personal.

August 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Sandia Crest

Sandia Crest

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-mexico/mountain-peaks-nm/

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“When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.” ― Nicholas Sparks

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Organ Mountains

https://www.organmountains.org/the-lands/scenic-qualities/

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

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https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/new-mexico-flowers/

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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Organ Mountains

http://wilderness.org/it%E2%80%99s-official-new-mexicos-organ-mountains-desert-peaks-our-newest-national-monument

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“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in, and walk through it, step by step. There’s no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That’s the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You’ll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami

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soul.

August 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Little Colorado River

http://grandcanyonhistory.clas.asu.edu/sites_coloradorivercorridor_confluence.html

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“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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unconditional.

August 9, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Dogs are minor angels, and I don’t mean that facetiously. They love unconditionally, forgive immediately, are the truest of friends, willing to do anything that makes us happy, etcetera. If we attributed some of those qualities to a person we would say they are special. If they had ALL of them, we would call them angelic. But because it’s “only” a dog, we dismiss them as sweet or funny but little more. However when you think about it, what are the things that we most like in another human being? Many times those qualities are seen in our dogs every single day– we’re just so used to them that we pay no attention.” ― Jonathan Carroll

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Colorado River and Lake Mojave

https://steemit.com/nature/@skypilot/colorado-river-and-lake-mojave-at-dusk

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“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”
Audrey Hepburn

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Dusk at Marble Canyon

https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2013/aug/24/travel-kayak-lake-powell-antelope-canyon-arizona/#

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“So I made up my mind I was going to find someone who would love me unconditionally three hundred and sixty-five days a year.

Watanabe: Wow, and did your search pay off?

M: That’s the hard part. I guess I’ve been waiting so long I’m looking for perfection. That makes it tough.” ― Haruki Murakami

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ambiguous.

August 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” ― Gilda Radner

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GC North rim

GC north rim

http://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/grand-canyon/2017/05/12/grand-canyon-north-rim-reopens/317697001/

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“Psychological or spiritual development always requires a greater capacity for anxiety and ambiguity.” ― C.G. Jung

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move.

July 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

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https://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/summer-road-trip-destinations-idaho-colorado-and-utah

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“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.” – Erin Morgenstern

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Leaving Zion Park

https://w-dog.net/wallpaper/leaving-zion-national-park-utah-summer-rock-road-tree-mountain/id/293036/

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“Nothing happens until something moves.” – Albert Einstein

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companion.

July 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.” ― Barbara W. Tuchman

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The Wave Standstone Swirl

The Wave at Coyote Buttes

http://www.city-data.com/articles/The-Wave-at-Coyote-Buttes-Kanab-Utah.html

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“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” ― Colette

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2 Raplee Anticline

Raplee Anticline where the Pennsylvanian Halgaito Shale (top red) and Honaker Trail Formation (lower red)

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2012/04/exploring-canyonlands-in-utah.html

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“Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.”
Dean Koontz

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scenic drive north

https://pelzmann.smugmug.com/keyword/Utah;geology/

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“Love is making friends with fear because fear is the constant companion of intimacy ~ and when you bring fear out of the darkness and into the light, you realize it was an illusion based on our own insecurities.” ― Allen L. Roland

perseverance.

July 12, 2017 § 2 Comments

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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Near Phantom ranch
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“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” – Winston Churchill
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Phantom Ranch
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“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”Marie Curie
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“Life, Stormy says, is not about how fast you run or even with what degree of grace. It’s about perseverance, about staying on your feet and slogging forward no matter what.”
Dean Koontz
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Hiking towards Phantom ranch
Hiking towards Phantom ranch
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“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”Julie Andrews Edwards
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Phantom Ranch

http://grandcanyonhistory.clas.asu.edu/sites_coloradorivercorridor_phantomranch.html

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“Deep down within the heart there is a stillness which is healing, a trust in the universal laws which is unwavering, and a strength which is rock-like. But because it is so deep we need both patience and perseverance when digging for it.”Paul Brunton
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