Richard Greenwood did the cover art for Issue #2 which highlighted his brother Joseph Greenwood's article, Mysteries of the Tarot II: The Celtic Cross. Richard continued as Art Editor for the life of the publication. The Art Staff for this issue included Gurelle Marquis, Marge Neufer, and my daughter who was then Kimberli . Gurelle did the centerfold drawing, A Coloring Page for Children of All Ages, illustrating a poem by Lonnie Lockett.
If you were in Gainesville in 1983, you no doubt remember our extraordinary holistic physician, Joel Friedman. I quoted him in my editorial for Issue #2 of NEW AGE gainesville. His words have stayed with me and guided me through a lot of life's challenges. How new the "new age" still was in Gainesville in 1983! It was no longer embryonic, having survived the '70s. I was awestruck by each discovery of a new way of looking at life and spirituality and wanted to experience them all.
In 2009, I copied the 1983 editorial below into my first blog, twenty-six years after I originally wrote it. I’m writing this in 2016. I am eighty years old now. I feel the same inside as I did in my forties, only wiser. I feel a push to rescue a lifetime of my writings that are scattered in cartons that haven’t been opened in twenty years, files in too many filing cabinets, and in the last few years in flash drives, external hard drives. I need them all in one place before I begin writing my book of memories. That one place is on my website, mysticplanet.com .
Fast forward to the present moment in 2016: Writing has been my bliss since I was ten years old and sent my first poem to a publisher who rejected it. I could easily be a happy hermit now, writing all day and night, but I know that would conflict with my search for balance in all things. With the advent of computers, I was excited about the possibility of sharing my writing online. Around 1980, I enjoyed the challenge-turned-bliss when I realized that to make that dream come true, I would have to teach myself how to make my first website. The joy of being my own Webmistress did not follow me into the new millennium.
I've learned a few things about myself since then. I'm even willing to admit a few. I don't remember when the revelation surfaced from the corners of my mind, that I am feeling bliss, or in the zone, when I am creating something brand new. I love creating, but not maintaining. Now I recognize that that theme has run through my entire life. It's not that I abandon projects or jobs. I just have to move on. Many people voiced their disappointment when I didn't continue NEW AGE gainesville after four quarterly issues, or Wholistic Gainesville: A Body-Mind-Spirit Directory after two. I just recognize the moment when I know when I've said all I want to say. I feel complete. I feel like I will suffocate if I have to stay on to maintain what I have created. I try to attract people who find their bliss in the challenge of maintaining. That's hard work for me. Now I just want to do what I want to do. Don't you?
I'm so grateful that my very patient SuperTech son, Darrell Wilson, has been willing to do whatever is necessary to take what I write and turn it into websites, blogs, and books. He has remote access to my computers from a state far away and keeps everything in perfect working order so I can write.
Here’s my editorial from Issue #2.
NETWORKING - THE NEW AGE IS EVERYWHERE
My friend and doctor, Joel Friedman, once told me, "Everything we do, we do for ourselves. Even when we are serving, we are doing it because it makes us feel good."
For those of you who asked me why I decided to do this publication, I just want to say that I thought it would make me feel good to do it. I was right. I really enjoy the process and the people who plug in along the way. It's "ecstatic joy" as Paul Hoffman would say.
One person told me she had been waiting for years for someone to put out another new age paper. Sounded familiar. So had I.
I'm a new age periodicals addict. I collect directories, newsletters, and magazines from everywhere. I still have copies of The LIST, published by Astra's Garden years ago. That paper helped me find my way to what I use to call Gainesville's "spiritual underground" when this was all new to me. Then Andy Lopez left Gainesville and the List was no more. I hope you find the listings of Centers and Groups in this issue helpful.
Irene Wilson, former Gainesville resident and my dear friend and co-worker at Civitan Regional Blood Center, was now living in Crescent Beach, Florida. She updated us on the groups she was aware of in that area south of Saint Augustine, Florida. There were full moon meditations on Vilano Beach and spiritual art classes at Life Forces Research Foundation, the dome-shaped new age center on A1A in Beverly Beach, two miles north of Flagler Beach.
In Ormond Beach, we found the Gladstar Bookshop on US 1. It's a metaphysical bookstore where classes are held, a newsletter is published, and a need already exists for a larger meeting room.
We didn't get to Orlando this time, but when we do, we stop at Spiral Circle and the New Age Centre to catch up on happenings there. Same goes for Tampa, where Ram Dass spoke, thanks to the Suncoast Center for Attitudinal Healing.
Our friends in Maui, Bonnie Lou and Rick Golden, sent me copies of Common Ground, a publication designed to "encourage positive growth and transformation" in Hawaii. What an extensive network we have.
Then Gordon’s sister Melody, her husband Larry Coffey, and their son Shan, visited and reported that the new age is alive and well in New Orleans where they attend a Buddhist circle.
We flew to Phoenix on the way to the Grand Canyon and picked up a copy of Omega: New Age Directory, which took us to places and people we might never have found without it. The movement is escalating in Arizona. You could go to a different transformational group every night for months. There were signs of people opening up and exploring this new paradigm everywhere, sharing their processes and their love. It was like that in Phoenix and Tucson, Scottsdale, and Sedona. Sedona is red rock country, and if you haven't experienced it, you deserve to take yourself there. It is indescribably enchanting. The energy vortex which Dick Sutphen described in Past Lives, Future Loves is there, and thought to be over the site of an ancient Lemurian city. The vibrations are intensely powerful.
In Nogales, Mexico, where Yoga Teachers are not listed in the Yellow Pages, we wondered if the shifting paradigm stopped at the border. Then a wonderful thing happened. Friends in San Miguel, Mexico, somehow got a copy of NEW AGE gainesville and asked if they could publish it in Spanish, adding some of their local new thought news. I said YES! New Age San Miguel. Far out! As Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Love and Light,
Dottie Zavada's LIBRE Center at 604 NW 13th Street already offered a full calendar of programs in September, 1983.
Jill Cook taught several classes in metaphysics. Frankie Z. Avery did trance sessions channeling an entity named Oma.
David Saltzman gave a talk called "The Hundredth Monkey and Other Things."
Neil Kaber shared information about dowsing.
Nadja Ribeiro told us about Shiatsu and the 5 Elements.
Dr. Hanock Talmor's informative session was on Cancer Self-Help Education.
Issue #2 of NEW AGE gainesville included articles on a variety of modalities that were new to us then.
Affirmation and Visualization by Walter Busby
Hypertension by Renee Hoffinger
How Consciousness Evolves by Laura Chase
Polarity, a Healing Art by Edwin Ricci
Book Review by Gordon Greenwood: Threshold to Tomorrow by Ruth Montgomery
Metamorphosis by Dottie Zavada
‘80's Astrology by Michael Parker
Dayspring by Kimberli Wilson
The Hundredth Monkey by Ken Keyes, Jr.
Mysteries of the Tarot II: The Celtic Cross by Joseph Greenwood
A Coloring Page for Children of All Ages. Artwork by Gurelle Marquis. Poetry by Lonnie Lockett.
Dear Dolly Dass... Dolly answers your requests for advice! (Her real name was a mystery.)
1983 New Age Centers and Groups