Sunset in Bali Indonesia.

Since leaving America in August 2006, I’ve traveled to twenty-six countries. A great deal has happened. I have written eight full-length novels, the most recent being An Unlikely Truth which appeared this past March 24th, have had over thirty short stories and seven poems published, and even found time to compose a number of songs. And of course I continue to write quirky, sometimes controversial, occasionally satirical essays, as an ongoing commentary on our interesting and often convoluted times. These blogs are located on my Slow Bullets page.

In my travels I have experienced quite a lot and had a few ideas along the way. This site is to share my thoughts, photos, music, writings, travel experiences, and developing political and social commentary with you. I hope you find it interesting and informative.


John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, novelist, a left-of-left liberal, and has spent his entire life trying to resolve the intrinsic clash between the metaphysical purity of Buddhism and the overwhelming appeal of narcissism.  Prompted by the trauma of graduating high school and having to leave his beloved city of Detroit to attend university, the development of his social skills and world view were arrested at age 18.  This affliction figures prominently in all of his creative work.

While living in Japan in 2008, he wrote his first novel. It unfortunately was hijacked by an unscrupulous publisher, and never released in its entirety.

Then in November of 2009, he finished his second novel, The Man Who Loved Too Much.  It was written over ten months, as he lived in and traveled through Japan, China, Nepal, India and Thailand.

Next came 11-11-11, his third full-length novel, a gritty tale set in America’s Bible Belt. 11-11-11 is the prequel to 12-12-12. The two are linked by characters and location, and are facetious narratives which attempt to comprehend and commiserate with the clueless and powerless citizens of Pulnick, Missouri as they try to eke out meaningful lives in a world plagued by stupidity, superstition, gossip, political turmoil, manipulation, covert social disintegration, and paranoid rumors about the end of the world __ parables for our troubled times.

The lead character for both 11-11-11 and 12-12-12 is Noah Tass, a bright young fellow in his early twenties, who is caught up in all of the ongoing insanity as he attempts to escape the bland hopelessness of his dreary life and begin a new, hopefully meaningful existence elsewhere. His is a bizarre journey of survival and self-discovery fraught with the weird and unexpected. Sounds serious? Actually there is more laughing than crying. Of course, these two novels are entirely fictional, an alternative reality. But remarkably, in many ways they ring truer than reality itself.

11-11-11 was published April 16, 2011. 12-12-12 was published March 18, 2012. While writing these dark satires, chock full unusual twists and biting political humor, author Rachel lived in Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia and of course Japan.

His next novels were Blinders Keepers (published June 1, 2013), and An Unlikely Truth (published February 20, 2014). Blinders Keepers grew from a suggestion made by a movie industry executive. Impressed by 11-11-11 and 12-12-12, this gentleman was convinced they would make a great movie, but would require drastic editing, since filming them in their entirety would amount to about 20 hours of screen time. Author Rachel combined the stories, cut the plot line to the bone, and finished the screenplay Blinders Keepers __ ‘The blind leading the blind and the rest of us directing them to the nearest cliff.’ __ just last autumn. The novelization of that screenplay is the book (for more on this bizarre social-political satire, you can check it out here).

Before starting on the screenplay, the hyperthyroid Rachel had just completed his political drama An Unlikely Truth. Though it contains much of the biting humor which has driven his previous novels, it overall represents a dramatic shift of tone for the author. Set in lovely Dayton Ohio, it’s the story of an underdog Green Party candidate’s unpropitious fourth run for Congress against a slick GOP pretty boy favorite, a sixth-term incumbent, an ex-military guy, totally full of hot air but a walking Kodak moment with a campaign war chest that made him nearly unassailable. The story incorporates a unique and powerful strategy for defeating the sort of ubiquitous blowhards which lately have monopolized Washington DC, are owned lock-stock-and-barrel by big corporations and Wall Street bankers, vote their pocketbooks, smugly ignore the needs of the vast majority of citizens, and have mutated contemporary American politics into a play-for-pay game show with legislative votes going to the highest bidder. An Unlikely Truth’s release early in 2014 was shrewdly timed for the mid-term congressional elections in November. Several congressional candidates expressed interest in the proposed strategy.

