Well, my friend Dana K wrote from southern France that while my food descriptions sound enticing, I don't actually give recipes. In truth, I thought the descriptions implied the recipes. But in case they don't, I'll add an occasional detail.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Folks: If I've told you this before, forgive me. It's been a long day and I've been asked to mention this. And I don't mind because I think this is something very cool. I've been asked by Morgan Maher, my friend who illustrated Ayahuasca in My Blood--and boy, he nailed several of those images, and I mean nailed as in caught the soul--has put together a 4 weekend series of videocasts about food, medicine, life. How it works together. How everything interacts and enhances everything it touches. When we breathe, we change the world. When we pick the food we want to eat, from the ground or from the supermarket shelf, we make choices that change the world. When we drink ayahuasca, we change ourselves and our choices and finally we change the world. I think this is gonna be a really good series and I'm very glad to have been included. Those of you who read this blog know how I feel about food. I respect it to no end. I try to treat it, whatever "it" is, as an individual and before I make a cut in that tomato or onion or piece of swordfish, want to know where and how it would best be cut to bring out the best it's got. I don't care much about the chemicals/vitamins it brings to the table, I do care a lot about the soul of that tomato or grapefruit or what goes into the banana bread and want it to be as fully realized as it can be: The more I respect it's personality, the more of its spirit it will share; the more of my spirit that can interact with its soul.
Posted by Peter Gorman at 3:11 PM
Friday, March 23, 2012
Friday night, 7 PM. I just dropped Madeleina off at a friend's sleepover. Chepa called to say she was on the way to the airport to pick up her boyfriend. Italo and Sara have something to do for dinner. Marco is working late today. There is silence in the house.
Posted by Peter Gorman at 5:01 PM
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
My friend C asked me if I ever had a moment when I needed to leap forward as a kid. It wasn't phrased that way but that's the gist. The answer: Yeah. My whole freaking life. Here's what I wrote:
Posted by Peter Gorman at 5:20 PM
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
So Chepa and the babies were visiting her boyfriend up in Amarillo last week during Sierra's kindergarden Spring Break. I was down here in bucolic Joshua, Texas, with Madeleina and my former clients and friends Emily and Devon. Could have been miserable but it was pretty fantastic. First, I hadn't seen Madeleina in weeks. Second, it was a medicine and food week.
Posted by Peter Gorman at 4:02 PM
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Okay, so without meaning to push myself on you--but which I'm gonna do anyway--here is the second thing I'm gonna try to sell you. My friend Morgan Maher, the fellow who illustrated my book, has just put together a 4-part webinar for Reality Sandwich's Evolver Intensives. A webinar is when the participants have a seminar or are interviewed by the host, Maher, over the web using cameras. Those who attend the webinar are at their own computers and can watch the seminars in real time, then participate during the question and answer period at the end of the seminar. Sounds complicated but it's not. You just pay your money, get a code to type into your computer and bingo! you're part of the deal.
This webinar series is called Visionary Nutrition: Enhancing Your Health in a Psychedelic World. There are four two-hour sessions in April and if you sign on you get all four of them.
Sunday, April 8 at 3 PM EST, is Daniel Vitalis, a leading health, nutrition and personal development strategist and a great nature-based philosopher.
Saturday, April 14 at 3 PM EST, is moi, Peter Gorman, and I'll be talking about ayahuasca and diet, integrating jungle medicine into everyday living, and I'll bet we touch of foods to keep you health--as I was a New York City chef for two decades before turning to journalism full time.
Sunday, April 22, at 3 PM EST, is Morgan Brent, an ethnopharmacologist who will talk about ayahuasca and the dieta, how we learn from plants and pro-active health and spiritual evolution, among other fascinating topics.
Sunday, April 29, at 3 PM EST, is David Wolfe, one of the worlds' leading authorities on natural health, beauty nutrition, herbalism, chocolate and organic superfoods. His books include Eating for Beauty, Naked Chocolate and Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future.
The series host, Morgan Maher, is an artist, photographer, writer, designer and researcher. He's one of the coolest people I know.
I think this is going to be a very very interesting webinar series. And if it sounds like it to you as well, then what are you waiting for. Sign up. The cost if you register by March 28 is $75 for the whole shebang. After that it will bust you for $85. But you know what? That's not much to listen to those others guys for a couple of hours. And I'll try to entertain you as well.
It's gonna be cool.
