quality.

January 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” – Roger Ebert

 

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Paradox Basin SE Utah

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/southeast-utah/

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“The quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead.”Douglas Adams

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http://www.trucktrend.com/features/travel/0701dp-southeast-utah/photo-gallery/#photo-01

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“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.” – David W. Orr

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upper Comb Ridge

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-trip-to-southeast-utah.html

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“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” – Sidney Sheldon

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Comb wash

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/southeast-utah/

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“Dignity will only happen when you realize that having someone in your life doesn’t validate your worth.” – Shannon Alder

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southeast Utah

http://ksjd.org/post/bishop-public-lands-bill-southeast-utah#stream/0

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“If you try to avoid or remove the awkward quality, it will pursue you. The only effective way to still its unease is to transfigure it, to let it become something creative and positive that contributes to who you are.
Nietzche said that one of the best days in his life was the day when he rebaptized all his negative qualities as his best qualities. Rather than banishing what is at first glimpse unwelcome, you bring it home to unity with your life…..One of your sacred duties is to exercise kindness toward them. In a sense, you are called to be a loving parent to your delinquent qualities” ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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southeast Utah

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=120

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“We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.” – Carl Sagan

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simplicity.

January 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
Henry David Thoreau

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Moab

http://stevegarufi.com/moab-utah/visit.htm

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“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – Albert Einstein

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Arches

http://discovermoab.com/archesnationalpark.htm

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“And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.” – Nicholas Sparks

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Moab

http://muthart.com/moab-utah-october-2014/

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“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.”
Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq’ij of the Eagle Clan

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Moab

http://www.tourist-destinations.net/2014/11/moab-utah.html

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“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.
The rest of the world dissolves.
There are no worries about the future.
No dwelling on past mistakes.
Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
I am informed by the tea, changed.
This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.
There is only the tea, and me, converging.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

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Turret Arch in Arches National Park

http://www.myutahparks.com/winter-fun-beyond-zion-park/

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“The old school of thought would have you believe that you’d be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn’t what being in nature is all about. Rather, it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.”
Ryel Kestenbaum

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have you found joy in your life?

January 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The last months of his life, were the best ones of mine…”

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Has your life brought joy to others?

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redwoods.

January 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Walking, I can almost hear the redwoods beating. And the oceans are above me here, rolling clouds, heavy and dark. It is winter and there is smoke from the fires. It is a world of elemental attention, of all things working together, listening to what speaks in the blood. Whichever road I follow, I walk in the land of many gods, and they love and eat one another. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Linda Hogan, Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413

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“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”
John Steinbeck

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http://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-3811685-stock-footage-redwood-forest-northern-california-driving-left-side-of-road-vacation-travel-in-vehicles-along.html

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“All forests have their own personality. I don’t just mean the obvious differences, like how an English woodland is different from a Central American rain forest, or comparing tracts of West Coast redwoods to the saguaro forests of the American Southwest… they each have their own gossip, their own sound, their own rustling whispers and smells. A voice speaks up when you enter their acres that can’t be mistaken for one you’d hear anyplace else, a voice true to those particular tress, individual rather than of their species.”
Charles de Lint

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Arcata Community Redwood Forest

http://coastalredwoodsecosystem.blogspot.com/2011/04/banana-slug-in-redwood-forest.html

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“Parrots, tortoises and redwoods live a longer life than men do; Men a longer life than dogs do; Dogs a longer life than love does.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

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GrizzlyCreekRedwoods

https://www.kcet.org/socal-wanderer/exploring-the-northern-california-redwood-forests

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“People here had redwood trees in their backyards. You were never far from the infinite.”
Amy Stewart, The Last Bookstore In America

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PCH

http://withoutbaggage.com/essays/pacific-coast-highway-redwoods-hearst-castle/

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“Fog spilled from the heights of San Francisco like the liquid it almost was. On better days it spread across the bay and took over Oakland street by street, a thing you saw coming, a change you watched happening to you, a season on the move. Where it encountered redwoods, the most local of rains fell. Where it found open space, its weightless pale passage seemed both endless and like the end of all things. It was a temporary sadness, the more beautiful for being sad, the more precious for being temporary. It was the slow song in minor that the rock-and-roll sun then chased away.”
Jonathan Franzen

