t undo the past, but we can change the present by accepting what is, and celebrating our spiritual growth.

She and I have continued our correspondence, and she is on the way of forgiving herself.


Deeper Issues

Laurent Grenier’s improved talk
Cindy Davis shows the path to inner peace
$1000 bet: the end or not the end
The Grassroots Manifesto, by Don Lubov

 

Laurent Grenier’s improved talk


I have previously posted links to Laurent’s work. He is a deep philosopher, having grown spiritually because of (dare I say, because of?) a broken neck as a young man.

He has let me know that he has re-recorded his podcast, Meditation Time, with the aim of improving the quality of the audio and the narration, which is now more consistent, clear and intelligible.

Listening to it is a very worthwhile way to spend a quarter of an hour, or, if like me, you read fast and don’t want to listen, he has a full transcript there.


Cindy Davis shows the path to inner peace

In a personal and powerful blog post, Cindy uses her own words to basically set out my personal philosophy, which is secular Buddhism. She shows that, to her surprise, 2020 wasn’t that bad a year after all.

You’ll enjoy a thought-provoking read.


$1000 bet: the end or not the end

Twenty-five years ago, two men made a bet. One predicted the end of everything by 2020, the other vehemently disagreed. Read the story, and see what you think


The Grassroots Manifesto, by Don Lubov

After many years thinking about this manifesto, it’s time to write it down and to share it with others.

How a society treats its least capable and most dependent members is an accurate measure of its greatness. How it cares for its least fortunate and most needy citizens reveals its worthiness to be called advanced.

The technological invention, development, and production indicate a narrow area of evolution. The built environment, while impressive at first blush, shows a degree of success, and cooperative effort. This effort. too often, is an insight into the surface, physical success only. It seldom translates into high moral values.

Opportunities offered on a universal level are clearer indicators of a society’s humanitarian structure. For example: Is it meeting the five basic needs of all of its citizens? Does it provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical attention and education to all? Not superior, but simply adequate.

When these five programs are firmly established as guaranteed rights (not privileges), whether one parlays them to great heights or not is irrelevant. Their availability to all, alone, marks a culture as truly advanced.

Historically, major breakthroughs and inventions do not come from team efforts. They come from individuals, who, over time and with limited funding, make major discoveries and inventions. Therefore, preparing each and every individual to achieve his or her best in personal areas of choice, makes all capable of contributing to themselves and others on a variety of levels.

If to this guarantee of five basic rights is added a judicial system that is non-adversarial, but one united in its search for truth, the society created will be both capable and just. This is a society that can support and care for itself.

The kind of society proposed here costs no more and most likely, less than our current cultural arrangement, which is exorbitantly costly. This fear-based arrangement has excessive expenses for stress-related maladies, mental health issues, physical injuries, chemical dependency and abuse, and a whole range of crimes against people, property, institutions and in the final analysis, wasted lives.

Unaffordable amounts of money are spent on security, defense, and prisons. It costs between $35,000. per year and $167,731. per year, to incarcerate one prisoner — courts, weapons, counseling, legal fees, etc. A lack of opportunity and hope are the breeding ground for despair, anger, and violence.

The system I am advocating, in addition to offering a joyful atmosphere of vastly reduced stress, opens the door to a society of healthy, creative and constructive individuals. It is easier and cheaper to proactively thwart problems than to have to foot the bill to clean up and solve problems after the fact. It is not a question of whether to spend money and resources or not. It’s a choice of spending less now with fewer problems later (the moral high ground) or to spend more, later, on resulting problems that needn’t have arisen at all.

Malthus was wrong — the masses that will always be with us need not be poor, needy and disenfranchised. The best investment around always has been and always will be people. And, the return on this investment is immense. Theories or ideas of 18th-century political economists such as Malthus are long since disproved. Today, we in America have the resources and the ability to adequately provide for all our people. No one in this dynamic society should be lacking in any basic need be it food, clothing, shelter, healthcare or education.
If you agree with what I have stated here, please get behind this “Grass Roots Manifesto” and promote the adoption of this five-benefit program in any way you can. Let’s get on to the next level of evolution, to a social consciousness that values and invests in its citizens — for the immediate and long-range benefit of all.

Don Lubov has become a mate during the past year. As you can see, he and I share a philosophy. Please join us.


Look over a writer’s shoulder

Signposting the past

When writing in the past tense, there is a time being reported. When referring to a time before that, we use a grammatical trick that relies on the ‘past participle.’ Its proper name is the ‘perfect past,’ though that description has never made any sense to me.

