Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn Burnout is nature’s way of telling you, you’ve been going through the motions your soul has departed; you’re a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker. False optimism is like administrating stimulants to an exhausted nervous system. Sam Keen, Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man       Well, […]

Cracked, Reflections of Imperfection

Raw From the Road, August 15, 2018 Cracked, Reflections of Imperfections It’s those bare, unguarded moment that the viewer is invited into in these evocative photos. The intimacy is compelling, irresistible. Those small moments reverberate inside. Not small at all. The very substance of life. Excerpted from the foreword written by Salley Knight for Cracked   […]

What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story? It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.Patrick Rothfuss Magic, Resin and Acrylic Paint, from the book, Endurance We all have a story because we all are made up of stories. […]

Salon Chair Diaries, Country Roads

Raw From The Road, May 21, 2018 Salon Chair Diaries Yet, it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity. Thomas Merton   This is a […]

Beauty and Wisdom, Revisited

Raw from the Road, May 10, 2018 Beauty and Wisdom, Revisited   My grandmother was a powerhouse of a woman and southern to her core.  She was small in stature but, she was a giant.  Every person she met on her journey was blessed and she was my biggest cheerleader in life.  I celebrate her […]

In the Still of the Knight

Raw from the Road, April 16, 2018 In the Still of the Knight I’m kind of honored to be a dragon lady. The dragon is a very powerful, mythical animal. Yoko Ono   You know the saying “she’s like a bull in a china shop?” Well, picture a bull in a china shop wearing a hat […]

Trying Out

Trying Out We regret to tell you that your work was not among those selected by the juror.   Yesterday’s Email Rejection can disappoint you, depress you and may even stop you in your tracks… learn not to take rejection so personally… if you’re honest with yourself and believe in your work, others will too. […]

Life Plans

Life Plans, Raw From The Road, March 7, 2018   Life Plans Gather up your telegrams Your faded pictures, best laid plans Books and postcards, 45’s Every sunset in the sky Carry with you maps and string, flashlights Friends who make you sing And stars to help you find your place Music, hope and amazing […]

Imperfection

Imperfection, Raw From The Road, February 1, 2018   Imperfection Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. It is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. -Marilyn Monroe As I started to look into this mirror, cracked and imperfect, I started letting go of my need for perfection… from myself and from others. It was […]

Roads

Raw from the Road, January 24, 2018 Roads The drive toward Life is protective, thoughtful, vulnerable, and invested in immaculate love. It is this last that marks the difference between a wise heart muddy with real life experiences in the trenches and a dry heart that functions on rote concepts alone. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes   […]

Things ARE Looking Up

Raw From The Road, November 16, 2017 Things ARE Looking Up Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. Stephen Hawking     On a recent trip to Europe I visited several places in […]

I am Fashion

Raw from the Road, August 31, 2017   My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou     You may be wondering what in the hell does that mean? I am Fashion. This morning I […]

Proud Mary

Raw From The Road, June 28, 2016 Left a good job in the city Workin’ for the man ev’ry night and day And I never lost one minute of sleepin’ Worryin’ ’bout the way things might have been Big wheel keep on turnin’ Proud Mary keep on burnin’  Credence Clearwater Revival I had one of […]

Ashes to Ashes

      Raw from the Road, July 25, 2017 Ashes to Ashes Sometimes you have to burn yourself to the ground before you can rise like a phoenix from the ashes. Jens Lekman I remember going to see Mt. St. Helens the first time when I was living in Portland, Oregon. That volcano blew 14 years before […]

Public Speaking

Raw From The Road, June 28, 2017 Public Speaking   Run from what’s comfortable.  Forget Safety.  Live where you fear to live.  Destroy your reputation.  Be notorious.  I have tried prudent planning long enough.  From now on I’ll be mad. Rumi Live TV Interview with Jeanmarie Bassior on L.A. Talk Live, 2013 (My book was […]

Feeling Groovy

  Raw From The Road, June 12, 2017   Feeling Groovy Slow down, you’re movin’ too fast You got to make the morning last… Simon and Garfunkel   It seems only fitting to quote a Simon and Garfunkel song about New York since I have just returned from a wonderful visit there with my family […]

Constructive Criticism

Raw From The Road, May 31, 2017   Constructive Criticism   Photo by Skye Amber Poet I like constructive criticism from smart people. Prince   How I hated these two words when I was younger. No one could tell me what to do or how to do it better. Nope. All I heard was the […]

‘Now’ Trending

  Raw from the Road, May 23, 2017 Now Trending The need for an empty space, a pause, is something we have all felt in our bones;  it’s the rest in a piece of music that gives it resonance and shape. Pico Iyer       Do you notice how many emails you are getting […]

A Day Off

Raw From The Road, May 16, 2017   A Day Off   You are like this cup; you are full of ideas. You come and ask for teaching, but your cup is full; I can’t put anything in. Before I can teach you, you’ll have to empty your cup. Master Ryutan         Lately, […]

All Over The Place

Raw from the Road, May 9, 2017   All Over The Place We adore chaos because we love to produce order.  M. C. Escher       All over the place.   Yep that’s me.   I’m all over the place. And today, I am embracing my all over the place-ness. Sometimes it trips me […]

Nothing To Defend

  Raw From The Road, May 4, 2017   Nothing to Defend When all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Stephen Chbosky (Excerpted from a previous blog entry, 2013) I’m learning that I am just the vessel in which these things flow through and I realize that nothing […]

Into The Woods

Raw From The Road, April 26, 2017     Into the Woods   I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau   […]

The Wow Factor

Raw from the Road, April 20, 2017 (Excerpt, March 13, 2013 blog entry)   The Wow Factor A person who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that their happiness lies outside them, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within them. Soren Kierkegaard     I was so inspired by Destiny […]

Mist Trees

Raw from the Road, April, 17, 2017 Mist Trees   I am a great admirer of mystery and magic. Look at this life – all mystery and magic. Harry Houdini         The mist is so alluring.     It’s forbidding… yet so inviting.   When I first moved to the country, in […]

Guadalupe Cross

Raw from the Road, April 15, 2017 (Las Cruces)     Guadalupe Cross       The English verb to cross arises from the noun c. 1200, first in the sense “to make the sign of the cross”; the generic meaning “to intersect” develops in the 15th century.   The concept of intersection is ironic […]

Not One More

Raw from the Road, Las Cruces, April 13, 2017 Don’t Cry Mama Don’t cry mama It aint so bad Come a little closer I can’t see you I know you don’t like to come here much You prefer the cemetery The proper burial ground But you know my soul is right here This is where […]

Straight No Chaser

Raw From The Road, Las Cruces, April 14, 2017 Straight No Chaser I never knew what hit me. Like a shooting star You came out of nowhere. You and me, on the same path, Traveling in the same direction. I was always a little ahead of you. You trailed for a long time, Until I […]

Las Cruces, 18 Wheeler

Raw from the Road, Las Cruces, April 12, 2017   18 Wheeler Oh, my cargo My precious cargo I transport you from state to state How in the world could I lose you in Nebraska? Such a flat road, a light load My precious cargo My precious cargo Robbie Kaye   April is poetry month. […]