Years ago (back in the 1980s)
I lived in Southern California.
Being an avid listener to KPFK’s “Something’s Happening”
one of the regulars was Terrance McKenna:
and Ethno-Botanist who spoke long and glowingly
about his trips into the Amazon and his research of various ideas that involved 2012,
the I Ch’ing, Mushrooms, DNA,
the Mayans and a host of other ideas.
In the course of listening to these late night broadcasts
I created and amulet the closely resembles amanita muscaria mushrooms
growing into a peace sign.
In the early Nineties
Terrace visited the Bodi Tree bookstore in Los Angeles:
a very large alternative shop.
My Buddy Russ and our Ladies visited the store to pay our respects,
however due to other issues the connection wasn’t made.
Late in the Nineties I attended Starwood
where Terrance offered lectures.
I was honored with a visit to my booth that the Man Himself.
After examining my work I presented him
with a copy of the Peaceful Mushroom Amulet
as a “thank you” for the hundreds of hours of lectures
I was able to listen to the KPFK.
“My God!” he exclaimed.
“The usual response I get from folks is:
‘I taped them from the radio and gave them to all my friends!’”
then he laughed.
Although I never saw him again
(he passed away some years after that)
What struck me about him was his laugh:
infectious, kind and full hearted.
When I make the amulet,
I can almost hear his guffaw.