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The Books A place to talk about Dirk's two autobiographies "Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy" and "And Then We Went Fishing" as well as Dirk penned articles and future writings.

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:47 AM   #1
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Dirk's books just brought me back to the day when I became kind of obsessed with Transcendentalism after reading Emerson and Thoreau. I enjoyed them a lot.

Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy has been really surprising. From interviews and videos from conventions you can tell that Dirk has a great inner life, but it's been awesome to learn that he's so highly spiritual and that he believes in the things he does. Precisely, one of the things I liked the most about the book was to read how, regardless of the reason why he went there, his experience at the cabin in New Hampshire became a kind of spiritual awakening. You can almost feel the evolution and freedom of mind. I definitely believe that what you eat or drink can cause, prevent, improve and cure illnesses. Maybe not always, but it's obviously possible. What he explains about macrobiotics makes a lot of sense.

Before reading this book I knew very little about the yin and yang philosophy, much less about its relationship with food, but I've grown curious about it. Loved every page of Kamikaze and the chance to know about Dirk's philosophy of life. He's very intriguing and he also has something fascinating in common with a bunch of my favorite authors.

About And Then We Went Fishing there's a lot that I'd like to say, but I won't. Heartbreaking experience.

Both books are incredibly soulful and straightforward. Besides, his writing style is so natural that it felt like reading a letter from a longtime friend. I'm sure that I will read these books many times. Most of you must have already read them, but if you haven't, I'd recommend you to do it.


Edit: I wrote this months ago, but now that I re-read the post after a long time I had to edit out personal details about my father's death and other stuff that I don't even know why I wrote. Guess I got too carried away after reading the books for the first time. By the way, after reading the books again I can only say that I'm even more impressed. Wonderful writer with a very inspiring way of thinking.
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Hi Ro,

I just found your post. I was here years ago, then left and was gone for years. I would stop in now and again to check for article or photo links. When I got serious about my diet I returned. Now I realize I missed much that is enjoyable. I'm doing a strange thing now - looking through old topics to see what I missed!

I have a post ready for my blog here since it's personal and I couldn't find a place for it anywhere else. However, there's a problem with posting that Dawg is working on. In the meantime I'm finding much to ponder....
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:19 PM   #3
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Precisely, one of the things I liked the most about the book was to read how, regardless of the reason why he went there, his experience at the cabin in New Hampshire became a kind of spiritual awakening.

Ro, whenever I think of this book, or pick it up to read, that's the section I go to. Perhaps that's why it took me so long to really get into the MB diet, but then, all things in their time.

EDIT: My original copy of KC got away from me so I ordered another. Just got it today and already I can't put it down. Again. This is the second printing and it seems a bit different. I see I needed to read it again.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:43 PM   #4
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That part has something special. Well, as everything else in KC. I read both books from time to time because I have an absolute passion for certain ideas and experiences that Dirk describes everywhere and I love reading his point of view on those topics and how he lived those experiences. They are intense books and I sure learned from them. Something that I also like about these books is that Dirk said what he needed to say without playing it safe. I wanted to add things to the post when I reread them, but I wasn't able to express what I wanted to say, so I just edited out stuff that shouldn't have been there and other comments that might have crossed the line. Anyway, each one has to read the books and get their own feelings from them.

No wonder that you can't put the book down. What's the difference between the first and the second printing of Kamikaze Cowboy?

I'll definitely look for your blog when it's ready.
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RO, I think the book has changed. I read that only the dedication was changed but I think that remains the same. The old book seemed more light weight compared to this one. I remember how one chapter began but that is now included with another chapter. I think some chapters are missing. I'm sure I'm reading some info that wasn't in the first printing. Of course, it could be me....

A story for you - several years ago a group of us were having tons of fun at Colonial Fleets, a site for the original BSG. It was announced one day that Dirk would be in the chat room, live, to answer questions. A line was formed as each person logged in, then you asked your question as Darrell, owner of the site, prompted you.

