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Request: Agent or publisher for “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas”

I’ve created a proposal and marketing plan for my book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas and am now looking for a literary agent or publisher who might be interested in seeing it. I’m told the best two words with which to begin […]

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The Transformative Power of Misfortune (3)

A poem about her triumph over adversity from a reader: I could write to you about a grown up run away child that really … Loved to love- Got beat up by a man that I loved That was 2009 […]

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The Transformative Power of Misfortune (2)

A few days ago I was talking with another friend about misfortune. She did what she called a “quick scan” of the misfortunes in her life and concluded that if they were transformative, the transformation must be slow. That’s often […]

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The Transformative Power of Misfortune (I)

Sometimes, like Ray Charles I find myself feeling that “if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” I think a lot of us feel that way. In a discussion with a friend earlier today, a […]

Help me choose the 4-5 best essays!

Dear Readers, I’m planning to enter an essay/memoir contest and need to choose 4-5 of the Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas essays from the 58 I’ve written so far. If any of you have particular essays you remember liking more than others, […]

Hidden mentors

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I began the Flower Mandalas project, I was dimly aware that I had been influenced by the work of Harold Feinstein, with whom I had briefly studied. And I eventually […]

Flower Mandalas Reloaded: An Invitation

I began this blog several years ago as a medium for exploring the intersections between creativity and transformation. Over time, as I became increasingly involved in synthesizing writing, photography, and transformation in my own life, this blog became a venue […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Presence: Now, be, here”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Presence” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Presence: Now, be, here Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder I was 20 when I first […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Possibility: More powerful than a locomotive”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Possibility” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Possibility: More powerful than a locomotive Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Much of my childhood […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Perseverance: Fellow travelers”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Perseverance” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Perseverance: Fellow Travelers Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder This line from a Jackson Browne song […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Perfection: Uncrossing the line”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Perfection” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Perfection: Uncrossing the line Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder My father was a storekeeper and […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Perception: Dispelling”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Perception” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Perception: Dispelling Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In the 1999 film The Matrix, the protagonist, […]

Magazine publication?

A couple of people have suggested I publish the essays I’ve been writing for the Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas book in a magazine. I’m interested in doing so but have not been able to think of venues to approach with the idea. Any […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Patience: Practice”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Patience” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Patience: Practice Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Motorcycle maintenance has always been an important part […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Path: With heart”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Path” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Path: With heart Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Twenty years ago, I visited my brother […]

100 Flower Mandalas website – comments welcome!

100 Flower Mandalas website – comments welcome! To prepare for launching a Flower Mandalas marketing campaign, I built a new website of 100 Flower Mandalas, each in four variations (color on black background, color on white background, b&w on black […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Opportunity: Arriving and becoming”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Opportunity” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Opportunity: Arriving and becoming Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder The writer Stephen Levine, who has […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Needs: Demons, allies, shadows”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Needs” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Needs: Demons, allies, shadows Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Sometimes the things that plague us […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Mistakes: Alchemy”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Mistakes” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Mistakes: Alchemy Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Many of my older clients are disturbed by […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Miracles: Yellow brick roads”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Miracles” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Miracles: Yellow brick roads Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder I am a miracle worker by […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Love: Essentials” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Love” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Love: Essentials Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I was 25, living in Manhattan and […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Longing: Inclinations”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Longing” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Longing: Inclinations Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder A writer I knew some years ago collected […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Listening: Self, others” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Listening” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Listening: Self, others Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Central to the near-death experience I had […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Limitation: Liberation” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Limitation” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Limitation: Liberation Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Most of us associate choice with freedom, and […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Justice: Metamorphosis” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Justice” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Justice: Metamorphosis Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In the late 1950s, psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg observed […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Joy: Openings” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Joy” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Joy: Openings Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder What draws many of us to babies is […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Intuition: Cultivation” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Intuition” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Intuition: Cultivation Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In my dozen years of public schooling and […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Independence: Declarations” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Independence” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Independence: Declarations Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder As an American, I have valued independence most […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Illumination: Interweavings” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Illumination” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Illumination: Interweavings Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder il·lu·mi·na·tion (noun) a. The act of illuminating. b. […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Humor: The world laughs” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Humor” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Humor: The world laughs Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Long ago, when I was a […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Grace: Continuations” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Grace” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Grace: Continuations Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder On February 21, 1993, at about 7:45pm, I […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Hope: The thing with feathers” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Hope” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Hope: The thing with feathers Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder The most useful advice I […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Healing: A compendium” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Healing” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Healing: A compendium Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder They say timing is everything and that […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Gratitude: Lists” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Gratitude” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Gratitude: Lists Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder While I was recovering from my Albany, NY, […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Generosity: Lighting the candle” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Generosity” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Generosity: Lighting the candle Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder There is a riddle that goes […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Friendship: A friend in deed” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Friendship” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Friendship: A friend in deed Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I list the most […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Forgiveness: To forgive, divine” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Forgiveness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Forgiveness: To forgive, divine Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Our religions all have teachings on […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Faith: Paying it forward” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Faith” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Faith: Paying it forward Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder A mentor once told me that […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Failure: Options” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Failure” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Failure: Options Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In our success-driven society, there seems to be no end of helpful […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Dreams: Not gone, not forgotten”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Dreams” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Dreams: Not gone, not forgotten Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Clients often come for therapy with the uneasy sense […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Desire: Empowering ‘yes’ and ‘no'” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Desire” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Desire: Empowering “yes” and “no” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder The poet Stanley Kunitz asks the question, “What makes […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Curiosity: Reviving the cat” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Curiosity” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Curiosity: Reviving the cat Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder In my many years of formal education, from elementary through […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Fear: Moving on” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Fear” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Fear: Moving on Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder John F. Kennedy once said, “When written in Chinese, the word […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Courage: The Hero’s Journey” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Courage” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Courage: The Hero’s Journey Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder There are many forms of courage. There is physical courage, […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Connection: Metamorphosis” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Connection” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Connection: Metamorphosis Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder I am a person with a big heart and a deep need […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Compassion: From both sides, now” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Compassion” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Compassion: From both sides, now Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder During my first year of therapist training, for three […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Change: Be the change” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Change” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Change: Be the change Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder I came of age in the late 1960s, the time […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Caring: The languages of caring” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Caring” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Caring: The languages of caring Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder In my work with couples, I’ve observed that we […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Boldness: Genius, might, & magic” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Boldness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Boldness: Genius, might, & magic Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder I started full-time private practice as the Great Recession […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Balance: Gyroscopes and personal flywheels”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Balance” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Balance: Gyroscopes and personal flywheels Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder My first therapy supervisor once remarked, with only slight […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Awareness: Breaking the Spell” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Awareness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome Awareness: Breaking the Spell Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder In August, 2003, I attended a five-day, mostly silent retreat […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: Attachment: ‘There is no spoon’ (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Attachment” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome Attachment: ‘There is no spoon’     Meditation and other mindfulness practices encourage us to focus on the present […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Atonement: Release, Reconciliation, Redemption” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Atonement” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome Atonement: Release, Reconciliation, Redemption Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder On the first Yom Kippur after my near-death experience I […]

