Monday, December 15, 2014

The Polls Are Closed, The Work Goes On

I have taken down the poll and closed the comm box. My discernment is complete for the time being.

I will continue posting excerpts from my memoir, The Long Walk Home, which are displayed as tabs at the top of this page. For the time being that is all I will do.

This despite a strong majority in the poll encouraging me to go ahead with book-length publication.

The final tally was
  • Yes (publish book-length work) = 68%
  • Yes but (publish but only with real names) = 16%
  • No (do not publish book-length work at all) = 16%

Thanks for your support. It is heartening to know that there is interest in my work. However, discernment is a private affair. My private angels have counseled me to go slow.

You can expect some more excerpts in the days ahead, however, as I round out the story. If this is all I ever do with this memoir (and it may be) then at least I will have communicated something about my experience. Excerpts still to come include:

  • Dulcinea The story of an alternative antiquarian bookshop opened by Gulliver the Guru in 1973. How I served there, first as a volunteer, then as president, until the unhappy affair of—
  • Stephanie The story of my romance with a fellow worker at Dulcinea, a relationship first encouraged, then blown up by the manipulative Gulliver. 
  • Massachusetts How I escaped the guru (but not really) and moved to Massachusetts to follow another teacher of Gurdjieff. 
  • Collapse How Gulliver’s community collapsed and why.
  • Needled How a single book by Jacob Needleman, Lost Christianity, summed up for me all the reasons for and against Gurdjieff. 
  • Convert How I came to the Catholic Church in 2008 and why that is a reasonable choice for a 57-year-old ex-Gurdjieffian once abused by his guru.
  • Merton How a single e-mail from my old Whambam College pal changed my perception of Guilliver, and not for the better. 
  • Camino Why I walked the Camino de Santiago, what I saw, and how it helped me heal the scars left over from my youthful exuberance. 

A revered Catholic mentor told me, after reading a prior draft of this work: “You, Webster, are the last man who should have ended on the doorstep of the Catholic Church in the first decade of the 21st century.”

How that happened—and not all the muddy details of what happened along the way—is the story I still feel called to tell. I hope to continue doing so, not only in the posted excerpts, but also in the pages of this blog, my witness.

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