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:: Friend Requests ::

I have a favor to ask...

If you send me a friend
request, I am flattered
Thank you...

But, I hope you do so
because you genuinely
think we have some-
thing in common, or we
have an on-going dia-
logue, or you know me
outside of tribe.

I really would like to
connect here on a
deeper level...
so, I'm not looking
to collect "the most
number of friends"

tribe isn't a contest...
go to myspace for that...

Thanks for understanding
With Love & deep respect

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J. Krishnamurti
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J. Krishnamurti

"How do you listen? Do you listen with your projections, through your projection, through your ambitions, desires, fears, anxieties, through hearing only what you want to hear, only what will be satisfactory, what will gratify, what will give comfort, what will for the moment alleviate your suffering? If you listen through the screen of your desires, then you obviously listen to your own voice; you are listening to your own desires. And is there any other form of listening? Is it not important to find out how to listen not only to what is being said but to everything - to the noise in the streets, to the chatter of birds, to the noise of the tramcar, to the restless sea, to the voice of your husband, to your wife, to your friends, to the cry of a baby? Listening has importance only when one is not projecting one's own desires through which one listens. Can one put aside all these screens through which we listen, and really listen?"

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I'm grateful for nice things said...

July 8, 2007
Thoughtful, genuine and sincere. Tom is a good friend to have.
March 16, 2007
Ive missed you dearly
your insight
your encouragement
your analogy
your never ending loving attitude
I bow before to honor

with respect
October 7, 2006
tomatoes are red, except when they are green or orange or yellow. mostly they are red.
tomato is good in salad.
tomato is good sliced thin and on top of pizza with feta cheese, greek olives, basil leaves & crushed garlic.
no sandwich is complete without tomato.
tomato removes the stink of a skunk, if you happen to get some on you.
tomato is high in vitamin C and other nutrients.
tomato is the main ingredient of a bloody mary, which is the best drink to have on an airplane, flying off to some amazing tropical adventure.
tomato can be cherry.
tomato can wake your mouth up and refresh your mind.
tomato can be sweet.
best of all, tomato can be harbinger.

HUZZAH! to the harbinger, Tomato!
October 6, 2006
Its a joy to be your friend Tomato. I love your positive outlook even when things aren't the best, and your posts in *Being Grateful* lift my spirits. May your life be filled with good friends and fun for all your days to come.
September 2, 2006
Such a nice guy... and so much more than just a fruit !

( Glad I didn't say vegetable? heheh)

Over time I look forward to getting to know Tomato better.
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If it is important enough to say..

I need Cymbals... for art project ( for sale » musical instruments ) I am hoping someone has old, janky even damaged cymbals...
doing an ar... read more
listing posted Fri, January 30, 2009 - 9:18 PM
Workshop: Public Art 101 - Breaking In To Public Art ( events » other )

Public Art 101
- Breaking into Public Art -

A hands-on workshop to help you break into the field - develop a
comprehensive action plan; learn about the various calls for artists
available to you; organize all your a... read more
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Public Art 101 - Breaking into Public Art ( events » arts ) Hey I running a class sharing my experience with Breaking into the Public Art Field.
I currently teach Welding/Metal sculpture at Otis College of Art/Design.

Public Art 101
Breaking into Public Art

Topics & Discuss... read more
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Have a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year ( events » other ) Here is wishing you a 2008 filled with your deepest joys, your easiest lessons, your greatest Loves and your purest desires fulfilled!
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Boycott Circuit City.
( miscellaneous » electronics ) "BOYCOTT Circuit City!" Circuit City Chief Executive Officer Philip Schoonover was paid $8.52 million in 2006.
He is Firing 3400 employees and rehiring new ones in the same position at a lower rate.
The difference is 2 to 3 dollars an hour.
These people have lives and... read more
recommendation posted on Tue, April 3, 2007 - 6:48 PM
Continuing Education Classes at OTIS College
( miscellaneous » other ) "Amazing Classes - Artist Talks - Wide Diversity of Offerings!" Welding - Life Drawing - Graphic Design/Illustration - Professional Development - Textile, Glass, Sculpture, Printmaking, Jewelry Design, Photography, Fashion, Interior Design, Drawing, Painting, Book Arts... Class Offerings For Young Artists too!... read more
recommendation posted on Sun, December 31, 2006 - 9:02 AM
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Poem by Rumi
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We are meant to shine.


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves; Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine.

We were born to manifest the glory that is within us.
It's not just some of us; it's in everyone.

As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.


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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

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The Last Lecture

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Face Fears - Live the REAL MAGIC

The Most Dangerous Life I Can Liveā€¦ Is A Safe One. To Develop Courage Is My Most Crucial Assignment - And So, I Lovingly, Gratefully, Humbly, Finally Summon Confident Fearlessness.
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the sauce...

about me
I am an artist.
Metal sculpture mostly - but, can do (and enjoy) a number artistic processes.
just love to create.

I teach metal sculpture and welding at a local art/design college.

I consider myself fortunate, because I walk or bike to work.
In Los Angeles.

Yes... I walk or bike to work *in Los Angeles*.

And he said unto them,
within each of us lies the
power of consent to health
and to sickness, to riches
and to poverty, to freedom
and to slavery. It is we
who control these, and
not another."

A mill-man spoke and said,
"Easy words for you, Master,
for you are guided as we
are not, and need not toil
as we toil. A man has to
work for his living in
this world."

