“Awakening Gaia” Book Launch – Dr. Fred Grover Jr.

This is the second book by Dr. Fred Grover Jr. – just published. I was thrilled to edit it, as I did the first book. From the publisher:

Fred takes you on a journey of planetary shamanism as he taps into higher-dimensional insights and flows with magical synchronicities to place Lemurian crystals and sacred geometric forms around the world. His ultimate goal is to counter the darkness in our world by reactivating, reconnecting and radiating ancient healing energies and grids of the Incas, Mayas, Native Americans, Polynesians and more. He invites you to experience this growing field of energy, and encourages everyone to spread their own light and love to Gaia and its inhabitants, promoting a sustainable, healthy future for all.

This is Fred’s website, where you can read about his first book, Spiritual Genomics:

Dr. Fred Grover – Spiritual Genomics

After several years of work, Dr. Grover’s book of holistic medicine is finally finished, published, and selling well. It’s Spiritual Genomics: A physician’s deep dive beyond modern medicine, discovering unique keys to optimizing DNA health, longevity, and happiness!

Dr. Grover is known in Denver for his “mind spa,” which represents his own bridge-making with the world of traditional medicine, including through his shamanic experiences. Click here and scroll down to the video clips to see his medical practice at work. He calls himself something of a “renegade” in the primary care and anti-aging field, thinking out of the box, embracing mindfulness. In Spiritual Genomics, he shares some of his wide travels, as well as the latest research and breakthroughs in medicine, including even plant medicine. I enjoyed this book tremendously while watching it come into form, being thrilled to do the editing work this past three years. Below he graciously expresses thanks:

So much gratitude goes out to my editor, Margaret A. Harrell, who helped me maintain momentum and provided amazing editorial assistance throughout this long journey.

The book is so multifaceted that any excerpt is extremely limited. But I’ll give just a couple of paragraphs – that are sidelights to the main focus of how lifestyle expresses our genome: how it “turns on” and “turns off” genes:

Lukla Airstrip Nepal

On a volunteer medical trip to Nepal in 2000, I inaugurated the venture with a climb to the top of Mount Kala Patthar. My father and a few others from our team joined in. On a fall morning we made the dangerous flight from Kathmandu, landing nearly 9,500 feet above sea level on the very short runway at Lukla dubbed “the most dangerous airport in the world.” Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to summit Everest, had this small strip built for a supplies shipment prior to summiting Everest with his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, in 1953. With the runway just under five hundred yards long, carved into the side of a mountain, a small miscalculation can mean smacking into the cliff at the end of the runway. The damaged planes off the side of the runway attest to this!

After a white-knuckled landing and some deep breaths we hired two hardy, elite Sherpas—Pemba and Perba—to assist in carrying our packs and guiding us to the summit. The Sherpas are ethnic Tibetans, many of whom migrated to Nepal when the Chinese took over Tibet in 1950. Our goal was to escape fast-approaching pressures and get a close-up, panoramic view of Everest, the mountain with the highest altitude in the world (29,035 feet above sea level), prior to setting up our large health camp in north-central Nepal in the dusty village of Barabise.

The Mount Kala Patthar trek is a sixty-miles round trip with frequent ups and downs in elevation, wild suspension-bridge crossings, and—to avoid being knocked off the trail—special attention given to passing yaks, goats, and large-load-carrying Sherpas. The summit, at 18,514 feet, has the best panoramic views of Everest, the nearby peaks, Khumbu Glacier, and the base camp below, reached via a safer, easier route. Did I contemplate climbing Everest? Yes, but after seeing the oversized egos of folks that had climbed it and trashed it, I decided I didn’t want to become one of them. Besides, why spend over forty grand to have a 10 percent chance of dying from the Khumbu Glacier falling on me, or the numerous other potential risks such as losing brain cells from hypoxia. I need those to take me to ninety, at least!



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I have been offered the amazing possibility of teaching “Discovering  Your Luminous Body” and began the first class in November. Afterwards, around February, dtb, I start a new class to again introduce the Luminous Body, a potential part of your energy field that lifts everything into more light, more joy, more ease and clarity. For this second class if you are interested, please contact me. Prerequisite: Awakening Your Light Body.

It’s possible to take this either in a live class or through Skype. You will need to buy the LuminEssence downloads (guided journeys and talks) created by Duane Packer and DaBen. Total cost for that is  discounted to $200. To work with the new consciousness and the journeys and talks, there will be a class with me once a month. Again, I stress that I am incredibly honored to be allowed to teach this course. The cost for the monthly 3-hour class with me is $50 – $100 a class, depending on number of people taking. Total time: 4 – 6 months.

