scent.

April 22, 2018 § Leave a comment

“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.” ― Daphne du Maurier

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near Flagstaff

http://www.azutopia.com/moderate-hikes/bear-jaw-abineau-trail-loop/

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“She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert: a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness.” ― Joe Hill

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near Flagstaff

http://www.azutopia.com/moderate-hikes/inner-basin-trail/

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“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily
do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.
If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”
Thérèse de Lisieux

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Pine Mountain Rd, Flagstaff

Pine Mountain Rd, Flagstaff

https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/7551-Pine-Mountain-Rd_Flagstaff_AZ_86001_M21288-38932

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“Songs and smells will bring you back to a moment in time more than anything else. It’s amazing how much can be conjured with a few notes of a song or a solitary whiff of a room. A song you didn’t even pay attention to at the time, a place that you didn’t even know had a particular smell.” ― Emily Giffin

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Snow Bowl run

near Flagstaff

http://activerain.com/blogsview/5003438/ski-snow-bowl-in-flagstaff–az—-2-hours-from-scottsdale

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“I will remember your scent and your touch and how it felt to love you. But most of all, I will remember how it felt to gaze at true beauty, both inside and out. For you are fair, my beloved, in soul and in body, generous of spirit and generous of heart. And I will never see anything this side of heaven more beautiful than you.”
Sylvain Reynard

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Ponderosa pine forests near Flagstaff

https://matadornetwork.com/trips/8-incredible-natural-areas-arizona-youve-probably-never-heard/

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“May your love for me be
like
the scent of the evening sea

drifting in
through a quiet window

so i do not have to run
or chase or fall
… to feel you

all i have to do
is
breathe.” ― Sanober Khan

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Ponderosa Pines near Flagstaff, AZ

Ponderosa Pines near Flagstaff, AZ

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“True beauty is a ray
That springs from the sacred depths of the soul,
and illuminates the body, just as life
springs from the kernel of a stone and
gives colour and scent to a flower.” ― Kahlil Gibran

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View of Flagstaff From Humphreys Peak Trail

View of Flagstaff From Humphreys Peak Trail

http://www.arizona-leisure.com/humphreys-peak.html

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“When the starry sky, a vista of open seas, or a stained-glass window shedding purple beams fascinate me, there is a cluster of meaning, of colors, of words, of caresses, there are light touches, scents, sighs, cadences that arise, shroud me, carry me away, and sweep me beyond the things I see, hear, or think, The “sublime” object dissolves in the raptures of a bottomless memory. It is such a memory, which, from stopping point to stopping point, remembrance to remembrance, love to love, transfers that object to the refulgent point of the dazzlement in which I stray in order to be.” ― Julia Kristeva

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san francisco peaks

san francisco peaks

https://azaltitudetraining.com/high-altitude-training-camps/summer-running-camp-arizona/

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“The first of many autumn rains smelled smoky, like a doused campsite fire, as if the ground itself had been aflame during those hot summer months. It smelled like burnt piles of collected leaves, the cough of a newly revived chimney, roasted chestnuts, the scent of a man’s hands after hours spent in a wood shop.” ― Leslye Walton

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disparity.

April 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Stories–individual stories, family stories, national stories–are what stitch together the disparate elements of human existence into a coherent whole. We are story animals.”
Yann Martel

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Ghost Ranch Near Santa Fe

Ghost Ranch Near Santa Fe

http://www.santafehomestore.com/Blog/Archive?tag=Abiquiui%20NM

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“Normally, in anything I do, I’m fairly miserable. I do it, and I get grumpy because there is a huge, vast gulf, this aching disparity, between the platonic ideal of the project that was living in my head, and the small, sad, wizened, shaking, squeaking thing that I actually produce.” ― Neil Gaiman

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https://www.tripsavvy.com/hot-spots-in-santa-fe-1652854

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“Writing is really a way of thinking–not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.” ― Toni Morrison

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Inn of the Turquoise Bear

Inn of the Turquoise Bear

https://www.turquoisebear.com/santa-fe-vacation-photos.html

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“Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people that disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything is familiar except that there is one item less, one missing element. Or you get lost, in which case the world has become larger than your knowledge of it. Either way, there is a loss of control. Imagine yourself streaming through time shedding gloves, umbrellas, wrenches, books, friends, homes, names. This is what the view looks like if you take a rear-facing seat on the train. Looking forward you constantly acquire moments of arrival, moments of realization, moments of discovery. The wind blows your hair back and you are greeted by what you have never seen before. The material falls away in onrushing experience. It peels off like skin from a molting snake. Of course to forget the past is to lose the sense of loss that is also memory of an absent richness and a set of clues to navigate the present by; the art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.”
Rebecca Solnit

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temporary.

April 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Being temporary doesn’t make something matter any less, because the point isn’t for how long, the point is that it happened.” ― Robyn Schneider

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Alpine meadow Inyo National Forest

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/inyo-national-forest/

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“Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been. Once you’ve visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different.

And while we’re on the subject, I’d like to say a few words about escapism. I hear the term bandied about as if it’s a bad thing. As if “escapist” fiction is a cheap opiate used by the muddled and the foolish and the deluded, and the only fiction that is worthy, for adults or for children, is mimetic fiction, mirroring the worst of the world the reader finds herself in.

If you were trapped in an impossible situation, in an unpleasant place, with people who meant you ill, and someone offered you a temporary escape, why wouldn’t you take it? And escapist fiction is just that: fiction that opens a door, shows the sunlight outside, gives you a place to go where you are in control, are with people you want to be with(and books are real places, make no mistake about that); and more importantly, during your escape, books can also give you knowledge about the world and your predicament, give you weapons, give you armour: real things you can take back into your prison. Skills and knowledge and tools you can use to escape for real.

