dog.

July 5, 2016 § 1 Comment

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.”  – Dean Koontz

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confluence-Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers

The Little Colorado River

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“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” – Milan Kundera

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Colorado river

Confluence of Colorado River and Havasu Creek

https://www.theoutbound.com/arizona/backpacking/hiking-to-the-confluence-of-the-colorado-river-and-havasu-creek

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“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” – Dean Koontz

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Wyatt Earp the Boxer: RIP

June 30, 2016 § 10 Comments

 

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp the Boxer

November 5, 2005 – June 30, 2016

RIP my sweet boy, my canine angel.

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change.

June 25, 2016 § 1 Comment

“Adversity is a natural part of being human. It is the height of arrogance to prescribe a moral code or health regime or spiritual practice as an amulet to keep things from falling apart. Things do fall apart. It is their nature to do so. When we try to protect ourselves from the inevitability of change, we are not listening to the soul. We are listening to our fear of life and death, our lack of faith, our smaller ego’s will to prevail.

To listen to the soul is to stop fighting with life – to stop fighting when things fall apart; when things don’t go our way, when we get sick, when we are betrayed or mistreated or misunderstood. To listen to the soul is to slow down, to feel deeply, to see ourselves clearly, to surrender to discomfort and uncertainty and to wait.” – Elizabeth Lesser

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Green river

Green River

http://www.troutbum2.com/Green-River-Fly-Fishing-Guide-Service/

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“It is in times of brokenness that the soul sings its most wise and eternal song.  I cannot hum you a tune or tell you the lyrics; each person’s soul has its own cadence. You will recognize its music though, by the way you feel when you are listening: awake, calm and suddenly relieved of the burden of control. You will take a deep breath, you will sigh and say to yourself, “It’s okay, everything’s okay.” You”ll unfold your arms and lean back and say to the soul, “Just sing me your song. Teach me the words. Tell me what you know.” – Elizabeth Lesser

calm.

May 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

“My dear,
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

Truly yours,
Albert Camus” – Albert Camus

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Peavine Canyon, Humboldt-Toiyabe Range

Peavine Canyon, Humboldt-Toiyabe Range

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/Vandalism-OHV.html

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“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF)

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“Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine. You want to stay near the core of the thing – right in the hub of the wheel – not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hub of calmness – that’s your heart……..So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you’ll always find peace.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Jett Cyn.

http://butterfliesofamerica.com/papilio_indra_nevadensis_habitats.htm

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“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark … In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.”

[Still in Melbourne January 1987]” – Germaine Greer

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country road in Bishop

country road in Bishop

A Winter Road Trip

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“[…] just remember, the storm doesn’t last forever. It can scare you; it can shake you to your core. But it never lasts. The rain subsides, the thunder dies, and the winds calm to a soft whisper. And that moment after the storm clouds pass, when all is silent and still, you find peace. Quiet, gentle peace.” – S.L Jennings

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Interstate 80, Great Basin

Interstate 80, Great Basin

http://middleearthminerals.com/html/other%20pages/Geology/Interstate80.htm

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“Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. … One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great calming effect on panic among people around him. This is what our society needs — not new ideas and inventions; important as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who can “be”, that is, persons who have a center of strength within themselves.” – Rollo May

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Horse ranch in Owens Valley

Horse ranch in Owens Valley

http://www.mccullagh.org/photo/1ds-13/owens-valley-horse-ranch

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“My bookshelf was my favorite part of my room. It had a calming presence. Maybe there was something to be said about the feeling and presence of real books.” – Katie Kacvinsky

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Northern Nevada

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/northern-sierra-nevada-mountains/

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“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.” – Walter Isaacson

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Cattle ranch near Route 395

Cattle ranch near Route 395

http://www.mccullagh.org/photo/1ds-13/cattle-ranch-sierra-nevada-mountains

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“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.” – Anna Funder

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Mount Tom

Mount Tom

http://www.livingwilderness.com/mountains/mount-tom.html

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“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.” – Jonathon Edwards

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Sierra Escarpment

http://geoscience.wisc.edu/~chuck/Classes/Mtn_and_Plates/BsnRng_SAFZ.html

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“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.” – Job Kabat-Zinn

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tunnel.

