after-death communication, consciousness, near-death experience, Parapsychology, reincarnation

My new book, Beyond Death, is out!

This past Nov. 1, my essay "Beyond Death" won a runner-up prize in the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies essay contest for the best evidence on the survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death. On Dec. 4, I went to Las Vegas to receive my award from Robert Bigelow (R) and Colm Kelleher (L),… Continue reading My new book, Beyond Death, is out!

Book Reviews, coincidences, Parapsychology, Philosophy, Spirituality, Writing

My new book on coincidences is out!

It's been a long time coming, but I am thrilled to announce the arrival of my new book: The Source and Significance of Coincidences: An Astonishing Look at the Hard Evidence. I am also thrilled to announce that less than 24 hours after its release, it is already the #1 new release in ESP on… Continue reading My new book on coincidences is out!

Book Reviews, psychology, Spirituality, Writing

Chasing Your Dream

My last post talked about longings that we can't quite explain and thus often disregard as irrational and unimportant. This post is about an excellent tool to help us recover those crucial, disregarded desires: a 30-day guided journal called Chasing Your Dream. It so happens that one of the dreams that runs in my family is the dream… Continue reading Chasing Your Dream

Book Reviews, Travel

Swedish Lessons

My favorite part of reading blogs is discovering extremely gifted writers whose self-published books I might never otherwise have heard of. My most recent ecstatic find is Natalie Burg, author of the hilarious, page-turning memoir Swedish Lessons. An ambitious but slightly directionless 23-year-old fresh out of a soul-crushing romantic relationship, Burg is offered a position as… Continue reading Swedish Lessons

Book Reviews, psychology, Spirituality

The Invisibility of Evil

"You will learn that when the truth isn't pretty, expected, or delivered with a fair dose of charm, people will almost always put their faith in a lie." So reads one of many chilling lines in H.G. Beverly's recently released memoir The Other Side of Charm, about her unwitting marriage to a sociopath. Before her marriage to… Continue reading The Invisibility of Evil

Book Reviews, Homesteading

The New Domesticity

I began Emily Matchar's Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity with excitement. Matchar's book, released in May 2013, reports on the "generation of smart, highly educated young people [who] are spending their time knitting, canning jam, baking cupcakes, gardening, and more (and blogging about it, of course)." As the jacket copy says, "Some are… Continue reading The New Domesticity

Book Reviews

Ready for Air

Kate Hopper's memoir of her daughter's premature birth--Ready for Air--has finally arrived. And On the Brevity Blog, Hopper describes her difficult, ten-year journey to publication. The manuscript of Ready for Air was rejected over and over, by both agents and editors. Many of them complained that the book was "too dark." Even once she completely rewrote it, it garnered… Continue reading Ready for Air

Book Reviews, Education

Nurturing Genius

Today, at age 15, Jacob Barnett is recognized as a genius. But when he was two, experts believed he would never learn to read, or possibly even speak. Kristine Barnett's memoir The Spark (released in April 2013) tells the story of her refusal to accept the standard therapy for her son's autism and attempt to draw him out by responding to his interests… Continue reading Nurturing Genius

Book Reviews

Frying Eyeballs

My eyes hurt. They literally freakin' ache. Not because I've been a diligent, nose-to-the-grindstone sort of adult, slaving over some survival-related task that must be finished tonight whether my vision fails or not. No, I've been doing this to myself for pleasure. Because I have been enjoying a book so much that I can't put it down even when… Continue reading Frying Eyeballs