During the writing of these last two works, Rachel traveled extensively in Japan, and went back to America twice. He just recently returned from a nine-nation tour of Europe. While floating down a river in Bern, Switzerland the idea of rewriting The Man Who Loved Too Much and releasing it in more digestible chunks as a trilogy, washed over him like the chilly waters of the Alps which tried to swallow and drag him to the rocky bottom. Now we behold his recent published novels: The Man Who Loved Too Much – Book 1: Archipelago (released November 9, 2014), Book 2: Entendre (coming out March 2015), and Book 3: Oxymoron (scheduled for publication July 2015).

John Rachel’s last permanent U.S. residence was Portland, Oregon where he had a state-of-the-art ProTools recording studio, music production house, radio promotion and music publishing company. During his ten plus years in Portland, he professionally recorded and produced many artists in the Pacific Northwest, releasing and promoting their music on radio across the U. S. of A.

Author Rachel currently lives in a small, traditional town in Japan, not far from Osaka. He has no pets but raises organic vegetables in the fields adjacent to his home. He often refers to his current life as living in a fairy tale, and maintains that his biggest complaint now is that his jaw hurts from smiling so much. He might be completely delusional but do you want to spoil his fun?

  • http://funfactory.spruz.com Reiki

    Great Shòw!

    Bacio di Reiki ;-)

  • Eva

    Very Nice John. Like it a lot

    • Mohamed Shukry

      Great blog great ideas, onwards and upwards

  • Janlouise

    Your introduction makes me want to read more…nI can always “hear” a hint of dark humor and sarcasmnIn your writings. nWell done John !

  • Kiva

    John, I just looked through your site and it confirmed that you are one of the most creative people i have ever met. I am so glad that you have devoted this time to travel,exploration, inspiration, and creation. Wow. Us mere mortals must just enjoy it in awe.nBig hugs, nGlenda

  • Helen

    Wowe JD, your action packed life reads like a novel! If I could only travel to one or two of the countries you have been to I would be happy. Thanks for your inspiration. I look forward to hearing about your future.

  • Les Aaron

    i like what you u00a0say, John. u00a0You remind me of me in my youth. u00a0Restless, always on the go, new adventures. u00a0I started my first book when Castro was in the hills in Cuba and I finished it in Korea. u00a0I was offered all kinds of work along the way. From buying into gold mines in Asia to being an Adviser outside of Saigon, (which I had accepted)…Thanks for signing on. u00a0We’ll be looking forward to your left of left input. u00a0nnBest wishes,nnLes Aaron

  • TTallmadge

    Sounds like Pulnick represents most of our south,and midwest.

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      That’s correct, though the entire country shares some of the pathologies of those regions.n

      • Paul Harvey

        Absolutely, you’ll find the scared/clueless/superstitious folk everywhere.u00a0 And its not just America.u00a0 The only thing I find truly disheartening is, in an age where we literally have the world of information at our fingertips, Americans seem more gullible than ever.

        • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

          It’s a cruel irony.

  • Barbaraobryan

    Wow John! Amazing history of you! So happy I requested your friendship!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tommy.c.richardson Tommy Clay Richardson

    You, JD, are living the dream for a lot of us.

  • Asaba Emma

    He is a Good, interesting and Focused Man. May the Lord Bless the work of your Hands JD!

  • Michaelg805

    Want to say “ditto” to Barbaraorhyan’s comment! So glad we’ve become friends!

  • Louisa

    Will have your novels this weeknn

  • TheresaK8

    Very interesting…..it reminded me of the TED.com video I saw about Thailand and condoms.u00a0 It was great for shits and giggles and VERY EFFECTIVE public health initiative.u00a0 I don’t know if you have ever seen a TED video, but with your Thai connection, you will be amused by this one.u00a0 nI was curious what made you leave your career in the USA?

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      The music business quit me at the height of my creative output.u00a0 Just proves that the old idiom about hard work being rewarded with success is a deception.u00a0 Plus, I was very disenchanted with the direction the U.S. was going under George W.u00a0 My decision proved to be both prescient and very personally rewarding.n

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      The music business quit me at the height of my creative output.u00a0 Just proves that the old idiom about hard work being rewarded with success is a deception.u00a0 Plus, I was very disenchanted with the direction the U.S. was going under George W.u00a0 My decision proved to be both prescient and very personally rewarding.n

  • Dvanhous

    you were with Curtis Saldago (sp?), yes?

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      No. He played across the street.

