Synopsis: “Near Death in the Gila National Forest” —
It’s 1971 and a university art instructor has just been informed that his contract won’t be renewed. His life is spiraling out of control. He decides to set out on a solo hiking trip across the U.S. Two men, offer to pay him $50,000, to set up a drug deal in Mexico. He agrees to do it, with the hopes that he will finally be financially secure.
In 4,500 miles, he encounters a 7-day rock festival in the woods, an invitation to a lynching, Mexican drug dealers, near death in the wilderness, a spiritual awakening and a ride with a Hell’s Angel. His exploration covers homelessness in Haight-Ashbury, an urban, mega-warehouse commune, a bizarre New Year’s Eve and a stabbing in a cheap hotel.
He learns to cope with vigorous hardships of nature and living off the land; hitchhiking and sleeping in strangers’ homes. After the drug deal fails, his designs for a unique energy-efficient building system score him a collaboration with a prestigious, San Francisco architecture firm. He unsuccessfully pairs with financial suitors, only to be disappointed at every turn.
His “Bucky” Fuller approved work is published in “The New Earth Catalog”. This leads to a teaching position at Stanford University. After 1 ½ years at Stanford, a realtor offers to fund his energy-efficient architecture. After one year, this project goes nowhere.
Finally accepting his spiritual awakening, he makes some hard decisions about the direction of his life and career. 4 ½ years after he began this journey, he returns to New York, to kick-start his former career in fine arts and to find his true love.
His recent awakening makes his journey bigger than just one person. His spiritual awakening will lead to 47 years (and counting) of first-hand knowledge, to share with others and to be of service to them. Unconditional love is all there is…all that matters. As for death, once accepted, it’s no longer a problem, but simply a fact of life.
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Don has written for Yahoo Voices, Beliefnet.com, and Kinja.com. His writings have been published in various magazines and books. He has written the following 6 books — More info on his website: http://donlubov.com.
An End to Stress – spirituality and self-help
The Plague – sci-fi cautionary tale
The Side Job – a novel of a female assassin
The Writers Bloc Club – an anthology of prose & poetry
Near Death in the Gila National Forest – a memoir
Frosty the Soulman – an illustrated children’s book
Articles and Poems — Beliefnet.com, Kinja.com, Yahoo Voices, Florida Writers Magazine,
Journal of Creative Writers Notebook, The Daily Sun, The Stress Blog on Deeper Meditation,
Horizon Magazine, Mark Miller’s One, What is love – Diane Sikel, Fifty is the New Fifty – Steve Winston, The Speaker Anthology – Shields & Gustavson, The Florida Writer, The Boomer Cafe
He has written about spirituality and stress relief since 1971. Ten years successfully teaching his “Six-Step Path” at College of Central Florida Sr. Center, MTP College, and The Lifelong Learning College in The Villages, FL. He has taught his unique brand of meditation to over 2,000 people, who subsequently achieved a level of inner peace. He has taught his “Six-Step Path” for stress reduction for the past 12 years, at Del Webb and 3 local colleges.