Is It Possible

that we (that is, some of us) are finally given a chance to rebuild the world?

Well, OK, not to rebuild the entire world, but to rebuild our world.  Our own private personal world, our own belief of events that seem to come into our awareness, into our consciousness.

  1. Is it true that our world has been split into divisive groups of people, angry with each other, one in which wars keep blossoming here and there around the planet, that nature itself is retreating from the acts of human beings? 
  2. Are there are islands of discarded plastic containers and boxes and bottles, collecting, forming in the Pacific ocean?  
  3. Are cheetahs and giraffes and elephants next on the long list of endangered animals? 
  4. Was the destruction of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, was that a false flag event that our own government planned and executed?

If we agree to only two of these questions, then sure enough, our world needs to be rebuilt.

There was a time, less than a century ago, when “Radio” became the first technology.  People would gather around their radios, and listen to disembodied voices, telling us stories, telling us what others thought was happening all around a world we didn’t know. 

I’m one of the last several millions still alive, who remember this.  What once had been a strange novelty, could be found in every home.  Parents echoed the radio: “Lands sakes, Dickie, the world is so much smaller, these days!”

I clutched my little zebra doll, unaware of the truth my mother had spoken.  Before the radio entered our home, that little zebra was a huge event in my life, in my world.  Mom, of course, was most of my world, my dad was someone I could dodge, my older brothers the same.  Other people, other places, they were stories about transparent ghosts, they didn’t really exist. 

Seven decades later, my guardian angel told me the same thing that Mom had said:

      “We have the power of vanishment of our beliefs, in this world as well as in heaven! 

      “Mortals caught in extreme violence, mortals in a crash like yours, they’re the same,” she said.  “You use your skills at vanishment to erase parts of your dream.  You aren’t aware of any crash, any violence when you died.  All at once you’re in a different dream, you arrive at the gates of your heavens.”

It took me a while to know that she was right. 

When my wife Sabryna had told me about the difficult events in our lives, those events were gone — I couldn’t remember a single one.  I thought this could have been a case of General Memory Collapse. 

Yet when she mentioned the lovely times we had shared, the walks in the forest when she had found and carried one pinecone of the thousands of pinecones around us, or the time thirteen years earlier, when Jasmine Ferret and Zsa-Zsa Ferret had an argument over a tiny piece of ferret-food, I remembered those events as clearly and bright as she did.

We all have the Power of Vanishment!

How can we use that power in the indefinite number of worlds around us?  I tried an experiment.

When Sabryna was away on business for a month, I stayed home.  We had taken our television set to the dump, on September 12, 2001.  We own a radio, but since I didn’t turn it on, it was silent. 

I promised not to listen to any news of any kind on my computer.  I used it as though it were an electric typewriter and a private telegraph to friends and to my website. 

Seems simple enough.  What happened?

Zero news.  Not one word about wars, about politics, about people being killed for no reason at all.  My total news sources were the windows of this house.  If it was raining, I knew that.  If it was night, I knew that.  When snow filtered its silence around the house, I was aware of that news.  If I needed groceries, I spent some time with oranges, lettuce, dog food and soup.

Me, two Shelties, the windows and a super-modern typewriter.

I guess you know about the world I lived, for that month.  As a matter of fact, I’m here now.  There are no wars in this world, no crime, no conflicts, no injustice.  All because I stopped.  I turned off every technology, every machine that can track a different world onto my carpet.

This simple experiment taught me that such a thing is possible.  It’s easy and it makes no noise.

Crazy?  Probably. 

Insane it may be, but listen to this:

It works! 

 

About your review

IF YOU’VE ALREADY read Life with my Guardian Angel (and since there’s no publishing company sending copies to every bookstore in the world), I’d be beholden to you if you could write a short review of this book for Amazon.com. 

How does one do that?

On your computer,

  1. Go to Amazon.com,
  2. Type “Life with my Guardian Angel,”
  3. Click on the Paperback or the Kindle page,
  4. Move down to the end of the Reviews section,
  5. Click on the Write a customer review box,
  6. Click on the stars that best represent your feelings for this book,
  7. Then you’re on your own. When I tried to do this, robots stopped me from continuing, because they thought that perhaps my review might be biased.                                             Computers are so smart, these days!

First Edition nearly Gone!

Thank goodness. 

I didn’t have the patience.  Better to publish this dear little book, than to take months to get the cover and the interior absolutely perfect.  Somehow, we’ll take care of that later.

Remember how guardian angels do a lot of their work through coincidence?  

It just happens that Sharon Starns, who has published a book… who has published eight books on Amazon.com, she just happened to find this website.  Next thing I knew, there appeared a comment from her: “I like the Paperback, Richard, the words of it, but tell me: Is the interior design simply terrible, or were you away when the monkeys got tired, and stuffed your manuscript in a bag and sent it to the publisher?”

“There was no bag! ” I told her. “I sent it in a box.”

I think that Sharon could have been suggesting that some readers may have found it easier to read the story, If it hadn’t been published by a tornado..

