2022

Joshua Tree National Park, ASTRO-PHOTOGRAPHY - Milky Way

Star TrailA   JT2A  JT3A   Joshua Tree MW2


 

MORRO BAY & MONTAÑA DE ORO STATE PARK - central coastal CA. The Park consists of 8000 acres of cliffs, beaches, dunes, coastal plains and Valencia Peak with seven miles of shoreline.  MAGICAL!

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MY COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOT AT WATTLES ESTATE:  

My neighbor, Michael and I received our GARDEN PLOT at Wattles Estate in Hollywood. Built in 1907 as a winter home by wealthy Omaha, Nebraska banker, Gurdon Wattles--it's now recognized as "the only remaining intact example of the once plentiful Hollywood Estates from the period preceding the film industry." Wattles Park covers a 4.2 acre area, and houses 172 Garden Plots. We recently planted cabbage, beets, carrots, peas, corn, sunflowers...marigolds and milkweed for the Monarch Butterfiles! And here we are harvesting our first potato, beets & strawberries!  Oh Joy!

Wattles   G2a  Plot nova  Garden April2    Garden aprilGardenTool time beets2   Garden April 3  Garden Strawberries2  

 

EXPLORING THE FLOWER ORNAMENT SUTRA   A 40-part On-line Course with Robert Thurman

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 2021

September: Hiking the hills and energy vortexes of SEDONA, ARIZONA.

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Patti1  Finally an outdoor Rock n' Roll concert... with Patti Smith and her band in LA!

 

APRIL:  Celebrating COVID vaccination with a 1000-mile Road Trip across Northern California, including a Retreat at LAND OF MEDICINE BUDDHA MONASTERY in Soquel, CA. www.landofmedicinebuddha.org  and then on to Pismo Beach, Monterrey, Sonoma, Sebastopol, San Francisco and Palo Alto...

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2020

Universe   COSMIC RAYS, DARK MATTER and the MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE. Course series, online. 


 

2019

Nechung Member of NECHUNG DHARMAPALA TIBETAN BUDDHIST CENTER in Los Angeles. www.nechungla.org

AND ICT (International Campaign for Tibet), Washington DC.  www.savetibet.org

TVPI Sponsor a Tibetan Student to attend college in Tibet to become a teacher and trilingual translator of Tibetan literature.

www.tibetanvillageproject.org

 

Pema  THIS SACRED JOURNEY: On Death & Dying with Pema Chödrön, Course Series, online.

  MINDFUL END OF LIFE:  Online series course through Zenhospice.org. Buddha


                            

 2018

Script   Buddhism Through its Scriptures, Course Series, Harvard University, online.         

 

course     ORIENTAL BELIEFS: Between Reason and Traditions, Course Series, University of Leuven, Belgium, online.     


 

MONTANA Visit for the SUMMER SOLSTICE & Hiking in the CRAZY MOUNTAIN RANGE

 

Monpan           storm      

 

flowide       wildflowers    GAUCHO    FLOW

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 January:  PALM SPRINGS, CA -- A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON THE WORLD     legs

 


 

2017

 

th.jpgAn online 10-part course with Dr Robert Thurman of Columbia University/Wisdom Academy on the:

HISTORY OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM: Sutra and Tantra: The Profound and the Miraculous

 

 

July:              Waterskiing on LAKE ARROWHEAD, CA

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March:                       Working with HABITAT FOR HUMANITY in Los Angeles, CA

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 2016

 

October:                   Climbing up Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Pandome

Before dawn, I departed from my unheated tent cabin in 25 degrees to begin the 14-hour day of a 18-mile r/t trek up 5000 feet, including 1000 carved-stone steps, to the last point...

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where I then climbed up a further 400 feet on a 56-degree pitch along the granite rock face by pulling oneself up via the cable line to the top at 9000 feet.                                                                                           Half dome

                       cables3  The Cables at Half Dome  Metop

WITH A BREATHTAKING VIEW AT THE TOP!           

Cliff

AND I KIND OF MADE IT WITH ALL MY BODY PARTS INTACT!

Panme

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August:      PERSEID METEOR SHOWER 42 Meteorites counted!

and HIKING to the top of MT PIÑOS at 9,000 feet along the California scarp of the San Andreas Fault!  

perseidcatepillarAtop Mt Pinos

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