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Year of Living Deeply: A Memoir of 1969 by Robert Atkinson
Year of Living Deeply: A Memoir of 1969
by Robert Atkinson
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About the book:
"Published for the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the year it commemorates, Robert Atkinson's Year of Living Deeply: A Memoir of 1969 is a thoughtful and rewarding journey that is equal parts inward and universal. Atkinson reflects on a year that shaped a generation and invites us into his own spiritual search as he contemplates the lunar landing, attends Woodstock, and sails on the maiden voyage of the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. Along the way, he crosses paths with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and author Joseph Campbell. Each one becomes a mentor, helping Atkinson to uncover timeless patterns as they unfold in his life, linking his own story with the stories of countless others. The result is a soulful, meditative memoir full of generous and spiritual insight." — Publisher Marketing
About the author:
Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author, speaker, and developmental psychologist, is a 2017 Nautilus Book Award winner for The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, an internationally recognized authority on life story interviewing, a pioneer in the techniques of personal mythmaking and soul-making, and a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, a project of the Source of Synergy Foundation.
He received his B.A. in philosophy and American Studies from Southampton College of Long Island University, and an M.A. in American Folk Culture from SUNY, Cooperstown. Then his journeys took him to the Hudson River and a series of adventures, including: sailing on the maiden voyage of the Clearwater with Pete Seeger and his singing crew; attending the Woodstock music festival; living in a cabin in the woods near the Hudson River; visiting Arlo Guthrie at his farm in the Berkshires; having a synchronistic and fateful meeting with Joseph Campbell that became a mentoring relationship; being given a cell in a Franciscan monastery as a guest; and, returning to teach a course at Southampton College, all of which frame his memoir of that period, Remembering 1969.
He is professor emeritus of cross-cultural human development and religious studies at the University of Southern Maine, and director of Story Commons. At USM, he was the first Diversity Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development (2002-2004) and a co-founding faculty of the Russell Scholars Program and the Religious Studies minor. He has also taught a week long summer course sailing the Maine coast on a traditional schooner. In the fall of 2002, he was a faculty member on the Semester at Sea around the world voyage with 30 other faculty and 600 undergraduates. He has since sailed on Semester at Sea’s Enrichment Voyages a number of times as a workshop leader.