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Resources - What Inspires Me - Books - Other Resources - Past Guests - Cool Out Places

Unfortunately we live in an age of great social isolation. Most of us are profoundly lonely because we don't have the families, friends and support system that human beings are calibrated to needing. Faith in a higher power and the pursuit of what interests me has kept me going. If you feel isolated and alone, you are not alone. Have faith and "do what you love." It is my hope that "A Meeting of the Ways" can serve as a resource to you, giving you ideas as to where you might be able to go for spiritual renewal, growth, and solace.

Joseph Campbell said that everyone's life has a special purpose. He advised that one could find out what one's special purpose is by, "following your Bliss". He said that when you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that will not open to anyone else. "If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there the whole while, waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one that you are living."

I think of it in simpler terms, "do what you love."

Our destiny is the realization of our unique gifts. Whatever we sincerely yearn to do is what we're meant to be doing. In my experience, when people connect to their creative power and act out of it, the impossible becomes possible and the neurosis become irrelevant. Whatever our gifts, it is our responsibility and our privilege to bring them to life. That means doing what ever is necessary...studying, connecting with people, etc. to bring your creativity to fruition. Don't be discouraged by circumstances. As Doris Lessing once said, "whatever it is you are meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible."

Joseph Campbell on the teachings of the Arthurian Legends: "They thought that it would be a disgrace to go forth as a group. Each entered the forest at a point that he himself had chosen, where it was darkest and there was no path. If there is a path it is someone else's path and you are not on the adventure."

"As you go forward into your life, you will come upon a great chasm. Jump! It is not as wide as you think." The advice of a Native American People to their young people.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." --Walt Disney

"I became convinced that non cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The poetry of Hafiz

Everything written by Marion Woodman

China Galland Longing For Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna,Viking/Penguin, 1990/1991 and The Bond Between Women: A Journey to Fierce Compassion,
Riverhead Books/Putnam, 1998 Riverhead Books/Putnam, 1998

Yaya Diallo and Michell Hall. The Healing Drum, African Wisdom Teachings
Rochester, Vermont, Destiny Books, 1989.

Julia Cameron. The Artist's Way.
New York, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Perigee Books, 1992

Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers. The Power of Myth.
New York, Doubleday, 1988.

Betty Edwards. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
Los Angeles, Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1979. Drawing on the Artist Within.
New York, Simon & Schuster, 1986.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. Women Who Run With the Wolves.
New York, Ballantine Books, 1992.

Frederick Franck. The Zen of Seeing, Seeing/Drawing As Meditation.
New York, Vintage Books, 1973.

Mickey Hart. Drumming At The Edge Of Magic.
San Francisco, Harper San Francisco, 1990.

Mark Levy, Technicians of Ecstasy, Shamanism and the Modern Artist,
Connecticut Bramble Books, 1993

Jerry Mander. In the Absence of the Sacred (The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations).
San Francisco, Sierra Club Books, 1991.

Maledoma Patrice Some. Ritual: Power, Healing and Community,
Portland, Swan/Raven & Company, 1993.

Sule Greg Wilson. Foreword by Babatunde Olatunji, The Drummer's Path, Moving the Spirit with Ritual and Traditional Drumming,
Rochester, Vermont, Destiny Books, 1992.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook For Living, 1998

Lori Wallach & Michelle Sforza. Whose Trade Organization? Corporate Globalization and the Erosion of Democracy, 1999

Anything written by Sark

The poetry of Jeladin Rumi

The poetry of Mary Oliver, especially Dream Work

If you have ever yearned to play a musical instrument or to sing in a choir, "just do it"! There are many opportunities in the Santa Cruz and San Francisco Bay Areas. Most of the colleges and universities in the area have all sorts of choirs and musical ensembles. Most of them are open to community members and a surprising number do not require an "official" musical background. I study Middle Eastern music and play in a world fusion band. There are many fantastic teachers waiting to help you realize your dream. I am here to tell you that it doesn't take long for someone to get "functional" if they practice and love it. Music is a great way to be with people. If at first you don't find a teacher or ensemble that you feel good with, keep looking until you find the right one. You will know.

To receive information on local (South Bay, Santa Cruz, and S.F. Area) Drum Circles, African or Afro-Cuban drumming events via the Internet, send an E-Mail and ask to be put on their list. If you have information about such events, you can get the word out to about 200 hard core African/World music percussion aficionados by sending it to this address.

Zen Buddhist Meditation is one of the best things I have going in my life. There are local centers where you can practice "Zazen", "just sitting", "mindfullness" or "insight" meditation on a donation-basis. My favorites are A Center For the Practice of Zen Meditation, in Mountain View, (650-966-1057), and the Insight Meditation Center of the Mid-Peninsula in Redwood City. They also meet in San Jose (650-599-3456 ), Beginners are welcomed.

