People Pleasers

I was watching a youtube video of Oprah Winfrey’s 50 rules for success and heard her say this phrase and instantly knew that it had to be the title for this post. In the stillness that this pandemic is gifting us with, (and I do believe there are silver linings in the midst of this […]

This is a dream, right?

Laugh as much as possible, always laugh.It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one’s fellow human beings. –Maya Angelou This is a Dream, Right? Wake me up! Wake me up! But wait…. Aren’t we all waking up?   In the midst of this pandemic, there appears to be a lot of waking up. People not taking people and […]

The Art and Stress-Free Holidays

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. Joseph Campbell Hiii!I hope you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday and if you’re still looking for unique special gifts, you guessed it, I have just the thing! Some people want to give art […]

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   […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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. […]

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 […]

Topanga

Raw from the Road, April 7, 2017 Topanga   Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. Marilyn Monroe     No. 5   This self-portrait was taken at Topanga State Beach, CA and it’s from the “Topanga” series in the typology, ‘Deconstruction’. This photo was taken early […]

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 […]

Ojai

Raw From The Road, April 4, 2017 Ojai Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir   No. 2 A beautiful summer day in Ojai, CA and the sun has just risen. Still early […]

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 […]

Good Grief!

Raw From The Road, March 21, 2017 Good Grief! YOU STUPID DARKNESS! Lucy, from Charlie Brown Good Grief! Maybe Charlie Brown was on to something? Good grief can lead to change. Good grief can lead to self-honesty, contemplation and even revelation. And…good grief can lead to good art. When I’m in the grieving process, sometimes […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Real?

Raw From The Road, August 16, 2016   Getting Real? Nothing is less real than realism, Details are confusing. It is only byselection, by elimination, by emphasis that we get at the real meaning  of things. Georgia O’Keefe, 1922     While studying photography at USC, I was Inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe and […]

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