  • Geoff

    “Anwise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountainntop”. and au00a0closednmouth, gathers no foot :o x u00a0 u00a0 u00a0:o)

  • Umesh Kumar Pokharel

    Dearu00a0 brotheru00a0 John,nI went throughu00a0 your web siteu00a0 andu00a0 veryu00a0 impressed with youru00a0 novelsu00a0 . I would likeu00a0 to readu00a0 youru00a0 novels . Would it be possibleu00a0 for me to get it .nI appreciateu00a0 your great vision!nwithu00a0 regardsnUmeshu00a0 Kumar Pokharel

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Thanks for your kind words. Sites for novels are listed on the Books page of this site. Just go to the menu at the top of every page and click on ‘Books’. Or go directly to this URL … http://jdrachel.com/books/.

  • Anonymous

    I am really intrigued now by what I’ve read so really want to get your books.u00a0 Yes, 11-11-11 does sound eerily familiar.u00a0 I look forward to reading about the people of Pulnick for I am quite sure that I shall recognize some of the characters!!n

  • Anonymous

    I am certain intriqued now and want to read your book, especially 11-11-11.u00a0 I am sure that among the people in this town, I shall recognize that that I know.n

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel


  • thegriffin

    . . .I am looking forward to sharing words and thoughts with you.I lived in Iwakuni Japan for 5 months in 1969u00a0and really enjoyed the culture of Japan.nTake care on your travels and I will look forward to your posts.u00a0

  • Michelle

    It’s people like you who make this world turn – and the people even more!nThanks a lot John!n~Michelle Ferreira~

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Thanks for the kind words! Just trying to find the love and spread it around when I can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001069856870 Farah Houria

    I love what you do, you seem to realize youru00a0 artistic and intellectual dreams….fantastic

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      I live in a bubble and the biggest issue is keeping the inner surface clean so I can continue to view the amazing things going on around me. Windex makes me sneeze, so I now using vinegar and water.n

  • Ritewriter73

    I’m reading through your stuff, I do believe you are right,; despite completely differing life paths, our thinking is earily similar! :) I have never been to Japan although it’s on my to-do list. As a truck driver I’ve seen every corner of America but I admit that I am extremely jealous of your world travel experences! Bernadette

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      I grew up very poor and spent most of my life trying to “catch up”. In 2005-2006 I was visited by a series of personal and professional disasters. It took a while as I watched in disbelief as my so-called empire and perfect life crumbled around me but finally I decided to walk away from the American dream and have not looked back. With virtually no discernible material wealth, with practically no ties to my home country (though I deeply care about America and worry about its future), I now roam the world. If I am hit by a bus, trampled by a herd of water buffalo or fall off a cliff, so be it. I am living a fairy tale life, which while it often lacks many of the conveniences and certainly the familiarity of life back home, is full of surprises and wonders. I feel like a child again. Wide-eyed and learning about worlds I never knew existed. I recommend it for anyone who has the audacity to make the leap.

  • Gia777gia

    Wow! my new friend, you have extraordinary talent! I`m so pleased to have you accept my friend request on fb. I`m always pleased to me fellow or sister writers to bounce ideas off of.u00a0nI`m going to call my book store to see if I can order in your books. I live in Northern BC HIGH in the mountains. Henceforth not too many luxuries here. Regardless great to meet and read you!nLove and light Gia

  • Marielynee

    Thanks for sharing your life and your work!nnI look forward to reading more.n

  • Isam dababseh

    happy to be friends.I have read that you visited 17 countries,have you ever visited Palestine? or do you plan to visit it? have a nice trips,hope to meet you.n

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      I have visited Israel and traveled through part of the occupied territories. It is a beautiful part of the planet and I hope to return.

  • Kathy

    I bet you’ve had some wonderful Asian meals! What may I ask are your favorite meals?

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      There are so many amazing dishes here in Asia, it is hard to say which are my favorite. I have truly learned to appreciate both rice and noodles as a “base” for any meal and am learning to cook many things as I go. Here in Japan, most meals are seafood based and I am totally addicted to salmon and fish paste.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Oconnell/100001949352866 Daniel Oconnell

    william boroughs was an ex pat in tangier, ever been?nu00a0

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Have not made it to Tangiers . . . not yet anyway. Let’s go! Meet me there.

  • Alec Wisner

    I shared this link on Facebook so that my other friends could discover your new novel.u00a0

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel


  • Shellibuda

    I am very proud to have you as my friend!u00a0 You are an amazing guy…and I really value your talent!nShelli Budan

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Thanks for your flattering words. It is morning here in Japan. The birds are singing. I am finishing up a cup of Vietnamese coffee. It’s a perfect day for a bike ride if it doesn’t rain. Then back to work on “12-12-12″ (over 100 pages so far … I think I will only have to delete 99 of them).