KKUP, 91.5 fm, broadcasts the "Echoes of Africa" program every Monday from 3 to 6 pm. Mr. Emmanual Nado hosts this program which features all African Music, current events, and educational features about each country in Africa. He is really generous about announcing upcoming events on his program.

KKUP broadcasts "Indian Time" on Tuesday evenings, from 8 pm to 9:30 pm. A wonderful program of music, story telling, current events and the comforting voice of Mr. Ross Gritts.

KPFA, 94.1 fm, broadcasts "First Light" every morning from 5-7am and "Music of the World" from 10-12noon each weekday. These are excellent! (Please also see KKUP's schedule for other fabulous radio programs) ;-)

Sufi Dancing in San Jose - The Dances of Universal Love and Peace - Sunday nights from 7-9 pm at the Church of Religious Science on Clark Street. Clark Street is off of Willow, just East of Bird, in the Willow Glen Area of San Jose.

Drawing and other art activities are a huge part of what keeps me centered. One of the big joys in my life is taking my sketch book everywhere I go and drawing what I see. Most of the adult education programs offered by our cities and school districts offer excellent and inexpensive art courses. Contrary to popular belief, we are all artists and have the ability to articulately express ourselves with a wide variety of media and it's fun, and sometimes what you make looks really great! Unfortunately, our public school systems largely discouraged us from embracing our artist within. If you have ever yearned to paint, play with clay, draw, weave, make paper lamps or whatever, please go and do it! There is an internal voice that keeps us from persuing these things. STOP OBEYING It and go make a big mess with art supplies! There is magic in persuing what you yearn to do and that negative voice eventually quiets down and can help you make great art.

If you listen regularly to "A Meeting of the Ways" you know I am passionate about restoring our Republic to a government that is "of the people and by the people". I believe that this can only be achieved by eliminating corporate control of our government. Because small groups of concerned citizens have always changed the world for the better, it's important for government officials to know how we feel. An easy way to write to them can be found on the Web. This Web site will find your congress persons and many other government officials and hook you up with a way to contact them.

I practice something called "voluntary simplicity". It's a way for me to enjoy my life, have what I want and want what I have. I seek to live simply so that others may simply live. There are many excellent books about voluntary simplicity. My favorites are Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" and Cecile Andrews' "Circle of Simplicity - Returning to the Good Life". If you would like to know more, here is an excellent web page

If you would like to join a simplicity circle in the Palo Alto or South Bay Areas, please contact Stan King. He can hook you up with a local simplicity circle. Stan's e-mail address

