I have been writing about my passions since 1967. In that year, I became passionate about what most seventeen-year olds are passionate about-love-and wrote “Come Love With Me & Be My Life.” This began a series of poetry books that sold four million copies.
Along with love, of course, comes loss, so I became passionate about emotional survival. In 1971, I wrote “Surviving the Loss of a Love,” and expanded it in 1976 and 1991 (with coauthors Melba Colgrove, Ph.D. And Harold Bloomfield, M.D.) Into “How to Survive the Loss of a Love.” It has sold three million copies.
In 1969, I became passionate about meditation. A book I wrote in 1975 on meditation was a New York Times best-seller. It even knocked the impregnable “Joy of Sex” off the #1 spot-a place it had held for more than a year. As one newspaper headline proclaimed, MEDITATION MORE POPULAR THAN SEX AT THE NEW YORK TIMES. (The book was #1 on two NYT Bestseller Lists.)
My passion for computers-or more accurately, for what computers can do-led in 1980 to “The Personal Computer Book,” the first book about computers not written in technospeak. TIME proclaimed it “a beacon of simplicity, sanity and humor.” The Wall Street Journal called it “genuinely funny.” (Now, really, how many people has the Wall Street Journal called “genuinely funny?”)
LIFE 101: Everything We Wish We Had Learned About Life In School - But Didn't (a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback);
DO IT! Let's Get Off Our Buts (a #1 New York Times hardcover bestseller); You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought: A Book for People with Any Life-Threatening Illness-Including Life,
My passion for visual beauty led me to publish, in 1992, my book of photography, PORTRAITS, a twenty-two-year anthology of his photographic work (mostly men)..
Personal freedom, individual expression, and the right to live one's own life, as long as one does not harm the person or property of another, have long been my passions. Here I attacked the prejudices (mostly religious) that became laws against drug users, prostitutes, gays, and gamblers in my 1993 book (revised in 1996) Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country.
In 1994, after successfully being treated for depression (salvation at last!) I wrote with Harold Bloomfield, M.D., How to Heal Depression. This was followed by our Hypericum (St. John's Wort) and Depression, about treating depression with a natural herb.
All of the above books I, with characteristic modesty, published myself (because nobody else would).
On March 15, 1996, I was diagnosed with AIDS and cancer on the same day. (Beware the Ides of March, indeed). I was shocked by the effectiveness of medical marijuana (Marinol ® in a less effective yet still phenomenal prescription pill) to keep down my nausea-producing prescription medications and to treat the pain of chemotherapy and radiation. I owe my life to modern medical science and one ancient herb. I wrote a book about medical marijuana (unfinished, but what is completed is online), A Question of Compassion, published How to Grow Medical Marijuana by Todd McCormick, and placed myself in front of the out-of-control juggernaut known as the War on Drugs....you are truly kind to let me babble on for 540 pages.