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Redwoods

http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/caplaceslist/ss/Redwood-Forests-in-California.htm

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“Surely our people do not understand even yet the rich heritage that is theirs. There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majesty all unmarred.”
Theodore Roosevelt

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California Redwood Forest Trail
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“All she wanted was to matter. To be more than an opportunity. That’s all.”
Robyn Carr, Redwood Bend
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Redwoods
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“The coast redwood is the tallest species of tree on earth. The tallest redwoods today are between 350 and close to 380 feet in height–thirty-five to thirty-eight stories tall. The crown of a tree is its radiant array of limbs and branches, covered with leaves. The crowns of the tallest redwoods can sometimes look like the plume of exhaust from a rocket taking off.”
Richard Preston
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radio.

January 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories.” ― Paulo Coelho

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near Moab

http://roadslesstraveled.us/moab-utah-red-rocks-snow-capped-mountains/

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“There’s something nice about the silence of a car ride in the dark, going home. When you were tired of the radio and conversation, and it was okay to just be alone with your thoughts and the road ahead. If you’re that comfortable with someone, you don’t have to talk.” ― Sarah Dessen

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Zion

https://riseandtide.com/tag/utah/

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“Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio or looked at television. They had ‘Loneliness’ and knew what to do with it. They were not afraid of being lonely because they knew that was when the creative mood in them would work.” ― Carl Sandburg

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http://www.standard.net/Recreation/2016/01/20/Avalanche-warning-issued-for-next-several-days-in-Utah-mountains

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“But feelings, no matter how strong or “ugly,” are not a part of who you are. They are the radio stations your mind listens to if you don’t give it something better to do. Feelings are fluid and dynamic; they change frequently.
Feelings are something you HAVE, not something you ARE. Like physical beauty, a cold sore, or an opinion.

Admitting you feel rage or terrible pain or regret or some old, rotten blame does not mean these feelings are part of who you are as a person. What these feelings mean is, you have to change your thinking to be free of them.” ― Augusten Burroughs

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“[The modern age] knows nothing about isolation and nothing about silence. In our quietest and loneliest hour the automatic ice-maker in the refrigerator will cluck and drop an ice cube, the automatic dishwasher will sigh through its changes, a plane will drone over, the nearest freeway will vibrate the air. Red and white lights will pass in the sky, lights will shine along highways and glance off windows. There is always a radio that can be turned to some all-night station, or a television set to turn artificial moonlight into the flickering images of the late show. We can put on a turntable whatever consolation we most respond to, Mozart or Copland or the Grateful Dead.” ― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
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Benchmark
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“Lux spent the ride dialing the radio for her favorite song. “It makes me crazy,” she said. “You know they’re playing it somewhere, but you have to find it.” ― Jeffrey Eugenides
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heroine.

January 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

Take your broken heart and make it into art.” – Princess Leia

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“Well, it seems to me that there are books that tell stories, and then there are books that tell truths… The first kind, they show you life like you want it to be. With villains getting what they deserve and the hero seeing what a fool he’s been and marrying the heroine and happy endings and all that… But the second kind, they show you life more like it is… The first kind makes you cheerful and contented, but the second kind shakes you up.”
Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light

Pittsburgh

January 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.”
Andrew Carnegie

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“Pittsburgh was even more vital, more creative, more hungry for culture than New York. Pittsburgh was the birthplace of my writing.”
Willa Cather

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Greatness is within…

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“The average newspaper boy in Pittsburgh knows more about the universe than did Galileo, Aristotle, Leonardo, or any of those other guys who were so smart they only needed one name.”
Daniel M. Gilbert

 

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“Pittsburgh. I’d been there. One of the most underrated cities in North America. People who’d never been there thought of it as a graveyard of abandoned steel mills, but it was a beautiful city, and it would be good to have it back.”
Steven Brust

 

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“If you’re not from Pittsburgh, I should probably explain that “yinzers” are people with heavy Pittsburgh accents. For example, instead of “you” or “y’all,” they say “yinz.” Another feature of yinzers is that they wear Steelers apparel at all times, including in the workplace and at weddings.”
Jesse Andrews

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