armor.

May 26, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Maybe time didn’t heal wounds exactly, but it gave you a kind of armor, or a new perspective. A way to remember with a smile instead of a sob.” ― Kristin Hannah

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Flaming Gorge Dam

Green River

https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=60708

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“The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armor to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.” ― Douglas Adams

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Virgin-River-karen-danenhauer-e1445286936834

Virgin River

http://utahrivers.org/what-we-believe/

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“A war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range, and mount the most powerful guns.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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interior landscape.

May 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

“The rock I’d seen in my life looked dull because in all ignorance I’d never thought to knock it open. People have cracked ordinary New England pegmatite – big, coarse granite – and laid bare clusters of red garnets, or topaz crystals, chrysoberyl, spodumene, emerald. They held in their hands crystals that had hung in a hole in the dark for a billion years unseen.
I was all for it. I would lay about me right and left with a hammer, and bash the landscape to bits. I would crack the earth’s crust like a piñata and spread to the light the vivid prizes in chunks within. Rock collecting was opening the mountains. It was like diving through my own interior blank blackness to remember the startling pieces of a dream: there was a blue lake, a witch, a lighthouse, a yellow path. It was like poking about in a grimy alley and finding an old, old coin. Nothing was at it seemed. The earth was like a shut eye. Mother’s not dead, dear – she’s only sleeping. Pry open the thin lid and find a crystalline intelligence inside, a rayed and sidereal beauty. Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetical flowers. They lengthened and spread, adding plane to plane in awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even the stones – maybe only the stones – understood.” ― Annie Dillard

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mogollon rim

Transition Highlands

https://www.nps.gov/articles/transition-highlands-mogollon-rim.htm

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“I think of two landscapes- one outside the self, the other within. The external landscape is the one we see-not only the line and color of the land and its shading at different times of the day, but also its plants and animals in season, its weather, its geology… If you walk up, say, a dry arroyo in the Sonoran Desert you will feel a mounding and rolling of sand and silt beneath your foot that is distinctive. You will anticipate the crumbling of the sedimentary earth in the arroyo bank as your hand reaches out, and in that tangible evidence you will sense the history of water in the region. Perhaps a black-throated sparrow lands in a paloverde bush… the smell of the creosote bush….all elements of the land, and what I mean by “the landscape.”

The second landscape I think of is an interior one, a kind of projection within a person of a part of the exterior landscape. Relationships in the exterior landscape include those that are named and discernible, such as the nitrogen cycle, or a vertical sequence of Ordovician limestone, and others that are uncodified or ineffable, such as winter light falling on a particular kind of granite, or the effect of humidity on the frequency of a blackpoll warbler’s burst of song….the shape and character of these relationships in a person’s thinking, I believe, are deeply influenced by where on this earth one goes, what one touches, the patterns one observes in nature- the intricate history of one’s life in the land, even a life in the city, where wind, the chirp of birds, the line of a falling leaf, are known. These thoughts are arranged, further, according to the thread of one’s moral, intellectual, and spiritual development. The interior landscape responds to the character and subtlety of an exterior landscape; the shape of the individual mind is affected by land as it is by genes.

Among the Navajo, the land is thought to exhibit sacred order…each individual undertakes to order his interior landscape according to the exterior landscape. To succeed in this means to achieve a balanced state of mental health…Among the various sung ceremonies of this people-Enemyway, Coyoteway, Uglyway- there is one called Beautyway. It is, in part, a spiritual invocation of the order of the exterior universe, that irreducible, holy complexity that manifests itself as all things changing through time (a Navajo definition of beauty).” ― Barry López

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comfort.

May 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

“My library was — all libraries are — a place of ultimate refuge, a wild and sacred space where meanings are manageable precisely because they aren’t binding; and where illusion is comfortingly real.” ― André Brink

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La Sal Mountains

La Sal Mountains

https://www.summitpost.org/la-sal-mountains-viewpoint/498569

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“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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Life.

May 10, 2018 § Leave a comment

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” – George Eliot

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Trail between the campground and Phantom Ranch

Trail between the campground and Phantom Ranch

http://taketothehighway.com/2016/12/19/the-ranch-to-ribbon-falls

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“The thing about real life is that important events don’t announce themselves. Trumpets don’t blow….Usually something that is going to change your whole life is a memory before you can stop and be impressed by it.” – Edith Schaeffer

retreat.

May 4, 2018 § Leave a comment

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”― Albert Camus

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Utah Comb Ridge

Utah Comb Ridge

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“That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.” ― Aphra Behn

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Upheaval Dome, Utah

Upheaval Dome, Utah

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7887

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“Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.” ― Cheryl Strayed

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Rock Canyon

Rock Canyon

http://www.rockcanyonutah.com/?page_id=91

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“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”
Marcus Aurelius

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intuition.

April 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Intuition is seeing with the soul.” ― Dean Koontz

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chaco-ruins

http://www.riograndesierraclub.org/chaco-canyon-precious-frack/

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“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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cliff-house-formation-over-menefee-sandstone-at-chaco-canyon

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/chaco-canyon-national-historical-park/

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“Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

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Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon

https://nhmu.utah.edu/blog/2016/08/04/cacao-chaco-canyon

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“Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful: Yourself.”
Alan Alda

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better.

April 27, 2018 § Leave a comment

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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“What happens when people open their hearts?”
“They get better.” ― Haruki Murakami

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“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ― C.S. Lewis

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