Transformation Publications

Transformation Publications
 is the umbrella under which the sites listed below are written, edited and published. I started Transformation Publications in 1995 to use as an agent in publishing my writings as gifts for friends. In 2005 I licensed the name and website with a financial gift from Kathleen Sherrill.

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 For The Love Of Wisdom (FTLOW) – Socrates Black

I am a philosopher via undergraduate education and discipline but my education is much more worldly. I have been collecting bits of wisdom in the form of words and quotations for over fifty years. These words have come from writers, poets, politicians, the every day man and woman, the famous and the infamous. The words of wisdom presented here are a legacy to the authors and a gift to the readers.

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 Wise Poets – Poetry Man

I am a poet at heart. When nothing else can get me through the day, I am confident in opening a book of poetry I will find words to ease my burden, lighten my heart and bring me to a place of peace within this life I live. A poet looks at life from different perspectives then turns it inside out and upside down to instill a better understanding of it to himself and hopefully the reader. These poems and poets make up the Poetry Anthology I always wanted to create.

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 The Poetry Of Clouds – Nubladodia

I have always loved clouds in all their variations. The dark clouds of storms, the puffy white thunderheads of changes to come, the strata, the cumulus, the nimbus, the female and the male. I love the poetry of clouds. Clouds and poetry have the same source of inspiration. Most of these photographs are taken from the balcony of my hotel suite here in Loja, Ecuador while some were taken during various journeys in other world ports.

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 The Writings Of Tao Writer (TWOTW)

I write primarily to share the things I love most in this world, reading, writing, thinking and dreaming. Available here are my collected writings, poetry, photographs and dreams. I write because I have a mind needing to express itself with words and a heart which sometimes needs to sing.

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 The Diary Of Señor Tao (TDOST)

I am older now and although I still philosophize on many of the topics I have previously written about, my place in the world is changing. Life seems more precious when one has less time to live but there is also a particular kind of joy that comes with growing older. I intend to entertain all I am capable of in these continued writings, wisdom, poetry and clouds. This is how I get to play each moment with all that is.

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 A Writer’s Diary

A diary from the two CoVid-19 Lockdowns I survived in Loja , Ecuador immediately following my timely move from Cuenca.

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 The Fiji Chronicles

I have learned from living that activities of any importance eventually become ritual. This morning I am siting on my verandah. The sun is lazily rising to my left. The morning breeze gently carries the scent of peace, the songs of singing birds, and the soft swirling of the incoming tide. Before my eyes are coconuts, pineapples, lemon grass, breadfruit, the warm calm waters of the South Pacific. A lone mongoose scatters across the yard.

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 Rollo Del Tomebamba

One of the activities I engage in everyday when possible is a walk along the Tomebamba River near my home in Cuenca, Ecuador. During this walking meditation my mind wonders along with that of the river. I love the sound of water. When the river is high, it blocks out the sounds of the city and my mind transcends to other worlds while my feet remain firmly in contact with the cobblestoned path. This path for a little while becomes a Yellow Brick Road into my own thoughts and life.

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 Loja Mágica

This is the place I call home. A magical city high in the Andes Mountains of South America. It is only the second city in which I lived, left and returned to live again. I did not know of Loja until I landed here during a stop on a bus going somewhere else. It is a small city, unsophisticated when compared to Cuenca or Quito, but that is what I love about this town.

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 Esalen Stories

Part of the experience of my adventure this next year is spending time at Esalen Institute. Unlike a place like Los Angeles which I think of as more of a lifestyle than a city, Esalen is a unique oasis carver out of the coastal rock in the Big Sur area of California. It is to most who come here a heaven but it can also be one’s hell. The Esalen property represents the yin and yang of life and reflects as clearly as a mirror whatever is inside one.

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 The Poetry Of Tao Writer (TPOTW)

I think of myself as more as a poet than a writer because poetry awakens my soul. I write poetry because I am often visited by poems wanting to be written down and shared. With me a poem happens more than it is created.

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 The Philosopher – Book One Of The Philosopher Series

It was a dream that brought me here the first time to this picturesque place of beauty, fields and streams, forests and lakes. The Inn was an old, large wooden barn where craftsmen and women came to practice their art and writers, poets, artists, and philosophers came to talk and share their thoughts. I had the inspiration to bring all my favorite people here to share their stories and to inspire others. This is my first venture into fiction.

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 The Gate Keeper Of Inspiration (TGKOI) – Book Two Of The Philosopher Series

The fact that this story is in the realm of science fiction and fantasy is due to the first fantasy series I read and fell in love with, the EarthSea series by Ursula K Le Guin. Later I read J R R Tolkien and CS Lewis but Le Guin was the first. She was the one who instilled in me a love of dragons. This story is a humble, fictional continuation of the tale you created…Dedicated to you. This is my second venture into fiction.

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Kali – The Black One – Book Three of the Philosopher Series…Coming Soon.

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