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Investigator of the Paranormal

By J. Douglas Kenyon

In December of 2013, we learned that author Colin Wilson had died at 82 of complications from pneumonia. The author of well over 100 volumes of fiction and nonfiction, Wilson, as the New York Times put it, in a retrospective on his life, “became a sensation at 24, when ‘The Outsider’ was published and instantly touched a deep nerve in postwar Britain.” An authority on the occult, ancient mysteries, unexplained anomalies, and many other topics, Wilson was also an early friend and supporter of Atlantis…

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Spreading the Goddess Gospel

By Cynthia Logan

After The Da Vinci Code topped the best-seller list, author Dan Brown picked up the phone and called Margaret Starbird. He wanted to acknowledge the primary concept he had gleaned from her work: the idea that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalene. Starbird’s books, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar and The Goddess in the Gospels had given him ample research to back the material in his page-turning thriller. Starbird, in turn, got her food for thought from Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the premise…

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The Blessings of Chaos

By Cynthia Logan

Sitting in his home office nestled in a redwood forest above the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he’s taught mathematics since 1968, chaos theorist Ralph Abraham expresses concern about our connection. It’s not that we’ve never met; he’s just not confident that Ooma is reliable out in the woods. “Nothing works better than a land line,” he says, though he’s dumped it in order to save money. “And I love Skype, but I have never-ending problems using it.” Surprising, since he’s a techie from…

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Opening Up with Al Huang

By Cynthia Logan

Bluebirds, thrush and hummingbirds chirp as Tai Ji master Al Huang gazes over “unmanicured” flower gardens at the Pacific Ocean through his glass-walled office. It’s a stunning panoramic view, one that helps him stay connected to nature. “The sun is shining and the surf is surfing,” he tells me. Huang has lived in Gold Beach, Oregon for the last ten years, pretty much right at the mouth of the Rogue River. The house he shares with his American wife, Suzanne, built on a rock, is…

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