cAmp OAkEs 2o16

cAmp OAkEs 2o16: rOAd TrIp UsA Since 2004,  I have volunteered at Camp Oakes as a counselor with the exception of the year I got married (only went for 1/2 a year) and last year because my husband and I were homeless due to an asbestos filled roof collapse. We weren’t on the streets, we crashed with family and friends. Family…

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Project Pot Pies 2015!!! Success!!!

December 2015  – Goal 300 Pies…. made – 400+ pies (for a combo of Venice Beach and Skid Row)!  No one saw that coming, but it’s what we did. For approximately the past 15 years I have been making pot pies for the homeless.  At some point me became we and one year my friend Maria pitched in and we…

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Bandit Town

This time last week, Tim and made our first visit to Bandit Town! I had no idea what to expect and that made it all that much more fun. Stetson really knows how to throw a party and where to do it! I don’t know who made that stupendous sign above, but I probably met him/her at some point over the weekend….

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Tita’s Sail to Catalina

Life is ever-shifting and I couldn’t be more grateful than to have met these fascinating souls along my path. 4 of the 7 or so of us, “Tita’s”, sailed to Catalina together over Memorial Day weekend aboard Margie’s graceful, “Haunani”. As mentioned in the first blog I did about my initial sailing adventures with these ladies a Tita is: “A word of…

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Happy 50th Jim Wright

Cheers to 50 years…         … and to rockin’ into next 50+!         This guy really loves his friends!               We all really love him too!           He has impeccable taste in music. Minibar, Pete Yorn, Simon Petty along with Petty Thieves member Alex…

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The 4 Stages

The diagram above illustrates the four phases that disability rights advocates have fought against and are striving towards from Exclusion, Separation, and Integration, to total Inclusion. People with disabilities are completely removed from the rest of the circle of society. Exclusion (common past view): Let’s take all people born with a disability and place “them” directly into an institution or leave “them” for…

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Sunset Sails with the Tuesday Tita’s!

These girls rock. We have deemed ourselves the Sunset Tuesday Tita’s! The Urban Dictionary describes Tita: “A word of Hawaiian origin, which can be used to describe a woman of any race who is strong, independent, able to think for herself, and FIERCE in a number of different ways. A Tita is a woman who can hold her own and doesn’t…

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Antique Boat Show 2014 – Joe Wheeler State Park, AL

So this is “Miss America IX“,  the first boat ever to break 100MPH,  back in 1930. It was originally designed and driven by Gar Wood. Gar Wood was an entrepreneur and inventor of both motor boats and the hydraulic hoist for dump trucks. Her owner (since the 1970’s), Charles Mistele and his beautiful Diane (both pictured above) whom he lovingly calls his, “trophy…

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Lanterns for Martin

These lanterns were all lit at the Relay for Life in Venice in honor of Martin Cowley who just lost his battle with cancer. I had a dream the night before the celebration memorial that for some reason Martin and I were on a road trip together. The top of the car suddenly became transparent. Then a crazy light show started…

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Sphenoid Sinusitis

2013 definitely had it’s rough patches as did it for many of the people I love.  I was so ready to take on 2014, the new day, the new week, and the new year which actually began with a new moon. My delightful little nephew, Winston was in town for the New Years ring in and all started off well….

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Winter in Paris

It is 81 degrees at the end of December here in California. It never feels like winter here. I repeatedly mention that I would much rather go to the snow and other wacky weather than have it come to me. When our little nephew Winston Kinson was only a few months old we had a gorgeous couple of weeks of…

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Project Pot Pie 2013

RockStars and Babies are cooking them up again! Project Pot Pie 2013 will take place next week on Dec 14, 2013. This year there is a team and we will be making 200+ Pot Pies in 4 ovens. I started doing this about 12 years ago when I lived in a tiny studio apartment on the boardwalk in Venice Beach….

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Movie Stills from “The Umpire”

I really enjoy being on movie sets. This one was very compelling. These are movie stills from The Umpire. It was a student film, “a short” that was written by Libby Wells and Dash Hawkins. These guys went all out. Look at that camera in the photo above. They knew what they were doing and everyone there seemed to be…

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Meat Eaters Challenge

Though I have been a flip-flopper on vegetarianism in the past, this time I will live as one forever (or go vegan). Previously, I only engaged in it for health reasons, now I do it not exclusively for health but also because I am educated on the factory farming industry. My “Meat Eaters Challenge” for family and friends is to…

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Halloween 13!

That Fire picture above reminds me of the Eiffel Tower. I do tend to look a little too deeply into my photos 🙂 Halloween 13! The MAD (Marcus Alan Daschner) Hatter and Alice (Jessi Morrow Daschner)  in Wonderland Party! I haven’t gotten a charge out of Halloween like this since I was about 13. My little brother and his wife…

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Joshua Tree and Lookout Point

Lookout Point in Joshua Tree is one of my best-loved places to see the sunset. My good friend Damon presented me to this majestic spot and gave me my introduction to Joshua Tree in general. I met Damon a few weeks after coming to California and we promptly grew into brother and sister type mates. The idea came about while…

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Super Moon

The Super Moon!  This Super Moon was well…. Super! My husband and I went up to our rooftop and I took my Canon 70-200 L series lens and set it up on a tripod. The moon looked so super close and detailed. The super moon happens about once a year and when they happen in the winter they look the…

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Rainbow Over Big Sur

This trip was amazing all the way around. I was with the love of my life and we walked through a fairy tale. There really are no words to describe what we saw and these pictures don’t even begin to do the scene justice. I have been fascinated with rainbows since I was a little girl and saw my first…

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The Dancing Tree

This photo was taken in Bryce Canyon National Park. I call it the dancing tree. I love how the tree lives so freely with it’s roots exposed and I wonder how deep they go. I am constantly amazed by trees and will one day post a collection of them… but as of yet, I haven’t posted more than one photo…

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Song Writer’s Train California Train Journey

This was an oncoming train taken from the train I was on. It was an incredible journey … a songwriters train. Aboard it were the famous songwriters Jimmy Webb, Jesse Winchester, and Tom Russell. Music was made the whole way there and back. We started in LA and went up San Fran where the boys all played a concert.  I’ll…

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