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I started Stone Bear Publications a few years ago as an opportunity to collect some of my writings in book form, starting with Stalking the Wild Gerbil and going on to What Is a Man? The latter has been available on my Web-based journal, Menletter, for a couple years. Both books are based on essays and articles I’ve been writing for the journal since 2002.


I retired in 2004 and moved to Portland, Maine, in 2007. Portland is home to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), one of 117 senior colleges nationwide. Ours is affiliated with the University of Southern Maine and resides on its Portland campus.


For the past several years, I’ve been teaching a course in Zen Buddhism, having been practicing it for about a decade before that. Although there are many good books on Zen, I felt the need for a brief, simple introduction in plain English, without using any of the Sanskrit, Pali, Japanese, or Chinese terminology. Practical Zen is the result.


The first attempts went through three printings, as my students and I field-tested the book. The current edition is the “official” first edition, with ISB Number and a real (that is, non-stapled) binding.


The name “Stone Bear” was the result of a process that lasted from 1990 to 2006, wondering if I had in my imagination a spirit guide or totem. After a vision quest in 2006, the name came to me and stuck, to be used only in ceremonial settings like men’s gatherings.


Stone Bear Publishing does not accept unsolicited manuscripts; I have enough trouble keeping track of my own stuff.


Very best wishes,

Tim Baehr


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