News Flash! Free Flower Mandalas meditation app

News Flash! Free (for now) Flower Mandalas meditation app Owl and Elephant Design, a mobile application development group, has created a new meditation application that uses 21 of my Flower Mandalas. They are making the app, which normally sells for […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Apology: Mending the Rift” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Apology” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome “Apology,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Apology: Mending the Rift Prior to undertaking therapist training, I took a short […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Anger: Heaven and Hell” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Anger” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome “Anger,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder ANGER: HEAVEN AND HELL As I emerged from a childhood depression, the first […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Action: Sometimes Insight is the Last Defense”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Action” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome “Action,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder ACTION: Sometimes Insight is the Last Defense The complexities of the mind and […]

“Acceptance: It’s Already There” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Acceptance” essay in my forthcoming book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. This essay will likely conclude the book. Responses and comments welcome. “Acceptance,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder ACCEPTANCE: It’s Already There I see […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Awakening: A Long, Strange Trip” (first draft)

NOTE: The writing part of my Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas book project is going more slowly than I had hoped. I have rough drafts of each chapter, but have been, until yesterday, feeling stuck around completing them. Then I realized lack […]

Flower Mandala Book: “Gratitude”

“Gratitude,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Gratitude” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandala Book: “Grace”

“Grace,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Grace” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Generosity”

“Generosity,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Generosity” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Failure”

“Failure,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Failure” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Dreams”

“Dreams,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Dreams” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Determination”

“Determination,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Determination” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Desire”

“Desire,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Desire” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Curiosity”

“Curiosity,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Curiosity” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Courage”

“Courage,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Courage” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Connection”

“Connection,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Connection” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Compassion”

“Compassion,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Compassion” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Choice”

“Choice,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Choice” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Caring”

“Caring,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Caring” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Boldness”

“Boldness,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Boldness” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Apology”

“Apology,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Apology” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Anger”

“Anger,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Anger” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Action”

“Action,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Action” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Flower Mandalas Book: “Acceptance”

“Acceptance,” Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder Here is the central spread from the “Acceptance” chapter of my forthcoming book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” This is still a work in progress. I’m interested in hearing your sense of how the image, concept, […]

Thank You! (and some links) (and… )

Thank You! (and some links) Many thanks to the great people who have backed The Flower Mandalas Project so far. I’m honored to have such supportive friends, family, and fans. If you haven’t yet, it’s still not too late to […]

Thank You!

