Monday, February 15, 2010

Fractured Fairy Tales

I ran across this video today and it was a real blast from the past. I don't know if I ever saw it as a kid, but the character voices are intensely familiar. This was part of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, which was a whole different animal from Disney and Hannah-Barbera. I'm pretty sure this show began the tradition of including jokes for adults, intended to go right over the heads of the kiddies. These often included references to current events or social trends. But what hit me were the voices.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Favorites

pajareando, originally uploaded by charquipunk.

One of the great things about Flickr is being able to choose favorites from other folk's photographs. I think I've got a pretty awesome collection and you can watch it as a slideshow! Just click this link and let 'er rip. I've pretty much got the content edited down to PG (or maybe PG-13).

Friday, February 12, 2010

This Time Last Year....

old sukhotai (67), originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

This time last year I was heading home from Thailand, my teeth all fixed and my heart full of adventure. I also brought back a suitcase and a big box full of cool junk I'd gotten at the various markets. I guess I really do love shopping.
This photo was taken on our family trip some five years ago. Despite having been severely ill (from bad food) and despite the intense muggy heat, look how happy Krista looks here. That place was truly magical.
I would return to Thailand in a heartbeat. Or Bali. Or I'd love to try some new places. But these days I'm really focused on my career and building up my private practice. Our only travel plans, currently, are for Yosemite in May. It really is convenient living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth sometimes.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Yesterday I was in and out a lot. I had clients and then a group at my office. Everytime I'd come home the girls would be in new costumes, with new face paint.
Eden has two best friends, Aja and Zoe (a to z!) and they are both stunningly beautiful, in very different ways.
With their theatrical face paint, these pretty little 11 and 12 year old girls suddenly looked much older. Not Eden so much. I found it a little bit terrifying. Just a bit.

Tonight India and I went over to visit Meredith and Steve, for a knitting lesson. India wants to knit hats and tonight was her very beginning. I have a feeling we'll be hip deep in hats by Thanksgiving time. India is prolific, but so far has knitted only scarves.

This afternoon I decided to write a book. It will most likely be a very short book, but I'm determined to write it. I was given a very good idea and I want to do something with it. More on this later.
photo by Aja

Monday, February 08, 2010


Me, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Apparently there was some sort of big sporting event yesterday. It was beautiful here, our first really sunny day. Jerry and I visited an absolutely gorgeous property out near Graton to consult on the building of a cob oven. We got a tour of the 30 acres of vinyards, rolling pasture and deep redwood grove, complete with running creek. Very dreamy.
Due to the big game, it was a fantastic day for a bike ride and walking around our neighborhood. We were out at 7pm and all the church bells were ringing. I said "well, I guess the Saints won. A victory for the christians". Just a lucky guess.
Eden took this photo of me and I monkeyed around with it. I was thinking of using it for my business photo, instead of the more serious one India took years back. So far reviews have not been good.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

With Love From Mother Russia

Found this over at Neatorama. An Armenian story in Russian with English subtitles. Truly weird. And check out the wizard!

Opening to the Light

Opening to the Light, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

We saw this film today. It's the sort that really makes use of the big screen. Unfortunately, I don't think it will be in theaters much longer. Apparently it was a big flop, despite the fabulous visuals sets and the eye candy actors. I loved it. The rather disjointed plot didn't bother me at all, though I could see how it would annoy some people.
I loved the whole Steampunk Gothic Victorian Underbelly feel of the film and thought Tom Waits was inspired as The Devil. His "bargains" with Dr. Parnassus were so very slippery. The tag team of actors who played Tony (Heath Ledger having died during filming) were all incredibly handsome and seamlessly morphed into the character. The gal who played Valentina was also perfect, with her surreal heart shaped face, huge eyes and nascent sexuality.
Forget the plot! If you can make see this one in the theater, by all means go for it.

Rainy Saturday Afternoon

The days pass so quickly by now. The illusion of time is supreme, and the sensation of being immersed in this 3D world so realistic. The children grow and mature and change in ways I can't even comprehend. My hair is turning gray in places and the laugh lines around my eyes grow ever deeper. There seems to be a future, always approaching, but growing more and more fluid, as I spend more and more of my awareness engaged with this present moment. It's like there's a current of beauty rushing past, and some days I can dip my hand down into it.

I'm reminded of that old Zen story, about the fellow who was running from a hungry tiger, only to fall over a sheer cliff. He managed to grab onto a vine and arrest his fall about half way down. As he looked below he saw a second tiger, pacing back and forth, waiting for him. Far above the first tiger was peering over the edge. Closer above him, just out of reach, two mice were nibbling through the vine that supported him. One was white and other black. Then he noticed that a berry was growing on the vine. How sweet it tasted!