My Halmonie...

Honoring a great lady, my grandmother on New Year's Day
1887 - 1991
She lived through World War I, World War II, Japanese occupation, Korean War and most of her grandchildren moving to America for better life.
She moved from the northern tip of North Korea to Seoul after the WWII and eventually to Los Angeles at age one hundred because she wanted to see firsthand what all the fuss was about this country, America.

Never once sick, never ate leftovers, no formal education yet she was the smartest person I'd ever known. She never remarried after her husband died when my father was a baby.
I asked her once if they were in love. She gave me a side glance with a smile and said that they always shared one pillow! I hear he adored her and that they'd eyed each other before they were officially match-made by the families.

She was warned about his fierce mother but her response was - "don't worry, tigers don't eat their young!" Her mother-in-law trusted her completely to manage the family land. Apparently she did all the complex management accounting in her head faster than abacus and all the farmers loved and respected her.

I remember her standing at Kimpo International Airport in Seoul with wet eyes when I left Korea fresh out of high school for America. She told me not to bring home a blue-eyed husband. And that was exactly what I did. She forgave me after she met our beautiful brown-eyed baby.

Too many grand children and great grand children to count...
She died of common flu and is buried in LA near my father who died 2 years after her.
She was a formidable matriarch, with boundless energy. And always beautifully dressed.

Another photo of her here, third one down.

- for my father, her baby
At age eighty four in Korean traditional fur lined winter silk layers.
Modern girl she was, she cut her hair and started to wear pretty western dresses in her later years. she had nice legs!  More on that someday.

Eyes wide open...

into the endless horizon of the coming New Year

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou
Lanikai, Hawaii

On the tree top...

A few wild persimmons have yet to fall...
It's time to put the seeds to bed.

Photo: Shiho Kansaki, Japan

Soft hearts...

for my girls this Christmas!
Handmade/embroidered repurposed Patagonia fleece
a tiny secret treasure inside each heart...
Inspiration from here or here

other side!

Gift of Love!

My mother, my little sister and kitten
She nursed six babies!... is there a better gift?

Seoul, Korea; late-fifties
I remember this strawberry dress!

Winter lantern

on a cold, dark and snowy night...

Solstice, twice...

"In the summertime, in the wintertime..."  - Joan Didion from Blue Nights

photos: Lawrence Fodor, December 10th Eclipse, Santa Fe - sequential images from yesterday
Thank you, Larry!


A turning point
"What aching blue"  - Ko Un

photos: Lawrence Fodor, December 10th Eclipse, Santa Fe
solstice 2010

Magic snow dust

on adobe wall
or ginger pumpkin cake dusted with confectioners sugar?

post for sweet G who loves pumpkin cakes.

Trompe l'oeil...

Art imitates Life.
Salt and Pepper shaker snow globes!, "shaken"

once they settle down, they appear exactly as everyday salt and pepper shakers.

Off the wall...

Exquisite bouquet of ordinary weed; dead, dried, and beautiful...
4 inches, top to bottom

Greene Street

 columns and stones of memories...
any a Downtown Girl, now or once, will tell you so.

soho nyc recently...

Patient ears...

wait quietly for yoga to end - e t e r n i t y ! in dog hours
Good boys! Buster, Bruce and Ipo
super treats for the boys!


White Out...

Blue Skies
Hey, man, cry your eyes out. 
Beyond Self, 108 Korean Zen Poems by

Surf report and...

Ho'okipa, Maui:  7 feet
Kailua, Oahu:  5.5 feet
Santa Fe: 4 inches.... snow! and still snowing
from my courtyard

A time to thank...

"It is the time of year to be thankful and forward looking."
"Aim for where you want to go."
- Mary Dunn

Mary Dunn (1942 - 2008), a brilliant, engaging, and generous teacher in
Adho Muhka Vrksasana: Downward facing tree pose; full arm balance in Hawaii
source: Silent Dance Center, Honolulu, Iyengarnyc

Thanksgiving offering...

on a heart shaped rock

Love each other and live peacefully
B.K.S. Iyengar

thank you seb


"T h a n k s g i v i n g"

Namaskarasana in Virasana - Salutation in Hero pose

Mango Pareo...

weightless in the ocean so far away

Winter storm approaches over the mountain... not ready for winter
Beautiful Tara B, the super surfer

My name

in chinese Character.
Ja - phonetic spelling in English 
- in Korean alphabet
करुण - Karuna in Sanskrit Devanagari

Calligraphy by brush master Kazuaki Tanahashi as gift to me.
Meaning of my name?  Compassion, Love -  much to live up to... 

Late night snow storm

last night... quiet, tranquil

point and shoot with iPhone through window
santa fe


Fresh interpretation
beyond beautiful!

Photography: Elger Esser at Sonnabend Gallery, nyc.
Images from gallery website. 
top: 46 1/8 x 52 3/8 inches, bottom: 72 1/2 x 92 1/8 inches.

samsara... in paradise

winter branches, summer blossoms. same tree. same seasons next year
and the year after... same intoxicating fragrance. almost.

Plumeria in Hawaii nei