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A Lovely Friday On The Coast

February 1st, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

The first week of the Fur Peace Ranch here in San Diego was really wonderful. Stefan Grossman was stellar as always, and I wasn’t too bad myself. The news from home in Southeast Ohio was that a heat wave had come in. It was almost thirty degrees.

Oh boy…

Here in San Diego after campers headed home to their corner of the world Vanessa, Izze, John Hurlbut and I headed up to Encinitas to the beautiful seat of the Self Realization Fellowship which was founded by the Parahamansa Yogananda back in the 20’s.

Just a taste of the garden

Just a taste of the garden

It was peaceful to be in that beautiful setting with family!

Nice spot for a picture

Nice spot for a picture

One is encouraged not to speak in the meditation gardens… but there are many things to take you mind away from self.

What's not to like about Koi?

What's not to like about Koi?

After some time at the center, we walked down to Swami Beach. West Coast beaches have a quality all their own… a sort of a dark wild sensibility…

South coast the wild coast is lonely

South coast the wild coast is lonely

Mother and daughter looking to the Orient

Mother and daughter looking to the Orient

You stand at the edge of the Pacific and know that the next stop is Hawaii if you’re lucky and the Far East after that.

Come hither... or stay away?

Come hither... or stay away?

East Coast beaches never look like this… but they’re warmer.

Free at the Ocean's edge

Free at the Ocean's edge

A kid at the beach is like a wild mustang running free. I actually have a memory of that…

A wonderful way to spend the day… that’s for sure!

  1. Bill Van Iden
    February 1st, 2014 at 13:20 | #1

    West coast beaches are maybe more ‘rugged’ especially in Nor Cal, and the sand is different on the west coast. Colder water for sure, no Gulf Stream to warm it up.
    Thanks for the updates.

  2. doug mlyn
    February 1st, 2014 at 13:52 | #2

    Encinitas is my old stomping grounds! Swamis is a great surf spot too! Can’t wait to see Jack and yourself next week in Santa Monica!

  3. carlo pagliano
    February 1st, 2014 at 14:30 | #3

    Come hither, hither, my staunch yeoman, why dost thou look so pale?

  4. johno
    February 1st, 2014 at 15:00 | #4

    East coast beaches are rated some of the best in the world. Its sand is so soft and fine, almost like sugar. But your right there’s something about the Pacific. When I was 18 – I had to go see it – almost magnetic – so I got in my yellow bug and went w/ my Danish girlfriend. She wanted to see America.

  5. Barbara Jacobs
    February 1st, 2014 at 17:26 | #5

    Did you drive cross-Country in your yellow V.W.?
    Driving is the best way to “see America”. There’s nothing to compare with a cross-Country driving trip: the experience of thousands of miles, with all of the geographical variation, on the road outside your window.@johno

  6. johno
    February 1st, 2014 at 17:48 | #6

    @Barbara Jacobs
    Yep, I drove cross country twice, once when I was 18 and again when I was 20. And you are so right – it’s the only way to go. Have you too?

  7. Barbara Jacobs
    February 1st, 2014 at 18:18 | #7

    Yes, we took the Northern track, going from NYC to California.
    Stopped in “Dodge City” (where one of us ate a “sh*t-burger” at the “O.K. Corral”
    thereafter: we referred to it as “The O.K. Colitis Corralis”.)

    We returned via the Southern track and drove across Texas (I may have told you this story before, if so, it deserves to be re-posted):
    Nothing but tumble-weeds and the road ahead seemed to go on, endlessly.
    The driver (darn-tootin’: it wasn’t me!) was tired and we stopped and pulled-over by the side of the road for a quick nap. We awoke to an amazing sunrise on the Texas Panhandle; the car and our surroundings were filled with the most intense “golden” color.

  8. cyndy consentino
    February 1st, 2014 at 20:10 | #8

    Dear Jorma,
    Lovely pictures! Enjoy your time on the West Coast.

