play.

December 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

“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, Kafka on the Shore

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Santa Fe Farolitos

http://travelwithkids.about.com/od/newmexico/ss/Santa-Fe-At-Christmas.htm

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“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut”
Albert Einstein

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Santa Fe

http://valdezandassociates.com/things-to-do-in-new-mexico-during-december/

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“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend … if you have one.”
— George Bernard Shaw, playwright (to Winston Churchill)

“Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one.”
— Churchill’s response
George Bernard Shaw

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passive aggressive

December 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.” – Dorothy Thompson

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USU Bison of Utah’s Henry Mountains

http://www.sltrib.com/news/2080640-155/usu-study-jackrabbits-are-a-bigger

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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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Henry Mountains along the Bull Creek Pass Back Country Byway

http://www.sangres.com/utah/scenic-byways/bull-creek-pass-byway.htm#.WETQAX1SKRI

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“You cannot become a peacemaker without communication. Silence is a passive aggressive grenade thrown by insecure people that want war, but they don’t want the accountability of starting it.”
Shannon L. Alder

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LaSal Mountains

https://utah.com/arches-national-park/winter

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“A victim act is a form of passive aggression. It seeks to achieve gratification not by honest work or a contribution made out of one’s experience or insight or love, but by the manipulation of others through silent (and not-so-silent) threat. The victim compels others to come to his rescue or to behave as he wishes by holding them hostage to the prospect of his own further illness/meltdown/mental dissolution, or simply by threatening to make their lives so miserable that they do what he wants.” – Steven Pressfield

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La Sal Mountains from Slick Rock

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19570119

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“The devil lives in the shadow of subtle things–those things people keep hidden from others. They reside in the lies they tell themselves, in order to justify their pain or fear. It is the slight, the dig, the silence and the unspoken truth that we minimize to a passive aggressive status, as if it were a lesser evil. Integrity is not subtle. It speaks loudly, so everyone can hear and be healed. It is something you will never have to search for because it is seen and felt.”
Shannon L. Alder

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La Sal Mountains seen from Island In The Sky

http://www.summitpost.org/la-sal-mountains-seen-from-island-in-the-sky/529706

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“By denying feelings of anger, withdrawing from direct communication, casting themselves in the role of victim, and sabotaging others’ success, passive aggressive persons create feelings in others of being on an emotional roller coaster.

…exacting hidden revenge, the passive aggressive individual gets others to act out their hidden anger for them. This ability to control someone else’s emotional response makes the passive aggressive person feel powerful. He/she becomes the puppeteer—the master of someone else’s universe and the controller of their behavior.”
Signe Whitson, The Angry Smile: The Psychology Of Passive Aggressive Behavior In Families, Schools, And Workplaces

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White nights

December 4, 2016 § 1 Comment

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

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charm.

December 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

“The words ‘far, far away’ had always a strange charm.” – Alfred Tennyson

 

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Lees Ferry

Grand Canyon Colorado River Trip Highlights

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“She did the best that we could be; she was perfectly charming and perfectly loving. She was a dream. And she was the kind of dream that you remember when you wake up smiling.”  – Richard Dreyfuss (about Audrey Hepburn in the feature film “Always”)

 

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Colorado River near Hualapai

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g31306-d667626-i138504072-Hualapai_River_Runners-Peach_Springs_Hualapai_Reservation_Arizona.html

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“You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.” ― Albert Camus

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Inside of cavern at Travertine Falls

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g31306-d667626-i102196982-Hualapai_River_Runners-Peach_Springs_Hualapai_Reservation_Arizona.html

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“It is unearned love–the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.” – Anne Lamott

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transform.

December 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

“Truly powerful people have great humility. They do not try to impress, they do not try to be influential. They simply are. People are magnetically drawn to them. They are most often very silent and focused, aware of their core selves. … They never persuade, nor do they use manipulation or aggressiveness to get their way. They listen. If there is anything they can offer to assist you, they offer it; if not, they are silent.” – Sanaya Roman

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California Condor

http://www.summitpost.org/california-condor/619099

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“We’re in a freefall into future. We don’t know where we’re going. Things are changing so fast, and always when you’re going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. And all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It’s a very interesting shift of perspective and that’s all it is… joyful participation in the sorrows and everything changes.” – Joseph Campbell

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enough.

November 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” – Stephen Hawking

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Autumn Colors

Zion National Park

The Fall Foliage at These 21 Places in Utah is Stunningly Beautiful

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“Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.” – Stephanie Perkins

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Lee Vining Canyon

Fall Foliage Getaways in Northern California

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“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” ― Edward Abbey

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Denali National Park and Preserve

Hidden Gems: 25 Least Crowded U.S. National Parks [50 PICS]

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melodie Beatty

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Fall in Mt Hood

https://www.compare.com/auto-insurance/guides/fall-color-scenic-drive-guide

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“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.”
Leonard Bernstein

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Bishop Creek Canyon

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Best-Bets-for-Fall-Foliage-in-Bay-Area-and-6573113.php

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“Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours.” ― Richard Bach

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Sierra Nevada Fall

http://www.sandiego.edu/outdoor-adventures/trips/backpacking/sierra-nevada-mountains.php

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“If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens, reading those writers—not all of whom are modern . . . I mean, if you are willing to make allowances for the way English has changed, you can go way, way back with this— becomes a source of unbelievable joy. It’s like eating candy for the soul. So probably the smart thing to say is that lucky people develop a relationship with a certain kind of art that becomes spiritual, almost religious, and doesn’t mean, you know, church stuff, but it means you’re just never the same.” ― David Foster Wallace

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last train home.

November 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

 

“My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Selected Poetry

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