My turn came and my question was typed in, ready to go. I don't remember exactly what I asked but it was about the strawberries and something about Krishnamurti, who was a World Teacher. Several times I would read something Dirk said and realize he and Krishnamurti said many of the same things, albeit in a different way. I wanted to know if he had read any of K's works, but don't remember how I asked. There wasn't much time for answers but he did mention an epiphany regarding the strawberries. I guess they thought he was finished as the next person asked his question. Then Dirk typed a new answer that began Krishna, and said something about why read him if they said the same thing. I replied something then he went on to answer the other person's question. Bear with me....LOL

All the Q&A's were then posted in a forum as one long message. They were all there except my question and Dirk's answer to it. They had been deleted! LOL. Yeah, I'm laughing about it. Even then I didn't mind because I realized it was probably too serious a question for that situation, but I asked the question from that part of the book that most nearly touched my soul.

All this came to mind because I just finished reading KC. Near the end he talks about fragmentation. I had been learning about it but don't think I had applied it to food and the body till I started the MB diet. That's what prompted the post I made about wholeness.

I understand about not saying what you'd like to say. Whatever I write seems to fall short of what I want to say. I'll keep plugging away and perhaps one day the fog in my brain will be gone. Then I'll come back here and delete everything I've written! LOL


EDIT: I've just learned there was another Krishnamurti - U. G. Krishnamurti. The man I mentioned above was Jiddu Krishnamurti who began The Krishnamurti Foundation in Ojai CA. It includes a school. There are also Foundations and schools in England and India. I don't know enough about U.G. to see clearly what he was about, but from what I've seen and heard it's my opinion that he advertises his ignorance every time he opens his mouth.
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So, all the Q&A's were posted except yours . Well, sometimes invisibility is a gift; never underestimate it . As long as his answers are in your head that's all that matters.

As for the differences in KC, the book was published in 1987 for the first time, so the dedication had to be different then. I thought that was the only change. Maybe the chapters are rearranged in a different way or something. And if he added new information, even better.
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Ro, go to abebooks.com and enter Dirk's name as author. Two books will come up.- the one I have now is light colored. The old one is there, also. It's black with dirk on the cover.
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Ok, I'll take a look.
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As I was reading Confessions again I finally connected two things that I hadn't seen before.

Many years ago I read an interview, or a book, can't remember which, in which Aveline Kushi talked about the Kushi Institute and how it helped people who had cancer. Of all the people who came and was cured, about 10% of them returned because their cancer had returned. After it happened a few times they decided to do research to find out why it was happening to that 10%.

What they discovered was what those people had in common - they all cooked their food on an electric range. Probably used a microwave, too. The cancer victims changed their cooking habits and cancer didn't return.

So I'm reading Confessions and Dirk is talking about what he went through and how he got through it. Now he's back at work in Hollywood, living in a small place and cooking on a hotplate. All his meals on an electric hotplate. The blood clots appear again.

So as I read this time I remembered what Aveline Kushi said, and it was like connecting the dots. I wonder is this is what happened back then when the problem reappeared?

When he's at a convention he cooks his meals on a hotplate but that is not an everyday practice so he seems to be okay. At least as far as the public knows. I don't think electric cooking could hurt you now and then, but I think it is a problem if your food's molecules are mangled every meal, every day. Microwaves are even worse. Besides electricity, they have microwaves that does something to the food to make it "dead."

Several years ago I found an apartment I liked in a great building but it had an electric range so I passed. Just four years ago I found a terrific place, rent was good, neighborhood was quiet but it was all electric. I was really sorry to pass on that one.

Something to think about….

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Interesting theory about the microwave . I remember reading all of that as well. I have been doing my cooking with flame heat.
I'm going through something right now and I certainly hope it's nothing. I'll see the specialist on Wednesday. I guess I'm lucky to live where I do, Boston. Good facilities should I need them. Let's hope I've done my part with my health and that finding Mr. Benedict's story might help. Wish me luck. No matter what, I'll be on that cruise! I've made up my mind. I'm scared and it's hard to focus on work or anything but I'm pretty strong. I keep hanging in there and I keep cooking healthy meals and exercising. But like I said, I'm still scared so please wish me luck.
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It isn't just theory, Michele. It's been proven, and more. The dead food is the least part of it. It changes your blood. Do a search for microwave dangers and see how bad it really is. Mercola.com has some very informative material.

And do eat organic, though that can be a problem also. Some organic farmers use animal waste as fertilizer, from animals that have been shot full of hormones. What is in their feed is in their waste, then it's taken up in the plants we know as organic. I've asked some online companies about this and most don't answer, but some admit they don't have a clue what their farmers use as fertilizer. At the Farmer's Market you would be able to talk to the farmer and get more info.

