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 […]

The Boardwalk

Raw from the Road, April 8, 2017 The Boardwalk   Part of the elasticity that you need, in order to continue to try to create, is the foregone conclusion that not all of it is going to be fabulously successful. But it’s all going to be part of a long lifetime body of experimentation. Elizabeth […]

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 […]

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 […]

The One Thing

Raw From The Road, August 4, 2016   The One Thing The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest. Bob Hawke Photo: Temae Beach, Moorea, French Polynesia, 2016 Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I jump right into work mode. I get a cup of coffee and sit down at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s the Attraction to Trees?

What’s the attraction to trees?   They lose their leaves, They grow buds, they lose a limb, they withstand storms, they are strong and proud and there is a constancy about them. They are everywhere, watching, enduring, reaching out to the sun, being cleansed by the rain…ever growing.         Be Brave, Be […]

I ran out of the hot tub!

I am nursing a sore shoulder so I went into the hot tub this morning to loosen it up a bit and when I looked south in the sky I could see the pink peeking through the trees.  I just knew it was going to be “a good one” as if no other sunrises have […]

The Granny Club

My good friend Karen recently bought my Beauty and Wisdom book for her granddaughter for Christmas and I was so touched I wanted to share her story.  Here is the email she sent me. Karen and Mini I want to give one to my granddaughter.  We have a thing about what we call “The Granny […]

I Know A Woman Like That

Tonight at Jeanie Madsen Gallery Elaine and Virginia Madsen will be presenting their documentary, “I Know A Woman Like That.”  This film documents and celebrates the lively and beautiful lives of older women.   Here is a link to the Film Trailer.

Day 47 – About Town

It’s so easy to take the palm trees for granted. I remember as a kid… Living in New York, I was so infatuated with them…. Every now and then, I look up and think, “wow, I live in California.”

I used to love getting my photograph taken.

“I used to love getting my photograph taken” is what Barbara lamented when I asked her to take her photograph. She was reluctant, but in the end, she gave me permission and I’m so happy she did.  She was an opera singer in her day… and you can tell because she is so graceful and […]