If you find this issue puzzling (or even if you don’t), you will benefit from reading an an excellent explanation by Mathina Calliope.


I approve of these announcements

For the Love of Writing Festival
7 Thoughts to Live Your Life By: grab a discounted copy
Kim is collecting COVID stories

 

For the Love of Writing Festival

14-21 February

Join Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, as she opens our literary festival at Library at the Dock, followed by special guest Rosalie Ham, author of The Dressmaker’s Secret and best known for her international hit, The Dressmaker, which was adapted for the screen starring Kate Winslet.

With 40+ speakers across 30 sessions over seven days, this festival has something for writers of all genders and cultures. Attend workshops on how to get published, panel discussions on diverse topics such as writing about adventure, food, memoir and more, and fantastic headline speakers daily.

Week/daily tickets available. Events all via zoom, with selected sessions in person.

Organised by the Society of Women Writers Victoria.

Week/daily tickets available. Events all via zoom, with selected sessions in person.

Full program: $85 + booking fee non-members
$65 + booking fee members
Day tickets: $30 + booking fee


7 Thoughts to Live Your Life By: grab a discounted copy

The basic idea of 7 Thoughts to Live Your Life By is that we need to consider the types of thoughts we allow into our lives. Our thoughts have a much greater influence on us than we may realize. They can propel us all forward or drag us down. We need to introduce more of the good thoughts into our lives and get rid of the bad ones.

7 Thoughts to Live Your Life By is meant to be the ultimate self-development book — whether you want to be more successful, happy, positive, at peace, mindful, or productive, you will find a path forward with this book.

Here is a preview of the 7 Thoughts discussed inside the book:

1. Focus on what you can control, not on what you cannot control
2. Focus on the positive, not the negative
3. Focus on what you can do, not on what you cannot do
4. Focus on what you have, not on what you do not have
5. Focus on the present, not on the past and future
6. Focus on what you need, not on what you want
7. Focus on what you can give, noton what you can take

From February 1st to February 13th, 7 Thoughts to Live Your Life By will be $0.99 as an eBook on Amazon, Google Play, Apple, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

After this, the normal price will be $5.99.


Kim is collecting COVID stories

I want to let you all know that I am working on a newsletter and ultimately a book about people’s experiences during this pandemic. If you have a special story that you think will help others make it through these times, please contact me. Kim Robinson.

Questions that will help us get started:

How did life change for you when the lockdown for the pandemic was mandated?
How did your work life change?
How did your children adapt to the change?
How did your social life change?
Do you go and do your own shopping or have food delivered?
Are you ordering online more?
When do you think this will end, or is this the new normal?
What are your thoughts on the vaccine?

In the meantime if you are looking for a good read, check out my books on www.Kim-Robinson.com.


Reviews

Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity by Daralyse Lyons
From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Mike Muntisov
You are the Phoenix: Trauma recovery is possible, by Lorraine Hardy
Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett
From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Rod Taylor

 

Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity by Daralyse Lyons


This review is for two books, not one, because they form one unitary whole. Daralyse has written a powerful book that may change your life, and an accompanying workbook that forces you to convert intellectual understanding into a changed perception of yourself and your world.

If you want one sentence to summarize the book(s), it is “Dehumanizing anyone dehumanizes everyone.” (p 92) My attitude is that we are all family, going right back to the Rift Valley. Demystifying Diversity implicitly applies this concept. Successive chapters examine different sources of discrimination including race, religion, sexual orientation, body size/shape, and disabilities. Each is in effect a case study for applying the message of all the great religions and philosophies: the power of unconditional love. As Daralyse reports her connection to a wide variety of inspiring people, bringing each to life within these pages, she demonstrates that human nature is basically cooperative, compassionate and decent. She invites the reader to identify with this view, and to proactively apply it to everyone.

We learn from doing, not from reading, and so setting exercises is a good teaching device. I enjoyed the exercises in the workbook, and although I was reading because the publisher requested a review, I found myself spending time and mental effort in thinking about the tasks she’d set. Some of the exercises will take you months, such as learning a new language, or a whole lifetime, like becoming friends with people from a culture now foreign to you.

