My novel, Tales of the Happy Frog, which had been available only as an Ebook, is now available in paperback - for those of us who love to have a real book in our hands.

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Welcome to Taoist Living.


This is my "home" on the Internet and I want it to be a place of welcome for any guest who arrives. As your host, let me briefly introduce myself.

I have taken a winding road that has led me straight to the present moment. I have, over the years, worn the labels of, "Christian, Buddhist, and Taoist." I have followed careers called, "Scientist, Minister, Therapist, Writer, and Painter."

I have two children by my first marriage. Lara and John are delightful people and bring me much joy. I have three grandchildren, Jillian, Andrew, and newly arrived Emma - all of whom likewise delight me. I have been married to Nancy for 27 years now and she is the mate of my heart and I cherish my life with her.

Nancy and I now live in the mountains of Northern California, near the sacred Mount Shasta. We are deeply grateful to that dear Mountain for allowing us to live at her feet.

I write these words at the age of 72 years and I sense that I am in the most creative, generative, and in many ways, powerful time of my life. I write, publish, paint, drum, dance, walk in the forests, and celebrate my life.

I feel that a new paradigm is emerging for our culture. I trust that the Tao is in the process of rebalancing the Earth and I hope that humanity will have a place when that balance is restored. I don't know what this new paradigm will look like, but a renewed sense of community will play a large part. The internet is problematic, at best, but it may be a vehicle by which the seeds of that community can be planted and enabled to flourish.

Join me in this little corner of that broader universal community if you wish. I want to play my part in the greater Web of Tao in a manner that is authentic and helpful. My books, essays, and other contributions are listed in the menu. Contact me through the menu link with any comments or questions. I will try to respond in a timely manner.

Taoist Living With William Martin

Reflections on being at ease in a stress-filled life.

I recently completed a eight month project of daily reflections based on the Tao Te Ching. Those reflections have been compiled into an E-book available at Amazon and other E-book venues.

The Tao is Now - Living Day by Day

With Delight

I have begun a new, 2017-2018, "Daily Tao" reflection, once again going through the Tao Te Ching in a personal journaling style. If you would like to have these short daily reflections in your email, please click the link below:

Daily Tao