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Guests on Past Programs

  • A.J. "Tony" McGettigan - Author of A Voyage to Consciousness
  • Ableza's Native American Youth Performance Ensemble
  • Al Traugott, Coalition to Save San Jose Medical Center
  • Alan Clement, Buddhist Activist on Burma & his play "Politically Incorrect"
  • Ali Harris, San Jose Peace Center and former resident of Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia
  • Alice Cox, San Jose Peace Center
  • Alicia Zhao & Sherry Zhang, Falun Dafa Practitioners
  • American Moslems For Global Peace
  • Amy Miller, Director of the Vajrapani Institute and member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
  • Angie Boissevain, Teacher of Zen Buddhism
  • Ann Wrixton - SeniorNet
  • Anne Marie Sayers, Ohlone Elder, Indian Canyon
  • Art Between Us: Viviane Bias, Alise Peeples & Lucy Colvin
  • Bahai Community Members: Cathy, Camille, and Claudette Yazram and Kyong-Mi
  • Barry Glassner, author "The Culture of Fear"
  • Betty Beasley & Sandy Miranda The Crisis at KPFA
  • Carolyn Edwards, Author, Ritualist and Storyteller
  • Cassandra Brown, Santa Cruz Peace & Justice Activist
  • Cathy Atkins, - Willow Glen Books
  • Cathy Deppe and Holly Stump, 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women
  • Cecile Andrews, spokesperson on voluntary simplicity, Nationally syndicated columnist and author of Circle of Simplicity - Returning to the Good Life.
  • Claudia Horowitz, author of "The Spiritual Activist"
  • Charlotte Casey, Green Party of Santa Clara County
  • Cheri Huber, teacher of Zen Buddhism, author of The Key and There is Nothing Wrong With You, Going Beyond Self Hate China Galland, author and Buddhist teacher
  • Chip Berlet, Senior Analyst at Political Research Associates and author of Right Wing Populism in America
  • Chief Sonne Reyna, One Earth One People,
  • Chris Dayler, Santa Cruz STOPFTAA
  • Chuck Collins, United for a Fair Economy
  • Civil Rights For Children: Blanca Bosquez & Norm Towson
  • Cosi Fabian: Mythologist and Sacred Prostitute
  • Darlene and Donna Wallach, Justice for Palestinians
  • Daryll Williams - Citizens' Tribunal
  • Daud Ali Jerraji, Dervish of the Jerrahi-Halveti Sufi Order
  • Deborah Grenn-Scott: Founder of the Lilith Institute
  • Deena Metzger, poet, storyteller, author, visionary
  • Diane Patterson & Kelli Green: Music for Social Change
  • Diane Way & David Yohn, Ableza
  • Dixie Keithly, Your Choice Your Health
  • Dr. Clayborn Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford UniversityDr. Fred Luskin,
  • Dr. Marcia Ishi-Eiteman, Pesticide Action Network's World Bank Accountability Project
  • Dr. Earl Stevens, San Jose Prepared!
  • D.J. Sheb i Sabbah, D.J. and visionary
  • Elijah Wald , author of Society Blues
  • Eunice Cho, "Global Activist Manual: Local Ways to Change the World" and National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Francis Moore Lappe & Anna Lappe, "Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet"
  • Gregg Castro, Tribal Council Chair, Salinan Nation
  • Gil Fronsdal, Phd., Teacher of Insight Meditation
  • Gloria LaRiva and the South Bay Coalition to End the Sanctions Against Iraq
  • Good Friday Service @ Lawrence Livermore Labs
  • Groucho Monarch, Santa Cruz Art & Revolution
  • Harry Wu, Laogai Foundation
  • Hassaun Ali Jones-Bey, Imagine Peace
  • Ingrid Medina-Wagoner: DeAnza College Students for Justice
  • Jane Dobisz, Zen Master & author
  • Janet Gray Hayes, Former Mayor of San Jose & Citizens Against Airport Pollution
  • Jasmine, Third Eye Movement on Proposition 21
  • Jason Marks, Global Exchange
  • Jay Azarow, Phd., Stanford's Generativity & Meaning Making Project
  • Jean Kilborn, author and media watchdog
  • Jeff Conant, Hesperian Found., Report Back on World Social Forum
  • Jessica Miller, Ecological Farming Assoc.,
  • Jewish Voice for Peace: Mitchell Plitnick, Wendy Greenfield, Betsy Wolfe-Graves
  • Joanna Macy, Deep Ecologist
  • John Bell, on the Militarization of Space and Saving Coyote Valley
  • Josephine McCall and Sandra Koelzer, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Judy Lipske and Larry Lauro, School of the Americas Watch West
  • Janus Blume, Unitarian Universalist & Santa Cruz Pagan Network
  • Juliette Beck Global Exchange
  • Kaaryn Gustafson, Women of Color Resource Center
  • Keith Boylan, Swords to Plowshares
  • Keith Garcia, Stanford's Lucidity Institute
  • Kelle Green & Diane Patterson - Green Eyes Record Label
  • Kent Sandvik: Gyalwa Gyatso Center (San Jose branch of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition)
  • Kent Keith, "Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments"
  • Layne Redmond, author of When the Drummers were Women
  • Leni Kronish, Tibetian Buddhist
  • Leonard Shlain, author "The Alphabet and the Goddess"
  • Linton Hale, composer and founder of
  • Maria Quetzaoceloaciua Ortiz, Barrio Defense Committee
  • Margarete Strand-Rangnes of Ralph Nader's Public Citizen on the Multilateral Agreement on Investments
  • Margaret Starbird, on the sacred feminine in Christianity
  • Marjorie and Stuart Duflor, Eckancar
  • Mark Cook, Gardinarian Wiccan and Druid
  • Marteen, Elizabeth, Raj Silicon Valley Debug
  • Mary Lia Kelly, Tri-Valley Cares - Environmental Group Monitoring the Livermore Labs
  • Mary Rose O'Reilly, author of The Barn at the End of the World
  • Mary Zepernick, Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy
  • Matt Venutti, The Venusians
  • Melinda Ribner on New Age Judaism
  • Melody Ermachild, Buddhist teacher & author of "Meena", a history of the Revolutionary Association of Women in Afganistan
  • Michael Franti, recording artist and global peace maker
  • Michael Nagler, scholar of Gandhian non violence & author of "Is There No Other Way?"
  • Monique Harden, Esq, Black Environmental Justice Network
  • Nahrain Daniel-Moran, Lover of Rumi
  • Nancy Evans, The Breast Cancer Fund
  • Noah Levine, Buddhist teacher & author of "Dharma Punk"
  • Pat & Pete Koopman, PFLAG
  • Pathria Arya - Laughter As Spiritual Practice (Laughaway)
  • Patti Parrera and Lisa Esteves, Special Olympics
  • Paul Andrews, - United Religions Initiative
  • Peter Lumsdaine, Resource Center for Non Violence on the Militarization of Space
  • Phil Danna, Senior Student at A Center for the Practice of Zen Meditation, in Mountain view, and Sister of Notre Dame
  • Philip Klasky, a teach in on war and the environment
  • Pratichi Sinha, Doctor of Aurevedic Medicine
  • Quetza, Barrio Defense Committee of San Jose
  • Rabbi Stepen Fisdel, the Talmudic Orgins of the Tarot
  • Raj Jayadev, Just Act: Youth of Color Against the WTO
  • Ruth Caplan, Alliance for Democracy, on the General Agreement on Trades in Services
  • Ram Kalki Das and Veera Kalki Das, Foundation for Spiritual Awakening
  • Red Rob Smith of San Francisco Art and Revolution
  • Redwood Mary, Plight of the Redwoods
  • Reverend Adebisi Aromolaran, Phd.,Yoruba Priest and Educator
  • Reverend Dennis Moore, Metropolitan Community Church of San Jose
  • Reverend Ellen Grace O'Brian, Center for Spiritual Enlightenment
  • Reverend Sandra Jackson, Firelight Church of Religious Science
  • Richard Hobbs, Immigration Rights Attorney, on Prop. 227
  • Rick Shaw, Housing America and "The Activists Handbook"
  • Robert Jensen, "Citizens Against the Empire"
  • Rowan Fairgrove and Gwaine, Covenent of the Goddess, Wiccan
  • San Jose Peace Center's Youth Essay Contest Winners
  • Sandy Miranda & Betty Beasley The Crisis at KPFA
  • Sark, Author and Creative Beacon
  • Sakyong Miham, Tibetan Buddhist Teacher
  • Sharon Salzberg, author and Buddhist teacher on Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience
  • Scoop Wes Nisker, Journalist and Author
  • Shah Nazar Seyed Ali Kianfar, Phd., International Association of Sufism
  • Shahram Shiva, Rumi Translator and performance artist
  • Shaykh Hisham Kibbani, Naqshbandhi Sufi Order
  • Sheikh Kabir & Camille Helminski, Threshold Society/Mevlevi Sufi Order
  • Stephen Batchelor, Buddhist teacher & author of "Buddhism Without Beliefs"
  • Susun Weed, Author, Herbal Healer and Godess
  • Taneen, Sufi Musical Ensemble
  • Ted Smith, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
  • The Reverend Lindi Ramsden, 1st Unitarian Church of San Jose & No on Knight Proposition 22
  • The Reverend Sharon Delgado, Earth Justice Ministries
  • Tara Brach, Buddhist teacher & Author of "Radical Acceptance"
  • Dr. Theo Colborn, co-author "Our Stolen Future", Senior Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund and one of the world's leading authorities on endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment
  • Thomas Moore & Sr. Phil D'Anna on dark nights of the soul
  • Tina de Sousa - Psychologist & Llorisha of the Afro-Brazilian Tradition
  • Tova Green, Buddhist Peace Fellowship
  • Toni Cormier, wholistic health and healing
  • Tracy Lerman, Earth Island Institute's Water Project
  • Vance Simms, Father Matters
  • Yael Ben-Zvi and Max Weiss, Stanford University's Coalition For Justice in Israel/Palestine
  • Yehudit Steinberg: DJ and Founder of Bodysoulmusic
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My Favorite Cool Out Places