Thank You! The Flower Mandala Project has already met its Kickstarter project goal with still almost two weeks of fundraising remaining! To those of you who have backed the Project, Thank You! I’m honored to have such supportive friends, family, […]

Flower Mandalas Project: Wow!

Wow! As of this morning, only $66 to go before The Flower Mandala Project meets its minimum funding goal and gets the green light. Thanks so much to those who have supported this project so far. Who will be the […]

UPDATE: The Flower Mandalas Project’s Final Stretch!

UPDATE: The Flower Mandalas Project’s Final Stretch! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phototransformations/the-flower-mandalas-project Less than $500 to go for The Flower Mandalas Project to meet its minimum funding goals by the September 14th deadline and be on its way! Please consider making a pledge to […]

Flower Mandala: Yellow and Red Rose II, B&W

Yellow and Red Rose II, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder Thanks to those who have contributed to the Flower Mandalas Project. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated! The “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas” book fundraising campaign is now only $1,000 from […]

52 Flower Mandalas or a Cup of Coffee?

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phototransformations/the-flower-mandalas-project Thousands of you have been enjoying my Flower Mandala images for years. More than 1,000 have downloaded my free 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver. Many have also asked, “When are you going to finish that book?” Well, the answer depends, […]

Flower Mandala: White Clematis I, and another Kickstarter request

White Clematis I, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A local clematis, seen at a Boston flower show. Please support this work by contributing to my Kickstarter fundraiser: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phototransformations/the-flower-mandalas-project The fundraiser ends September 14th. If the project is funded before then, […]

UPDATE: The Flower Mandalas Project’s New Backer Reward

UPDATE: Flower Mandalas Project Backer Rewards Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. – Carl Jung http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phototransformations/the-flower-mandalas-project Thank you for your contributions and support so far. Just […]

UPDATE: ‘Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas’ Book Design

UPDATE: ‘Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas’ Book Design I’ve uploaded a PDF of the current Book design. I’m interested in your responses, including ideas for improvement. Each Concept is covered in four pages: – Chapter opening page – Two-page center spread – […]

The Flower Mandalas Project Needs You!

The Flower Mandalas Project Needs Your Help! Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. – Carl Jung http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phototransformations/the-flower-mandalas-project As you may know, I have been making Flower […]

Feedback requested: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas book design

I’m finally working on the layout for my forthcoming “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas” book and am looking for your feedback on the book’s design. I have posted five versions of the layout for a sample chapter. Each chapter consists of a […]

Flower Mandalas: 52 Flower Mandalas book-in-progress

Greetings. As I chip away at matching images to concepts, concepts to quotes, and image/concept/quotes to personal essays, I’m posting my work on the “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas” book on Behance.net. I’d very much appreciate your comments and (if it’s true) […]

Flower Mandalas: New online gallery

I’ve created a new online Flower Mandalas gallery. It’s flash-based, Flower Mandalas only, and contains an essentially complete collection of the images I’ve made so far, including 75 color images not on my regular website and 50 black-and-white conversions of […]

Help Wanted: “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas”

Copyright 2010 David J. Bookbinder I’m looking for feedback and ideas for a forthcoming book I’m calling “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas.” The book will contain a set of 52 images, each paired with a quotation or original piece of writing that, […]

White and Orange Daffodil Mandala

White and Orange Daffodil I After a very long hiatus, I’m back to making flower mandalas, in hopes of eventually accumulating 52. I’d be interested in hearing what you think/feel when you look at this one. Best, -David David J. […]

An apology, a request, and a promise…

To those of you who are still out there, listening, I owe an apology. I have been preoccupied with creating a new website, and with a plethora of health issues, and although numerous blog ideas have occurred to me, I […]

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Request: Agent or publisher for "Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas"
I've created a proposal and marketing plan for my book Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas and am now looking for a literary agent or publisher who might be interested in seeing it. I'm told the best two words with which to begin a query letter are the ...

posted 8:11:12pm Mar. 14, 2015 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Art (2)
In Paris, Doors to Other Cities Here's another example of the transformative power of art and its ability to connect us. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz8L4MJMXgQ[/youtube] More anon, David Store: Flower Mandalas CafePress ...

posted 12:36:23pm Dec. 06, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (5)
"Everything Happens for a Reason" I often hear the phrase "Everything happens for a reason" when I talk with people about their lives. The usual context is that something unexpected, often something bad, has occurred either in the distant past ...

posted 12:24:49am Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (4)
Another post from a reader: A Journey of a Lifetime Being stranded at the bus stop in Rosendale more than 5,000 miles from home and a random act of kindness has led to an unbelievable journey for a SUNY Ulster student from the Republic of ...

posted 1:30:55pm Nov. 16, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Art (1)
Haas & Hahn: How Painting Can Transform Communities Here's an example, on a big scale, of the transformative power of art! In a TED talk, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn demonstrate how they built community and transformed ...

posted 10:00:20am Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

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