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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…

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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…

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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…

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Infatuation

Raw From The Road, March 28, 2017   Infatuation The Breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.  Rumi I’d love to hear why others are infatuated with the sunrise. It’s universal… we ooh and ahh when we see one. We can’t wait to photograph one. Is it the colors?…

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Standing Still

Raw from the Road, February 3, 2017 Standing Still If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces. Shane Koyczan Standing Still is one of the first few pieces I painted with ‘well-traveled’ motorcycle tires (used tires). I was born and raised in New York and though I love the paradise and countryside in which…

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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…

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Endings and Beginnings

    Endings and Beginnings There will come a time when you believe everything is finished, that will be the beginning. No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again. – Buddha Here we are at the end of one year and the beginning of another. These days, resolutions seem to be weekly,…

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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…

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Getting It On!

Raw From The Road, November 16, 2016 Getting It On! At Treads On Threads, we believe in treating each other, our environment and ourselves with the utmost respect and gentility. So get your tread on, explore and tread lightly!   For almost a year, I have been visiting the Harley Davidson store picking up their old…

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Mundane Metaphor

Raw From The Road, August 24, 2016 Mundane Metaphor When we begin to live our lives in that way, cleaning up after ourselves, what is left is further vision and further openness, which leads to cleaning up the rest of the world. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Photo: Courtesy of Tiny Buddha and Lori Deschene   I’ll confess, I…

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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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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…

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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…

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