Preparing for my Esalen April 9-11 Autobiography workshop, find I'm preoccupied... wake at 4 AM to scribble, recounting dream in which I witness 3 giant pine trees near a hilltop... and they're falling / crashing like those trees in that climatic Avatar battle scene. And jotting, I realize they represent our loss in the course of just a few months of 3 dear friends, novelist James D. Houston, poet Morton Marcus, and Ruth Daigon, poet and editor of a magazine called Poets: On. Friends all, giants, each in their way, giants in our circle of friends.
Age 76, I realize that in addition to everything else we'll cover in the Esalen Autobiography workshop, loss and grief may be larger subjects than I'm accounting for. Reflecting now on how best to respond, how best to work with those in the class who, like myself, may find themselves dealing with loss, the loss of family members, friends, colleagues and/or personal illness... and how best to write about it.
Causes Robert Sward Supports
Audubon Society, National Geographic, "Green," the Environment, SPCA...