During the very early years of my childhood we lived in Ojai, California and these were indeed formative years. I was shaped and changed and influenced by this powerful community. A community of art, history, beauty and people of note. When Ed and I visited Ojai in about 1985, we were in luck to be able to attend Philosopher Krishnamaurti's last lecture, where Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895/1896 - February 17, 1986), made his U.S. home. My parents, George and Wilma Abel, attended his lectures in the Oak Grove often, when I was a small child.
On that same Ojai visit, Ed and I were fortunate to be able to visit Beatrice Wood's studio where she was holding court. A world famous potter, Beatrice Wood (March 3, 1893 - March 12, 1998), had just purchased a computer, and that day she was only interested in Ed, a computer programer. Her curiosity was intense, even as a very elderly woman. She had selected Ojai as her home to be close to Jiddu Krisnamurti and was a life long member of the Theological Society.
|Beatrice Wood. When asked the secret to her incredible longevity,|
she would respond, "I owe it all to chocolate and young men."
On a walk one day, with my sister and parents, we stopped at Beatrice Wood's studio where my parents purchased tiny pots for my sister and me. I still have my little pot.
|A Beatrice Wood pot|
|The famous "B" on the bottom of the pot|
|Georgia & Frances|
Sisters in Ojai 1946
|Beautiful majestic Oak trees dominate the landscape|
|My school, San Antonio School|
|Ojai Post Office|
|Ojai wildfire (later fire but looks exactly the one of my childhood)|