But it isn't just food that's causing all kinds of problems. WiFi is very dangerous, but I have found something that combats it and am trying it out now.

All by best thoughts are for you and to you. Hang in there, you'll be able to give Dirk a big hug in November!
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I'm going through something right now and I certainly hope it's nothing. I'll see the specialist on Wednesday. I guess I'm lucky to live where I do, Boston. Good facilities should I need them. Let's hope I've done my part with my health and that finding Mr. Benedict's story might help. Wish me luck. No matter what, I'll be on that cruise! I've made up my mind. I'm scared and it's hard to focus on work or anything but I'm pretty strong. I keep hanging in there and I keep cooking healthy meals and exercising. But like I said, I'm still scared so please wish me luck.
I'm so sorry to hear that. I do wish you the very best and lots of good luck. I can understand that it scares you right now, but you do sound like a very strong person to me. Try to stay positive, because that will also help you get better.
There is no doubt in my mind that you'll be attending that cruise and get to meet Dirk. Stay strong !!!
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Every time I read KC I seem to find something I didn't see before.
You know, as you grow your understanding deepens so that's
what was happening. I understood it on a more profound
level than I did the earlier reading. I'm reading it now and I see
a larger picture than I've ever seen before, but I have grown in
leaps and bounds in recent years, so that is the answer. Makes
me think perhaps I was really ignorant during my first read,
and that book is a bottomless pit!

It's the yin/yang thing that I was having trouble with.
Recent times have found me studying Negative and
Positive Polarities. The complimentary antagonisms. I
finally saw that yin and yang are actually just
symbols for Negative and Positive Polarities. I didn't know
enough about them to grasp what they are in their
complexity when I saw or heard a symbol. They are so
convoluted but fascinating to learn about. Then people,
circumstances, politics, etc. begin to make more sense
and you can see the world is in a helleva mess.

Ah, well - guess it was my turn to ramble!


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Oh, my goodness, LMD. You are so sweet. Thank you so much. I did get reassuring news from surgeon and he is arranging second opinion from another radiologist. Will probably order a different type of scan. Thank you again for your kind and encouraging words. They are most appreciated. It's very hard to even talk to family as they panic and that doesn't help me stay calm. I will try to stay positive and calm and focus on cruise. Have a great day!
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Thanks (blush). You're very welcome. I'm glad to hear about the good news. I know it can be hard to talk to family, loved ones or relatives about what you're going through, because they tend to panic. It's not easy. And it's not always easy to remain calm or positive either, but it does help a lot.
About a year and a half ago, I suffered from a bad burn-out due to pressure at work. Whenever I talked (or talk) about it people didn't want to believe me, because I didn't appear to be 'ill'. During that time I really had to learn and listen to my body telling me when it has had enough. I just couldn't do it all and I had to learn how to handle all that. Not easy, I can tell you that. Although people think it's a sign of weakness, I'm not afraid to admit that I suffered from a burn-out. I was positive that I would get through it again and I did (on my own). I've learned to calm myself down and be 'zen' and I feel so much better and far more relaxed now.
I'm glad to hear that. And yes ... just focus on the cruise and meeting Dirk. I have to admit I'm a bit jealous Wishing you a very nice day too, Michele Anne
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I understand about the burn out, I really do. And you're so right, what people can't see, they just don't believe.

I go for additional scans tomorrow.

By the way, you saw the post, right?? Dirk is going to be in your neck of the woods. I assume that LMD is most definitely you that the post was referring to. If you haven't seen it, go to the Facebook site! He's going to Europe.

Looks like we are both in luck!!!!
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Yes, you're right. It's unfair really that you have to look ill to be considered 'ill'. Some people forget to actually listen to what others have to say and just judge them.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you tomorrow.

Oh yes. I saw the post alright and it so made my day. He was referring to me I'm so excited and I sure hope to be able to go and meet him too. Yes, it looks like we're both in luck indeed
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Thank you and so excited for you. I hope you go, I really do. Here's a great tip. Create a jar with a label on it for the event. I swear to you it works. Write it on the label and you will constantly contribute money to it and it adds up. Mark my words. Good luck!
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What a great tip. Thanks so much
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Sent you a PM. Thanks for your good wishes.
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Sent you a PM. Thanks for your good wishes.
Great news!!!
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That is a pretty word, isn't it...

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Thank you, both. Yes, it is great news and a most beautiful word!!
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