We talked for  while, and near the end of our conversatIon, she said, “If you’d like someone to work on the manuscript and make it look more ‘professional’, just let me know.  I’d be happy to help.”

Is that an angel coming to save this book, or what?

My response was a masterpiece of powerful ego: “Would you please help me?”

And that’s happening now.  Right now.

What could this mean for you?  Probably nothing.  Yet if you’re the kind of person who collects fragments of Old History, this is your chance.  In a day or a few, depending only on the speed of Amazon to bring Version Two of Life with my Guardian Angel on line, Version One will be gone forever.  

I hope you’ll agree that V2 will be much easier to read than V1, has no aspects of design that may trouble any reader, that the story does not require apologies if one offers a copy as a gift, then please wait a short while for V2 to appear.  However, if you’d prefer to prove that Richard Bach is a terrible designer for paperback books, and need to have a copy to make this clear, then now’s the time to get Version One!

I’d appreciate it, if you could say that it’s Sharon Starns’ fault when Version Two appears.

Thank you!

WHAT A STARTLEMENT it was, when I heard from a technically skilled reader that Life with my Guardian Angel had become a #1 Bestseller in its category at Amazon.com!  If this continues, she said, then Amazon itself can help its momentum by offering attention to the book and suggesting the title to other readers.

So thank you, for bringing your own attention to this book before others had even known that it existed. 

I’m truly grateful for your support.   If some of the ideas in Guardian Angel match your own, then I’d be delighted if you could have time to write a few words in a review that would share your feelings about this book.  

I’ll guarantee that the book will not become a force behind cruelty to animals, thoughtless violence, or loud parties late at night in the homes of our neighbors.  I love my cats, I love my dogs, I love my neighbors — therefore, I’ll write a review for Amazon about my feelings for Guardian Angel! 

(I’m just kidding.) 

I can’t speak for your guardian angels, though.  Are they kidding, too?

 

Yet another book!

I forgot to hand this link to you about how to find Life with my Guardian Angel.  

Here it is: www.amazon.com/Life-Guardian-Angel-Richard-Bach/dp/1549840118 

There is one more book I need to mention.  I’ve never written an endorsement for any book.  A book jacket is not the place for advertisements, and as soon as I could, I insisted that endorsements would never printed be on my books.  

However, there is one book…  I guess you know that I love cats and dogs and just about any animal what doesn’t eat humans.  A few years ago, I happened to discover this book: Sashi, the Scared Little Sheltie.  I don’t read children’s books, yet somehow someone (my guardian angel?) insisted that I open this book and read just one sentence.

You know what happened, don’t you?

I fell in love with that sentence with all the sentences, with the glorious illustrations, with everything in that book, which seemed to have been painted by love.

So intense, this love, that I bought a raft of the books to give to friends, and I wrote a fan letter to the author.  

Oh.  Here’s how to find it: https://www.amazon.com/Sashi-Scared-Little-Sheltie-Greiner/dp/161254214X

Did I become insane, that day?  Let me know what you think.  I haven’t needed a psychiatrist, yet.  Tell me if I do, for I still love this book!

 

Life with my Guardian Angel

This new book is… DONE!

Everything I said about how easy it is to write a book?  

Those words need just a little correction, a little addition at the end.  “Any book is easy to write, as long as it’s already finished.”

Lucky for us, there’s something that happens in the mind, one day after we write the word “- end -” and have placed it centered and two lines after the last words on the last page of the book.  A hidden vacuum cleaner, comes out of the closet then, and vacuums-up all the terrible work that just about killed us, the day before.  

For all these months, I’ve been writing. After that I hoped to find a publisher for my new book. 

Didn’t work.  Nine publishers decided either not to publish the book or they decided not to respond to me at all. 

Some of my friends in the New York publishing industry have died, some publishing companies I knew years ago are no longer in business, others have been bought by huge international companies.  So instead of being an old friend, I’m some kid who’s bothering them with some little book they don’t have time for.

What to do?  It used to be that self-publishing was called the vanity press, and the books were rarely of interest to readers. 

Wow, has that changed!

Amazon.com appeared in the 90’s, first as a vanity press, then very swiftly it became a serious competitor for what we now call The Legacy Publishers — the ones who need huge Manhattan offices, and require at least a year to publish a book.

Amazon.  publishes.  books.    Period.

It’s up to the writers to decide if their books are quality or trash.  Not the New York Times, not the reviews by literary experts… the market will be the final judge of quality.  If a trashy book sells millions of copies, that book is high-quality trash. 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions were early examples.  Many a sophisticated reader had a difficult time when they found these trashy books, at the top of the New York Times bestseller list.  Were there rejections for these books?  Legacy publishers sent me 18 rejections slips for Jonathan alone, and one had a hand-written note at the bottom of a printed slip: “Oh, dear No!”

That doesn’t happen these days.  Today, writers will get an email rejection or they’ll get silence. 

Or at last, like I did, they’ll publish their book on Amazon.