The Luminous Body, once you contact it and begin to assimilate it, brings great peace and high levels of consciousness into your life, sudden sparkle, suddemn moments of being lifted into divine energies.

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The luminous body is an expansion beyond the light body. Expanding to this level of light brings you insights into the very nature of who you are on the earth plane. As you evolve into your luminous body you can operate from a level of consciousness that allows you to more easily change your life and consciousness. You reorient your consciousness to a higher light and reach a high point above earth plane energies where you are no longer held back by mass consciousness ideas and thought forms. As your consciousness expands you can continually upgrade and improve your circumstances, make the needed changes in your relationships to bring greater peace and harmony, and create shifts in your health, body, and physical well-being.

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More Gonzo Fest 2019 Photos – at the Frazier

Inside the Kitchen



In Hunter’s Kitchen, Frazier Museum







As my plane was hours late, I missed the Frazier Museum tour the first time round. The next day Rory Feehan returned there with me. With an Irish flare he devoured every detail of the exhibit, as did I. Two of these photos were taken by him. I particularly like the one of us together. As I’d sat in the kitchen right beside that stool many years before, I was glad it was so well reconstructed. A wonderful experience, like the rest of the Frazier exhibit.

Actually, I should say Dr. Rory Feehan, as he was appearing at the GF as an invited VIP speaker, fresh off getting his PhD with a dissertation on the Hunter Thompson, specifically “the Hunter figure,” in Ireland, which made him an even better person to tour the exhibit with. That dissertation is a much-anticipated book we hope to see coming out in 2020. Not sure where the picture of Rory and me was taken, perhaps at the home of a wealthy Louisvillite who invited all of us to a lovely dinner. If so, my hair survived a lively ride there in Ron Whitehead’s jeep.


Rory Feehan films my intro at the GF panel on journalism

Rory Patrick Feehan facilitating a tour at the Speed museum

Below in the photo, the Irish scholar Dr. Rory Patrick Feehan, with a PhD in Hunter Thompson studies, assists in leading a packed-house tour of the exhibit “Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thomson” at the Speed Museum After Hours event Friday night, July 19, with curator Erika Holmquist-Wall in the Loft Gallery. Rory filmed the above video of my intro talk July 20 at the Gonzo Fest panel on changes in journalism since Nixon.

To my right is Ryland Barton, the Capitol bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio. Beyond him is Olivia Kraft of Insider Louisville. The moderator is Timothy Denevi, the author of Freak Kingdom. Rory’s impressive dissertation will soon be a book available in the U.S.

In that photo of the panel, if you notice a windblown look, I rode to the event with all windows rolled down. It was in the best company imaginable – an exciting way to arrive! One thing I  particularly appreciated from Ryland Barton is his commitment to fact checking. He pointed out that it used to be standard to have news fact checked after the reporter turned it in. There was a team to do that. Now, a story can be rushed out, lacking the fact-checking protocol, the team behind the individual author(s) of the story, which is on the downside of having do-it-yourself journalism. However, there are pluses as well, to getting news not from trained reporters. You have a wider source base. But you don’t necessarily have that commitment to fact checking. Personally, with my training in research, I always prefer solid fact checking. There’s something about starting out on the right foot of a story – getting it right on the ground level.





Photos from the July 2019 Gonzo Fest

William McKeen and Juan Whitehead – book signing at the Gonzofest
Rory Feehan at the Speed Museum
The Kitchen at Owl Farm, as reproduced by the Speed Museum
Juan Thompson, Tim Denevi, and Ron Whitehead speaking at the Speed Museum
Ralph Steadman, artwork for “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” 1970, at the Speed Museum
“The Temptation of Jean-Claude Killy” – Scanlan’s cover



Credit: Jeffery Parrish, who did a sequence of shots featuring me in the background of a forefront Rory. In this one, I am the hands, Rory the quizzical expression. We had no idea he was doing this.

Al Satterwhite on the phone

I just had the delightful pleasure of talking for an hour with Al Satterwhite on the phone.

He’s a photographer whose work takes your breath away. Below are two of his YouTube compilations – fascinating:

Hunter Thompson in Cozumel, Mexico, in 1974, photoshoot for Playboy.

The South in the Sixties

If you just want to feel good, browse through his work for the fine detail and slices of life. His work has so much the human touch, telling stories in facial expressions and the lens focus.

Here is his bio.

Remaining copies of The Cozumel Diary are on sale here at the Gonzo  Galleries.

