Inspiring true stories of a young man who is imprisoned after accidentally discovering the teachings of Andean spiritual guide Silo during the military dictatorship of the ’70s in Argentina. Tells of his close escapes from torture and execution, his  reconciliation with his would-be torturers, his exile to the United States, his return to his homeland with the World March for Peace and Nonviolence in 2009, and his disappearance from this world on his way to the high Andes…


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Soft Brushes with Death
Trudi Lee Richards

Trudi Lee Richards

Trudi Lee Richards, one of the poet-bards of Silo’s Message, is the author of "Ambrosia," "Confessions of Olivia"; "On Wings of Intent, a biography of Silo"; "Soft Brushes with Death"; and "Experiences on the Threshold." Exactly two of her poems have ever been published: "Fairies of the Forest," which appeared in the Palo Alto Times "Youth Said It" column in 1957, and "The Great 21st Century Poemic," which appeared in the April 2021 edition of Global Poemic ( She also edited and published the independent San Francisco newspaper "Human Future" from 1989-1997, and before that co-founded "La Mamelle," a '70s San Francisco arts publication. A graduate of Stanford University, she helped raise several humans from infancy, and is now enjoying their friendship. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.