discernment.

July 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes you can tell what something is by what is isn’t.” – Kenneth Copeland

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Parashant National Monument

Parashant National Monument

http://www.conservationfund.org/projects/grand-canyon-parashant-national-monument

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“According to ayurveda, we become what we surround ourselves with. And so it stands to reason that we have to be discerning about what we surround ourselves with.” – Dani Shapiro

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Parashant National Monument

Parashant National Monument

https://roadtrippers.com/us/st-george-ut/camping-rv/grand-canyon-parashant-national-monument?lat=40.80972&lng=-96.67528&z=5

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“One of the first things we learn from our teachers is discernment: the ability to tell truth from fiction, to know when we have lost our center and how to find it again. Discernment is also one of the last things we learn, when we feel our paths diverge and we must separate from our mentors in order to stay true to ourselves.” – Anne Hill

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Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

http://michael1111.blogspot.com/2011/06/arizona-strip-grand-canyon-parashant-nm.html

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“One must find rhythms others’ ears don’t hear.” – David Anthony Durham

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Grand Canyon Parashant NM

Grand Canyon Parashant NM

http://www.bogley.com/forum/showthread.php?37985-Grand-Canyon-Parashant-National-Monument

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“Discernment is trust put into practice.” – Peter Santos

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Gold Butte

Gold Butte

http://www.friendsofgoldbutte.org/

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“Surely arrested development consists not in refusing to lose old things but in failing to add new things.” – C.S. Lewis

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Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

http://www.nationalparklover.com/gc-para01.htm

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“If we experience any failures or setbacks, we do not forget them because they offend our self-esteem. Instead we reflect on them deeply, trying to figure out what went wrong and discern whether there are any patterns to our mistakes.” – Robert Greene

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Havasu Falls & Mooney Falls

Havasu Falls & Mooney Falls

http://www.everytrail.com/destination/grand-canyon-parashant-national-monument

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“We all become well-disguised mirror image of anything that we fight too long or too directly. That which we oppose determines the energy and frames the questions after a while. Most frontal attacks on evil just produce another kind of evil in yourself, along with a very inflated self-image to boot.” – Richard Rohr

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safe.

June 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes it all becomes too much. Your body and mind will just give way. Part of you may want to blissfully fade into nothing, but you never do. After a while all the memories and emotions make you shut down but never fully disappear—it’s safer for you this way, to be excluded. It’s a time to be alone, to heal, and to find yourself. It doesn’t mean you’ve given up or stopped trying; it just means you know what’s best for you. Breathing is medicine. I forgot how to breathe, but I’m learning all over again.” – Mandi Lynn

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Little Colorado Confluence

Little Colorado Confluence

http://savetheconfluence.com/environment/confluence-sacred-according-navajo-publications/

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“If we stay where we are, where we’re stuck, where we’re comfortable and safe, we die there. We become like mushrooms, living in the dark, with poop up to our chins. If you want to know only what you already know, you’re dying. You’re saying: Leave me alone; I don’t mind this little rathole. It’s warm and dry. Really, it’s fine.

When nothing new can get in, that’s death. When oxygen can’t find a way in, you die. But new is scary, and new can be disappointing, and confusing – we had this all figured out, and now we don’t.

New is life.” – Anne Lamott

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job.

June 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Mark Twain

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Loneman Mountain

Loneman Mountain

http://www.summitpost.org/loneman-mountain-gnp/558620

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“The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.

Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.

The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it’s a job.

Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.

I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’ It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin.

The job is not the work.” – Seth Godin

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

http://www.stateparks.com/gifford_pinchot_national_forest_in_washington.html

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“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Silver Star Mt

Silver Star Mt

http://science.halleyhosting.com/nature/gorge/views/silver.htm

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“My pet-sitting day ends around sunset, and it’s very satisfying to know that I’ve made several living beings happy that day. That I left their food bowls sparkling clean and fresh water in their water bowls. That I brushed them so their coats shined, and played with them until all our hearts were beating faster. That I kissed them goodbye and left them with their tails wagging or flipping or at least raised in a happy kind of way. That’s a heck of a lot more than any president, pope, prime minister, or potentate can say, and I wouldn’t switch places with any of them.”  – Blaize Clement

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Lewis Falls Gifford Pinchot NF

Lewis Falls Gifford Pinchot NF

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=32340

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“Eccentricity,” Spock replied. “Captain Kirk allows a great deal of leeway as long as his crewmembers do their jobs well.” – Jean Lorrah

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Mount Williamson

Mount Williamson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest_mountain_peaks_of_California

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“We feel unfulfilled when there is a gap between what is most important to us, the realm of personal leadership, and what we are actually doing with our time, the realm of personal management. You are satisfied with your day when there is a match between what you value and how you spend your time.” – Matt Perman

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

http://www.backpacker.com/trips/wyoming/grand-teton-national-park/trip-finder-ridgewalks/

