Caroling, Life Timeline

Welcome to Caroling's timeline, inspired by the Hippie Museum. Here is an exhibit.
0. 1934-1954 Early development (Timeline 0) led to trip to Europe where finally decided to become an artist.
  1. 1953 Heard Buckminster Fuller talk.
  2. 1954 Went to Europe and decided to major in Art which changed my intellectual and social life. Worked at the Bureau of Engraving pasting up yearbooks, which was my first art job. See more about this time with George Resch.
  3. Met Jean Harrison who became my best friend. We hung out in a Chinese restaurant in dinkytown, the "coolest booth in town". When she saw her dad die, first psychically on TV and then rushing out to the snow shoveling sidewalk, I moved to her house for awhile. That was my first living away from home. When Jean recovered from grief in a few months, I moved back home.
  4. 1956 Graduated from the U of MN B.A. Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
  5. What to do with an Art degree? My best talent was school, so I continued in the Master of Fine Arts graduate program. The head of the Art Department, H. Harvard Arnason had created an innovative MFA degree for studio artists and hired some fine teachers. I spliced film for Alan Downs as a teaching assistant, studied photography with Jerome Liebling (Ken Burns teacher) and then ventured into printmaking with Malcolm Myers, painting with Cameron Booth (Jim Rosenquist's teacher), water coloring with Jo Lutz Rollins, sculpture with Philip Morton, and ceramics with Warren MacKenzie. Moved near college with a roommate, Lyn Myers.
  6. I finally understood what Cameron Booth was trying to teach by looking at his painting in the Art Institute's biennial show. It had won second prize. He let me buy it for half price. I still have it, "Crystals of Earth and Sky".
  7. The winter of 1956-1957 began chaotic emerging and changes on my path. Would Van Gogh get an MFA in Minnesota? No? Should I? Maybe? Finally I take responsibility for my own education and stop "going to school".
  8. Moved to SF, North Beach, Richard Brautigan. Beat Poets. Beatniks. The Place. City Lights books. Coit Tower. Filbert St. West coast artists.
  9. Sat at the Zen Center on Fillmore St. once. I could sit, but why? Working as a busboy was not for me.
  10. Back to Minnesota, Arnason readmitted me to the U of MN art department as a teaching assistant. Reading Kerouac, Zen by Suzuki, and Tales of Genji.
  11. Fall of 1957 Jack Tworkov's graduate art seminar was seminal. He encouraged us to critique each other's work, answering the question, "What is the artist trying to do and how well did s/he achieve the goal?".
  12. Winter 1957-1958 How become an artist in Minnesota? Moved to NYC, following Tworkov, Abstract Expressionists. But working in a Brooklyn lamp factory was not for me.
  13. Summer, 1958, back to Minneapolis, must get that degree to survive, singing Pete Seeger songs with Mickey (later Mickey Frickdahl), doing ink paintings. Readmitted to U of MN after promising to stay. Studying oriental art with Mather and doing Zen painting.
  14. Fall 1958 as teaching assistant, taught beginning drawing. Lived with Mel Geary, had art gallery that we called The Place. Singing and dancing with Harry Belafonte.
  15. Winter, 1959, I guess for my beatnik tendencies, lost the TA job. Looking back on this in 2021, I know I didn't acknowledge racism in this decision. But I have to wonder how much it was living out of marriage and how much it was that Mel was black.
  16. Robert Pirsig got me a job designing educational books through his ties as technical writer.
  17. Fall, 1959, rehired as TA. Looking back, did our success as art lovers, bringing collectors, artists, museum people, college people and mixed races together in our parties overcome provincial morals and racism? Taught Art for Architects class all year. Finished the two theses required (painted and written) and got MFA in 1960.
  18. Married Mel Geary in 1960, had child (Leo Geary). Divorced Mel in 1961.
  19. 1961 Love me Tender and Do the Twist. Be a stained glass artist for money. Be mother. Have one-woman show at Walker Art Center. Awarded second prize in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Biennial for the Leo's Birth painting.
  20. 1962 The painting Spring Snow, purchased by the Ford Foundation at the 1962 Walker Art Center Biennial, by invitation, was given to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
  21. Moved to NYC with Mel, then separated from him.
  22. Found the Mel Greenland Studio (an atelier, welcomed artists). Worked at Rambusch Decorating Company (church art) and then did stained glass free lance as art.
  23. 1964 JFK rock and roll death, All you Need is Love.
  24. Huxley Doors of Perception and LSD 1, everything ringed and rounded in rainbows.
  25. Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT), or was that later?
