film.

August 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Films are celluloid fairy tales for a culture that no longer sits around the campfire listening to the wisdom of its elders.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

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sign to Blanding

sign to Blanding

http://www.cs.unca.edu/~boyd/touring/tour04/day26/day26.html

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“The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.” – Terry Pratchett

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road near Blanding

road near Blanding

http://mikebikehike.com/listing/blanding-ut-125-mile-rid

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“Grief can destroy you –or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn’t allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it’s over and you’re alone, you begin to see that it wasn’t just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can’t get off your knees for a long time, you’re driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.” – Dean Koontz

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near Blanding

near Blanding

http://capndavedinosaurs.com/blog/?p=36

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“Movies mirror us and invite us to go beyond the obvious.  Their themes and images can powerfully equip us to see ourselves as we are at our worst, and at our best, or to help us invent new scripts about who we hope to be..” – Marsha Sinetar

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northeast into Colorado from Hovenweep to Blanding

northeast into Colorado from Hovenweep to Blanding

http://theroadgenealogist.blogspot.com/2012_03_01_archive.html

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“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner.

You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in.
Now, go out and create something.” – Jac Vanek

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dream realized.

August 20, 2015 § 6 Comments

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paul Coelho

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Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico

http://www.geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/thumbnail_pages/2005_all_thms.html

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown

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Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taos_Pueblo,_New_Mexico

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“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”- Paul Coelho

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Sunshine Valley, New Mexico

Sunshine Valley, New Mexico

http://www.taoslandandfilm.com/taos-land-for-sale/off-grid-land-Sunshine-Valley-Taos-County

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I am moving WEST again – and it has taken whatever was necessary to do so. Although I would have wished for a compressed outcome (happening considerably sooner), I’m grateful to share that the focus of my dreams since starting this blog four years ago – is coming true in two weeks. I anticipate continuing to post to my blog because the love for the southwest will continue until my last breath.

There have been excruciating disappointments, grief and terrible sadness the past several years, however I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to care for elderly parents and help each of my three siblings.

Rest in peace sweet nephew, Danny Jr.: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delcotimes/obituary.aspx?pid=174580476

I wish that I could have shared my experience, strength and hope about suicide being a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Rest in peace sweet boy.

The worst feeling in the world in my experience, is to live in a place where I feel incredibly lonely despite family living nearby. I deserve better. And wish them the best.

So Wyatt Earp the Boxer and I are finally moving west.

I look forward to my 60th birthday coming up, and to moving west for the last time shortly afterwards.

Thank you so very much for your kindness and interest in my posts.

inspiration.

August 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Remember, before anything exists on earth, it exists fully formed in Spirit. The great creator does not play favorites; each of us came into being to carry on the re-creation of the world through our gifts….” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Comb ridge

Comb ridge

http://plate-tectonic.narod.ru/monumentvalleyphotoalbum.html

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“And while you are offered many dizzying opportunities in a lifetime, Spirit only comes once for each Work seeking creative expression through you, then moves on.  The bottom line is that the Work must be brought forth. If you don’t do it, then someone else will…..Once it exists in your mind, realize that other brainwaves soon will be able to pick up the creative energy pattern if they are receptive. Think of your mind as a satellite dish. Creative celestial messages sre continuously being transmitted. The frequency is jammed – privy for your soul only – for an infinitesimal, proprietary moment. Just long enough for you to lift up your heart, accept the assignment and say thanks.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Riverside Oasis Campground Moab

Riverside Oasis Campground Moab

http://www.vwmin.org/camping-rv-parks-campgrounds-moab-utah.html

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“the veil of illusion is very dense on the physical plane. Ordinary people are unaware that all manifestations of order in the world come from the higher planes. Just as wild nature may become a garden under the direction of the human mind, so may human thought – wild in primitive individuals – likewise be transformed into a powerful creative force when inspired by minds at work in the higher realms. No useful organization ever materializes on the earth unless its first rays have come down from the higher spheres.” – Francisco Candido Xavier

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Shafer Trail Moab

Shafer Trail Moab

http://blog.caasco.com/whatshappening/25-mindblowing-panoramas-from-around-the-usa/

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“The painter knew that color was not something you controlled but something you set free. He believed that color knew its way home.” – Thomas Lloyd Qualls

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Arches National Park, Moab

Arches National Park, Moab

http://www.reddit.com/r/EarthPorn/comments/2wpdk3/arches_national_park_moab_utah_4320x2432_oc/

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“Like many aspects of the digital age, this idea that innovation resides where art and science connect is not new. Leonardo da Vinci was the exemplar of the creativity that flourishes when the humanities and sciences interact.” – Walter Isaacson