As JRR Tolkien reminded us, the only people who inveigh against escape are jailers.”
Neil Gaiman

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Ancient Bristlecone pines

Ancient Bristlecone pines

http://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/california/inyo-national-forest

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“I think it’s so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary–you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe

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Inyo National Forest

Inyo National Forest

https://www.sierrarecmagazine.com/inyo-national-forest-to-open-campgrounds-and-roads-starting-april-18/

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“We might not know we are seeking people who best enrich our lives, but somehow on a deep subconscious level we absolutely are. Whether the bond is temporary or permanent, whether it succeeds or fails, fate is simply a configuration of choices that combine with others to shape the relationships that surround us. We cannot choose our family, but we can choose our friends, and we sometimes, before we even meet them.”
Simon Pegg

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wish.

April 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ― Mark Twain

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Horseshoe Canyon Petroglyphs

Horseshoe Canyon Petroglyphs

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“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” ― David Levithan

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ache.

April 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ― Maya Angelou

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EscudillaWilderness

Escudilla Wilderness

http://www.azwild.org/W50/

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“Could it be because it reminds us that we are alive, of our mortality, of our individual souls- which, after all, we are too afraid to surrender but yet make us feel more miserable than any other thing? But isn’t it also pain that often makes us most aware of self? It is a terrible thing to learn as a child that one is a being separate from the world, that no one and no thing hurts along with one’s burned tongues and skinned knees, that one’s aches and pains are all one’s own. Even more terrible, as we grow old, to learn that no person, no matter how beloved, can ever truly understand us. Our own selves make us most unhappy, and that’s why we’re so anxious to lose them, don’t you think?”
Donna Tartt

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Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Canyon De Chelly National Monument

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“I love the solitude of reading. I love the deep dive into someone else’s story, the delicious ache of a last page.” ― Naomi Shihab Nye

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Superstition Mountains

https://www.mygrandcanyonpark.com/things-to-do/check-out-these-mountains

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“In the first few seconds an aching sadness wrenched his heart, but it soon gave way to a feeling of sweet disquiet, the excitement of gypsy wanderlust” ― Mikhail Bulgakov

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Cluff Pond

Cluff Pond

http://www.seandupont.com/

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“There’s something so terrible about wanting something you’ve already had. You know exactly what you’re missing. Your body knows precisely how to shape itself around the ache, the hollowness that wants to be filled” ― Leah Raeder

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Mogollon Rim

https://www.mygrandcanyonpark.com/things-to-do/check-out-these-mountains

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“Then I felt something inside me break and music began to pour out into the quiet. My fingers danced; intricate and quick they spun something gossamer and tremulous into the circle of light our fire had made. The music moved like a spiderweb stirred by a gentle breath, it changed like a leaf twisting as it falls to the ground, and it felt like three years Waterside in Tarbean, with a hollowness inside you and hands that ached from the bitter cold.” ― Patrick Rothfuss

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trust.

April 7, 2018 § Leave a comment

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ― Meister Eckhart

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Dark Sky Festival, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Dark Sky Festival, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

https://www.trailblazergirl.com/finds/20756/dark-sky-festival-sequoia-and-kings-canyon-national-parks/

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“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.” ― C. JoyBell C.

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Sequoia-Kings Canyon

Sequoia-Kings Canyon

http://www.owensimagery.com/photo/sky-on-fire/

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“There is a twilight zone in our hearts that we ourselves cannot see. Even when we know quite a lot about ourselves-our gifts and weaknesses, our ambitions and aspirations, our motives and our drives-large parts of ourselves remain in the shadow of consciousness. This is a very good thing. We will always remain partially hidden to ourselves. Other people, especially those who love us, can often see our twilight zones better than we ourselves can. The way we are seen and understood by others is different from the way we see and understand ourselves. We will never fully know the significance of our presence in the lives of our friends. That’s a grace, a grace that calls us not only to humility, but to a deep trust in those who love us. It is the twilight zones of our hearts where true friendships are born.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

https://hiveminer.com/Tags/kings,twilight

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“Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person’s soul.” ― John O’Donohue

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

https://www.sierrarecmagazine.com/need-know-visiting-sequoia-kings-canyon-national-park-fourth-july-weekend/

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“Well, I sort of don’t trust anybody who doesn’t like Led Zeppelin.” ― Jack White

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Sequoia-NP

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/america/national-parks/2016/07/18/sequoia-kings-canyon-national-parks-visitors-guide/87264466/

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“The foundation of adult trust is not “You will never hurt me.” It is “I trust myself with whatever you do.” ― David Richo

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verve.

April 3, 2018 § Leave a comment

“I had never thought of Marley as any kind of model, but sitting there sipping my beer, I was aware that maybe he held the secret for a good life. Never slow down, never look back, live each day w/ adolescent verve and spunk and curiosity and playfulness.”
John Grogan, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

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Saguaro National Park 2

Saguaro National Park

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“Companies come up with elaborate, often passive-aggressive ways to say no: processes to follow, approvals to get, meetings to attend. No is like a tiny death to smart creatives. No is a signal that the company has lost its start-up verve, that it’s too corporate. Enough no’s, and smart creatives stop asking and start heading to the exits.”
Eric Schmidt, How Google Works

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Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

https://www.visittheusa.com/destination/saguaro-national-park

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“Love was the map, and I would have to draw it myself; I would be the most repentant cartographer, verve and passion making up for skill, for basic understanding.”
Mary O’Connell