  26. Genevieve who lived upstairs from me on E. 10th St. introduced me to The Serpent Power, Bhgavhad Gita, Upanishads.
  27. Living in NYC, longing for the sun.
  28. Quit smoking after 14 years, I know all about it, don't need it.
  29. One person show of drawings and paintings at Gramercy Park Gallery and a glass panel at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts.
  30. 1965 Moved to California, we all live for the sun. Worked at a stained glass studio in Altadena CA for a few months.
  31. Leary, drop out, SF, Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park.
  32. 1966. Live at 1090 Page where Big Brother and the Holding Company got its start. Make Love Not War. Stained glass commission for Tusler residence front door panels.
  33. Hall of Justice Art competition.
  34. LSD 2 - Tweezle Wootz.
  35. Fillmore, Big Brother, Grateful Dead in GG Park panhandle, Winterland, Both/And, Miles Davis.
  36. Buckminster Fuller autobiography (I seem to be a Verb and Ideas and Integrities - remembered titles, not verified)
  37. 1967 Ouspensky and Gurdjieff. Move to Haight St. and Laguna St. at invitation of big brother of the band member, Rodney, who handmade violins.
  38. Soleri - ArcoSancti.
  39. What do I really want to do? Stained Glass, Liberating the Handmaiden.
  40. Be-in GG Park. Last LSD 3, just trippy illusions. I get better highs on my own, don't need drugs.
  41. Shire school, an alternative. Camping trip in High Sierras at 10,000 feet. Stained glass for Keith residence, Gateless Gate.
  42. 1968 Child needs father, moved back to NYC, Staten Island.
  43. What do I see with my eyes closed? New art evolves.
  44. Another child with Mel, the love child, conceived on Mother's Day 1968, born on Valentine's day 1969. I'm getting happy at last.
  45. 36th time around the sun, I want to do the galaxy as myself.
  46. Castaneda, Whole Earth Catalog, Tipi Book, Domebooks I and II.
  47. Samuel Weiser metaphysical bookstore, Practical Time Travel, the Power of the the Rays.
  48. Did art most of the time: paintings, drawings, studies for stained glass dome, and finally 20 panels.
  49. Richmond College, Sociology, Alternative Studies teaching.
  50. 1972 Need not only sun, but cosmic connection in nature solitude, moved back to California, living first in Berkeley where my son went to an alternative school connected with the University. My daughter went to a great pre-school.
  51. 1973 Found Monte Rio community refurbishing Monte Rio movie theatre in Sonoma county, north of bay area. Journal path mini-icon
  52. Visit Wheeler Ranch where see people living Whole Earth Catalog.
  53. Moved to Rick Miller's Harmony ranch at Forestville, back to the land, build Bump dome to live in while finish Wholeo, the stained glass dome, at Funka Ajar.
  54. Learned yoga to keep it up for life.
  55. 1974 finished Wholeo dome, where is our home?
  56. 1975 Visited Rainbow Ridge in Mendocino but can't be constrained by community commitment.
  57. Visited Colorado, Boulder. Heard Buckminster Fuller a second time, seeing his psychic aspects. Frozen out of the north.
  58. Back in CA, climbed Mt. Shasta with son and sister. A peak experience. Leo sang: Climb every mountain, follow your dream. Bob Pirsig sent me his book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. When he visits, I didn't accept his notion of me living on an island in Lake Superior.
  59. Bought a house in Monte Rio, put down roots.
  60. 1976 Wholeo dome open to public. Started doing black and white books as way to mass communicate ideas in the dome design.
  61. Son came to live with us full time. He joined high school Jazz band, learned acoustic and electric bass instruments and also played in JC symphony orchestra.
  62. Daughter went to grade school, alternative classes, Waldorf Summerfield, back to public school and a semester in Minnesota. Life changers for me: group therapy, dreamwork, spiritual healing, Women Writers group, spiritual community, Madrakara, keeping a journal and driving a car.
  63. 1980 commissioned by an older artist friend, Harriet Lee, to create Expansion of Consciousness, a stained glass window for the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Sonoma County building as a memorial for her late husband Homer Lee.
  64. 1981 Trip to Peru where time traveling personality component initiate left me at Machu Picchu. Shocked, who am I? Went into Electronics, getting a certificate at Santa Rosa Jr. College. Partly of course because Ronald Reagan's government of California heralded the end of government support of hippies and education. Stored Wholeo Dome.
  65. 1983 Moved to Silicon Valley and worked as electronics technician tuning yig filters for anti-ballistic missiles. Got a TRS-80 portable computer and learned Basic programming. Became computer programmer.