Life with my Guardian Angel, a book which didn’t exist yesterday, all of a sudden it’s for sale at Amazon.com.  www.amazon.com/Life-Guardian-Angel-Richard-Bach/dp/1549840118 

Just as with conventional Legacy Publishing, I froze in horror when I found a typo (not really a typo, but a space-o) after its pub date, today.  There are probably a number of ways to fix that space-o, but right now, I don’t care.

In reading the book (yet again), I thought that I could make a list of the ideas in this book that I’ve never seen or said before, and I may do that. 

Yet a first-time experience (publishing a book at Amazon) requires a whole lot of energy, and for now, instead of making that list or finding that space-o and fixing it, I’d rather ask this: “Do you think Life with my Guardian Angel was worth the effort it took to write it?”  

It’s OK, if you tell me No.  I’m only a few steps from the top of a cliff.  And with the next step comes a 300-foot drop, straight down.

 

A New and Modern Vision of Jonathan’s Forever Principles

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“Instead of imagining, we and our children can see Jonathan’s flight under our eyes, on the very pages of spoken words. We can become seagulls ourselves, turning, soaring, even flying upside down, whenever we wish! Kind Heart Production’s App is a modern vision of the forever principles of the book. This is a perfect expression of enlightened entertainment!”       – Richard Bach

 

Thanks to everyone

WHO HAS ENJOYED our talks and the hours we’ve spent together here.

I hope that one day in the future I’ll return.  For the time being there are other projects that I need to finish.  Wishing you love, always.

Richard

If It Weren’t

IF IT WEREN’T for our own belief in the reality of the physical world and all things physical, what else might make a difference to us? If we were spirits, the kind of beings that some say we are after our lives as mortals are finished, what would we care about?

A short list of What They Care About, for spirits:

Bodies? No

Money? No

Intimacy? Yes

Family? Yes

Air? No

Water? No

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Temporary Ending of the Film called _Illusions_

THERE!

I’ve just now finished my education in the class called Films Today.

I began studying years ago, and now at last I’ve graduated. Why, you may ask, did it take me four decades to finish the course? I hate to say this, but the reason is: I’m slow.  Year after year, I thought a story that so many book-readers enjoyed could be a good motion picture (of course once it had a fine screenwriter, an excellent director and a cast who loves the action).

My instructors kept reminding me, “Money! Don’t forget, it takes money to make a movie!”   I thought, of course it takes a little money to help it to happen, but when it came to a test for me to understand this, I failed.   So many books I’ve written, I thought, so many of them would make terrific movies!

A couple times there was the money, but as you know, that doesn’t guarantee a good film. The source of the trouble, was me. I chose a wrong person to direct the film, or I didn’t recognize or object when scenes were included instead of being cut.

So I kept on coming to class for the pleasure of the subject, yet I kept on failing every test. Now I’ve learned that failing, is graduating.

It used to be that there could have been a wonderful film of Illusions. Just a few million dollars, some biplanes, some fields for them to fly into, a few actors and a script, then just thirty thousand feet of film or so, and it would be finished!

Not now.  For the last half-year, I’ve talked with screenwriters, directors, producers, studios and independents, foreign movie studios, actors — and nothing has happened. I’ve been told that the film industry is not anywhere it used to be — the old film industry, they told me, is gone.

Nowadays, motion picture projects need huge amounts of money, in the first place, and in the second, the source of the money needs to be certain that the film will be successful. The best way to do that, it seems, would be to film a sequel of a picture that was a success in the first place.

Deciding not to shoot a sequel, to make an original film even after a successful book, is to make a gamble with one’s money.  To make an original film that is not intended to appeal to teenage viewers today is a Big Gamble.  To make an original film that is not intended to appeal to teenagers and computer graphics now is a Very Big Gamble.  To make an original film that is not intended for teenagers, does not use computer graphics and doesn’t smash things into little pieces along the way, is a Major Very Very Big Gamble.

If you’re an invester in motion pictures today, then, would you choose to put your money into a sequel, or into a MVVBG?  Once in a while your bet will pay off after a long time (The Princess Bride).  Usually, though, the money will rise to vanish above the cooking of its own production.

So in the last half-year I had all these people, even apparently a couple of major stars (though they never spoke a word to me) mildly interested in the film of Illusions.  Nothing happened.  Then by itself, I realized my story would never be made until the film industry changed the way it makes and distributes motion pictures.  That means, to the best of my knowledge, that the book Illusions will never be a film.

Now I’m content.  The book continues to do well, finding readers all around the world. Only a few of our major novels have whispered their stories as well or better than this little book has done it.

So here’s an announcement: The film of Illusions (shy of some miracle) will never happen in our lifetimes.  I might be born, say fifty years from now, as president of a major film studio, and make the gamble then.  Illusions could be a huge success (or go bankrupt) by my bet on the edge of a spinning dime… (Oh.  In fifty years, there won’t be dimes.) …on the edge of a spinning thousand-credit coin.  No miracles required.  Just a few people who know it could be fun, and their money, waiting on the table.