Have you come across the writings of M Nakazono on kototama? My old teacher K Chiba used to speak very warmly of his aikido. Nakazono moved to New Mexico in the US and wrote books on kototama, as he preferred to call it. I will discuss these later.
Personally, I believe that kotodama is a rather dangerous concept. In his new book, Gleason believes that it is quite different from a magic spell and says many positive things about it. Like Nakazono's writings, I do not find his arguments at all convincing and this is partly why I believe that it is necessary to take a strictly historical, evolutionary, approach to kotodama.
Actually, I download PDF files of my own articles and keep them. (I also continuously modify the original Word files in which they were / are written, so that the early columns are now somewhat different from those archived here.)
Many thanks for your comments.
"Thanks for everything! Your articles have been depleting my printer ink for a while now... So much to learn and only one lifetime."
Yes, this is definitely when reading on a computer screen will not do. That hard copy in front of me allows me to reread, mull over, and mark up. Like you, Keith, I realize I have much to learn and such a short time to hope to do it. Thank you, Peter, for the extensive work you've done and for sharing it.