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Gary Gach

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Clerk, 2nd-hand bookshop, 8 years. Book designer / typesetter, 3 years. Book editor, 1 year. Associated with a few books* with someone's name on them identical to mine; managed not to repeat myself, as yet.

Middle school years in Hollywood commemorated by classmate James Ellroy ("Let's Twist Again"). BA + 1 year (UCLA - SFSU). Moved to San Francisco 45 years ago, where have been living since, where facilitating weekly mindfulness practice ( ... stop ... breathe ... smile ... ... ... go slow ... ... ).
E.G. ————— as author, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism; editor, What Book Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop; co-translator, Ten Thousand Lives, Flowers of a Moment, and So


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I don't pathologize over it.
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Read enough from your ancestors and peers to have a grounding, so you can grow from rootedness.

Revision so your Aunt Irma will understand it over the telephone, long-distance. (Variant: Imagine your work is a telegram, being charged for each word.)

Experts tend to repeat themselves. Stay a beginner.

There are no unpublished writers, only pre-published authors.

See if there are any communities you find nourishing, even non-writing ones.

My advice is based on choices and decisions unique to me. Don't listen to my advice — unless something resonates with your experience. There's where you'll find your innate, inner writing coach. (And when you can, pass along a little of your own seasoned wisdom, to the rest of us.)

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“Basic characteristics of an individual organism: to divide, to unite, to merge into the universal, to abide in the particular, to transform itself, to define itself, and as living things tend to appear under a thousand conditions, to arise and vanish, to solidify and melt, to freeze and flow, to expand and contract. Since these effects occur together, any or all may occur at the same moment.”
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message 3: by Leaning-Good (last edited Dec 15, 2010 05:45AM)

Leaning-Good Hi Gary,

[How are you?]

Thanks for your generousness to still let me stay in your friends list :

Also, thanks to let me play in your lovely group, too.
[I hope that isn't ruin the sunny flower group [of Gary !] , right?]

haiku... haiku,

message 2: by Essi

Essi Michael Hello my dear Gary
I am very proud
This is my pleasure
Thank you for add me as your friends.
It`s my honor to be in your friends list.
Best regard

message 1: by Patrick (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:45PM)

Patrick Doyle Hello Gary. Thanks for adding me as a friend. Maybe we'll meet up in the city one day. I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with you. Have an adventurous day.

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