Posted by Peter Gorman at 10:20 AM
Friday, March 16, 2012
Okay, here are two things I want to sell you. And I want you to buy them because I could use the money to pay for the goat feed, dog and cat food and the mortgage.
The first is an offer of two different trips to the Amazon. They are both 9 1/2 day intensives. The first starts on June 2, a Saturday. The second is a trip scheduled to end on the day the Shamanism conference in Iquitos starts. We'll get you back in time for registration. That starts Thursday, July 5.
Cost for each, once you hit Iquitos, is $1900. I buy your food, your hotels, pick you up at the airport, put you back at the airport at the end of things. I take care of everything except any alcohol you might have in Iquitos before we leave and the money you'll need to buy presents for your friends/family back home.
Both trips will see you acclimate in Iquitos for two days--two days which will be packed with stuff a lot of people who live in Iquitos have never seen. Then we head up the river for six days into deep jungle. Deep jungle. Swamp walking, high pristine rainforest hiking and medicine learning; night canoeing, collecting edible plants and the sapo frog. Along the way we'll get to do magic mushrooms, have two opportunities to drink ayahuasca, do the indigenous Matses' medicines sapo and nu-nu, get lots of dirt under our fingernails and have a roaring good time with some very serious medicine as well.
This trip doesn't demand a lot physically: My team is bigger than the 12 guests that can come on a trip, so if you walk slowly, you'll still see gorgeous rainforest, but you might be walking with two team members at a slower pace and for a shorter length of time than some of the others. But this trip does demand that you bathe in the river, don't cry over a few lousy mosquitos, and see the best in everything. Because this is the real deal, no fooling.
So some of you who want to do something like this, well, this is the time. Others who never thought about it, what the heck, start thinking. This trip will change your life. If you are a suck human being, you will suck less when the medicines and my team are done with you. If you are already a shining human, well, we'll polish you up to a high gleam. Cool? Very. So get on it.
The next note will talk about the other thing I'm trying to sell you.
And yes, I'm hoping to make something. But just like everything I do, I think I'll give you your money's worth and a big dollop more--leaving you laughing at how you got over on me. And I'm very very happy if that's how you wind up feeling. Cause I'm here to do the work--as well as here to work.
Thanks for listening.
Posted by Peter Gorman at 3:23 PM
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Hello All: Back from Peru. Exhausted, refreshed, with my teeth looking very good and a clean bill of health on my body after a battery of tests. I missed you all. And I missed my family. Of course, I had a wonderful time with my guests and my friends in Iquitos and the jungle--when I am there I am there 100 percent--but come time to come home and I desperately miss my kids, Chepa's kids, my granddaughter, my friends.
Right now, Madeleina is playing the piano I got her for Christmas. She's learning quickly. It feels very right to be here at my dest while she plays in the next room. Just fantastic.
And while Chepa and the babies are upstate with her boyfriend for spring break, I did get to see the girls before they left and that was priceless.
And Marco and Italo and Sarah have been over, which means I've gotten to see Taylor a few times, as well. She is just perfect. Makes me laugh.
There was a party at my house for Taylor Rain's second birthday while I was away. The whole extended family and friends came--including Chepa's boyfriend, whom Madeleina resented for being in my house. I understood--we're never going to be friends, just because--but I tried to get her to lighten up on it. Resentment serves no one.
I happened to call Chepa the day of the party. There was commotion at her house and I asked what was up. "We're getting ready to go to Mr. Peter's Ranch"--my house--"for Taylor Rain's party" she said.
"Why my house and not your house?" I asked, surprised at the venue.
"Because we're going to have everybody over and we're going to make a big mess, maybe even have a food fight," she said. "And I don't want that mess at my house. Better to wreck your place."
So Chepa remains Chepa. Crazy but hilarious.
The woman taking care of my house while I was gone, Emily, got it all cleaned up before I came home.
Right now Em and another friend who flew in from Washington, are in the back yard. They are in San Pedro medicine. They are sitting on blankets under a soft blue sky. The ceremony was lovely. I hope the medicine gives them something good, something deep, something that works on their bodies, hearts and spirits. I check on them and sing a little every few minutes. I think they are doing fine.
So here I am, back again. I've already got three deadlines for stories by Monday. Then a cover story due in three weeks. I am also planning three jungle intensives for June and July, so while I'm exhausted I'm still busy.
I'm glad to be home. I'm glad Boots and the new dog and the cats and the goat--only one left--are doing well. I hope you are all doing well too.
Posted by Peter Gorman at 9:28 AM