by ken winston caine
I promised, a couple years back, to share more of my experience with Reed Erickson, the eccentric philanthropist who financed the original hardback publication of A Course in Miracles.
He turned me on to the Course in 1982 after summoning me to his ashram in Ojai, Calif.
I, at the time, was the assistant publisher of the Ojai Valley News and the editor of the Sunday edition. The OVN then was an eclectic twice-weekly that won a ton of journalism awards under owner Fred Volz.
Erickson called me to his extremely large country-club-neighborhood home because he was convinced the Ojai Police were persecuting him.
It was true his name was showing up a lot in the newspaper’s version of the police blotter. He seemed to have a habit of hiring housekeepers and then evicting them unexpectedly at 3 or 4 a.m. before he got around to paying them.
The help, stiffed of their checks, felt obliged to report this (more…)