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Laurel’s visit with Buddhist practice teacher Ken McLeod, a peaceable man in a turbulent world, will provide you with glimpses of different ways to live your lives.
Now retired, but still publishing books on Eastern philosophies for Western minds, Ken talks about his own journey and offers suggestions for listeners.
[and his voice alone will leave you feeling more peaceful!]
Ken McLeod has taught and translated Buddhist practice in the Los Angeles area and has authored several books about his experiences with Buddhist practices.
He discusses the far-reaching impact of the California wildfires.
His principal teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, and acting as his interpreter.
His early family experiences with religion.
How he became a teacher, though he didn’t feel prepared.
Teaching in the ’80s in the challenging environment in L.A.
Ideas on success and being an “expert.”
The intention of Buddhist practice and the freedom that comes with it.
Wake Up To Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention is his first book, release in 2002. I quote from the book’s description, “The key to becoming fully alive and joyful is to develop our natural capacity for attention and to be fully present here and now.”
How Ken completed his first book and his next,
Reflections on Silver River in 2014.
Discussion on “freedom, peace and understanding” and a different way to live. Are we evolving?
The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas
“The world is not designed to support the life worth living.”
Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene
His thoughts about The Power of Now, 2004, by Eckhart Tolle.
Is ignorance bliss?
Suggestion for listeners: One practice you can do now.
I have a correction to make from my last episode in which I told you about the prestigious 2018 CIPA EVVY Awards. The website for more information is at cipabooks.com, not .org, and here’s a reminder to submit your books before March 16th for early bird savings!
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Sherry Ficklin, best-selling author of the Stolen Empire Series, visits with Laurel McHargue in this episode of Alligator Preserves! She explains how she has become “a toucher of things,” and shares amazing stories of her own life and how her experiences have influenced her writing.
Sherry Ficklin tells a secret about a visit to the White House
Sherry is “a toucher of things”!
Earliest memories with books, telling stories, and winning her first monetary award
Her writing over ten years and feedback from Penguin Books
Autobiographical elements of her work
“Vantablack” material (favorite color is black!)
Dark side characters, 1st person books, and choosing names
Contract negotiations with publishers
Research and Canary Club adventures
Marketing to YA and other audiences
Queen series books
Sherry’s “Dragon’s Eye” adventure, the fruit that “ruffied” her
Advice to new authors and what’s next for her
Her childrens’ response to her writing
Introduce next topic: Visit with Buddhist practice teacher Ken McLeod
This one has no intro or outro or show notes. It’s just me talking about relationships, motivated by Mike’s suggestion this morning that I listen to a Hidden Brain podcast about the difficulty of a long marriage!
Happy Valentine’s Day, and tell me what you think!
In this episode, Laurel recounts a time she nearly instigated an international incident when she was an Army officer in South Korea, and several comedic situations during her three months in support of Exercise Team Spirit ’89.
Laurel discusses an embarrassing and frightening incident in a public restroom in South Korea
She talks about her 3-month deployment to support a Team Spirit exercise in 1989
South Korean soldiers and their interaction with a female Army officer
South Korean tailors try to make clothing to fit
Laurel encourages audience to imagine being in a situation in which you are misunderstood
Introduce next topic: Visit with best-selling author Sherry Ficklin
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In this week’s episode, Laurel McHargue introduces listeners to another character in her life: her dog, Ranger.
Inspired by a man in her writing group who one day told everyone “Don’t get a boat,” Laurel knew she had to write a piece called “Don’t Get a Dog.” She reads excerpts from the piece as she muses about the pets in her life, and shares a confession at the end.
Story inspiration at writing group meeting
Raised by “No pets!” parents, she nevertheless got some free ones along the way
In today’s episode, host and author Laurel McHargue introduces her father as she never knew him. With a shoe box filled with letters from a 19-year-old son to his parents and siblings during WWII, Laurel shares her thoughts on the bizarre world of parent/child relationships.
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The letter shoe box.
Charles Bernier, age 19, off to “somewhere” in 1943
Blog post Boston Boy In For An Eye-Opener with narrative
Questions about parents
The parent/child relationship
Brainstorm about questions and the brain
Storytelling tip: Focus on a small thing
Introduce next topic: Something completely different
In this episode of Alligator Preserves, host and author Laurel McHargue discusses her on-again-off-again love affair with hair and her failure to achieve a childhood goal.
Alligator Preserves is hosted and produced by Laurel McHargue with technical support provided by her husband, Mike McHargue. Follow her on her website at leadvillelaurel.com where she writes about life, real and imagined, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @LeadvilleLaurel. If you enjoyed this podcast, you might enjoy her books. Find her work on Amazon.
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Storytelling and blog post entitled “My Hair Piece” with interjected narrative
Brainstorming about hair and mundane topics, finding the humor, and learning something about the human condition
Memories of hair and listener encouragement to explore their own
Writing tips and announcement of next topic: a young man’s eye-opening experience when he joins the Army in 1943