22gigantes.com - The only son of Greek immigrants, George John Douvris grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was in high school when the counterculture movements of the 1960s brought changes that no one could have imagined, and he was eagerly swept up in the political and cultural upheaval.In his first book, Crossing Karma Zones, Douvris reflects upon the magical decade that altered the world forever.From his involvement in the civil rights movement and antiwar protests, to his psychedelic experiences at the legendary Woodstock Festival, to his years in the famous hippie community of Haight-Ashbury, Douvris experienced all of the wonder the 1960s had to offer. It was a time of idealism, free love, and rock and roll. Douvris shared his wild ride with his wife, Stephanie, and their world travel led to unique perspectives on spiritualism, natural health, and world cultures.Douvris and his wife eventually settled on an organic farm on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, and he began examining the ways in which the unique experience of living through the 1960s influenced the course of his life. Crossing Karma Zones presents the first chapter of a life guided by principles and filled with laughter, love, and experimentation.
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Most helpful customer reviews 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A very good book-interesting, informative and humorous. By Sivaprakasam Ratnam I came to know George via the FaceBook and now our friendship has solidified. This is a very interesting book-it is adventurous and political and funny and historical and of curse biographical; (which is story telling), all at the same time. His experiences with various mind-altering substances is very informative for users. George is more of a psychedelic mind based person than the Marijuana mindset based person. His sense of humor rings throughout the book. The book is a user-guide for young people following the gypsy trail that the Counter Culture based individual such as George took. I wish him well and hope he will get to his next book, which is going forward from where he stopped in this book. His political and environmental. social and spiritual musings were lacking in my opinion, but more of it in his next book I am sure. 1 of 2 people found the following review helpful. The life story of a countercultural insider, written with insight and humor By A. Roy King George Douvris's "Crossing Karma Zones" is a unique autobiography by an unapologetic advocate of the hippie counterculture of the 1960s and 70s, a movement which lives on today, as George demonstrates. The author chronicles his experiences growing up in the 1950s and 60s as the only son of Greek immigrants living in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. He continues with his life history, which takes him to San Francisco, Montana, Hawaii, and beyond.George's story means a lot to me, as he and I are both Raleigh boys of the same generation, and knew each other as teenagers. I recommend "Crossing Karma Zones" for readers who are interested in the cultural history of mid-century America and the counterculture that grew out of the widespread discontent in the country, connected with the Vietnam war, the abuse of civil liberties, and the emptiness of materialism. If you're looking for a carefully-edited, highly-polished memoir, that's not what you're going to get from this book. What you are going to get is an honest, highly-personal life story written with insight and a sense of humor. I also see an interesting paradox in "Crossing Karma Zones": The hippie life style has often been characterized as hedonistic and self-centered, and that criticism is not unjustified. But George himself comes across in his life story as a strong and principled family man, who loves his wife and children and did all he could to be a loving, forgiving son to his cantankerous Greek parents."Crossing Karma Zones" begins with a thoughtful foreword by Louisiana State University English professor Carl Freedman, who knew both George and me during our youth and, as I recall, was witty and brilliant and consistently beat me in activities such as chess and political debate. Carl, who is eminently qualified to do so, provides some superb insights into the value of autobiography and of George's in particular. Perhaps one of the greatest insights along these lines, though, is offered by George himself in the postscript to his book:"I hope that my life's adventures have been at the least entertaining and an encouragement for everyone to honor and to express their own story."Well said, George.I usually include a cleanness rating with my reviews, as some of my readers appreciate that. I would give "Crossing Karma Zones" a cleanness rating of three out of five stars, for the use of some profanity and sensuality, along with frequent portrayals of psychedelic drug use. I have to say, though, that it would be hard to tell this story without those elements.ARK 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. a joy to read By Stephen Andrews “George why don’t you come around to Charley’s some time and I’ll buy you a beer” those were the words Willie Nelson gave to George in Maui after George spotted Willie and his wife walking past as he was pumping gas into his car. Sadly Carlos Santana wasn't as humble when George bumped into him outside a Mexican restaurant in the outskirts of San Francisco.George J. Douvris is a person who has been educated by life, in his younger years he was keen to use words to describe his situations, after learning the meaning of the “f” word from a yet to be proven compulsive liar George with innocent intention suggested to three girls what they could be doing but quickly turned the girl’s parents thoughts away from the well-mannered George been a worthy candidate for matrimony. Through written word George has captured not only those moments in life that we all have but wished we perhaps said or did something different, to those moments of great joy. Any man with a beard as impressive as George’s you know he has a story to tell and each page of this book is a reflection of a life lived by a man who has a beautiful awareness of his surroundings. Using a quote from George “I felt that I was reaching an empathy and reference point of familiar stories that needed to be shared” nothing can be more true, the reader may not be a hippy camping in the wilderness having the peacefulness of the great outdoors broken by a white supremacist meeting or somebody who has just entered the bizarre world of Salvia Space but we all have those moments in life that we ask ourselves did that really happen. Reading Georges book we are reminded of our own journey crossing Karma zones.Georges newsletter “Links by George” regularly reaches over eighty-five hundred people sharing information on shamanism, spirituality, environmental causes, political conspiracies, health, and music. Georges book Crossing Karma Zones the journey begins is a journey woven through all of those topics wrote by what I'm sure after reading the book you will come to agree is the best man for the job.To sum up Georges book in a few words would not be fare on George or his beautiful wife Stephanie who after all these years of adventures love’s the same man that once you have read the book will also come to love very much. See all 22 customer reviews...
About the Author George John Douvris, the only son of Greek immigrants, grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he witnessed racial injustice firsthand. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with degrees in psychology and political science. He met his wife, Stephanie, in San Francisco’s famed Haight-Ashbury. They have traveled the world together and have lived in such widespread locations as the Hawaiian island of Maui, the mountains of Montana, and a village in Greece. Douvris has been a holistic health educator and a radio presenter. In his newsletter Links by George, which reaches over eighty-five hundred people, he shares his views on shamanism, spirituality, environmental causes, political conspiracies, health, and music. He and Stephanie currently live on an organic farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. They have three grown children: John, Nicolette, and Sophia.
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