Herman Johnson floated into the state of Nirvana on Saturday. Forty years ago, Mr. Johnson, left the family multi-million-dollar business, to pursue a life of enlightenment in Eureka, California. Mr. Johnson was well known in town as a herbalist, musician, and Reiki master. He often preached on street corners for change. In later years, he lamented he should have moved to Belize. "That place has wild energy."
The year she stopped eating and working and talking, she devolved, draping cloth over mirrors, not brushing her teeth. She went from Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath to Anne Sexton, reading their work over and over, copying their words. A day came. She reached for a pencil... cracked egg, hot griddle. Her first poem filled two pages. She now eats oatmeal and wanton soup from the Chinese restaurant.