A Short Entry For Today

I know today is a busy one for most of us and that we don’t have a lot of time to be reading blogs.  Yet, I remembered a topic that I wanted to touch upon today.  If there is much interest, I’ll expand on it in a later post.

First of all, I send along holiday greetings to you along with my appreciation of your many visits throughout the years. I’m happy that so many people take the time to read my reflections about the topics I come across.  I think that eclectic interests contribute not only to our personal knowledge, but are important for the health and hygiene of our brains. So, thank you for joining me in my daily mental workouts.


The topic of mental workouts brings me to today’s abbreviated bluejayblog post.  On this day in 1925, Carlos Castaneda was born in Cajamarea, Peru.  He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1957. He attended UCLA and earned his B.A. in 1962 and his Ph.D. in 1973.

Readers of my generation were introduced to Castaneda’s writings in the 1970s with the publication of his book, The Teachings Of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge. He went on to write eleven more books that describe his supposed training in ancient Mesoamerican shamanism. Over 8,000,000 copies of his books have been sold in 17 languages.

All of his titles are still in print, an amazing accomplishment for any writer.  This reader was captivated, from the beginning, by his accounts.  I managed to read each one of his books as they were released.  All, but one, were completely engrossing reads.  The lone exception, in my opinion, is Tensegrity. I slogged through the dense material that seems more like a user’s manual for a New Age cult.

Carlos Castaneda’s life and work are incredibly interesting and controversial.  Was he a true seer or an amazingly clever huckster?  I’m convinced that he was both.  He never really had the chance to come clean on his own. He died in April of 1998 from hepatocellular cancer.  He had no public funeral. His cremains were shipped to Mexico without fanfare.

Even though, I’m no longer a follower of the Godfather of the New Age movement, I still enjoy his books.  In fact, I have retrieved three of my favorites out of my storage totes to reread this winter.  Maybe I’ll review them next year?


The Blue Jay of Happiness says:

Trevlig Helg
Счастливых праздников
Buone Vacanze
Happy Holidays
Pasa Buenas Vacaciones
Bonnes Vacances
Frohe Feiertage
Hezké prázdniny

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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