The Art of Empathy

You need to know pain in order to be there for someone else.Pema Chodron Oh no are we going to talk about pain?! No. Not really. Only in terms of art. We learn to express ourselves in many ways and art is one of them. Through many emotions we create… and pain just happens to be one of those. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

I Sea

Raw From The Road, April 5, 2017   I Sea   I come to the sea to breathe. *Mary Anne Radmacher No. 3 I made this self-portrait in Cannon Beach, Oregon. “Cannon Beach” is a series in the typology, Deconstruction. In winter, while on a 3 week vision quest in Oregon, I drove to Haystack […]

Be Quiet

Raw From The Road, March 10, 2017 Be Quiet My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. Edith Sitwell A friend of mine recently stopped by after her hike to the lake in our valley that is now filling up with water after many years of drought. It is not quite where it […]

Lean on me.

Raw From The Road, January 2, 2017 Lean on me. There is a life in you, search that life, search the secret jewel in the mountain of your body. Rumi   As an athlete, now retired, I’ve had several coaches and what I found is that the good ones made me want to work harder, push […]

Infinity

Raw from the Road, December 27, 2016 Infinity If the infinity of the sea may call out thus, perhaps when a man is growing old, calls come to him, too, from another infinity still darker and more deeply mysterious; and the more he is wearied by life the dearer are those calls to him.  Henryk […]

Why I Go ‘Live’

Raw From The Road, December 2, 2016 Why I Go ‘Live’ Once we give up searching for approval we often find it easier to earn respect. Gloria Steinem     Photo: My good friend David, pushed his limits and climbed to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The Earth Tread, from Treads on Threads, made it with him…now that’s […]

Listen To Me

Raw From The Road, June 28, 2016   Listen to Me You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.  Diana Ross Have you ever tried to be so open to people’s suggestions that you lose sight of your own preferences?  Oh, that’s a good idea… […]

Waste Removal

Raw from the Road, June 21, 2016   Waste Removal Scholar Tokusan, who was full full of knowledge and opinions about the dharma, came to Ryutan and asked about Zen. At one point Ryutan re-filled his guest’s teacup, but did not stop pouring when the cup was full. Tea spilled out and ran over the […]

Oh Grow Up!

Raw from the Road, June 14, 2016   Oh Grow Up! If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger – we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to re-commit, to be whole-hearted once again. Sharon Salzberg Cathy Rigby, competitor in gymnastics in the 1968 summer olympics. She is one of my childhood idols, […]

Trust in my HeART

Raw from the Road, June 7, 2016 Trust in my HeART AFOOT and light-hearted I take to the open road! Healthy, free, the world before me! The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose! Walt Whitman (Poem of the Road)   Trev Pelzer, trusted friend, avid motorcyclist. I’ve been writing about things that give […]

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