I am a person living with cancer,  husband, father, Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University, and devotee of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), Native American Flute and Quena (Andean flute). For eight years I was a bedside hospice volunteer at Pathways, Hospice By The Bay, George Mark Children’s Hospice, and Zen Hospice Project. In 2009 I was named by the Hospice Volunteer Association “Volunteer of the Year.”

For more than 25 years I taught, provided therapy, researched, and published in the areas of learning, change, loss, and end of life issues.

I have published seven books, written numerous articles and delivered more than 100 lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Latin America, Canada, and Asia on topics including stuttering, change, learning differences, flyfishing, and end of life issues.

Loving, Supporting, and Caring for the Cancer Patient: A guide to Communication, Compassion, and Courage is the most comprehensive book published on supporting loved ones living with cancer. It contains more than 200 specific suggestions and is based on decades of research and personal experiences.

“I Have Cancer” 48 Things To Do When Someone Says Those Words is an ebook for people whose friends or loved ones inform them they have cancer. The suggestions range from what to do immediately after a diagnosis to the moment of death.


Leaning Into Sharp Points: Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers  Leaning Into Sharp Points has been endorsed by the heads of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, Livestrong (Lance Armstrong’s Foundation) and the Open to Hope Foundation. Booklist calls it “inspirational”  “moving” and “eloquent.”

Lessons for the Living: Stories of Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Courage at the End of Life, received six national and international awards and was translated into Chinese, Indonesian, and Portuguese.


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