  66. Daughter was AFS exchange student to Denmark and returned to CA junior college. Son graduated from UCSB, bicycled across USA, did Marine Biology research on thermal vent tube worms near the Galapagos.
  67. 1986 Escaped military for fiber optic communications start up (Raynet) and thence to several related jobs as technical writer for computer industry.
  68. 1987 Son quit grad school in Utah and after bicycle trip in New Zealand, stayed there.
  69. 1988 Purchased Macintosh II computer and began Zen and the Art of Dividing by Zero as HyperCard stacks. Got SuperCard and could control everything about my computer with visual scripting. Worked at Wollongong, Altos Computers, Borland International, and Amdahl Corp.
  70. 1990 Neuromancer by William Gibson. Virtual Reality demo at Autodesk. Computer Lib by Theodore Nelson.
  71. 1992 Adventure-loving son killed in sports accident. I began Lost and Found funky art sketches, scenarios as therapy in apartment.
  72. 1993 Daughter graduated with honors from NYIT.
  73. 1994 Interactive TV at Silicon Graphics. Jim Clark and many engineers in department left to create Netscape, the web browser. My first website sponsored by the Juggling site.
  74. 1995 Wrote manuals for ITML, the web language HTML for ITV (Interactive TV). A well-funded R&D project with input from international partners, software engineers from around the world, innovators in object-oriented multimedia web serving to settop TV, on high end graphics computers was an incredibly creative and stimulating environment.
  75. 1996 Retired and took a trip in New Zealand following son's adventures and my own mystical trip as transition.
  76. 1997 Started Wholeo Online website, continuing life work as web artist.
  77. 1999 Daughter married.
  78. 2001 Sold stocks, left city, visited Minnesota, Eugene, OR and Florida.
  79. 2002 Moved to NW Florida. At last a semi-secure place between State Forest, rare coastal dune lake and walking distance from Deer Lake State Park on the sea. Finally can see nature every day.
  80. 2003 Alicia Bay Laurel found her name in my bibliography and invited me and Wholeo the stained glass dome to the hippie museum. So it is coming around again. Horrors of war to oppose and try to get it right this time. Imagine all the people, living ..... Started water sampling dune lake for CBA.
  81. 2004 Hippie Museum connected me with The Farm in Tennessee. Donated and installed Wholeo Dome at The Farm School. Learned video from Martin Duffy. Daughter went to work at 53rd and Fifth Ave. in NYC.
  82. 2005 Hurricanes.
  83. 2006 Grandchildren (twins). See also Looking Back.
  84. 2007 Deer Moss or Deer Lichen,
  85. 2008 Kayak and MindField and a third grandchild.
  86. 2009 Florida National Scenic Trail, became member. Started watching earthballs and earthstars. First all-day silent meditation on December solstice.
  87. 2010 BP oil spill disaster. Stopped water sampling. Felt increasing need to combine video and visions. Meditation retreats on solstices and equinoxes, to continue through 2012. Started Florida Trail videos and project to document pioneering a new part of the trail.
  88. 2011 Pineal evolves. Dream of digital graffiti.
  89. 2012 Daughter's family and I celebrated July 4 in Wholeo Dome in TN. 60th high school reunion in MN. Matrix 2012 builds up to December 21, 2012.
  90. 2013 Shift Happens happening. Galactic Synchronization July 26. Galactic Moonbeam Mystsynthesis Event.
  91. 2014 Big finished projects: publishing Leo Geary Trans-USA Bike Trip photos, finishing Galactic Beam Being movie promised for Shift 2013, and cluster of videos for pioneering a new Florida Trail, the US 331 Expansion trail. I seemed to be shorting out with the quick attention-getting photo adventures on Facebook (for me and for my art), where friends are so supportive.
  92. 2015 Followed full moons all year.
  93. 2016 Integrating Carlos Castaneda's Magical Passes into my life and Carolyoga practice. As a transition, adventured on Old Age Retreat 2016, a mystical camping trip (OAR16).
  94. 2017 Online, Facebook becomes increasingly a daily hangout. Enjoyed posting reports from summer sunrise walks and winter hikes in the forest to my group "I <HEART> Deer Lake State Park".
  95. 2018 Developed visions for Woman's Kundalini, channeled at the Outer Solstice 2017 and continued to evolve.
  96. 2019 Began Wholeo 2024, a five-year plan for a movie. Discontinued weekly publishing of
  97. 2020 Published Wholeo Online Movies, 1997-2019 on YouTube.
  98. 2021 Trip to North Georgia: Follow the Sand.
  99. 2022 Continuing movie work on Wholeo 2024.

Sunset through fog cloud at Topsail

Deer lichen (Cladonia leporina) at Topsail

Cook stove color aura

For early, see Caroling Timeline 0. See also Resume and Life Plan.

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