The Consummate

It’s Time to WOMAN UP

Posted in california, family, Feminism, health, life, love, spirituality, subculture, WTF, yoga by the consummate on March 18, 2013

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Dear Mother –

It’s time for you to woman up.

xo,
Your Daughter

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Hospice Meeting

Posted in california, family, life, love, relationships, spirituality by the consummate on January 15, 2013

Today was the first meeting with hospice.

My father is dying.

There is no turning back.

I Love My Daddy

Posted in california, family, Feminism, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, neighborhood, relationships, spirituality, subculture, yoga by the consummate on November 27, 2012

Grateful to be in California, so happy I can spend this time with my pops. No matter what and where I am or with whom, I am and will always be daddy’s little girl.

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The Hug Inspired By a Hug Awaiting a Hug

This hug was inspired by a hug we witnessed while awaiting our hug from Amma.

Baby, Baby, Baby, Won’t You Be My Girl?

Posted in animals, art, artists, beauty, design, family, fashion, Feminism, friendship, health, humor, judaism, life, love, music, oldies, spirituality, subculture by the consummate on May 29, 2012

You Cannot Borrow Happiness From Outside

Posted in art, artists, beauty, family, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, relationships, spirituality, subculture, swami satchidananda, WTF, yoga by the consummate on March 29, 2012

The mind is restless; it is always looking for a change. That is the nature of the mind. It can never be satisfied. It might rebel and want you to go live in a teepee in the mountains. After a while it won’t be happy with your teepee on the mountaintop; it will think that only putting a teepee in the valley will make you happy. Once you are in the valley, it will want a teepee on Mars. There is no limit for the mind’s restlessness.

You have to educate the mind. Ask it:

“Why do you want to go to the mountain?”
“To find peace there.”
“Why do you want to come down?”
“I am tired of that and want to be with people.”

What does it all mean? That you are trying to borrow happiness from outside. Once you realize that peace and joy are always within you, you will be happy no matter where you are. Whether you are in the valley or in the mountains, it is the same thing.

Whether you are on the earth or on Mars, it is the same thing. Wherever you are, you should have a purpose. Go to the mountain for a purpose; come down for a purpose. And don’t let that purpose be a selfish one. The purpose should be for the benefit of others, for service to humanity.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi

– Swami Satchidananda

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The War We Really Wage (From Harish)

Posted in art, artists, family, Feminism, friendship, health, life, love, spirituality, subculture, WTF, yoga by the consummate on March 21, 2012

“Practitioners who train in courage become true warriors. The war we wage is not with enemies outside ourselves but with the powerful forces of our own habitual tendencies and negative emotions. The greatest of these is fear. In order to become fearless, we need to experience fear. Facing fear changes our perspective and gives rise to the courage to face our neuroses as well as our enlightened qualities.”

 – Dzigar Kongtrul

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The Heart Will Win

“The heart should play an important role, not only in married life, but in all of our relationships: with friends, relatives, business associates, and even strangers. Even if the other person uses the head, you should use more heart. Remember, ultimately the heart will win; it might take time but it will win. If you really want to use your heart, you will be guided in that direction. God’s guidance will be there. Pray more and trust in that higher force.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi”

– Swami Satchidananda

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Wave of Love

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, family, friendship, health, life, love, relationships, spirituality, subculture, yoga by the consummate on February 14, 2012

 

Feeling a sudden wave of love…

Catching Z’s

Posted in animals, art, experimental video, family, friendship, health, humor, life, love, subculture, WTF by the consummate on January 30, 2012
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Old Man

Posted in animals, art, artists, beauty, family, friendship, humor, life, love, new york, oldies, relationships, spirituality, WTF by the consummate on January 13, 2012

Old Man – Neil Young

Been thinking about OPITAKI lately. RIP papa kitty.

I Bounce Right Back

If you lift me up and put me down I bounce right back – Shinehead

 

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Fever!

Posted in art, artists, california, family, friendship, health, life, love, neighborhood, relationships, WTF by the consummate on January 3, 2012

I rang in the New Year with a feverish bang.

