My Heroes

OK, so I’m in love with Leonard Cohen. I’ve only got one thing on my bucket list and it’s to meet him. When I reached out to him, in 1995, he was a Buddhist monk living in a monastery. He said, “Thank you for inviting me to make a brief statement that can help launch you in your ‘highest vibration.’(I can’t find whatever new age gush I had sent his way…ST) Please excuse me from this effort. I can’t locate any high vibrations but I admire those who can. If you can find anything in my past work that resonates with the excellence you seek, please feel free to use it. We are all travelling together but forgive me if I lag behind just this once.” I never will forget this piece he contributed to a PBS show where great poets did vignettes of their poems. Speaking of higher vibrations…



Brian Swimme

Brian Thomas Swimme received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics of the University of Oregon in 1978 for work in gravitational dynamics.  At the present time he is at the California Institute in Integral Studies in San Francisco where he teaches courses on evolutionary cosmology to graduate students in the humanities.  In his writing, teaching, and speaking, Brian is committed to a meaningful interpretation of the human within an evolving cosmos. He is the author of The Universe Is a Green Dragon, The Universe Story (the culmination of a ten-year collaboration with cultural historian Thomas Berry), The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos, and is co-writer with Mary Evelyn Tucker of Journey of the Universe.

Brian has produced three educational video series, Canticle to the Cosmos, Earth’s Imagination, and The Powers of the Universe.  Most recently he co-wrote and hosted the 60-minute film, Journey of the Universe, broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. He lectures widely and has presented at conferences sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The World Bank, UNESCO, The United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Brian’s latest is an online course. In his words, “It will be the first time an in-depth course in the new cosmology is available all around the planet with a flick of the switch.”

More about Brian and me:


 PBS Journey of the Universe film trailer

 Listen to Brian talk — 22 wonderful minutes:



These esteemed individuals are my colleagues who are heroes of our time.

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  1. Rosalind Robinson on February 24, 2017 at 4:18 am said:

    I love all of these people!