Do the Job You Want to Have

A photographer holding a cameraThere is a saying for getting ahead in the corporate world: Do the job you want to have.

Or perhaps you know this version from the world of healers and spiritual growth: Be the change you want to see.

Buddhist author Leo Babauta puts it yet another way: If you want to be a writer, write!

What these three bits of advice share, each in its own way, is that if you have a goal or vision for yourself, don’t wait! Do whatever you can right now to start living that goal.  Continue reading

Finding Eagle Reviewed by Pathways Magazine

“An honest, simple and heart-felt book… with profound nuggets of truth tucked inside.”
- Pathways Magazine

I’m happy to announce that my book on shamanism, Finding Eagle, got its first review! And they were nice!

You can read the full review here.

Pathways Magazine is a quarterly publication for mind/body/spirit/environmental resources in the Washington, DC metro area. You can read it online at

How did I get this review? I asked! If you are an author, it really pays to “do one thing” for your book each day.

From Here to Community: The BarCamp Model

Looking up into the sky at a light and a craneIn the book Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here, Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman start by taking a look at single-celled organisms. Over time, many of these individual cells joined together to create integrated, multi-cellular organisms which we call plants, animals, and human beings. As this coming-together process continues into the future, they hypothesize the next state of human evolution will be the formation of integrated and interdependent human communities. A new level of multi-multi-cellular life will be born. Continue reading

68 Degrees and a Slight Chance of Radioactive Rain

Animal skulls on a postIt all started when my teenage son came home from school telling me there was radioactive iodine in our milk. Leakage from the damaged nuclear power plants in Japan had reached the U.S. and radioactive iodine was being ingested by dairy cows not too far from our home.

A little bit of research quickly showed us that the risk to our family was likely very low, but the questions it raised in my mind extended far beyond milk. Continue reading


A jar full of paint brushesVoices. I have so many voices in my head. Instead of just me, there is the child me, the adult me, the parent, the scientist, the healer, the poet, the visionary, the clown, and on and on. A friend of mine is fond of saying he has a whole committee in his head. Each of these voices can be called an archetype. In the book Sacred Contracts, medical intuitive Carolyn Myss has devised a methodology for discovering and working with the archetypes each of us has within us for growth and healing.   Continue reading

Calculate your Life Purpose

Hands holding interesting shaped rocksSo, I was researching shamanic book websites yesterday in preparation for building a Word Press site for my book, Finding Eagle. One of the sites I visited was Dan Millman’s I have a soft spot for Millman because I enjoyed his book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and a friend once told me that Millman’s writing reminds him of mine. (How kind.) Continue reading