That is a FEVER lasting nearly 24 hours. I’m thinking 2012 is going to be a scorcher! More fire!!!

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Just Close Your Eyes And Think For A Minute

Posted in animals, art, artists, california, family, health, judaism, life, love, plants, relationships, spirituality, swami satchidananda by the consummate on December 22, 2011

Just close your eyes and think for a minute, “Does the whole world love me? How many people don’t love me? How many animals don’t love me? How many plants don’t love me?” Then you will know yourself how healthy and happy you are.

God is love. That is the essential teaching from all the scriptures. If we want to experience God, we should express that love in our life, just as God loves everything and everybody. God loves a rat, a cat, a dog, a donkey, a pig, a sinner, a saint, an idiot, a scholar. The most beautiful and the most ugly. A good dancer. The one who doesn’t even know how to walk. (more…)

Big Shot On The West Coast

Posted in animals, art, artists, beauty, california, family, friendship, health, humor, life, love, neighborhood, sex, spirituality, subculture, WTF, yoga by the consummate on December 13, 2011

Papa large here.
Living the life of a toothless* senior with Woody Allen anxiety issues. ARI. (more…)

No More Experiments

Posted in animals, art, artists, beauty, family, Feminism, friendship, health, life, love, relationships, subculture, WTF by the consummate on November 14, 2011

Inspired by this WIRED piece on what happens to chimps who are subjected to medical experiments after they “retire.”  READ IT.

STOP EXPERIMENTING ON ANIMALS. START EXPERIMENTING ON THE GOP.

 

 

Fast Times

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, doo wop, family, fashion, Feminism, friendship, health, humor, life, love, subculture, WTF by the consummate on November 5, 2011

Because The Night

I read Just Kids this summer… thought of you.

 

Never Say Never

Posted in beauty, family, health, life, love, new york, oldies, relationships, spirituality by the consummate on September 9, 2011
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Union YES! [Which Side Are You On?]

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, experimental video, family, film, health, humor, judaism, life, love, music, oldies, relationships, WTF by the consummate on September 5, 2011

I stand with labor. I am so proud to be the daughter of a Union man. I am proud of all workers across the globe and especially those who have made sacrifices for the many.

“It’ll take more than a union law to take the fight out of a [wo]man” 

Which Side Are You On? – Billy Bragg

 

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The Vaginal Speculum

Posted in family, Feminism, friendship, health, humor, life, love, neighborhood, oldies, relationships, sex, vacation, WTF by the consummate on July 5, 2011

Lady Don’t Tek No – Latryx

After months of putting it off, I finally went to the gynecologist today. I must say that I’ve certainly had plenty of strange experiences in my life – but not particularly when it comes to the gyno. Sure, I’ve been a starving creative in New York and spent some time at the Margaret Sanger Center at Planned Parenthood on Bleecker Street. There you found women like me, too poor to attain health insurance but not poor enough to be considered poor. Does this strike you to be familiar Americans?

Nevertheless, I hold dual citizenship in the US & in Hungary. Clever me, believed I could obtain free medical care while in Hungary, one of the reasons I scheduled an appointment to see the doctor here. In Eastern Europe. Yes. I am crazy. (more…)

Whatever Happened, I Apologize

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, family, Feminism, health, humor, life, love, music, oldies, relationships, subculture, WTF by the consummate on July 4, 2011

Hey Baby, It’s the Fourth of July

Fourth of July (demo) – X

Two Sevens Clash


I Felt It All The Way Across The World

Posted in art, beauty, family, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, new york, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on June 24, 2011

If you’re hurting, so am I.

I felt your pain all the way across the world. I cried so hard last night swinging in the garden while listening to that song over and over again.  Although I had dedicated it to you before, its true meaning didn’t hit me until now.  I wish I could hold you and do awe baby. Physically, I cannot, but I will do so on a metaphysical level. Sending you healing for your loss.