This is a passionate book, a program with the intention of reforming an insane, hating, greedy culture into a sane, loving, generous one. Daralyse is always on the side of the victim — but rightly considers the perpetrator, the abuser, to be also a victim of the abusive behavior: “Trauma is cyclical. Standing for human rights requires us to develop our capacity for empathy and to search out the causes that create conditions of violence and victimization. If we don’t intervene in restorative and reparative ways, hurt people are likely to hurt other people.” (p xii)

Another way I have connected with Daralyse is her distinction between a person and an action. She writes, “Confronting the human capacity for evil doesn’t mean losing sight of the beauty and resilience within each of us. In fact, acknowledging both is the only foundation from which to begin the process of repairing the world.” (p2)

I can’t do better than to finish this review with another quote: “So many of the people I came to know and love since embarking on the Demystifying Diversity initiative are people I would never have crossed paths with otherwise. By connecting over our shared humanity, I have forged lasting friendships and learned a lot about the importance of empathy. Some of the people who have enriched my life the most are people with whom I don’t share much on the surface. Yet, we have connected deeply. They’ve taught me so much and I consider our relationships to be sacred. I could never have figured out the lessons they’ve taught me without them entrusting me with their stories.” (p 140) This is why Daralyse invites you to reap the same benefits through this book.


From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Mike Muntisov

The beauty of Bob Rich’s book is that you don’t have to suffer from depression to benefit from it. There are many useful insights and suggestions for a more contented life. It also gives you an understanding of the world those suffering from severe depression face. The book is filled with case studies including frank descriptions of the author’s own difficult life experiences. Don’t hesitate, read it and you’ll be all the better for it. I myself plan to dip back into it on a regular basis. I can’t recommend it enough.

Mike Muntisov and I both passionately work for our grandchildren. His website offers interesting reading on various topics, including about climate change, and artificial intelligence.


You are the Phoenix: Trauma recovery is possible, by Lorraine Hardy

Lorraine’s father was a criminal, and sexually abused her. Her mother could not cope with the family situation, and ran away, leaving tiny Lorraine to protect and care for her three younger brothers, whom she loved. Then, at five years of age, she was put in foster care, separated from those brothers. She never met them again. She came to love her foster family — but after another five years, she lost them too, being adopted by another pair of surrogate parents. At that stage, she couldn’t read or write, and lacked the social skills other children take for granted.

From this terrible start to life, she rose to become a clinical social worker, which means graduate qualifications, and has spent twenty years working with other traumatised people.

Inspiring? Amazing? Wonderful?

If she could do it, you can do it.

In the introduction, she writes, “This book is not just a self-help book, it is a workbook of compassion, understanding, unconditional friendship, and non-judgemental treatment.” (p 9)

Lorraine has become a natural healer, not despite her traumas, but because of them. This has been my path too, and I am delighted to support her in whatever way I can: we are both working to make this planet a better place.

I think face to face, or on a podium addressing an audience, she must be immensely inspiring.
I do have a few problems with this book, though.

First, it needs a thorough line edit. Given her start in life, she can be excused for writing mistakes, but correcting them is what editors are for. She is highly intelligent, so I hope the conventions of punctuation and grammar will be her next field of study.

Second, I disagree with some of her statements, made in good faith but not in accord with the research evidence. For example, on the basis of contact with some poor therapists, she dismisses ‘talk therapies’ as harmful. At the same time, some of the techniques she describes are standard components of ‘talk therapies,’ and she seems unaware of this. For the record, standard, evidence-based ‘talk therapies’ have an approximately 80% success rate. Good therapists do a lot better.
Third, none of the techniques are described in sufficient detail to enable the reader to apply them. It is not really a self-help book, but an extended invitation to engage her and her team to do therapy. One might describe it as an advertisement for her services. There is nothing wrong with this, except for classing it as a self-help book at the start.

Despite these negatives, while I cannot give the book 5 stars, her inspiring personal story deserves kudos.


Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett

I agreed to review this book because part of my expertise is psychology, and leading people to growth. I did not find what I was looking for. The book will be useful for criminologists, forensic psychologists, law enforcement professionals, and those involved in the criminal justice system. Apart from a prologue, and a brief argument for the death penalty, it consists of an alphabetical listing of 67 cases, several describing a partnership of two killers.

This is a valuable resource for researchers, and I suppose may titillate those with gruesome tastes, but I don’t see a wider readership. It reports an enormous amount of work, meticulously assembled and clearly presented.

As such, it deserves a place in the specialist literature on the subject.


From Depression to Contentment, reviewed by Rod Taylor

Of all psychological conditions, none — by definition — is more miserable than depression. Those who suffer the black dog say it follows you around, rarely leaving you alone. And yet, despite the great advances in modern medicine, Dr Bob Rich points out that “Major depression is the No. 1 psychological disorder in the western world.” “At the rate of increase, it will be the second most disabling condition in the world by 2020, behind heart disease.”

In his highly approachable book, Dr Rich presents a practical guide for those with depression, in a conversational tone and with a minimum of “academic stuff” to bog you down.

