Guest Profile: Richard Bach

Richard Bach is probably one of the most influential authors of our time. Author of Illusions, Jonathon Livingston Seagull, and The Messiah's Handbook, his latest book is Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student.

In his own words:

I was a kid who was terrified by high places, yet loved what I could see from my roof, from the water tower, if I werenít so scared.

My older brother built models of airplanes. The answer! I could pretend being a pilot of the models, a little tiny me in the cockpit, at the safe altitudes of our bedroom. I loved airplanes.

Later I forgot about being frightened (since there were no tall buildings where I lived) and at 18 I quit college to take flying lessons and told the Navy I wanted to be a Navy pilot. Took the test, failed it, twice. Crossed the street and told the Air Force I wanted to be an Air Force pilot. Took the test, passed it. My subconscious knew that landing on an aircraft carrier is really difficult, but landing on a two mile runway, I could do that.

It didnít mention that I might not like being an officer or doing every officer-like duty except flying airplanes.

How to be someone who loved airplanes, but not an officer: how does one live? I found, after I failed the airline personality test, that one could fly civilian airplanes and write about flying! Took years, a few jobs (golf ball picker, deliverer of phone books, residential letter carrier, marine draftsman, writer for airline pilot handbooks, writer for aviation magazines, aircraft mechanicís assistant, flight instructor, hopping passenger rides from pastures, a barnstormer with my biplane) but it worked! Iíve been flying and writing ever since.

The one who told me never to quit was Jonathan Livingston Seagull. After the eighteenth rejection, he said it once more, "Try again."

I'm still learning. The crash that sent me near deathÖwhat a blessing of high education it's been, through the day when Puff, my light seaplane and I were each of us rebuilt and we flew together again. Lots of adventures, lots of fictions, one fact we live.

The one reality in all our lives, I think, it's called Love. The fictions, the dramas we act, teach us quietly the power of Love.

My writing has changed, since I discovered that flying tells us about living, too. A gradual shift, over my life, from learning flying machines to the magic of flight, from the miracles of coincidence to the screenplay parts we play.

Teachers come to meet me as they come to you too, I'll bet. Sometimes beautiful women, other times wise men, sometimes fact, sometimes fiction, sometimes animals with the highest code of living. These are the friends who follow me from life to death and back again. They teach me of love, in all its many faces. I learn. I fail. Yet they stay with me always, they never quit. They hand me new challenges to learn.

Website: www.richardbach.com

Richard Bach's Shows:

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Apr 16, 2014

Mother Earth News Senior Assoc. Editor talks about prepping our Spring gardens.

One of the most influential writer's of our times talks about his latest book and life adventure, Illusions II - The Adventures of a reluctant student.

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Apr 02, 2014

One of the most influential writer's of our times talks about his latest book and life adventure, Illusions II - The Adventures of a reluctant student.

Senior editor of Mother Earth News talks about Homestead hamlets.

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Oct 23, 2009

ENCORE: Author of Jonathan Livingston Sea Gull and Illusions has a new book out, Hypnotizing Maria

Professor Emeritus at Tufts University School of Medicine and Author of The Code of Authentic Living, Cellular Wisdom

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Oct 01, 2009

Author of Jonathan Livingston Sea Gull and Illusions has a new book out, Hypnotizing Maria

Professor Emeritus at Tufts University School of Medicine and Author of The Code of Authentic Living, Cellular Wisdom

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Jan 14, 2006

REPLAY: Richard Bach interview about The Messiah's Handbook

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Jul 01, 2005

ENCORE of Author Richard Bach speaking about his works and his new book: The Messiah's Handbook

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Apr 01, 2005

His newest book: The Messiah's Handbook

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