My sweet beloved companion, Luna

Luna In 2021, my sweet beloved companion, Luna, a beautiful blue merle Australian Shepherd was diagnosed with cancer. Like all the art in my life, Luna was my therapy as well. It was at this time I started painting trees and paths. We had hiked many trails together and I knew those days of walking […]

Roots

I’m almost 60 years old and I still get to share my parents.

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   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Underdog

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I Give Up

Raw from the Road, May 10, 2016   I Give Up …Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting. Joyce Meyer     I give up I quit I give up. Never again.hate this. I’m done. It sucks. You suck. I suck. The whole world […]

Try It On For Size

Raw From The Road – April 12, 2016   Try It On For Size The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey   So many times I have tried to make a collaboration, a partnership work. From musical bands to projects, to start-up businesses, I wanted to have […]

Collaboration

Raw From The Road – April 5, 2016 Collaboration …the action of working with someone to produce or create something.       So many times I have tried to make a collaboration, a partnership work. From musical bands to projects, to start-up businesses, I wanted to have a partner; a collaborator and they just never […]

On Mattering…

On Mattering   I had a huge revelation tonight. After attending a fantastic conference with Brendon Burchard (High Performance Academy) and learning about important questions to ask myself like “do I matter?”, I wondered if I really did matter?   This thought provoking notion really got to me. For the longest time I have felt purposeful […]

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 […]

Focusing, the art of humor and Amy Schumer.

Last week was a very productive week for me.  I am starting a new business and monitoring some other projects, but mostly focusing on this one new biz.  I have been studying the work of Brendon Burchard and it has changed my life exponentially. I watch his videos, take his online courses and in February I […]

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 […]

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 […]