  • Leslie Perkins

    you have a very interesting life and i look forward to reading your work.u00a0 thank you for accepting my friend request.

  • Octoberharmony

    Very interesting. u00a0you are an a philosopher and adventurer. u00a0Looking forward to reading your books.n

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Great! Enjoy … weep and smile.

  • Marcia Reimers

    Hi John, While I don’t claim to be a writer I think you will enjoy some of my Letters to the President, or LTTP’s, as I like to call them. I will most certainly look for your books… are then available as an e-book? I prefer to download my books… it’s the whole save a tree thing. Thanks again for accepting my friend request and I look forward to any comments you may have on my LTTP’s.nCheers and have a great day.

  • Marcia

    Forget the question I just asked about e-books… I just clicked on 11-11-11 and answered my own question… I guess I should learn to read first, ask questions later… sorry.

  • mark byrnes

    A process of compilation that appears both intriguing and rewarding. This assembly of information is my life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Floppydiskgame Jacob Van Wie

    Very Kewl.

  • http://www.mysticunion.org ekstatik

    Hi, John,nnRobert Van den Bosch here, aka ekstatik. Originally from Chicago, I have lived in Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and now, Laos. It’s a big, beautiful world! Personal peak experience: trekking in Nepal; like time travel — very enjoyable for a history buff. vandenboschrob@yahoo.com

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Good meeting you. I lived in Nepal for three months but was working on a novel. So I only did the Poonhill Trek out of Pokhara. Great country, though they seem to be in constant political turmoil. But the people are fantastic and I met some very interesting travelers there. Let’s keep in touch.

  • Eugenia Dana C.

    very nice John….keep in touch…love, Eugenia

  • Lslogan515

    My son is the City Administrator for Brownsburg Oregon.u00a0 He has written some beautiful songs and plays and of course, performs for all kinds of events.u00a0 Creative people are very interesting….hard working and hard playing.u00a0 Nice to make your acquaintance and hope you share some of your other talkents with all of us.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the link to this blog, John Rachel. I can’t wait to read more of it.nnnI have also removed Pulnick, Iowa from my list of potential vacation spots.nnCheers!nnTom Degannnhttp://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      I hear Pulnick is undergoing a facelift. The city council just approved painting the bird bath in front of town hall. They are also hoping to revive their tourist industry by turning the annual community quilting tea party into something that is more appealing to the young people. Unfortunately, their offer of $500 to Lady Gaga to come and perform was rejected.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1761800388 Marilyn Brake- Conner

    John you are a very interesting man. I am so happy that I found and requested youru00a0friendship. Looking forward to reading more.. u00a0u00a0u00a0

  • Louha Sra

    hi nI want to askHave you visited North Africa???

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      I have not, though when I first started traveling I planned on starting in Morocco.

  • Bertha

    Nice meeting you on Facebook, John – you are a very interesting man, as is your lifework.u00a0 I will conitnue to follow you on FB and this site.

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Thanks for your flattering assessment. Life is certainly a rip and a roll sometimes. Often I am just glad to have survived and been a witness to the extremes of my own folly.

  • Risenwordsong

    You are adventurous! I admire that quality. Kudos to you. Your book sounds timely.u00a0 America is plagued by stupidity, ignorance, misinformation, political manipulations, etc. You would think that in the 21st century we would be further along in our social development…xo

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      I am working on the sequel right now, unimaginatively titled “12-12-12″. It picks up where “11-11-11″ leaves off, is also very dark and absurdist satire, but is a lot more political.

  • Jack Rivall

    Looking forward to it, John. Be in touch!

  • Dave N Borden

    I’d just come up with “Dumbtown” the Complete Idiots guide to the intelligence community.nWe’d rented our Bogota condo, and Panther could relax while I taught class on the Thai/ Cambo border. In 2001 September, some clown-head turned on that big vacuum, and it sucks more everyday…u00a0 John, don’t ever look back!