The Master answered and said,
"Once there lived a village
of creatures along the bottom
of a great crystal river.

The current of the river
swept silently over them
all - young and old, rich
and poor, good and evil,
the current going it's own
way, knowing only it's own
crystal self.

Each creature in it's own
manner clung tightly to the
twigs and rocks of the river
bottom, for clinging was their
way of life, and resisting
the current what each had
learned from birth.

But one of the creatures said at
last, *I am tired of clinging.
Though I cannot see it
with my eyes, I turst that
the current knows where it is
going. I shall let go, and
let it take me where it
will. Clinging, I shall die
of boredom.

The other creatures laughed and
said, *Fool! Let go, and that
current you worship will throw
you tumbled and smashed
across the rocks, and you
will die quicker that boredom!*

But the one heeded them
not, and taking a breath
did let go, and at once
was tumbled and smashed by
the current across the rocks.

Yet, in time, as the creature
refused to cling again, the
current lifted him free from
the bottom, and he was bruised
and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to
whom he was a stranger,
cried, *See a miracle! A creature
like ourselves, yet he flies!
See the Messiah, come to save
us all!*

And the one carried in
the current said, *I am
no more Messiah than you.
The river deights to lift
us free, if only we dare
let go. Our true work is
this voyage, this adventure.*

But they cried the more,
*Savior!* all the while clining
to the rocks, and when they
looked again he was gone, and
they were left alone making
legends of a Saviour
Illusions-Richard Bach
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wow, I just noticed I haven't been to tribe in two months...
Thu, April 8, 2010 - 8:49 AM permalink - 4 comments
take and take and take.

"what do I get out of this?"
their first and foremost question...

the concern for you is down the list...

they know they can't suck you completely dry...
a lifeless corpse offers no companionship, no more for them to take...

friendship a oneway street, "all roads lead to ME!"

Thu, September 10, 2009 - 8:30 AM permalink - 5 comments

"The Laws of Attraction are a beautiful, wondrous force of the universe but, when we use them primarily as a tool of acquisition, we are both missing the point and creating a mis-balance. It may not be a question of deserving - we all "deserve" our elbows and our noses. We all deserve to be happy but, if we make that happiness contingent on outside forces, elements, things and people, then we will never be happy because those are all fleeting and the acquisition - the "collecting" of t... read more
Sun, September 6, 2009 - 7:18 AM permalink - 2 comments

I don't post links very often...

BUT, I really really loved this short video I urge you to invest the 20 minutes!

the author of Eat, Pray, Love (sic) discusses the concept of genius...
inspiring to all of us.
Sat, April 25, 2009 - 9:54 AM permalink - 1 comment
In all honesty a president is more a figure head - a symbol who sets the tone.
The tone has been for the last 8 years one of greed and selfishness and hate and anger and... and... and...

I don't do politics much - because I truly and deeply hold that the answer to the worlds ills and the cure for planetary dis-ease are fundamentally NOT political - but social.
How we on a deep level interact with each other will do more for resolving wars that ANY politician.
How we as individuals learn... read more
Wed, February 6, 2008 - 11:34 AM permalink - 0 comments
I have a fishtank.

at one time I had a gaggle of goldfish, and as one or two would die I would buy more - replenish.

then a disease hit... wiped out a bunch at once and just as soon as I would get a new fish he would die.
so now I have two left, and even though I have tried a number of over the counter fish disease fixes - I am afraid to buy more lest they die. (not a financial concern more of an ethical compassion concern)

I have two now... and I noticed one of them is listless...
... read more
Sat, December 1, 2007 - 11:47 AM permalink - 8 comments
I talked today to a man who had been in the war, he said.

not which, he said.

It has to start, he said, with something.

It has to end, I thought, with something.
Fri, July 27, 2007 - 6:33 AM permalink - 1 comment

a friend of mine and I were camping... this great campsite near Ventura CA.
it was sunset and we were watching the last bright morsels of orange and the large fluffy wisps of darkening orange-red disappear beyond the horizon,.

my friend is going through a hard breakup - feeling betrayed and hurt and distrustful and not very confident in herself or "guys" in general. she was just saying that at her base she was doubting the reliability-honesty and genuiness of men. She is normall... read more
Tue, June 5, 2007 - 9:19 AM permalink - 1 comment
Isn't this proof enough?

Impeach the Imperialist Kitten-Eater!

Mon, October 30, 2006 - 7:05 AM permalink - 4 comments


The first five people to respond to this post (and follow instructions) will get some form of art, by me, about them. I make no guarantees about quality or type, but I will assure that I will give it good effort, and that the art will be individual to you, so if you get a mixed CD or some sort of sculpture or poem, yours will be the only one like it.

The only catch of course (in the spirit of gifting it forward) is this: if you sign up to get ... read more
Wed, October 18, 2006 - 5:41 PM permalink - 6 comments
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Those unable to grieve,
or to speak of their love,
or to be grateful, those
who can't remember God
as the source of everything,

might be described as a vacant wind,
or a cold anvil, or a group
of frightened old people.

Say the Name. Moisten your tongue
with praise, and be the spring ground,
waking. Let your mouth be given
its gold-yellow stamen like the wild rose's.

As you fill with wisdom,
and your heart with love,
there's no more thirst.

There's only unselfed patience
waiting on the doorsill, a silence
which doesn't listen to advice
from people passing in the street.

Sanai - "Persian Poems"


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