Water Babies

Mystical Mantra Energy

Apparently here in Europe there’s a Jesus holiday going on today. Something about the Holy Spirit. Obviously, I am not well versed but respectful. Posting this, my favorite version of Hare Krishna, in respect to the holiness of the day. But isn’t everyday holy?

A mantra is mystical energy encased in a sound structure and each mantra contains within its vibrations a certain power. But of all mantras, the maha-mantra (the Hare Krishna mantra) has been prescribed as the easiest and surest way for attaining God Realization in this present age.” 

George Harrison (1943-2001),
in his autobiography :’I, me and Mine’

More on the Hare Krishna Mantra can be found here:
http://www.meditationiseasy.com/mCorner/techniques/Hare_Krishna_Mantra.htm

C’est Cauchemar

I have dreams with a recurring theme – they are all about me + you. I wish they would stop and we could talk. So get out of my dreams and into my car. Oh wait, I don’t have a car but you understand what I mean right?

War Is Over

Posted in art, artists, beauty, family, friendship, health, life, love, new york, oldies, relationships, sex, spirituality, subculture, WTF by the consummate on May 24, 2011

War is over. If you want it to be.  War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be. War is over. If you want it to be.

Oh baby, don’t you know?

War is over. If you want it to be.

Fangs!

So many kitties here in Israel… Makes me think of my Meow-Meow + Borio. Hope they are well.

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Maygar Bound

Posted in art, artists, beauty, family, health, humor, judaism, life, love, neighborhood, new york, oldies, relationships, travel, vacation, yoga by the consummate on May 20, 2011

ADDENDUM: I extended my trip in Israel & will be flying to Hungary on Monday evening instead.

I’m heading to Hungary today. This will be my first time in the land since 2001! And guess what? THERE IS TOFU in this land now. NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM.

I grew up with my mother blasting Brahms Hungarian Dances. So enjoy.

PS: I wish you were with me on this journey

Missing Words

Posted in art, artists, beauty, family, friendship, health, life, love, music, new york, oldies, relationships, sex, subculture, WTF by the consummate on May 16, 2011

I STILL miss you.

Bon Voyage

Posted in beauty, family, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, music, relationships, spirituality, subculture, travel, vacation, yoga by the consummate on May 7, 2011

Today I embark on a month long overseas journey spanning across 3 different countries. I look forward to visiting the homelands of some of my ancestors and hope this trip will bring me clarity, inspiration, healing and memories for life.

Crack is Whack!

I AM OFF THE BLACKBERRY FOR ONE MONTH (5/7-6/8). NO TEXTING, NO BBMING, NO TALKING!

Foolish Reminders

I NEED YOU TO

Posted in animals, california, family, health, life, love, new york, relationships by the consummate on April 6, 2011

Ne Me Quitte Pas / 2

Posted in art, artists, beauty, family, friendship, health, life, love, music, oldies, relationships, spirituality, travel, WTF by the consummate on March 5, 2011

No Pain, No Gain

Posted in art, artists, beauty, design, family, Feminism, health, life, love, spirituality, Uncategorized, WTF by the consummate on February 1, 2011

Challenger Way

Posted in california, design, family, friendship, health, life, love, neighborhood, oldies, subculture, WTF by the consummate on January 28, 2011



American Jesus – Bad Religion

25 years ago today I sat in the computer lab at school while Mrs. Ryan aired the live broadcast of the Space Shuttle Challenger’s launch. Kindergartners and 1st Graders were seated in anticipation as most of our daddies and mommies had lent a hand in building the space craft. The Challenger had been towed down 10th Street East on its way to Edwards Air Force Base where it was to be place on top of an airplane and flown to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

That day in Mrs. Ryan’s class is deeply seeded in my mind. The Challenger symbolized the hope of my youth, in the US during the 1980’s we were filled with possibilities and a desire to advance. At the height of its growth and the fastest expanding city in the US, my town, the largest Aerospace community in the world, the Challenger meant progress and a job well done. It meant they were all moving in the right direction. Blue collar workers were confident in the prescribed dose of Republican bullshit and propaganda. We were, after all, winning the arms race against the Russians.

