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Following our most recent Blog and the Introduction below

you will find links to all our “travel” blogs in 6 categories:
Cross-Country Walks of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015,
the Silent Path of 2016-17, and Inner Journeys 2018 on.

April 14 2021

Magic Books

Believe it or not, books are part of Everyday Magic, about which we reflected last time.

“Books and Magic?” you wonder.

Last time, we focused on what might be called the Essentials of Magic. This time, we point in a different direction. One maybe more metaphorical than energetic. We also must – in full disclosure – admit that our interests are blurred in this essay, as you will see before long.

Magic is in fact all around us as well as within us. A noted astronomer of a generation past, whom one might think would be the last one to speak for magic, left us some very touching words on the subject. The following brief paragraphs connect his thoughts on Books and Magic in a magical way. Don’t you think?

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.

“But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.

“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time.

“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

Well, you might think that Dr. Sagan has stretched his ideas a bit far in connoting books with magic. But, we think there is really much more to his observation.

There is not much magic, per se, to creating a physical collection of papers with squiggles and binding them into a form. It is the mental part of the deal which he points to. Through books, ideas and images can be passed across oceans and centuries.

But, there is an even deeper, subtler part which points to the minds which were inspired to create languages which could be translated into squiggles. Then, those squiggles had/have to be understood by people we call readers. Even more so, there is the wonder of human beings having visual senses, brains and mental apparatus to take the images into themselves and make some sense of them.

This is all magic. The greatest of neuroscientists after many decades of study and billions of dollars in research monies expended still do not understand these simple but magical things. That is, understand how the mind-brain works in general, as well as particularly in how we translate images in the outer world into meaning in our conscious beings. It is still a mystery – magic – to scientists, physicians and philosophers.

This Magic cannot be explained genetically or biologically or physiologically or chemically or neurologically. Life, consciousness and form eventually fall back on spirit and soul. And those two are for eons to come beyond our recognizing and explaining even in our Magic Books.

Synchronistically, we came across this quote from Carl Sagan as we were developing the idea for an Online Bookstore. Which is the punch line for this essay.


Bobs Best Book Store has found a home on the internet – http://bobsbestbooks.net
While it is a “bookstore,” it is a focused one as shown below:

Online Reading:
Almost all the books housed there involve healing and medicine. There are now 7 currents titles which can be read in toto for free. These books were written by evangelist-healer Kathryn Kuhlman, Drs. Robert Mendelssohn, Edward Bach, Bernie Siegel (a chapter from an anthology), and Bob himself.

Book Reviews:
There are dozens of our Reviews with extended commentary on Books devoted to Healing. More will be added over time. For those interested, most of the reviews give substantive synopses and overviews of the titles.

There are also 100+ Giveaway books, ones needing new homes. The books are free, you merely pay for shipping by media mail. Check them out.

Finally, we have posted three of Dr. Bob’s books for sale at inexpensive, almost giveaway prices.

Comments always welcome at theportableschool at gmail dot com.

Dr. Bob took a jaunt across America in 2002.

He started in Lavina on June 11 and

arrived at the Statue of Liberty

on November 3, 2002,

which happened to be a Sunday

and the day of the New York Marathon.

"His marathon" was over in time for a good rest.

2002 Route
Dr. Bob's Route

The memories remain and prompted a book 10 years out, 

then followed four walks to the West.

Later still came other experiences

to get him “On the Road Again."

2012 Walk - Montana to Nevada (Blogs 01-14)

Ready for the Road
Out the Door
Harlo to Livingston
First 100 miles
Heading for Idaho
Over the Divide
Three Amigas
In the News
At Center for Peace
All’s Well
Recapitulating Lessons from Roads

2013 Walk - Montana to Nebraska (Blogs 15-28)

Ready Again
Changing Plans
First Week Out
Good Man
This Bud
Seams Right
Forsyth News
Walking the RR
Natural Healing
Back from the Edge
Living on the Edge
Another Man’s Shoes
Healing Friends


2014 Walk - Wyoming to Kansas (Blogs 29-40)

In the Saddle Again
Down the Road
Favorite Spots
Great Dictator
Good Neighbor
Kindness of Strangers
Dorothy in KS
JFK Report
Rules of Road
Planes Trains Autos

2015 Walk - Arizona to Idaho (Blogs 41-55)

Snow in Snowflake
66 at 66
The Night Shift
Sweet Alternative
Montana Again
Navajo Nation
Phone Power
Mormon Trail
Raindrops Falling
At the Junction
Photoblog 1
Photoblog 2
Photoblog 3
Presidential Politics
2015 Map

2016-17 Silent Path (Blogs 56-65)

A Silent Path
7 Weeks In
7 Months In
Silent Reading Joseph & JFK
Moments of Silence
Old Dogs
Robert Robot
Rollin’ River
Like a River

2018-20 Inner Journeys (66-79)

Dreyfuss Road
Law and Love
Play it Again, S__
It Ain’t Easy
Being Rich
Getting Old
Reason for Medicine LOVE is the Reason
LOVE is the Answer
Gifts of Aging
Sequel to Gifts
100 and Counting
Everyday Magic
Magic Books

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