Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
by Penelope Bright, photos by David Sand
The air was cool and crisp in Los Angeles, as my husband and I walked the few blocks from our home to the world famous Farmers Market, and on to the Barnes & Noble at The Grove. People came from all over the city to participate in John Morton’s book launch and signing of his gorgeous new book, You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us.
There is a special area on the third floor of Barnes & Noble at the Grove set aside for group meetings, with rows of folding chairs. This was where our event was being held. John’s book was perched throughout the store, near the cashiers and all over the shelves. With its exquisite cover photo of a tiny, beautiful baby the book has an instant pull on the heart.
The NOW Productions crew had already been at the store for several hours, setting up video and audio recording equipment, lighting the space for best advantage, and running microphones and speakers so that everyone within earshot could hear. Angel Gibson, Olga Schmal and their team of volunteers set out food –cookies, coffee, tea, and delicious treats of all kinds, while outside dusk quietly descended.
The Barnes and Noble representative introduced Leigh Taylor-Young, who spoke briefly and eloquently about John’s new book, and then introduced John Morton. Also sitting up front at the side of the room (a special treat) were John-Roger and Michael Hayes, along with Nat Sharratt.
John spoke from his heart, generously, giving loving wisdom and good humor. He was splendid and transcendent, and spoke about the true nature of who we are, freedom from negativity, and freeing our imprisoned selves. He recommended assisting others through service, letting go, and clearing. In that way, we all contribute to the Greater Good.
And then John spoke the magic words, “Baruch Bashan,” which mean “The Blessings Already Are”, and John brought his talk to an end. Everyone who had bought a book or three lined up, and John began autographing, personalizing each book in a very special way. Word has it that he stayed until the very last book was signed. That’s our beloved John Morton. He is a blessing — and you are the blessings too.