Twenty Years of Alchemy


“This is why alchemy exists,” the boy said. “So that everyone will search for his treasure, find it, and then want to be better than he was in his former life. Lead will play its role until the world has no further need for lead; and then lead will have to turn itself into gold. That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist In the early 90s I visited Sedona, Arizona for the first time and was immediately smitten. Magic was… Read More

Guru Mike Casto Talks TCA in Sedona

Guru Mike Casto at TCA

It seem like forever since I last posted. Sorry about that. I’ve been in the home stretch on my new book and I just finished the manuscript!  I’m really excited to share it with you. The book is called Finding You in a World of It. I’ve been working on it for a couple years (Okay, maybe longer than that.) This one is not a t’ai chi book, per se, although it is certainly informed by my decades of t’ai chi experience. I’ll talk about it in a post soon. Right now I’m focused on getting it through the publishing… Read More

Vibrating Qi at the 10th Annual Scholars Garden

Rick, Maria, Stephe at SG

Our 10th Annual Scholars Garden event is just weeks away, and do we have a good one planned! Stephe Watson and I began it in Staten Island (Lo, those many years ago!) and it has now found a permanent home at Stephe’s  Someday Farm in Killingworth, Connecticut. Sunday, June 15 11:00-5:00. If you haven’t been to Someday Farm yet…well, it’s worth the trip all by itself! Stephe and Ritu have carved a little chunk of paradise out of the Nutmeg State, as Stephe’s students will eagerly attest. It’s a pleasant train ride to New Haven, where you will be picked… Read More

First Novel From D. G. Barrett!!!


I apologize for not posting for a few weeks. I am in the home stretch on my new book and that has gobbled up all my writing RAM right now. It is targeted for this summer. Fingers crossed! More information to be posted soon. However, I have come up for air for a moment to make an important announcement: Prometheus on the Rocks, by D. G. Barrett is now available on Amazon! Who is D. G. Barrett, you say? Why, none other than my son, Devon. Those of you fortunate enough to have met the man will recognize the acerbic… Read More

William C. C. Chen’s Banana Punch

Grandmaster William C. C. Chen

Grandmaster William C. C. Chen appeared on Arise Entertainment 360 to shed some light on t’ai chi ch’uan after Michelle Obama brought it to America’s attention. The first lady gamely tried to follow some schoolchildren as they demonstrated their gongfu, and the morning show wanted to know what exactly was going on. Chen commented, “Her form is better than mine. I can’t do t’ai chi in high heels.” My 81 year old teacher then put on a clinic in his irrepressible style, astounding his hosts with his punches and humor, even punching one of them while holding a banana in… Read More