My 1st grade class co-taught by Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Gunderson was apart of the process since Day 1 with building models, learning about the astronauts and visiting the plant where the Shuttle was partially built. The teachers were overwhelmingly enthused by Christa McAuliffe, the teacher chosen to ride in space as the first non-astronaut human. It meant a generation of children would know that teaching meant so much more than a classroom setting, it meant reaching the limits of space.

The explosion was something none of us could fathom. I remember being seated in a dark computer lab with my peers crying, unable to understand what happened. I think it was in the instance of the explosion that a whole generation of Americans realized how fragile we actually were. That sometimes lady luck isn’t on our side and on that day Jesus was not an American citizen.

Sets The Blaze

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, family, Feminism, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, music, oldies, plants, relationships, sex, spirituality, subculture by the consummate on January 24, 2011

Sets the Blaze – Hope Sandoval

In Memory Of

Posted in animals, beauty, family, friendship, health, judaism, love, music, new york, relationships, spirituality by the consummate on January 24, 2011

RIP OPI

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Stick By Me

Posted in animals, beauty, family, friendship, life, love, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on January 21, 2011

Accept

Posted in art, beauty, family, Feminism, friendship, health, judaism, life, love, relationships, spirituality, swami satchidananda, WTF, yoga by the consummate on January 20, 2011

“Whatever comes, accept it as G-d’s Will.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi”

– Swami Satchidananda

Nothing Comes Easily


“Wherever you are, whatever you do, have discipline in your life. Discipline your mind, discipline your senses, discipline your body. When we want a big reward, we have to pay a big price. Nothing comes easily. Even for a few minutes of ego gratification for climbing to the top of a mountain, so much effort is needed. How many months of great difficulties will you have to undergo to attain such a goal? How many times will you slip, get up, start, slip, get up, start again? At last you stand there at the top, plant your flag, and say, “I conquered Everest.” You may have conquered Everest, but you can never rest there. In ten minutes you even have to come down. For that ten minutes’ joy you worked so hard, you followed so many disciplines. Then it’s over.

In the spiritual life, however, once you get to the top, you have reached Ever-rest. You do rest there, and you won’t have to come down. You can even pull others up as well. But there are no shortcuts. A great price must be laid to reach that great goal. What is that price? Leading a selfless life.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi”

– Swami Satchidananda

 

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I’m Just Saying

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, family, Feminism, health, humor, life, love, relationships, subculture, travel, Uncategorized, WTF by the consummate on December 31, 2010

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Smile Now, Cry Later

Posted in art, artists, beauty, family, oldies, photography, relationships, spirituality by the consummate on December 13, 2010


 

Satya

Posted in art, artists, family, health, judaism, life, love, relationships by the consummate on December 9, 2010

Satya means truth in sanskrit.

Don’t Block My Shine

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, family, fashion, friendship, life, love, music, new york, relationships, travel by the consummate on December 9, 2010
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You Don’t Know Me, You’re Dead Wrong

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, doo wop, family, fashion, film, life, love, music, oldies, Party, san francisco, subculture by the consummate on November 28, 2010

Nice found footage, I’m a sucker for Doo Wop gangs and vintage cityscapes (albeit ever so brief in this video).

California, I Miss You Today

Posted in art, artists, california, family, life, love, music by the consummate on November 22, 2010

She Appeared Then Disappeared

She was only here for 48 years but she sure did live.

Here she is taking a video of me speaking about HER. In my humble opinion, she never got the credit she truly deserved. But alas our gurus and real leaders reign with silence and humility. It is only the mediocre who tout their strength, skills and ‘wisdom’.  Having known her was a blessing.

The 2nd photo is of Ari’s waist – she was so proud of her beautiful waist after bearing children. She told me that before her husband was killed, she dreamed of his passing. I tried calling her last week to say hi and arrange a visit. Unfortunately, I was unable to reach her.

RIP ARI UP.

I Heard It Through the Grapevine – The Slits

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