“Rishi” richard2011

R C Friedericks

I live in Port Townsend, WA., with my wife, Suzanne.  Since retirement in 2014, I have enjoyed painting, woodworking projects and, most of all, writing.

I completed my first novel,  Windhorse Warriors, in 2018. It is historical fiction based on an uprising in Eastern Tibet against the Chinese Communist occupation during the 1950’s.  It is the story of an idealistic Chinese communist from Shanghai who volunteers to take ‘the Revolution’ to Tibet. He soon differs with the Communist Party’s policies as they impose reforms unsuited to the cultural and economic situation on the Tibetan plateau. He proposes an alternative based on Tibetan spiritual ideals which the local people fully support. It is an inspiring read if you are interested in Tibet.

I’m already well into writing my second novel. This one is contemporary and addresses the ecological, economic and evolutionary crisis we find ourselves in. It is, again, a love story; the woman is Native American from Wyoming, USA and the man is Tibetan from Ladakh, India. Both are spiritually aware healers. Together they undertake a journey to Mount Kailash in Western Tibet, a pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and Buddhists for thousands of years. How will they get there and will they discover their purpose in life when they reach their destination?

My nickname, “Rishi”, is from my time in India and Nepal. It suits me at this stage in my life because it means ‘sage’ or ‘seer’. Ancient India honored their rishis who retold the ancient stories and wrote the sacred texts. I resonate with this role in my elder years. I hope to live up to this name given to by my Nepali and Indian friends.


Inspiration for the name of this blog comes from “Dweller on the Threshold”, a song by Van Morrison. Here is a link to the song on YouTube and you can read the lyrics here.

A threshold a place between, a state or stage of transition. While crossing a threshold you are Nowhere. But you can be Now Here, if you pay attention.

Be here in the present moment. Be mindful. Enter each moment with an open mind and an open heart.


This rock is embedded in a square of concrete – the rock represents the male principle and the foundation on which it rests represents the female. Shiva and Shakti. Sun and Moon. Yang and Yin. Energy and Matter. Duality. The now of the moment and the here of physical presence.

It represents Balance. It is the balance of yang and yin in TAO; Duality balanced in the overall Non-duality of our true Being.

-in Memory’s Vault, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA
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