  1. Muddy Waters
    on Valencia near 16th in San Francisco
  2. Los Gatos Creek Trail
    between Leigh and Meridian
  3. Big Sur
  4. I camp at Lime Kiln State Park or Molero State Park. I love Sand Dollar Beach, too.
  5. Harbin Hot Springs
    I am a devotee of the Bath. This is a beautiful place run by beautiful people. The last affordable and esthetically beautiful place of its kind in Northern California. If you know of another place this great AND as affordable, let me know!
  6. Osento Bathhouse for Women,
    955 Valencia Street, S.F.
  7. Walking along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz
    (by the Light House)
  8. Watching the Butterfiles at Light House Field
    (from December to Early March)
  9. San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
  10. Cafe Matisse on First Street
  11. The cool coffee place next door to the Towne Theater in San Jose
    (used to be called "Cafe Leviticus".
  12. Jahva House in Santa Cruz
  13. The Chapel at Immaculate Heart Hermitage in Big Sur
  14. The Camera and Towne Cinemas in San Jose
  15. The fountain in Cesar Chavez Park
    on Market Street in San Jose
  16. Aquatic Park and Land's End in San Francisco.
    (Aquatic Park is the water front in front of Giradelli Square and Land's End is in Lincoln Park, right behind the Legion of Honor Museum)


Diane welcomes your letters and public service announcements (PSA's). Please send them to

Diane Solomon
C/O KKUP, P.O. Box 820,
Cupertino, CA 95015.

If you would like to leave a phone mail message for Diane, her KKUP voice mail number is
408-260-2997, extension 7656.

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