From the Author
We would lunch, have coffee, add a piece of cake, and then have another coffee. Talk? We talked about philosophy, religion, education, quantum physics, literature, Greek mythology. During one such talk-a-thon I said I should be taking notes so we could go back and check what we had said. Shared books flew from his house to mine. Sometimes, he struggled to find the right metaphor for my literary mind. His physics background meant much learning for me
He suggested I write a book about all this. I had written college textbooks in the humanities and had been an art book reviewer for a couple major textbook publishers. I agreed. In 1995 I retired. With my wife and two cats I flew to Seattle and settled in the Puget Sound area. It was then I began to write what I called, A Conversation Between Two Old Men. Very soon, I realized I couldn't have "he said," "I said". Who in their right mind would read such a book, let alone buy it. Besides, the two men needed names, lives, character traits.
Because I had met a shaman when I was a young child, I decided to make my characters shaman, one who didn't know he was, and one who did. The book became a teaching/learning commentary: the young learning the traditions from the old.
And with that, The Quest Seeking the New Adam was born. It was self-published in 2000. Ten years later, I rewrote the book, added 50,000 words, created a new cover, and new title, The Shaman's Quest. As news commentator Paul Harvey would say, "And now you have the rest of the story."