Tobe and the River Is

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About the Book

Tobe (pronounced Tō●bē) is a fisherman in a village on the edge of the world. One day a light hovers over him as he sleeps in a meadow, turning his world upside down. Then a poet’s book mysteriously appears on his doorstep, which inspires him to begin his journey to a land called Inlakesh. On his way, he runs into black holes, the Bubble People, and the carnival, “Phantasmagoria.” Tobe gets lost in the carnival, but finally, someone shows Tobe the portal to Inlakesh. Transported there, he meets his guide, Auriel, and they begin their journey together. She surprises Tobe with her wisdom and insight into this strange and beautiful land, and Tobe learns to swim in the great River Is. He is astounded to discover his profound relationship to this magical River.

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About the Author

Tobe and the River Is - authorWhen I was six years old the family moved to France when my father joined the United States Army as a chaplain. During this time, we traveled throughout many parts of Europe. My parents enjoyed museums, and I was able to experience the highest expressions of religious and secular art, as well as the customs of many different cultures.

I first attended college at Clemson University, South Carolina from 1969 to 1971. My studies made their progression from engineering, to architecture and then finally to art studio, always following the trail that led to greater and greater freedom. At Clemson I also took classes in literature and writing.

In 1971 I was drafted in to the United States Army. Right before my discharge in 1973 I met and began my apprenticeship under the nationally known artist Richard Goetz. I helped in running his summer workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico that year.

In the early 1980’s I continued my education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and throughout the rest of the ’80s at Chico State University, Chico, California. Through the years I kept writing stories and poetry (most things shelved or discarded) while I pursued my painting. I also continued studying and reading about the art of writing.

In 1997 I returned to the beautiful skies and landscapes of New Mexico. From 2002 to August of 2014, I was a security officer up at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. It was a great job that allowed time to observe in detail aspects of perception and states of awareness. It is through the many hours of focused attention, often under the conditions of isolation, that some of my greatest insights and experiences have come. They have influenced my writing and painting to such a profound degree. It was there that I developed my ideas for my first website, perception4u.com. followed by the book Tobe and the River Is. I presently live in Mendocino, California, where I am working on ideas for my next book. It’s not so much “working” as it is just being open for inspiration to come.

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