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Books by Phil Cousineau

Nonfiction
Phil Cousineau grew up in a family where they took the dictionary with them on vacations. In Wordcatcher, he writes about the origins of his love of words, and describes more than 300 of his favorite words and the fascinating stories behind them. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
As indispensable as forgiveness has been to the healing process throughout history, there is another equally profound action that is needed for ultimate reconciliation, which Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, calls “the other side of the coin.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This book is a brooding, daring, exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme which runs through all of his work, the transportive power of words. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Cousineau writes, "Creativity is as natural as breathing. To create is to grow, which in turn makes us feel vitally alive." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"If Joseph Campbell, the Dalai Lama, and Bill Moyers were to have collaborated on a book about journeys...I suspect it would look very much like The Art of Pilgrimage." ~Austin American Statesman ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Discover the meaning of tea through the eyes of tea lovers from eight countries around the world. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Huston Smith In Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Travel Stories ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Stories of Synchronicity That Illuminate Our Lives ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Modern Book of Hours ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Poetry
Poems ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Poems ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Rhapsody on a Theme of Famous and Infamous Last Words ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Basball Haiku ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

STOKING THE CREATIVE FIRES
9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination

Divided into three parts - Inspiration, Perspiration, and Realization - Stoking the Creative Fires brings the reader full circle through the process of creation - from the initial impulse to finding the time and tapping into the source, to focus, to be disciplined, and to deal with the fear of failure or the failure to rekindle one's resources, and finally to making it real - doing it over and over again and keeping the fires alive.

Recommending Joseph Campbell's advice to "follow your passion," Cousineau gives readers fuel for their journey towards a whole and creative life.

"In his latest creation journey, Phil Cousineau sacks the forest caves of Ali Baba to reveal the art treasures of the globe. He flips us back to a tearoom chat with Samuel Johnson and into the sculpture studio of Barbara Hepworth. Yogi Berra and Gaston Bachelard dream and instruct us through the voyage of the word and imagination. He playfully turns our eye to the theogony of creative gods, spills their secrets, invites us to rise. Back on earth, with wisdom and sensuous generosity, he guides us through classical and pop culture. Read Phil. Note a thousand windows open and beyond lies your singular path."
--Willis Barnstone, author of The Gnostic Bible

"This lovely and important book should greatly help creative people in the way they practice their art, whether it is writing, painting, sculpting or dancing, by showing them how to keep alive the fire of their imagination."
--Jean Erdman Campbell, dancer and choreographer

"Phil Cousineau, the quintessential Renaissance Man of the new millennium, has assembled a high octane blend from the great minds throughout the ages which will fill your creative tank with passion, ideas and inspiration so you can explore who you are and share it with the world. As Neil Young sings, "Dont give up until you drink from the silver cup." Enjoy and create!"
--Jeff "The Dude" Dowd

Phil Cousineau visits a Santa Monica painter's personal library, 2007.