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 […]


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   […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Whiter Shade Of Pale

Raw From The Road, April 3, 2017 Whiter Shade of Pale A human being is a being who is constantly ‘under construction,’ but also, in a parallel fashion, always in a state of constant destruction. Jose Saramago   Happy Monday!   Just a heads up that I will be sharing some of my photographic work […]

Four Dark Months in Brooklyn

Raw From The Road, March 2, 2017 Four Dark Months in Brooklyn   Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected. Robert Frank In 2002, I gave up my very stable job at USC, sold my car and loaded […]


Raw From The Road, September 14, 2016 Underdog What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.  Joseph Campbell       Here I come to […]

Art Psych 101

Raw From The Road, August 9, 2016 Art Psych 101 I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.  Marissa […]

Don’t Shoot!

Raw From The Road, July 26, 2016 Don’t Shoot! The camera is the least important element in photography. Julius Shulman   Photo: Luna and Grass Mountain, Taken with an Iphone Ten years ago, while I working at the Getty Villa Museum, I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with photographer extraordinaire Julius Shulman. He came […]

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 […]

Naked and Deep

Raw From The Road, May 31, 2016 Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further. Rainer Rilke   Disclaimer: While I realize my family members may read this, I still want to […]

Freedom, It’s the Only Word.

Raw from the Road, May 24, 2016 Freedom… It’s the Only word. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence:
 Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost When I was 12 years old […]

Beauty, Being and Wisdom

Raw from the Road, May 4, 2016 Beauty, Being and Wisdom Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan   Mothers, Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunts, Mentors, Friends… women who give of themselves and make great differences to our lives…  We celebrate them all the time, and “Mother’s Day” reminds […]

Phony Friends, Phony People

Do you have phony friends?  I mean, do you have friends that when you spend time with them, they are spending time on their phones?  Obviously, as always, this excludes extenuating circumstances.  Do you remember the times you would get together with your bud and you would actually be looking at each other while you […]

Beauty and Wisdom Interview with Robbie

A couple of years ago I had the honor of being interviewed by Jean Noel Bassior on her TV web show, Talk Live in L.A.  I worked with Jean Noel in 2010, when I first started writing the Beauty and Wisdom book. She was my book mentor.  I didn’t know a thing about writing a […]

Love You vs I Love You

I don’t know if it’s because we are approaching the month of love, but I’ve been wondering about the nuances of how we tell each other we love each other.  Did we take the “I” out of “I love you” when texting came into view or was it the fast paced world that got faster […]

Let’s Create A Breakthrough Year!

  Hey everybody! I hope your new year is off to a fantastic start! For me, this year is going to be full of vulnerability! I am learning that with change comes a lot of unknown and with that, for me anyway, comes a good amount of fear.  Please indulge me while I tell you a […]

Anything But a Fool, Meet Margy Dunkley Houtz

    Margy’s blog A FOOL FOR FABRIC is a must read and follow! To say it was a privilege photographing Margy Houtz is an understatement.  To be in her presence alone, was a privilege, truly. She not only sews her own clothing, writes a fantastic blog on fashion and style, takes her own photographs, […]

Beauty and Wisdom at The Griffin Museum of Photography

I am honored to have had my Beauty and Wisdom work exhibited at The Griffin Museum of Photography  in Boston, MA   A series of Kaye’s photographs, Beauty and Wisdom, is featured in the Griffin Museum at the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA, March 20 – May 11, 2014. It runs parallel to the theater’s productions “Somethings […]

Beauty and Wisdom in Santa Barbara News-Press

Beauty and Wisdom : Santa Ynez photographer explores weekly ritual of aging generation of women By BRETT LEIGH DICKS NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT   In Robbie Kaye’s new photography book, “Beauty and Wisdom,” there is an image she took of an empty chair at a Santa Monica beauty salon. Embedded within the arm of the chair is […]

The Beauty and Wisdom Book has been released today!

After 4 years in the making, Beauty and Wisdom, the book has been released today on and Goodreads.  If it’s something you would like to own or give as a gift, I would be happy to share this book and project with you.  If you do purchase a book and would like it signed, […]

The Beauty and Wisdom Book is Here!!!

Pre-order your copy here! Just click on “The Book” below. It will give me great pleasure to send your signed book on the November 20th release date. Below is the Robbie Kaye Autumn Newsletter.  Please let me know if you would like to receive these… I send newsletters out about 2-3 times a year. It’s […]

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