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Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 22, 2008


Last Minute

Gift Suggestions


No, it isn’t two gift certificates for Tarot readings.  If you haven’t thought of that by now, I give up.

Actually, both suggestions are books.  I’ve said many times about each of them, “If I were wealthy this week, I’d give a copy of this book to everyone I know.  Then I’d put copies in every library, shelter (of every kind), school and jail in the country!”    

What are they?

The first is Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal by Belleruth Naparstek.  It’s a brilliant, effective and compassionate guided to helping with the healing of physical, emotional and spiritual trauma, including PTSD.  You can read more about it by clicking on Belleruth’s name.

The second is Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD.   It’s a very solid guide to preventing and/or fighting off cancer by a young Doc who is himself in remission from brain cancer.  Leading edge and intelligent, the book provides a holistic and even spiritual view of health, illness and recovery.  And lots of specific things to do with GOOD reasons why.

So, happy holidays!

Brightest blessings, hope and healing!

Pushcart Prize Nomination

December 13, 2008

Honor by



Hi All,


I’ve just learned that the interview I did with remarkable author Sheri S. Tepper for the online magazine STRANGE HORIZONS has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize – it’s the “Best of the Small Presses” award.


I’m really honored.  I attribute the nomination to Sheri S. Tepper’s fiery and sometimes outrageous brilliance (her books are amazing!).  And I really must give credit to my wife Peggy’s fine (and patient) editing.


If you haven’t read the article, you can get to it by clicking on Sheri’s name in the first paragraph.

Bright blessings!

Arthur, Merlin & Camelot Reading List

November 19, 2008

Some Favorite Arthurs,

Merlins and Camelots


Two dear friends (thank you Donna and Judy) have suggested I post some of my favorite sources for stories and studies of Arthur, Merlin and all things Camelotish.  (Aw, there ’e goes, makin’ up the words again.  Thinks ’e’s a wossname, a Bard or summing! Gaw!)  


As I was saying.


I’ve put together this here list.  I’ve divided it up into four arbitrary (and certainly justifiably questionable) categories:  Standard Tellings, Favorite Retellings/Newer Sources, Shamanic & Spiritual Teachings, and Historicals.  Of course, a number of the books would go nicely in more than one category.  I’m too lazy to retype the names, so you’ll have to work all that out for yourself.


The books in each section are more or less in the order of my own personal preferences and/or the order in which I encountered them. I’m sure I’ll be mortified when I remember some I’ve forgotten.


I hope this list is useful to you (Donna and Judy, anyway).  If you have any suggestions to recommend PLEASE post them!


Bright blessings and joyful reading! 


(Support an author.  Buy a book new.)


Standard Tellings


King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table ~ Roger Lancelyn Green 

Le Morte d’Arthur ~ Sir Thomas Malory

Idylls of the King ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The Age of Chivalry ~ Thomas Bulfinch

Acts of King Arthur ~ John Steinbeck

The History of the Kings of Britain ~ Geoffrey of Monmouth


Favorite Retellings/Newer Sources


The Once and Future King ~ T. H. White

The Book of Merlin ~ T. H. White

The Crystal Cave ~ Mary Stewart

The Hollow Hills ~ Mary Stewart

The Last Enchantment ~ Mary Stewart

Secret Camelot: The Lost Legends of King Arthur ~ John Matthews & Gary Andrews

The Song of Arthur: Celtic Tales from the High King’s Court ~ John Matthews

Arthur of Albion ~ John R. Matthews

The Book of Arthur ~ John Matthews

Taliesin ~ Stephen R. Lawhead

Merlin ~ Stephen R. Lawhead

Arthur ~ Stephen R. Lawhead

Pendragon ~ Stephen R. Lawhead

Grail ~ Stephen R. Lawhead

Firelord ~ Parke Godwin

Beloved Exile ~ Parke Godwin

Invitation to Camelot ~ Parke Godwin

Legend: The Arthurian Tarot ~ Anna-Marie Ferguson

The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend: A Definitive Sourcebook of Magic, Vision, and Lore ~ John Matthews & Caitlin Matthews

The Mists of Avalon ~ Marion Zimmer Bradley

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (film) ~ Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones (Couldn’t help meself!)

Excalibur (film) ~ John Boorman

Merlin (TV Miniseries) ~ Steve Barron


Shamanic& Spiritual Teachings


The Way of Merlin ~ R.J. Stewart

Taliesin, the Last Celtic Shaman ~ John & Caitlin Matthews

Song of Taliesin ~ John Matthews

Merlin: Shaman, Prophet, Magician ~ John Matthews

The Arthurian Tradition ~ John Matthews

The Grail Tradition ~ John Matthews

Secrets of the Druids: Wizards, Powers & Spells, Chants & Visions, Bardic Traditions, Celtic Lore, and Merlin’s Magic ~ John Matthews




The Book of Merlin: Insights from the First Merlin Conference, 1986 ~ by R.J. Stewart

The Mystic Life of Merlin ~ R.J. Stewart

King Arthur’s Britain ~ John Matthews & Michael Stead

The Mystery of King Arthur ~ Elizabeth Jenkins

Was This Camelot? ~ Leslie Alcock

The Discovery of King Arthur ~ Geoffrey Ashe

Merlin: The Prophet and His History ~ Geoffrey Ashe

The Real Camelot ~ John Darrah