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   […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Treading On…

October will be an amazing month for Treads and Treads on Threads.  My first showing of the paintings will be on October 13th at the beautiful Honey Paper, Gallery and Studio, in Los Olivos, CA.  On October 15th, I will have a booth set up to create one of kind treads at Los Olivos, Day […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taking Chances

  Raw From The Road – March 29, 2016 Taking Chances And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud  was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin   This quote by Anais Nin is definitely one of my favorites and I don’t think I’m alone in […]

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 […]

Writing a column for Ladies of the Valley!

Beyond delighted to write the Ladies of the Valley Column for the brand new Santa Ynez Valley Star Newspaper, which will be coming out in February! The women I will write about, as in the ladies who have been interviewed for the documentary, are representative of all women and people who have a dream, and […]

Ladies of the Valley – First Trailer – Dream!

It is one of my dreams to share the inspiration of others through my work, my photography and this is just the beginning.  The first trailer to the Ladies of the Valley documentary is here!     By first, I mean that I intend to create more than 1 trailer as there are 22 women interviewed to […]