From my good friend in Hawaii, George Douvris..
ANNOUNCING MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY, CROSSING KARMA ZONES
I am delighted to announce that my autobiography CROSSING KARMA ZONES is finally available on Amazon as well as Kindle. If you would like to order a copy directly from me, the cost would be $20 for the book and then whatever the postage is. (about $8 for domestic and $25 shipping international). You can send me a check or make a pay pal payment to my account of firstname.lastname@example.org
And of course, I will be happy to autograph each copy
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PAHOA, HI 96778
Crossing Karma Zones: The Journey Begins
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Crossing Karma Zones is my lively journey of growing up in a Greek-American family in the southern part of the US during the 1950’s and then coming of age during a backdrop of civil rights unrest in the 60’s. I find purpose in anti-Vietnam war activism and then follow the exciting hippie trail to the Woodstock festival and then moving to Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. Sex, drugs and rock and roll navigate into spiritual growth with an eclectic integration of humor and reflection through the many exciting passages of my experiences across space and time.
REVIEWS from Dennis Mckenna, Paul Krassner and Lee Underwood:
DENNIS MCKENNA WRITES:
My friend George Douvris has lived a long and colorful life, growing up in Raleigh, NC, moving to San Francsico at the height of the hippy era, eventually settling in Hawaii but only after making many sojourns of length in other exotic locales. Along the way he threw himself into what the culture of the day was offering up, and there was plenty to sample from, drugs, sex, and rock & roll, and George pushed the limits of them all. Fortunately (for him, and us) he was borne Greek, and with his heritage seemed to come a certain level-headedness, so although immersing himself in numerous experiences and mad-cap adventures, he was able to maintain a certain bemused perspective about it all. As a result of that, I suspect, he managed to survive and even thrive through some turbulent but always interesting times. Those times were the same ones a lot of us lived through, and those who did will see much of themselves in George’s stories. We all got through it, somehow, and here George shares his recollections, and his wisdom, the result of a life lived fully, not always easily, and not always cautiously, but always consciously. His distillation of his life lived is well worth the read.
Dennis McKenna author of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss is an American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author. He is the brother of well-known psychedelics proponent Terence McKenna and is a founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization concerned with the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines.
PAUL KRASSNER WRITES:
“George Douvris remains a born-again hippie, despite an attempted exorcism by a Greek Orthodox cleric when Douvris was a long-haired, marijuana-toking adolescent. His ingested psychedelic alphabet soup consisted of LSD, DMT, MDA and STP, helping to fuel a spiritual revolution, while rock’n’roll became the soundtrack of his life. There was an evolutionary jump in consciousness, and the sense of community it created continues to survive. George’s adventures and misadventures in this book provide the backstory of his current calling. He serves as a diligent, online, ongoing archivist of the counterculture, as the seeds that were planted in the ’60s are still blossoming now.”
Paul Krassner, editor of Pot Stories for the Soul:
An Updated Edition for a Stoned America is an American author, journalist, comedian, and the founder, editor and a frequent contributor to the free thought magazine The Realist, first published in 1958. Krassner became a key figure in the counterculture of the 1960s as a member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and a founding member of the Yippies
LEE UNDERWOOD’S REVIEW:
George Douvris grew up in an emotionally volatile traditional Greek household, and throughout his North Carolina childhood experienced the challenges of cross-cultural Greek/American identifications. Early on, he became a gypsy soul who yearned for far-away places, exotic locales, and liberating points of view based on love, compassion, and deep respect for nature. With 60s music as his anthem and psychedelic experiences as his teachers, his watch-words became empathy, compassion, love, respect , and psycho-spiritual realization.
His impressive travels throughout America and his equally impressive journeys through psychedelic inner worlds are told with wit, compassion, insight, and great love of many of the people he met in his travels.
After graduation from the University of North Carolina (with a straight A average) he left the conventional world, and moved to San Francisco where he became a waiter at the famous Cliff House. With curiosity as his guide, he explored psychedelic life in Golden Gate Park and Marin County, and the underground nightlife of North Beach.
As modern gypsies, Douvris and his loving wife Stephanie lived first in San
Francisco, then in Maui and Montana, having one son and two daughters along the way. They delved into altered states of consciousness, religious rituals, metaphysical literature and the nature of multi-cultural friendships. They became champions of healthy foods, clear thinking, good music, and earth-based lifestyles.
Today, George Douvris is considered as a kind of benevolent , wise and compassionate patriarch to his family and to the many counter-cultural people who surround him in Hawaii.
Crossing Karma Zones portrays an extraordinary journey by an extraordinary man. Heartily recommended as one of the best autobiographies of the year.
Lee Underwood: Lead guitarist with Tim Buckley (1966-1972); West Coast Editor of Down Beat magazine(1975-1981); author of Blue Melody: Tim Buckley Remembered; poet, Timewinds; pianist, Phantom Light, Gathering Light