by James C. Stephens

James Stephens and Patricia Allen, the Director of the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program. Here we are in the UCLA Greenhouse we converted for our Progress Print Landscape Architecture Student Show.

May 14, 1980

Touching. Ashley Montagu. “Such a close bodily relationship is the basis of good feelings about oneself, and the feeling of bodily connectedness leads to a feeling of self esteem. Fundamentally the source of self esteem is love. The infant uses its body to express its love, its emotions.”

Friday, May 16, 1980

Dinner with Wendall and Sue, Mike Roquemore, Liz and I. Went to Insight Ashram a kibbutz and a commune. Liz said this looks like the future way things will be headed. We looked and observed much. Meeting started first with chanting some mantras, followed by 15 minutes of sharing. Then one hour of John Rogers, their spiritual master on a video cassette tape. It was a bit verbose, nothing I haven’t heard before, lacked punch. A bit indulgent. Don’t understand or agree with fact he alone is a Mystic Traveler at this time and holds the keys to higher realms. Had refreshments afterwards, nice people-made future arrangements with a gal named Susan Shaw to attend a Buddhist discussion meeting. She works on the newspaper for the Ashram.

John Rogers to a certain degree has put down intellectualism. This is questionable to me on the grounds of exclusivism. “This religion or whatever it is in not for everyone,” he has said. I may be misquoting his exact quote, but this is the gist of what I gathered.

Long discussion with Wendall, Sue and Michael (Liz retired, I don’t blame her, I was getting a headache as well from all the cerebral craziness). Did get to some critical points. Michael extremely irritated, said when they were leaving, “Don’t hug me. You cut my off ten times!” Poor guy. He’s having bad luck at present and much pressure. Car broke down, Morrison his cat in hospital this afternoon. I’m surprised he carried on as well as he did.

Reading Ashley Montagu on Touching and ran across this quote:

The Everlasting Gospel

by William Blake

” This Life’s dim Windows of the Soul
Distorts the Heavens from Pole to Pole
And leads you to Believe a Lie
When you see with, not thro the Eye.”

Saturday, May 17, 1980

Liz and I worked at the UCLA Greenhouse today until about 4:00 pm. Leveled the ground out, laid brick, Liz painted and leveled as well. The movement in school is picking up steam. Patricia Allen, the facilitator of UCLA Extension’s Landscape Architecture program introduced me to Craig who’s interested in getting the Landscape Architecture club started. (I prefer Association as it sounds more established and not so high schoolish). We had a talk regarding his ideas.

Liz met Pat Allen today. Pat was telling me that Francis Dean of Pomona was impressed by my comment about Liz and marriage. He’s a famous landscape architect and founding partner of Eckbo, Dean, Austin and Williams and a very warm and caring individual. He’s on our Guidance Committee for the UCLA Landscape Architecture program.

Around 7 or so Mike, Kirk, Mark, Pamela, Liz and I went to a General Telephone company party. Although we saw a lot of people we knew, we made our own party. Liz and I had a ball dancing in the backyard to all sorts of crazy music-New Wave. It was a riot!

Jacuzzi next door. Naked people male and female. Porno flick playing in the living room. Boring. We left.

Tuesday, May 20, 1980–12:30 a.m. Raining

I was a bit frazelled today and turned on some Johann Strauss, Emperor Waltz. I got a lot of work accomplished. Today, I worked on Ford Watson’s landscape plan for his place in Paradise Cove in Malibu and also talked to Michael Roquemore for a couple hours. I’ve started to take notes regarding our conversations as we’ve talked about recording them. Sometimes they consume me too much.

Michael Roquemore, a good friend who joined us at my Mother Alice’s at a dinner party in Santa Monica when she lived on Arizona Street.

The ‘Progress Print” Exhibit is fast approaching. I probably should have June’s newsletter out in time for the exhibit. Creative Personal Interactions is also almost upon us. Liz and I had a planning discussion tonight; afterwards we danced to a Strauss Waltz.

Wednesday, May 21, 1980

Lighting tonight. Showed project at Interior Design class tonight. Project was a Mini Transport system in downtown L.A. Pat Allen dropped by with Invitations to Progress Print Landscape Architecture Student show. She asked me if I would serve on the Student Advisory Board for the program.

Read “The Movement” newspaper and more specifically an interview with
Satchitananda. He seems to be quite an enlightened man. I think I will look into:

1. Yoga for Health

2. Vegetarian Diet

3. Dropping Junk food and Sugar Intake.

4. Quality Longevity and Cytotoxic Diet.

[ JCS: I have learned there are many fad diets which come and go in life and have had questionable results. ]

My Landscape Architecture Plan for the Ford Watson Residence.

Finished Ford Watson’s landscape plan today. Helped Dad on math for General Contractor’s school. Talked to Michael Roquemore. Wrote letter to Grandma Beaulah and Aunts in Israel.


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