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Great comment! I can’t imagine ever returning to the U.S., except for an occasional short visit. Certainly never to live. I canceled my membership in the Masochists Club. Next I’m heading to Taiwan, then Indonesia and either Myanmar or the Philippines. I’ll be finishing up my new book “12-12-12″ and of course doing anything I can to further the promise of world revolution. The intel today is way too sophisticated to fight on its own terms. The only way to deal with it is to become invisible. Or as they put it, to reduce one’s radar signature. I’m pretty sure I’m off the radar. Where I travel there isn’t much radar. Sometimes there isn’t even any electricity.

  • Cynthia bowman

    my birthday so happened to be 11-11-11…interesting.n

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      That is amazing! You write very well for someone who is only 16 days old.

  • Melfromhell1968

    Hi its mel eder from fzcebook, your bloos sounds really interesting, I have not yet read your books, are they avilable in australia?

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      I don’t know if my books are in the stores there in Australia. But you can certainly get them online. The links for “11-11-11″ are below. Or you can go to http://jdrachel.com/books/nnThanks for asking. nnEnjoy!n



  • http://twitter.com/neandergal neandergal

    I’m intrigued to read your work. I’m curious though: Did you really need a fictional place to write about, “heart of American ignorance, as they track the insular lives of sub-ordinary people in the fictional town of Pulnick, located in northeastern Missouri…” ;)

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      I am just a coward. If I used a real town, I’m afraid the meth head Tea Party people who live there will track me down and cut my heart out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bradley-Fowler/100003202574565 Bradley Fowler

    I’m so proud of you! Keep up  the good work!
    Brad Fowler

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Golly gee! Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cassandra-Troy/100001504852984 Cassandra Troy

    Very impressive.  I’ve never been anywhere except through books and documentary film.  Thx for sharing.  If I could afford it I’d have left this god forsaken nation years ago; when we became a  deranged mob attacking Iraq, setting the middle east on fire.  If our craven occupation of Iraq had not turned so badly, imagine their surprise when people actually fought back, the march on others in the region would have continued unabated. 

  • Snow Hawaii

    John, I’ve read 76 comments below, & they covered already of what I wanted say . All I can say is that I do admire your courage, ,& thanks for accepting my friendship request . Keep on touch, & pray for your safety along the journey in your future.

  • Johannes Lichtman

    Hey John,

    Just wanted to drop a quick line to say thanks for your thoughtful comment on the Word Riot story. It didn’t occur to me that people might take the time to comment on my piece, so I’m about two months late. But I liked reading what you had to say. Re: the lawyer question: the good part about not making any money off your writing (or anything, for that matter) is that nobody thinks it’s worth their time to to sue you. So I should be okay, for now at least.

    Thanks again. Write on.

    -Johannes Lichtman

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Your lawyer remark is right on. “Go ahead. Sue me! Take everything. Here, let me put it in a cigar box for you.” It’s a beautiful world.

  • Murphyelliott

    My pleasure John. The honor is mine.

  • Anonymous

    a contemporary Paul Theroux with an eclectic admixture.!

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Whoa! That will keep the bread from rising in some literary circles. So much for brie on sourdough. Back to the basics. MD-20 soaked pretzels.

  • Anonymous

    Pulnick as in’ puling’?

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      I hadn’t thought that consciously. But my subconscious has its own mischievous agenda.

  • Betty alaoui

    Hi John,  Thank you very much for the friendship,  I’m Honored To Have You As My Friend.

  • Betty alaoui

    Hi John,  Thank you very much for the friendship,  I’m Honored To Have You As My Friend.

  • http://twitter.com/druneric donna runeric

    lol. The first thing that jumped out at me was that you’re “left of left.” Me too. The second is that your life has been much more interesting than mine. Luckeeee. I’ll be back.

  • Mdrredhead

    John, I was born in Yokohama, Japan. I had to choose my citizenship when I turned 18 and chose USA. The Japanese always keep their citizens so I could have that passport too.
    I look forward to reading your books.

  • Dr Dias Panama

     Marcus Aurelius: “The object of life is not to be on the side of the
    majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”

    Best wishes and regards in your sojourn.

    rd DIAS

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Phenomenal advice but I may have already lost that battle.

  • Freddyj359

    John, I found Sabrina and Gary on FB. Time for a Politixs of Pink Reunion, too bad Klong ain’t around.

  • Michellebalasuela

    hello im ellehciv frm facebook

  • Setayesh

    Hi .

  • neonug14

    Nice to  see this page reflecting your life, thoughts and dream. I wish you all the Best  in all your endeavor in life.