April 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” – Corrie Ten Boom

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Wheeler Peak

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/lost-lake-trail-wheeler-peak/

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“
Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” – Janet Fitch

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Wheeler Peak from Williams Lake

Wheeler Peak from Williams Lake

http://ericsbasecamp.net/trips/WheelerPk/WheelerPk.htm

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“There is a light at the end of every tunnel. Some tunnels just happen to be longer than others.” – Ada Adams

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Wheeler Peak from El Prado, New Mexico

Wheeler Peak from El Prado, New Mexico

http://51853.photoshelter.com/image/I0000bxju84NG500

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“You must take care to light the matches one at a time. If a powerful emotion should ignite them all at once, they would produce a splendor so dazzling that it would illuminate far beyond what we can normally see; and then a brilliant tunnel would appear before our eyes, revealing the path we forgot the moment we were born, and summoning us to regain the divine origins we had lost. The soul ever longs to return to the place from which it came…..” – Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

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Sandia Mountains

Sandia Mountains

http://www.britannica.com/place/Sandia-Mountains

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“If we are taken over by craving, no matter who or what is before us, all we can see is how it might satisfy our needs. This kind of thirst contracts our body and mind into a profound trance. We move through the world with a kind of tunnel vision that prevents us from enjoying what is in front of us. The color of an autumn leaves or a passage of poetry merely amplifies the feeling that there is a gaping hole in our life. The smile of a child only reminds us that we are painfully childless. We turn away from simple pleasures because our craving compels us to seek more intense stimulation or numbing relief.” – Tara Brach

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Organ_Mountains

Organ Mountains

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“Life can be hard and beautiful and messy, but hopefully, it will be long. If it is, you will see that it’s unpredictable, and that the dark periods comes, but they abate — sometimes with a lot of support — and the tunnel widens, allowing the sun back in. If you’re in the dark, it might feel like you will always be there. Fumbling. Alone. But you won’t — and you’re not.” – Gayle Forman

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Jemez Red Rock

Albuquerque Travel Questions Vol. 1

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“The tunnels of our lives connect, coming to daylight at the oddest moments, and then plunge us into the dark again. We return to the lives of those who have gone before us, a perplexing möbius strip until we come home, eventually, to ourselves.” – Colum McCann

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Organ Mountains

Unique Geological Features

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“Always remember the proverb: “This too shall pass.” Your negative feelings won’t last forever, there’s a light at the end of every tunnel. It might not happen today or tomorrow, but you’ll feel better eventually.” – Paul Coelho

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Mount Aetna and Mount Taylor

Mount Aetna and Mount Taylor

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-aetna-and-mount-taylor/548318

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“Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.” – Teresa Tsalaky

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Sheepshead Peak

Sheepshead Peak

http://peakery.com/sheepshead-peak-sangre-de-cristo-range/

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“In the beginning, spirituality is a seeking practice. We seek peace, we seek joy, we seek wisdom, we seek awakening, we seek self betterment. Farther down the road, the realization comes that we already are the peace and joy and wisdom and awakening and self betterment that we seek. At that point, spirituality becomes what it is… Not a practice of seeking anything. But a practice of uncovering what was there inside you all along. You already are the light at the end of the tunnel. You already are the wisdom, you already are the peace, you already are the joy. You already are awakened, you already are perfect. All that’s left is for you to discover that you are.” – Teal Scott

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Truchas Peak

Truchas Peak

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/10524704

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“I have a hunch from reading about old passageways that there may be one or more rooms off this tunnel,” Nancy told Captain Rossland.” – Carolyn Keene, The Hidden Staircase (Nancy Drew mystery)

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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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“Relativity and quantum mechanics have demonstrated clearly that what you find out with instruments is true relative only to the instrument you’re using, and where that instrument is located in space-time. So there is no vantage point from which ‘real’ reality can be seen; we’re all looking from the point of view of our own reality tunnels.” – Robert Anton Wilson

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tapestry.

April 12, 2016 § 1 Comment

“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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La Sal Mountains from Island In The Sky

La Sal Mountains from Island In The Sky

http://www.summitpost.org/la-sal-mountains-from-island-in-the-sky/800865

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“Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example. Each smallest act of kindness—even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile—reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will. All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined—those dead, those living, those generations yet to come—that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands. Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength—to the very survival of the human tapestry. Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in this momentous day.” –  Dean Koontz

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Little Cotton Valley - Utah Landscape Photography

Cecret Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon

http://clintlosee.photoshelter.com/image/I0000xEuu0H_RKGI

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“If we were always conscious of the fact that people precious to us are frighteningly mortal, hanging not even by a thread, but by a wisp of gossamer, perhaps we would be kinder to them and more grateful for the love and friendship they give to us.”- Dean Koontz

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Henry Mountains

Henry mountains

http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/nonscientific_adventures/canyonland_arches.htm

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“Life is a tapestry woven by the decisions we make.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Box Elder County