    Best to you and yours,

  9. johno
    February 2nd, 2014 at 11:04 | #9

    Since I was in college we did the college thing. We would travel a day or two and slept in Natl. parks. When there weren’t any we’d stop in a college town and head right to the dorms. Where we would s___ and shower. Look for an empty room, go in, lock the door and bunk for the nite. Worked everytime.

  10. johno
    February 2nd, 2014 at 11:46 | #10

    It’s Super Bowl Sunday. I like Denver – but Seattle defense is awesome. They aren’t in the Super Bowl for their offense. My take is if Manning stays healthy the Broncos win. If Seattle can knockout Manning – Seattle wins.

  11. carlo pagliano
    February 2nd, 2014 at 13:03 | #11

    Oh Jorma!
    They keep a-comin’
    Just in fresh from the fire: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/2014-01-07-ridgefield-playhouse/id812095270
    The Sunday Matinee of 2014, ‘invite your Soul’ (J.K.), walk in, you’ll never end dancing!
    Aboslute masterpiece Jorma!
    TONNO sei grandississimo!
    THE NEW SONG: “ In My Dreams”. Jorma is the only One who can write and put together such a blessed vital whisper in our running life.
    Grazie Jorma!

  12. Barbara Jacobs
    February 2nd, 2014 at 17:48 | #12

    R.I.P.: Philip Seymour Hoffman. Gone too soon at the age of 46.
    Academy Award winner and the best character-actor of his generation.

    “The Needle and the Damage Done”

  13. Barbara Jacobs
    February 2nd, 2014 at 18:57 | #13

    I knew him and met him many times, when he lived in Brooklyn Heights.
    He only drank iced-coffee, even in the cold weather.
    (There was a period of around 10 years, when I stopped drinking coffee and only drank tea: Iced-tea, outside during the heat of summer and hot green tea each morning and “Sleepytime Vanilla” caffeine-free hot tea, in the evening.)
    On a late-autumn chilly afternoon, I met Seymour at the coffee shop and I decided to order a hot coffee (no sugar, I never, ever drank coffee with sugar.)

    I took a sip and described it as “an explosion of flavor, in my mouth.”
    And Seymour did indeed, say that he “doesn’t enjoy the flavor of hot coffee.”
    Go figure.

  14. johno
    February 3rd, 2014 at 11:33 | #14

    Who is Philip Hoffman?

  15. Barbara Jacobs
    February 3rd, 2014 at 14:30 | #15

    “Philip Seymour Hoffman”: A father of three young children.
    A great stage and screen actor.
    A human being who struggled with addictions.
    He couldn’t understand how I could drink hot coffee without sugar in it or how I could have one cup (after not drinking any for ten years) and be satisfied with just that one cup.@johno

  16. johno
    February 3rd, 2014 at 15:28 | #16

    I’m not a movie buff and never heard of him but if he was a friend of yours I’m sorry for your loss. Sounds like he had problems – he couldn’t overcome.

  17. Barbara Jacobs
    February 3rd, 2014 at 15:42 | #17

    He was a meet-once-in-a-while friend. Good conversation and he was always observing the people around him. I guess that the best actors do that.

  18. Barbara Jacobs
    February 3rd, 2014 at 15:48 | #18

    Back to the Super Bowl:
    I usually don’t watch it but I was convinced to watch because I was informed that it was going to be a great game with a close score.
    I don’t understand most of the terminology or the rules.
    I felt bad for the Denver team.f=”#comment-18124″>@johno

  19. Richard Cowles
    February 4th, 2014 at 00:51 | #19

    That is somewhat bizzare and i have been a way for a while…an explosion in one’s mouth…

    @Barbara Jacobs

  20. mgarcia
    February 4th, 2014 at 13:38 | #20

    It is a joy to visit this blog and see photos of you and your family in Paramahansa Yogananda’s beautiful gardens! :))
    Thank you for all the wonderful music you continue to bring to everyone, Jorma. :))

  21. Barbara Jacobs
    February 4th, 2014 at 22:56 | #21

    “Every time you go away,
    you take a part of me with you…”@Richard Cowles