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The current focus of my work as a writer is the near-death experience (NDE) viewed as an evolutionary catalyst and as a challenge to the materialist-faith wing of contemporary science. I'm currently at work on a book about these themes. I also work as a life-mentor/coach via phone and Zoom including but not limited to individuals seeking to integrate and assimilate near-death experiences and similar transformations of consciousness of a transpersonal nature.

 

This counseling work also includes people who want to explore the teachings of NDEs even if they have not had such an experience themselves. I always say it's not necessary to nearly die to explore the implications of that experience in everyday living—especially NDE-associated insights that everything and everybody are connected, that every thought has an impact on oneself and others, and evidence that our consciousnesss survives physical death.

 

Both my writing and counseling work draw significantly on my NDE experience, which is described in my essay From Near Death to New Life in the right-side column of the home page.

 

As an author and independent journalist I've been especially interested in explorations into the nature of consciousness, developments in cultural imagination, new religious movements, social history and politics. Sometimes I call myself a storyteller, non-fiction division.

 

My book, Angels and Aliens: UFOs and the Mythic Imagination (Addison-Wesley, 1991) was reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle: "Magnificent…no matter what your beliefs, the most fascinating book written on the subject." Venture World called it "probably the most profound book on the UFO controversy yet to appear."

 

Harvard psychiatrist John Mack credited my early investigations of UFO related encounters with directing Mack's interest to reports of individuals taken against their will by apparent alien beings.

 

My 1982 New Age Journal interview with Robert Bly has been widely cited for initiating the "men's movement" exploring contemporary masculinity and manhood. I subsequenty edited an anthology titled To Be a Man: In Search of the Deep Masculine (Tarcher, 1991).

 

A little over a decade later (1994), my conversation with best-selling author Carlos Castaneda ("Portrait of a Sorcerer" in New Age Journal) marked the reclusive anthropologist's first public remarks in over two decades.

 

I served as a member of the board of directors of the International Transpersonal Association, a non-profit organization founded to recognize and emphasize the central importance of the quality of human awareness and experience, the value of self-actualization, the evolving nature of consciousness at both individual and collective levels, and spiritual needs and impulses as integral aspects of human nature.

 

I accepted an invitation to join the board of trustees of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, a leading center for exploring human potential through experience, education, and research.

 

My articles have appeared in the New York Times, Esquire and the San Francisco Chronicle, and in numerous book anthologies. I have been interviewed by TV and radio hosts including Larry King, George Noory, Michael Reagan and Bill O'Reilly—and, quite unexpectedly, by Rush Limbaugh. As a periodic talk radio host myself, I've had the pleasure of interviewing novelist Anne Rice and political activist David Horowitz.  

 

As a TV talk show host, my guests included former U.S. Sen. John Glenn, first man to orbit the earth; comedian Phyllis Diller; NBC newsman Hugh Downs; and comedian Dick Gregory.

 

I love running trails and snow-shoeing in Idaho, where I live with a marvelous golden retriever named Dorado.