has been posting monthly essays on a variety of topics for the website
now for almost three years. Some of these essays, or similar essays,
have been published in other sources. Writing has been a significant
way for Gary to learn about new things and about himself.
His essays are usually based on his everyday life experiences and the
learning that comes from those experiences. He likes to say that a
ton of learning can come from an ounce of experience, so any
event can become a "moment of astonishment," a phrase coined by the
author Annie Dillard, to reflect a personal connection with events in
" W E N E E D T O B E
W I L L I N G T O L E T
O U R I N T U I T I O N
G U I D E U S A N D T H E N
B E W I L L I N G T O
F O L L O W T H A T
G U I D A N C E D I R E C T L Y
A N D F E A R L E S S L Y "
S K Y O U R S E L F
I N T E R E S T I N G
Q U E S T I O N S "
Gary's writing has developed beyond meeting the monthly deadlines for
essays. Essays have become longer and embrace, more and more, the style
and content of creative non-fiction with fewer traces of the academic
writing that characterize his earlier essays. Gary now dedicates time
each day to writing and has committed himself to taking courses from
experienced writers to further develop his own writing.
In addition to creative non-fiction, Gary is becoming very interested
in learning to write children's literature. He has completed a handful
of short stories, mostly for his grandchildren, and is in the midst
of another longer story, practicing such things a story structure, dialogue,
characterization, and descriptive detail.
This focus on writing represents an advance in his personal process
and his interest in the further developing his creativity. It is also
been a lesson for him in letting go of what no longer seems to fit,
so there is room for something exciting that is needed now. After ten
years of studying and practicing Jin Shin DoŽ acupressure, it is time
to move on and leave behind what has been a very important experience.
Shifts or advances in personal process have been described as being
like a snake shedding an old skin. Although Gary has not identified
with snakes, his partner Mary often uses the snake as a symbol in her
artwork, so he is right at home with it.