It begins with a section he calls “first aid,” which appears to be a kind of triage for those needing immediate help. He offers the curious suggestion that you should “do the opposite” of whatever Depression tells you. He anthropomorphises Depression as a kind of monster that comes to stay. While these seven tips are perfectly logical, our impulse is to ignore them when depression strikes. The list includes a healthy diet, exercise, stay socially connected and so on.

He then lists things that are NOT important, most of which also seemed reasonable, but some jarred a little — “physical health” and “absence of pain” for example. I’m not clear why he thought some of those not important, but perhaps it relates to the nature of triage, or perhaps pain is sometimes a thing that cannot be avoided.

I thought at this point there must be more than one type of depression, that there would be many variations of it. So I was pleased when a few chapters later, he lists what he calls “sources of sadness”. And indeed, there are a few, such as Grief, Burnout and Seasonally Affective Disorder. Rich dislikes the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) categorisation of depression as a tool for the pharmaceutical industry, who profit by selling medication. Most causes of depression are psychological rather than physical.

I was particularly pleased to his section on the ‘consumer myth’ that markets the notion that happiness is a thing that can be purchased.

This is a vastly damaging idea that has seized popular culture, mistaking hedonism for life satisfaction. Economies are driven by convincing people that their lives are lacking, and the solution is the another purchase. Happiness is a temporary state, usually associated with insanity, as one person quipped. However the relentless pursuit of happiness is shallow, pointless and ultimately narcissistic.

Environments and psyches are permanently harmed by the dissatisfaction-spend endless loop.

I also liked that he points to population growth as a barrier to contentment. As people are jammed into ever more crowded cities, the opportunities for solace are diminishing. It’s hard to find peace, constantly wedged into busy streets.

Rich refers to the experience of mindfulness, in which we become aware of our own bodies and feelings. The first step to healing is to know ourselves in a non-judgemental way. With those insights we can address the things that worry us.

If I have a niggle about the book, it would be his use of American spelling. I know Dr Rich is an Australian and, while I can ignore spelling ‘recognize’, his use of the word ‘Mom’ grated.

To illustrate many of his points, Rich introduces anonymised characters such as “Tony” and “Gabriel”, however I found many felt more arbitrary than engaging. A much better example was in a section of dialogue where we meet Raelene. Now, I was interested because here was a character I could get to know.

Frustratingly, she then drops out of sight when I wanted to know how her story ends. I wanted like more like her, and it would’ve made the book closer to Oliver Sacks, who was renowned for writing about people we can relate to.

Rich sprinkles his writing with ‘homework,’ comprising simple exercises that can help a person work their way out depression. Or in some cases, they would be of use more generally.

While I am fortunate not to be prone to depression, I can see that this books makes a lot of sense. In fact many of the things he discusses help explain why I feel I am generally resilient. For those who are inclined to depression, I recommend this book.


Fun

Sartorial social distancing

Read about this young woman’s ingenuity.

Shay Rose holds the copyright for her picture.


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About Dr Bob Rich

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 culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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6 Responses to Bobbing Around Volume 20 Number 8

  1. Cindy says:

    Very nice issue. Lots of diversity!
    We do indeed need to learn to accept everyone for who they are, and not judge them because their beliefs, etc. aren’t the same as ours.
    I appreciate your mention of my blog! Thanks and continue the awesome work!

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  2. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Sasimwon so far only lives within my computer, in a short story “On a new planet in Thailand.” She and a monk rescue a Californian woman from western culture.
    🙂

    Like

  3. Carolyn Howard-Johnson says:

    Bob, I love your newsletter. It is so eclectic I always find something to nudge me to take time to read just one more thing in a busy day for which I promised I would only write! Thank you for those beautiful reviews you contributed to my #TheNewBookReview blog (http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com). Don’t you love the badges that Carolyn Wilhelm makes for our participants? They sure brightened up your newsletter! (-: By the way, Carolyn W. is the author of one of your Environmental Literature awards! She also contributes #WritingPrompts to my #SharingwithWriting blog on the 15th of every month. She often does these prompts by genre. You’d love her prompt on science fiction.
    Hugs,
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you Carolyn. Your work, your way of doing things, illustrates a new saying I learned from one of my fictional characters, Professor Sasimiwon. She is a Thai anthropologist whose specialty before retiring was European cultures through an Asian lens. She says, “Credit in the karma is more important than credit in the bank.”
      You have accumulated a lot of credit by helping other writers.
      🙂

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      • Carolyn Howard-Johnson says:

        Oh, gosh. A Quotable character. Does she do blurbs, too? 😊❤️📚🖊

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