There are other interesting books by him, usually in limited editions, including one on Muhammad Ali and Arnold Schwarznegger., Titans.


William McKeen’s Special Contribution to My New Book, “Hunter Thompson’s Hell’s Angels”

William McKeen is a Special Contributor to my new book, Hunter S. Thompson’s Hell’s Angels: Writers & Editor, Romance & Trouble in collaboration with Ron Whitehead. You can read his contribution by clicking here:

A fast-paced short 1,000 words by a very good writer himself.




Exhibiting at the Oud Sint Jan’s Museum of Bruges – 12/2018

Margaret Harrell – Rider on Horse – in exhibit

Above: Pablo Picasso, The Friendship Bouquet, at the Oud St. Jan’s Museum of Bruges, which just exhibited Rider on Horse – an experimental cloud/sun photograph by me – November 26 through December 1,  2018.

Bruges is the exquisite canal-lined city in Belgium that tourists love, just a half hour from Ghent, another old Flanders city, and I’m a dual national. Bruges is one of the loveliest cities in Europe, a little Venice. The event is the Flanders International Biennal of Contemporary Art. And I will be among 60 artists.

Right in the middle of the city, all that is best about Bruges and about life in general comes together in a unique cultural site: art, culinary delight, elegant meeting and function rooms, stylish interiors and spacious outdoor terraces with a magical view of the picturesque canals. Whoever enters the Old St. John Site will be amazed by the almost tangible presence of the rich history of Bruges. This is the spot where one of the earliest infirmaries in medieval Europe once stood. During the 19th century, it was home to the St. John’s Hospital, with its large communal wards. Following the closure of the hospital in 1976, these spacious wards were restored and since 1989 have formed part of the Old St. John Congress and Event Centre. The different halls are ideally suited for the organization of congresses, trade fairs, events and social functions of all kinds.

Old St. John’s Site, Bruges


Flanders Biannual exhibit – Oud St. Jan Museum – Bruges


A permanent Picasso exhibition is a big draw. It has 300 works of this famous 20th century Spanish artist – mostly graphic art, with one of the most extensive collections in Europe. At the moment, there is also an exhibition of the work of Andy Warhol. In 2015, the Centre was the location for Body Worlds (Körperwelten), in 2016 it was Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Last year, in 2017, it had the exhibition “Da Vinci, the inventions of a genius.” From March 31 on, it became the venue for the exhibition “Mummies, The Secrets of Ancient Egypt.”


Triangle Book & Writers Conference – 2-16-19

If you are writing a book or want to get writing and editing tips, come out to join us all day  September 15. I will be on the panel for “Top 10 Editing Mistakes.” What do you think they are? That’s at NOON. Look for more on my editing background on my webpage here. And also enjoy the other panels. Half-price tickets available NOW. Use the code TWBC when you register on Eventbrite!


McKimmon Center on the NC State Campus in Raleigh, NC.

1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606.

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.  First session starts at 8:30.  Final session ends at 5:00 pm.

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Ticket price this year is $150.00 and includes lunch.
Early Bird pricing is $75.00

Go here to find a list of the sessions you can attend/participate in.

People fly in from other areas, so don’t miss this opportunity locally.

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Do you tend to start projects and not finish them? Are you a chronic editor of your own work, so much so that it’s never quite good enough to publish? Do you have more ideas than time to create?
Join us at the 2018 conference to help you publish and market your book.

At Fall for the Books, George Mason U, October 11, 2018

Juan Thompson, Margaret Harrell, Tim Denevi


Juan Thompson (Stories I Tell Myself) and Tim Denevi (Freak Kingdom) with me (Keep This Quiet! memoir series) at George Mason University for the “Fall for the Books” fest October 11. With us via Skype was Bill McKeen (Outlaw Journalist). For an hour and a half, we gave views on “Writing about Hunter S. Thompson.” What a memorable blast – on-stage” and off. We had such fun hanging together and also sharing time, talking about our very different writing experiences – Juan being Hunter’s son (focused on his childhood memories of his father and beyond), Tim writing a researched political book (showing Hunter’s great relevance today), Bill on his memories of Hunter in person plus in-depth research; also, inside information on down-to-the-wire surprises as his book was about to come out.

And myself talking on the challenges of getting out my side of the story. A totally amazing time. Amazing that we all get along so wonderfully. I felt among real friends. In fact, it was easy to get used to spending a lot of the day with these two  – and their high attention, high energy roving conversation and also sensitivity. I’m already missing our conversations. And Bill McKeen spoke in a very immediate, very personal way, as if he were in the room.