Installment #4 of Three Lost Worlds: A Memoir of Life Among Mystics, Healers, and Life-Artists

My big breakthrough in high school is foreign language. There, I find some territory of my own. I belong to that enclave of high schoolers who are slightly invisible, and German is catnip for me…

Installment #3 of Three Lost Worlds: A Memoir of Life Among Mystics, Healers, and Life-Artists

Thankfully, my parents give me the gift of benign neglect most of the time. My father has work, and my mother has no problem with letting me and my brother spend every minute of non-school…

Installment #2 of Three Lost Worlds: A Memoir of Life Among Mystics, Healers, and Life-Artists

Part I: The Wichita Vortex (1949–1969)

“The myth is the public domain and the dream is the private myth. If your private myth, your dream, happens to coincide with that of the society, you are…

Installment #1: A Prologue to Three Lost Worlds: A Memoir of Life Among Mystics, Healers, and Life-Artists

[Dear Readers, here is the first installment of Three Lost Worlds: A Memoir of Life Among Mystics, Healers, and Life-Artists.

I have chopped the book up into sixty-eight short reads. Episodes will roll…

I was once in an order, its name unimportant here. Suffice it to say, it was a spiritual enclave that operated with vows and enough similarity to monastic orders of old that it was taken by outsiders to be a modern version of exactly that.

The order’s house was a…

A Short Story to Celebrate the Birth of Ivan Loch Marcure

Dear Readers,

This week’s posting is one I have pulled up from my deep archive and dusted off. I hope you will enjoy it.

~Jim

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. . . and now, we travel to the Highlands of Scotland:

“Th’ Loch is hellish deep, Laddie. Tha’s how the Beasties keep out o‘ the way!”

It…

Note the soldiers in the background. Kemal Atatürk used the military to bring literacy to Turkey.

I finally jumped over my own shadow and attended my fiftieth high school reunion. Most of my classmates were about to retire from careers that started soon after we graduated. Not a few of them had been in the same line of work since 1967! They’d stuck with what they…

“In New England State, since colonial times, there lived a family of natural-born bonesetters. One of these unlicensed hereditary practitioners unquestionably cured Theodosia Burr [daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr] of hip trouble when the surgeons of New York had failed.”

~ Owen Wister,
Author of The Virginian, considered the…

Jim Gilkeson

Jim Gilkeson is an author, teacher, craniosacral therapist, and musician living in Ashland, Oregon, USA.

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