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My Third Collection of Poetry Is Now Available

June 7, 2015

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This is my third collection of poetry after Ripples on the Surface and Child of the Universe. It’s currently available on Kindle, but the paperback version is in the works The cover picture is a bonsai wisteria. As with my other collections, A Call To Contemplation includes my thoughts about my perspective of life in general and specific, but this one is more frequently inspired by my practice of meditation. Many of the poems were written while contemplating the beauty and serenity of my cats, my Celtic harp, and the Portland, Oregon, Japanese Gardens on the west side of town near the zoo.

With this collection, I feel I’ve completed a life’s work, although one never knows what may be written in the future. But for now, I’m focusing on writing music and more novels. I’ve just copywrited my musical “calling card”, inspired by a performance of the Oregon Symphony conducted by Carlos Kalmar at the beginning of this year. It’s called Mercurial Collection of Duets and/or Solos for Celtic Harp and Classic Guitar (my instruments) and includes six pieces: Mercury in D, Mercury in A, Mercury in E, Mercury in B, Mercury in F, and Mercury in C. I intend to find a way to publish it. This will be a first for me.

I’m getting close to finishing my next novel, Roundabout, which is a future incarnation novel. It takes place in Wick, Scotland. It will be my fourth reincarnation novel after Deception Past, Dragonfly Dreams, and Five Flowers. I’m having fun, and I hope you enjoy reading them.

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A Great Honor

January 1, 2014

On 8 January 2014, Elizabeth E. Wilder, New England author of (among other books) The Spruce Gum Box, will be speaking. She plans to quote from my book, Child of the Universe. Child of the Universe is my second collection of poetry after Ripples on the Surface. Both are published by KatMoran Publications, and both are available from,, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, the Independent Author Network at, and . Needless to say, this is quite an honor to be quoted by another author, especially one I hold in great esteem. It’s yet another example of how being a member of the Independent Author Network enables authors to promote other authors, e.g. cooperation over competition is a win situation for everyone. Thank you, Elizabeth E. Wilder and . And Happy New Year to all.

Child of the Universe

December 7, 2012

My second collection of poetry has been published. Child of the Universe is $1.75 ebook and $12.95 paper back (due out in about a week). Author’s Note from Child of the Universe:

I began writing poetry in my dreams when I was about 14 years old. Eventually I would wake up as I was writing, and finally I learned to write while conscious. For the first decade or two, I wrote in mirror writing. I have since broken that habit. Ripples on the Surface was my first collection of poetry. Child of the Universe is my second. I don’t presume to know whence some of these thoughts arise, but I feel safe in saying they come from the unconscious.

I believe I began writing as a way of coping with troubling times and life conflicts. Now I write to express deep emotions, sort out what disturbs me, and express moments of peace and clarity, which fortunately come more frequently now. These are basic human expressions—expressions of living—of being. I’ve read that only one-tenth of a percent of human genetic material distinguishes us as individuals. It’s our choice to see the forest or the trees. We, like all living creatures, are all children of the Universe, and like many, I am a child of the verse.

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