    Warm Regards
    Margaret Gangte

  • Lyndakiremire

    Amazing story

  • Anonymous

    Hello JD, you sent a “friend” invite while discussing a story on huffpo about the American county official in the Philippines and something told me to check your link and I’m glad I did. 
    It’s such a small world. I see that your from Detroit and I myself was born and raised in metro Detroit. 
    I think what your doing is great, so many people want to do all the traveling you did and so many people also want to live in a distant foreign land. Try not to long for home or feel homesick for the physical area itself as its only gotten worse and now Detroit is below 725K residents from its storied history of 2 million people. 
    Keep up the good work. I’ll check your site in the weeks to come…..sayonara.!.!.!.

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Anyone who has survived Detroit is part of a robust, perhaps invulnerable community. Certainly a special community. Thanks for the update on the Motor City. I frankly had no plans in the immediate future to visit but I do like to check in occasionally to see how the piles of rubble are aging.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003100141997 Larry Guss

    Greetings from Maine, the Pine Tree State.  My thanks to you, for joining my friends on FB.  I look forward to reading your entries and insights.  I have a somewhat different experience history, yet I suspect we share some similarities too.  I am by nature liberal, and oddly moralistic.  I have 19 years of marriage under my belt, with two adult children, a divorce.  My partner and I are living peacefully  in the pines near Mount Katahdin, and the coffee, and life,  is good.  Never-the-less, Family issues and local and national politics impinge upon us, and the reality of austere economics threatens our futures.  At seventy,  I am obviously the recipient of  much luck.  As humans go,  I have experienced much, and have up-held my base values, my standard of life.

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  • Joe Black

    Excellent dissertations, enjoying it. 

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Thanks for the kind words.

  • Jeff kozlowski

    Your journey has purpose, creativity, and heart.  

  • Tim Eliot Dorian

    I can relate to the arrested social skills at eighteen, which was the year I became agoraphobic. My exodus from fear commenced when I began teaching myself meditation, which I have now been faithfully practicing for forty years and so your exploration of Buddhism and the metaphysical are other areas I can also relate to. I’m looking forward to reading more about your journey, for when you learn about other people, you learn more about yourself as well.

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Unfortunately, the arresting of my social skills turned out to be a plateau. Recently I began a slow regression and now find myself reading comic books in the sandbox of a local park and refusing to share them with other kids.

  • sandrea dominique allexandre

    what a vibrant tapistry of life you live!!!!!!!!!!!!!  la joie de la vie!!!!!  

  • russ

    hi john,  i hope you get this.  i am an old amigo of yours from your motown days.  we were discussing, nostalgicly, this 4th of july, some of what made us what we were.  your name, the original, came up and we (kathleen and i) did a quick search on the internet and found you in a new york minute.  if you’d care to make contact with an old pal who goes back to 57 fords and henry hamilton’s biology class, i would very much enjoy making contact again.  my body wore out doing architectural metalwork and i am a musician now (classic rock and blues), build custom guitars and old school tube amplifiers and enjoy life in puerto vallarta mexico. please drop a note (no pun intended—yet) and we can correspond in a more private way ( i am an under the radar guy on the internet).  in any case i hope you are recovering  well from the operation mentioned on your blog.  my back is shot too.  and i really like seoul.  as always, mi casa tu casa, russell riffin

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-P-Jack-Finley/1219234757 John P. Jack Finley

    Hi John.. You sure sound like a fellow bird of a feather. I do not have the time available at the present moment to read your works, but I will hopefully do so shortly. I am almost finished re-editing my 200 page memoir written these past two years since having a close call with a cardiac condition that today is under control with the aid of Warfarin (rat poison) that is keeping blood clots from forming. I am waiting for a friend to help me put the words and the 100+ photographs out of the many thousands that I have taken over the past 65 years as a pro. photographer into an E book. I have dual U.S.A.~Irish citizenship and if I could find a way I would leave this country for Ireland in a minute. Tonight at 3:00 AM I want to write a proposal to all my Facebook friends who are face and body painters scattered across this planet. I have been an active full time peace activist for most of my 78 years. The proposal goes like this. I want to start an international non profit org. called Painters for Peace that as we grow will democratically decide how Face & Body painters can develop into a peace movement with our teacher-artists and our painted models engaged in non-violent direct action in our communities. Check out my Timeline and you will get to know me. You would probably be interested in contacting the only true published poet in my family, my favorite nephew, Mike Finley,  as he is another left leaning “Outsider”. Mike, lives in St Paul MN with his son Jon who is an excellent composer, and classical acoustic guitarist along with Mike’s marvelous wife Rachel  who spends half of each year living in a far remote Inuit village on the north west coast of Alaska as the village nurse practitioner. She is compiling short and exceptionally well done pieces from her journals that I think when published in a book will be awesome.  It is nearly 3:30 AM so back to work and then to bed. I find that I do my best work from midnight to about 6:00 AM  and although tired, my memory and creativity seem to cooperate better during those hours. BTW and I may have asked you earlier~do you have Skype ?
    See you later~Jack Finley~ Namaste !

