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Of the two great novels

Posted to Tribute to Ken Kesey

that Ken Kesey gave us, I find that 'Some Times a Great Notion' has had the greatest effect upon me. Perhaps it is just the logging background that I relate to so well that does it for me or that Oregon is not that different than B.C. but that book has been well with-in my top ten influencial books in my life. I can still see and smell the mist rising off the river in the early morning and the Canada Goose flying by as the family heads out to work as the rest of the world still sleeps.

He also gave us a modern day romantic hero in the escapades of his own life. The Merry Pranksters, the bus 'Furthur', the ressurection of Neal from the belly of the whale, performances with the Gratefull Dead etc. etc. And of course the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests. Fugitive life in Mexico to his blueberry farm. Another great spirit has left the building but his words do live on.

Thank you Ken and peace.