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What is chi kung?

The words translate as “mastery of chi.” Taken at surface value, chi kung can be called exercise, though it is not exercise of the sort generally found at a health club or spa. In fact, it is a considerably healthier occupation than much of the body punishment that passes for a healthy workout in some of these establishments. As a form of conditioning, chi kung is exactly the opposite of what Westerners usually think of as exercise.


Alchemy of Breath provides an overview of the history and development of this movement art that enhances inner strength and power while helping keep the body toned and feeling alive.

(PDF: 55 pages, illustrated, formatted for looseleaf binding)

The Abbey Stone

Bartholo Dias

Before disappearing into the jungles of the Amazon Basin in 1986, Bartholo Dias was a very special contributor to the poetry scene in Houston, Texas, and touched the lives of a number of local writers. The Abbey Stone is the sole document that Dias left behind.

(PDF: 24 pages, formetted for looseleaf binding.)

The Best of


Edited by Christopher Dow

Phosphene (1978–79) was the first independent, general distribution literary magazine published in Houston, Texas. Featuring poetry, short fiction, and essays, it provided an outlet for talented writers from the city, state, and, occasionally, other regions. This collection presents some of Phosphene’s best pieces and is a must for those interested in Texas literature from the period.

(PDF: 188 pages, formatted for looseleaf binding)

The Best of


Edited by Christopher Dow

Dialog (1983–84) was the second independent, general distribution literary magazine published in Houston, Texas. With a bimonthly press run of 10,000, it featured poetry, short fiction, essays, and interviews with important regional and national writers. This collection presents some of Dialog’s best pieces and is a must for those interested in Texas literature from the period. (PDF: 195 pages, formatted for looseleaf binding)


Featuring work by:

James Bettison, Richard M. Bolling, Robert Dante, Christopher Dow, Marie Dybala, Lionel Garcia, Enid Jimenez, Phillip Lopate, Elizabeth McBride, Robin McCorquodale, Vassar Miller, Harryette Mullen, Marie Ponsot, Pattiann Rogers, Christopher Woods, and others


Interviews with:

Lionel Garcia, Leon Hale, Phillip Lopate, Cynthia Macdonald, Michael McClure, and Marie Ponsot

Hang It Up!

The perfect bumper sticker to express your love of life. Comes two up. Just download, print on 8.5"x11" label paper, coat with acrylic spray, and trim with scissors. Give them to your friends and family.

(PDF: 1 page)

Massage your feet, improve your life! Free reflexology chart shows you where your pain begins and ends. (PDF: 1 page)

Download this humorous flow chart that will enable you to to work your way out of almost any situation with ease and without anybody pointing the finger at you. (PDF: 1 page)


The Taijitu


The taijitu, also called the tai chi symbol, is one of the most recognizable images on the planet. It depicts the major forces of opposition and cooperation that underlie the functioning of reality. We are pleased to offer free downloads of this incredible image in both its single and doubled form. The posters are 24"x 24" and can be printed at copy centers and office supply outlets. (PDF: 1 page each. PDF might need to be converted to jpeg for printing at an office supply store.)

The Coming Empire

Or, 2000 Miles in Texas

on Horseback

Nathaniel A. Taylor

287 pages

The Coming Empire, or 2000 Miles in Texas on Horseback, is a remarkable document of post-Civil War Texas, from its spacious and diverse terrain to its equally diverse peoples. This text was transcribed by hand and carefully edited to eliminate errors.

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