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“A friend’s 14-year-old niece was asked by her teacher what she wanted to be when she finished school. The teacher asked her to think hard about it and then get back to him with an answer. She didn’t know what to say to her teacher. A friend, on hearing the girl’s predicament, said: ‘Tell your teacher that, perhaps, the thing you want to be when you leave school hasn’t been invented yet.” – Ian Sanders

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Eagle Peak

Eagle Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/eagle-peak-modoc/153115

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“Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.” – Mike Rowe

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Pinchot Institute for Conservation

Pinchot Institute for Conservation

http://www.pinchot.org/doc/www.nature.com/natureclimatechange

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“I take it that he is more than just a woodcutter. “No one is just a woodcutter, ” replied Terence.
“A person’s always more than his present occupation.” – Gerald Morris

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discover.

June 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

“You can believe what you’ve been told. You can imagine in vivid detail the things explained to you. You may even feel emotions assumed to accompany the related experience. But you absolutely cannot know something with any real degree of understanding until you’ve personally walked the road yourself.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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El Malpais National Monument http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/new-mexico/el-malpais-national-monument

El Malpais National Monument

http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/new-mexico/el-malpais-national-monument

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“I dont believe in learning from other peoples pictures. I think you should learn from your own interior vision of things and discover, as I say, Innocently, as though there had never been anybody.” – Orson Welles

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El Malpais NM

El Malpais NM

http://geologyfieldcourse.eduweb20.com/tag/bell-rock/

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“Maybe dream chasing is like climbing a mountain. You know, finding the trail, stepping onto it. At first you’re energetic and it’s easy. Then you trip over a root, face a huge boulder, or a steep incline. So you stand up after the fall, find your way around the boulder, and trudge up the vertical. Eventually, you’re on top of the mountain with an expansive view of the world.” – Peggy Morehouse Strack

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comfort.

May 21, 2015 § 1 Comment

“There’s a sorrow and pain in everyone’s life, but every now and then there’s a ray of light that melts the loneliness in your heart and brings comfort like hot soup and a soft bed.” – Hubert Selby Jr.

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5413329

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“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Toiyabe Forest

Toiyabe Forest

http://www.totalescape.com/active/campstuff/NF/toiyabe.html#.VV5HadJViko

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“Even the smallest tender mercy can bring peace when recognized and appreciated.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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 Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada

Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada

http://www.strengthinperspective.com/index.html#/Panoramas/HorizontalPanoramas/panGreatBasin.htm

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“The next time you wish you could find the right words to say to someone who is hurting, just remember that dogs are a man’s best friend without ever speaking a word to them. Simply be present and have sympathy.” – Ashly Lorenzana

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Toiyabe NF

Toiyabe NF

http://corinnesheltren.com/twinlakes/local-sites/toiyabe-national-forest/

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“Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm. It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm, and in those times of trouble when you are most alone, the memory of love will bring you home.”  – John Denver

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Spring Mountains

Spring Mountains

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/about-forest/offices/?cid=fsm9_027001

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“True friends never turn you away when all you need is someone to talk to. Ever. It’s not the only thing that helps, but it’s the only thing that works. Real friends never walk away, letting you slip deeper into the pit of despair.” – Northern Adams

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Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/about-forest/offices/?cid=fsm9_026952

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“There was also something about the smell of bookshops that was strangely comforting to her. She wondered if it was the scent of ink and paper, or the perfume of binding, string, and glue. Maybe it was the scent of knowledge. Information. Thoughts and ideas. Poetry and love. All of it bound into one perfect, calm place.” – Alyson Richman

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Lundy lake California

Lundy lake California

http://www.totalescape.com/destin/lakes/lundy.html#.VV5JXNJViko

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“We read about you to be with you, to walk in someone else’s shoes, to experience another life. Some of those lives are hard, and others are easy, but we’re with you every step of the way. We read about people in impossible situations because we’re dealing with horrible things ourselves, in our lives. And you going through your story helps us with ours, no matter how yours ends.” – James Riley

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Crystal Peak Park, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Crystal Peak Park, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

http://www.panoramio.com/user/7185849?with_photo_id=79939193

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“There’s always books. And the wind through trees.” – Anna Jae

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Sparks NV

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Sparks NV

http://www.panoramio.com/user/6865289?show=all

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“The man who has many answers
is often found
in the theaters of information
where he offers, graciously,
his deep findings.While the man who has only questions,
to comfort himself, makes music.” – Mary Oliver

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Walker River, Humboldt Toiyabe-National Forest

Walker River, Humboldt Toiyabe-National Forest

http://www.panoramio.com/user/1696916?with_photo_id=38271736

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“In the morning light, I remembered how much I loved the sound of wind through the trees. I laid back and closed my eyes, and I was comforted by the sound of a million tiny leaves dancing on a summer morning.” – Patrick Carman

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Toiyable Crest

Toiyable Crest

http://wildernessvagabond.com/toiyabe09/toiyabe09.htm

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“Contrary to what a lot of people believe (or hope), comfort doesn’t take the pain away. Comfort slides in beside the pain, pulling up a chair so that we have something more than sorrow in our hearts. Comfort gently expands our spirits so that we can breathe again. Comfort opens our eyes so that we can see possibility again.