Box Elder County

Utah Department of Transportation – Box Elder County I-15 Improvements

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“I have come to believe that we do not walk alone in this life. There are others, fellow sojourners, whose journeys are interwoven with ours in seemingly random patterns, yet, in the end, have been carefully placed to reveal a remarkable tapestry.” – Richard Paul Evans

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American Bison in the Henry Mountains

Rare, genetically-pure bison found in Utah’s Henry Mountains

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“A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a purpose — and don’t let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion. (Live an illusion if you have to). You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do. Don’t ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredibly unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.”   – Leo Buscaglia

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Stansbury Mountains

Stansbury Mountains

http://www.summitpost.org/utah-western-desert-ranges/190033

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“Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I left my coat behind after a party, that is where I met my love; I cried there once, I was heartsore; but felt better round the corner once I saw the hills of Fife across the Forth, things of that sort, our personal memories, that make the private tapestry of our lives.” – Alexander McCall Smith

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American Fork Canyon

American Fork Canyon

http://www.wasatchhiker.com/

 

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“Each soul path is a divine unique fingerprint and its existence adds to the beautiful tapestry of the cosmos. “Life is a series of defining moments, cross roads and gateways as each door closes and new ones open. Always and in all ways follow the heartbeat of your own soul which is the path filled with light and love.”   – Jan Porter

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Cache Vally Mountains

Cache Valley

http://www.lisaudy.com/photo-contest.php

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“Our right brain perceives the big picture and recognizes that everything around us, about us, among us and within us is made up of energy particles that are woven together into a universal tapestry. Since everything is connected, there is an intimate relationship between the atomic space around and within me, and the atomic space around and within you – regardless of where we are. On an energetic level, if I think about you, send good vibrations your way, hold you in the light, or pray for you, then I am consciously sending my energy to you with a healing intention. If I meditate over you or lay my hands upon your wound, then I am purposely directing the energy of my being to help you heal.” – Jill Bolte Taylor, “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

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Mt Nebo

Mount Nebo taken from southwest of Nephi on I-80 at sunset. February 23, 2005

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“Globetrotting destroys ethnocentricity, helping us understand and appreciate other cultures. Rather than fear the diversity on this planet, celebrate it. Among your most prized souvenirs will be the strands of different cultures you choose to knit into your own character. The world is a cultural yarn shop, and Back Door travelers are weaving the ultimate tapestry.” – Rick Steves

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breakthrough.

February 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

“There are no drive-thru breakthroughs. Breakthroughs take time.” – Joyce Meyer

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Near Sand Canyon trail

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/canyon-of-the-ancients-national-monument/

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“I believe the best managers acknowledge and make room for what they do not know—not just because humility is a virtue but because until one adopts that mindset, the most striking breakthroughs cannot occur. I believe that managers must loosen the controls, not tighten them. They must accept risk; they must trust the people they work with and strive to clear the path for them; and always, they must pay attention to and engage with anything that creates fear. Moreover, successful leaders embrace the reality that their models may be wrong or incomplete. Only when we admit what we don’t know can we ever hope to learn it.” – Ed Catmull

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

http://clminternship.org/blog/?p=1012

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“The key is to take a larger project or goal and break it down into smaller problems to be solved, constraining the scope of work to solving a key problem, and then another key problem.
This strategy, of breaking a project down into discrete, relatively small problems to be resolved, is what Bing Gordon, a cofounder and the former chief creative officer of the video game company Electronic Arts, calls smallifying. Now a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Gordon has deep experience leading and working with software development teams. He’s also currently on the board of directors of Amazon and Zynga. At Electronic Arts, Gordon found that when software teams worked on longer-term projects, they were inefficient and took unnecessary paths. However, when job tasks were broken down into particular problems to be solved, which were manageable and could be tackled within one or two weeks, developers were more creative and effective.” – Peter Sims

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near Canyon of the Ancients

The upper part of the west fork can be accessed along the extension of County Road N, about 2.7 miles west of the north Sand Canyon trailhead.

4cornershikesancients.blogspot.com

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“breakthroughs come when people learn how to take the time to stop and examine their assumptions.” – Peter M. Senge

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Petroglyphs Canyon of the Ancients

Petroglyphs Canyon of the Ancients

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/canyon-of-the-ancients/

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“Our decisions make us who we are. The lines between success and failure, friendship and missed connection, happiness and unhappiness, barrier and breakthrough, are far thinner than we might imagine. Our mentality, and the decisions we make based on that mentality, play a huge role in our trajectory through life.” – Jess Tevelow

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