  • Ann Namuyiga

    your avery intelligent and principled man keep it up

  • http://www.facebook.com/nancy.yoder.501 Nancy Yoder

    Your an interesting man . Good luck in your adventures. The pictures are amazing .I luv them. Nancy

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joyce.m.landry Joyce Musick Landry

    Very very interesting man that you are – I believe we think alike – I want to live in Italy – should I just pick up and go? LOL

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Yes, you should just pick up and go. Have your neighbor water the flowers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patti.fichtner.9 Patti Fichtner

    i am getting this message fine! very interesting,and i would like to keep being updated with your information..please!

  • Beth Fowler

    Hi, John, I read an excerpt of 11-11-11 on Melange Books and purchased the ebook version. I liked your writing style. Melange has offered me a contract. Could I talk to you about your experience with them?

  • Chris from Calmar

    Great site, John! I notice you have many Canadian visitors. What’s it like to feel like Florida?

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      My adopted mother used to smuggle cigarettes across the border when we visited Windsor from Detroit. This created a huge network of co-conspirators that has followed me through life. Plus I grew up on Canadian bacon, which my parents told me was prime rib. I didn’t appreciate their sense of humor until I bought mine at a yard sale in Toronto. There you go! Another Canadian connection. My only problem is the way they talk. Come on, folks. Mr. Been is pronounced Mr. Ben, eh? By the way, you might want to take a look at this blog posting to see where Canadian-American relations are heading: “Exploding Hockey Pucks Intercepted at Canadian Border”… http://jdrachel.com/?p=927

  • gia


    a book review on Jon Rachels book Blinders Keppers. check it out!

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Thanks for the great review!

      • gia

        Absolutely! Keep them coming!

  • John David Lionel Brooke

    Hola John D. Read your incredable book “Blinders Keeper” and commented on Amazon and GoodReads.

    Sure like to send you my flash fiction tale “Weepers” as we discussed. Don’t know how to do this, any suggestions would be helpful.


  • gia


    by gia777gia | on September 12, 2013


    When I see or read John Rachel, I want to call him Twister, because his writing style reminds me of my quarter horse named Twister who could turn on a dime.

    His latest book “BLINDERS KEEPERS” is a political satire of a young man with an idealistic mindset, of “it will all come out in the wash.”

    This young man left a boring little town, and his merely being at the wrong place at the wrong time propelled him into an underground fugitive role.

    Rachel’s characters in the role of authority or government all fit the the dysfunctional traits of Adult children of Alcoholics, and hysterically so.

    I’ve read no other Author who can pen such sardonic quips as Rachel.

    His book is chock full of original descriptives like “Teflon enigma” and

    “Sock puppet theatre of American Life”

    You are a good read Jon Rachel, keep them coming!

    Gia Dawn



    ”Festina Lenta!” = Make haste with self awareness!

    gia777gia=Gina Laing gia-dawn.com and treemancloud.com

  • Anonymous

    Thanks John the book was absolutely enjoyable & very close to the reality of life today. Thank you for taking me away from this real life & the opportunity to live the life in Blinders Keepers …….. I will be starting another one of your books and will be in touch – a great work of art imitating reality!!!

  • http://ragazine.cc Michael Foldes

    impressive resume, john…. being left of left,you might enjoy our zine, and especially the articles in the present issue by Henry Giroux and Jim Palombo — though there’s plenty more to peruse… let me know if you ever feel like sending something our way.

    • http://jdrachel.com John Rachel

      Sounds very interesting indeed. I sent a copy of my recent political novel to Henry Giroux and am waiting to hear what he thinks. Thanks for the invitation.

  • https://www.facebook.com/johnreinharddizonUSA John Reinhard Dizon

    Great page! Two big thumbs up!

  • Gia

    Gullibility increases more so when it’s in ones face! Or so it appears.