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 […]

Things ARE Looking Up

Raw From The Road, November 16, 2017 Things ARE Looking Up Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. Stephen Hawking     On a recent trip to Europe I visited several places in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

St. Monica

Raw From The Road, April 6, 2017 St. Monica It is worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires. Clarissa Pinkola Estes No. 4 I made this self-portrait in Santa Monica, CA. The statue of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Following Foot Steps

Raw From The Road, July 12, 2016 Following Footsteps     I recently did a search for famous women photographers and found a list of ten famous women. Did you know that out of the ten, five were born in the 1800’s and four were born in the 20th century? One was born in 1799? […]

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 […]

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 […]

I Quit My Day Job

Raw From The Road, May 17, 2016   I Quit My Day Job After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. Sophia Loren   …selling […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]