Category Archives: Uncategorized

Nipple play

Picture of the Moment

I came to San Diego in April 1993 specifically to “come out” and try to reconcile my conflict as a special person with my Mormon (mom) and Catholic (dad) upbringing.

My first 11 months in San Diego were spent enjoying all the beaches in San Diego County, getting a nice tan (which I currently am paying for), meeting other sun bunnies, and studying the world’s great, and not-so-great, religions.

After 11 months, I decided that I really didn’t need religion, didn’t need to reconcile who I am with any manmade religion, only with Mother and Father Nature. I’ll just leave it at that.

The preface is for the following bas relief which I found above the main entrance doors of a monastery here in San Diego:

Bas relief at a San Diego monastery

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The religion to which that monastery belongs was founded in the late 12th century.

Look closely at that bas relief.

We could presume that the lower figure is Christ on the cross.

Let’s presume the figure behind Christ is God.

Notice the placement of God’s left hand?

On Christ’s nipple!

I’m not presuming to know anything about this religion, but what’s with that?

Look at the expressions on the faces.

Here’s my dialogue:

Christ: First tortured, now sexually assaulted.

God: Finally, I get to play with myself.

Upper left child: Ew. Incest. Necrophilia….

Upper right child: Will God do that to us when we grow up?

Is this a foretelling of what would happen in the Catholic Church many centuries later?

Were those activities prevalent all along?

….

And, for the record in response to Monday’s post, thanks for all the tips and tricks. None of them work anymore so I’m stuck with the new WordPress editor. And, to be blunt, it really really bites………

P.S. I expect to lose a few followers who will be upset and offended. That’s okay. Still hope they have a wonderful life.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray PhotosNeed a unique gift for Christmas?

Use code YLNNRX for a $40 discount on
Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America

Photographic Art logo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

Music on Mondays (11-23-15)—I quit

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Looks like WordPress finally is forcing us to use the new editor. It’s……….

……..sooooooooooooooooooooooo………………….

……………………..slow……………………….

I’m 60 and I type faster than the editor can put the characters on the screen………….. I end up typing the same thing three or four times before it shows up on the screen…….

If this is the new WordPress, I won’t be around much longer. I’ll give ’em till the end of the year.

I would  to have a Music on Mondays post todut I can’t wait around all day for this…….. I have things to do!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyonepy Thanksgiving to eryone. Happy Thanksgiving to everanksgiving to everyone. Hapng to everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to everyoneHappy

I quit.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Need a unique gift for a Christmas or other special occasion?

Use code YLNNRX for a $40 discount on
Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America

Photographic Art logo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

Crosswalks don’t have to be ugly

Picture of the Moment

Crosswalks don’t have to be ugly….

Crosswalk in Cedros Design District, Solana Beach, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

That one is in the Cedros Design District in Solana Beach, a great place to go if you’re looking for the unique and unusual for your home or garden.

Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray PhotosNeed a unique gift for Christmas?

Use code YLNNRX for a $40 discount on
Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America

Photographic Art logo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

La Jolla CA at ultra low tide

Picture of the Moment

The best time to experience the natural beauty of La Jolla, California, is when there is an ultra low tide.

img_0231 la jolla low tide stamp

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

la jolla map

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Need a unique gift?
Anniversary? Birthday? Graduation? Marriage?
Choose Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America.

Photographic Art logo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

Moving Sale—Everything must go!

Did you know?

Jim and I have decided to downsize yet again. It’s been eight years since we last downsized.

We’re looking to move to a more walk-friendly neighborhood since we’re both getting much older.

We have our eyes on a specific neighborhood with great views and within walking distance of downtown La Mesa and a San Diego Trolley station. Freeway access also is great for when we need to get out and about.

We just need to find something in our top-of-the-list neighborhood. Our goal is to be in a new place, hopefully a permanent one and not a layover, by June 1, although we do have a few days built in for delays.

Meanwhile, we’re having a moving sale.

Everything must go!

Well, not everything.

Zoey the Cool Cat will be going with us, of course.

Thank you!

We want to move as little stuff as possible although we realize that probably no one is going to pay the price that Jim wants for his grand piano. However, if they do………………………..

We have everything imaginable—books, knick knacks, framed pictures, wall shelves, bookshelves, home furniture (kitchen table, huge custom leather sofa, beds), office furniture (6′ metal cabinet, 6′ metal shelf, display case), refrigerator, dressers, potted plants and unplanted pots, and more.

I haven’t decided yet exactly where I’m going to put pictures of things, but many of the smaller items will go on Facebook, so if you might be interested in things, follow me or friend me at Facebook.

moving sale

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

South Texas clock

I had that clock custom made from a company in Detroit when I was working there April-October 1994. It is 6½”W x 6½”H. $10 or best offer, as is with the South Texas map featuirng Kingsville (where I was born) and Corpus Christi. Or $59 and I’ll make a custom clock face with a map of YOUR choosing. Buyer pays shipping—

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Need a unique gift? Birthday? Graduation? Marriage? Anniversary? Choose Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America.

Photographic Art logo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

Plants for your home that are easy to grow

House & Home

When I was growing up in Brigham City, Utah—before my wise old grandmother adopted me—my first grade teacher, Mrs. Larsen, lived next door. She had beautiful gardens full of tulips, daffodils, and nasturtiums. One day when I was sick, I went over to her yard and destroyed most of her gardens. This was when I was in third grade, though. Since I was always visiting her gardens, she was pretty sure who had done the damage. I’m pretty sure I paid for my transgression but I really don’t remember the punishment. What I do remember is how Mrs. Larsen handled the situation. She never held it against me, maybe figuring that I was still a child. She even invited me to help her replant her gardens, and my mom approved, figuring it was only appropriate. That was the beginning of my love for Mother & Father Nature, plants and gardening, and nice people. My wise old grandmother continued instilling in me that kind of love.

I often get asked about the plants in my own garden, especially plants in my home. I admit that I do have a green thumb. In this post, then, I want to present to you several plants that do extremely well in our homes, where the humidity is lacking and the air can be overly cool in the summer or overly hot in the winter.

First is the Sansevieria, many of which are simply labeled as “mother-in-law’s tongue” or “snake plant” at the stores. They come in both tall and dwarf varieties:

Sansevieria hyacinthoides

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Sansevieria

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Sansevieria

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The tall varieties make excellent corner plants or accent plants. The dwarf varieties make great table or counter plants.

The spider plant—also known as airplane plant—Chlorophytum comosum, also is extremely easy to grow, and it has the advantage of giving you billions and billions and billions of baby plants. Just pick the airplane plant at the tip of the shoots off of the plant and lay it on top of some soil. It will develop roots and start growing. Makes a great hanging basket, inside or out, sun or shade, moist or dry.

Spider plantSpider plant

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Lastly, most ivies make excellent house plants because they can take overwatering or no watering, hot and dry or cold and humid. I specifically recommend English ivy (Hedera helix), golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Golden Queen’), and any of the Philodendrons known as heartleaf philodendron or heartleaf ivy (P. cordatum, P. scandens).

English ivyEnglish ivy

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Golden pothos (also known as Devil’s ivy)Devil's ivy

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Heartleaf ivyHeartleaf ivy

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

My wise old grandmotherI have a Philodendrum cordatum that has been with me since 1966, a cutting taken from my wise old grandmother’s plant.

Her plant was a cutting taken from her mother’s plant in 1930 when my grandmother’s first son, my dad, was born.

My Heartleaf ivyMy Heartleaf Ivy

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Need a unique gift?
Marriage? Anniversary? Birthday? Other special event?
Photographic Art logo
Choose Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post