A grief document
A lot to take in. Very revealing and loving and I am sure not always easy to raise the curtin on something so intimate.
You can have out of body experiences without the religious element coming in. Actually, The Monroe Institute is not far away near Charlottesville. Bob Monroe was a radio engineer who began having out of body experiences in the late 50s. He did not see it in religious terms at all, though he did meet some evolved beings and had some fascinating trips. Some of your writing reminded me of what he related. He met his Dad after the latter died by the way. His Journeys Out Of The Body (1971) quite literally changed my life and is considered the best book on the subject. It's on Kindle and you might enjoy it.
Thanks for sharing something this personal, it is not an easy thing to do.
You're doing something I've not been able to do, regarding my own grief over the death of my sister on Dec 6. She was a Republican too, but of the John McCain type. I am not, being about as "left" as you. My sister and I never discussed politics. We never made mix tapes. We were not as close. But the main thing she wrote to me, often, was "be happy, do things that make you happy" and it's kinda hard still. Your writing and art about your dad somehow helps, so I thank you and respect the journey....
Thank for sharing this with us.
Hey, T, your dad sharing was pretty moving to me, and it rekindled my memories of life with my dad and with my boys who are about your age. And the Peter Gabriel piece was pretty stirring, I’m glad you’ve posted it. I've said this before, but your sharing about your trans life has helped me relate better to my trans grandkid, who, I'm happy to say, is getting on much better in their brave new world (Shakespeare's not Huxley's) than when they were when I started exchanging comments with you on your Substack.
I was fascinated by the flash of your agnostic card, because my parents and my education were both deeply agnostic, as I was into my thirties. But an experience, something like your dad's experience (mine was with with the I Ching, not bad lettuce) convinced me that spiritual creatures do exist. My novel, A Tale of Two Times, shares in fiction the turf that’s exposed, when this fact (as I've experienced it) has to be reckoned with personally.
Anyway, thanks again.