Mail from a reader from California.
Just finished The Best Seller and the Big Apple. Great reads, great truths, especially loved dhop satori. As a former biotech consultant, I can certainly verify the observation, which I always thought of as execs blurring the boundary between hype and reality.
I started Aikido at age 40 with Robert Nadeau Sensei in Mountain View, CA. My knee went bad after three and a half years, but they were unforgettable ones. I've had spiritual teachers through the years (as a naive American mostly), but Nadeau Sensei, although a curious mixture of light and dark, taught me more about life than I've learned elsewhere. I'm 70 now, and the adventure of life continues to roll out.
In any event, thanks loads for sharing your great writing and trenchant insights. I'll be looking forward to future efforts.