And on those days, whether it is the next day or five years removed, on that day when grief rears its dark head again, comfort helps us remember that pain is not all there is” – Peggy Haymes

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essence.

May 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person’s essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?” – Haruki Murakami

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Quinn Canyon Range

Quinn Canyon Range

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinn_Canyon_Range

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“A lot of things are inherent in life -change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents, calamities, and losses of all kinds- but these events don’t have to be the cause of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences. The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed.” – Gina Lake

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Spring Valley NV

Spring Valley NV

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“Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa—Who knows most, knows least.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Worthington Peak (NV)

Worthington Peak (NV)

http://www.summitpost.org/worthington-peak-nv/874231

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“For many scientists less divinely gifted than Einstein,the chief reward for being a scientist is not the power and the money but the chance of catching a glimpse of the transcendent beauty of nature.” – Freeman Dyson

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Worthington Range north of Rachel

Worthington Range north of Rachel

http://www.summitpost.org/worthington-peak/718051

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“You are a cosmic traveler; your body is temporary, but its essence is eternal…” – Dave Zebian

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Worthington Peak NV

Worthington Peak NV

http://www.summitpost.org/worthington-peak/718051

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“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true science. He who knows it not, and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead. We all had this priceless talent when we were young. But as time goes by, many of us lose it. The true scientist never loses the faculty of amazement. It is the essence of his being.” – Hans Selye

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epiphany.

April 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Looking into the spirit of others is sometimes like looking into a pond. Though we aim to see what’s deep in the bottom, we are often distracted by our own reflection.” – Katina Ferguson

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Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g32769-d532014-i66461760-Havasu_National_Wildlife_Refuge-Needles_California.html

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“Do you ever feel that way?”
“Lonely?”
I search for the words. “Restless. As if you haven’t really met yourself yet. As is you’d passed yourself once in the fog, and your heart leapt – ‘Ah! There I Am! I’ve been missing that piece!’ But it happens too fast, and then that part of you disappears into the fog again. And you spend the rest of your days looking for it.”
He nods, and I think he’s appeasing me. I feel stupid of having said it. It’s sentimental and true, and I’ve revealed a part of myself I shouldn’t have.
“Do you know what I think?” Kartik says at last.
“What?”
“Sometimes, I think you can glimpse it in another.” – Libba Bray

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Mt. Tipton Wilderness in the Cerbat Mountains

Mt. Tipton Wilderness in the Cerbat Mountains

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/WhiteHillsWind.html

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“Blessed are those with cracks in their broken heart because that is how the light gets in.” – Shannon Alder

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Hualapai Peak

Hualapai Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/hualapai-peak/291817

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“As I turned to leave, I looked down. Beside my foot, a sprout of greenery was clawing its way through the pristine nothingness to begin anew. It was later that I realized my haven had sent me a message, and it had shown me that nothing is ever completely lost, unless you cease searching.” – J.D. Stroube

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Mount Tipton Wilderness Marble Canyon

Mount Tipton Wilderness Marble Canyon

http://www.wildernesslandtrust.org/news/mount-tipton-wilderness-areas-marble-canyon-to-remain-a-hikers-haven/

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“We fit the pieces of our life together in a pattern,
but there is no image on the puzzlebox to guide us.” – Michael Hogan

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Indian Point on Hualapai Reservation

Indian Point on Hualapai Reservation

http://www.aaanativearts.com/united-states-tribes-a-z/ustribesh-j/2199-hualapai-indian-tribe-index.html#axzz3YnmSgBv1

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“Well, sometimes love seems easy. Like … it’s easy to love rain … and hawks. And it’s easy to love wild plums … and the moon. But with people, seems like love’s a hard thing to know. It gets all mixed up. I mean, you can love one person in one way and another person in another way. But how do you know you love the right one in every way?”

“I’m not sure, but I think you’ll know. I think if it’s the right person, it’ll be better than rain and hawks and wild plums. Even better than the moon. I think it’ll be better than all that put together.” – Billie Letts

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Mount Tipton Wilderness

Mount Tipton Wilderness

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/WhiteHillsWind.html

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“Whereas life separates meaning from emotion, art unites them. Story is an instrument by which you create such epiphanies at will, the phenomenon known as aesthetic emotion…Life on its own, without art to shape it, leaves you in confusion and chaos, but aesthetic emotion harmonizes what you know with what you feel to give you a heightened awareness and a sureness of your place in reality.” – Robert McKee

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