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near Moab

near Moab

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“Human beings are not separate from nature. We are nature. The beauty of the sunset is your own beauty. The power of the ocean is your power. We are inseparable from the beauty of the mountains, rivers, and forests that surround us. The more that you can allow your natural self to come out – to honour your natural beauty, your natural creativity, your natural thirst for leadership and compassion – the happier and healthier you’ll be.” – Vironika Tugaleva

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Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

http://www.mbpost.com/moab-utah/261891

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“I need the enchantment of creative work to help me forget life’s mean pettiness.” – Soren Kierkegaard

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Road through Capitol Reef

Road through Capitol Reef

http://fromatob.org/2011/11/01/natural-bridges-national-monument-and-capitol-reef-national-park/

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“Here’s another point to put into your mental chunker: Chess, that bastion of intellectuals, has some elite players with roughly average IQs. These seemingly middling intellects are able to do better than some more intelligent players because they practice more. That’s the key idea. Every chess player, whether average or elite, grows talent by practicing. It is the practice—particularly deliberate practice on the toughest aspects of the material—that can help lift average brains into the realm of those with more “natural” gifts. Just as you can practice lifting weights and get bigger muscles over time, you can also practice certain mental patterns that deepen and enlarge in your mind.” – Barbara Oakley

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Owachomo Bridge at Natural Bridges National Monument

Owachomo Bridge at Natural Bridges National Monument

http://www.blandingutah.org/

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“Remember, the part of us that we imagine needs healing is not the part we create from; that part is far deeper and stronger. The part we create from can’t be touched by anything our parents did, or society did. That part is unsullied, uncorrupted; soundproof, waterproof, and bulletproof. In fact, the more troubles we’ve got, the better and richer that part becomes.” – Steven Pressfield

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transformation.

July 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Have you ever had one of those moments that felt perfect? Where, despite what was going on in your life, everything seemed to come together in one fleeting moment of contentment, happiness and perfection? Monarch butterfly teaches us that all of life is made up of striving for and increasing the number of these moments that we experience, and shows us how to better value and focus on these fleeting moments.” – Wildspeak

http://www.wildspeak.com/animalenergies/monarchbutterfly.html

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Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/monarch-butterflies-facts.html

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The butterfly is a powerful animal to call when you need support in times of transition, whether it’s at work, in a relationship, or when you’re doing inner work. Great ally during intense periods of personal transformation, it will add ease and lightness to the process. – Elena Harris

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Plano Priarie Garden Monarch Waystation

Plano Priarie Garden Monarch Waystation

http://planobluestem.blogspot.com/2010/06/monarch-waystation-certification.html

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Scientific research has shown that the butterfly is the only living being capable of changing entirely its genetic structure during the process of transformation: the caterpillar’s DNA is totally different from the butterfly’s. Thus, it is the symbol of total transformation. – Birdclan

http://www.birdclan.org/butterfly.html

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Mature Monarch sips milkweed

Mature Monarch sips milkweed

http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2014/11/how_the_gulf_coast_can_save_th_1.html

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To the Native Americans the butterfly is a symbol of joy. They remind us that life is a dance, not to take things quite so seriously……

https://siannaphey.wordpress.com/tag/butterfly-totem/

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North America Monarch Butterfly Migration

North America Monarch Butterfly Migration

http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/Monarch_Butterfly/migration/index.shtml

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Scientific research has shown that the butterfly is the only living being capable of changing entirely its genetic structure during the process of transformation: the caterpillar’s DNA is totally different from the butterfly’s. Thus, it is the symbol of total transformation.  Butterfly represents a need for change and greater freedom, and at the same time it represents courage: one requires courage to carry out the changes necessary in the process of growth. Its Medicine is related to the air and the mental powers. It teaches us to find clarity in the mental processes, to organize projects or to figure out the next step in our internal growth. If Butterfly is your Power Animal or if you feel in any way attracted to it, this means you are ready to undergo some kind of transformation. Examine which stage calls your attention the most: the egg is the beginning, the birth of some project or idea. The larva is de decision to manifest something in the physical world. The cocoon has to do with “going inside”, either through insight or the development of the project or idea. The breaking of the cocoon deals with sharing the splendor of your creation with the whole world. Once you understand the stage you are on, you can discover which is the next step.

http://people.tribe.net/vanessa/blog/c2e2421e-3b6a-40a0-82d0-5e2bf4b1ebad

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2013 Monarch Butterfly Migration

2013 Monarch Butterfly Migration

http://dallastrinitytrails.blogspot.com/2013/10/2013-monarch-butterfly-migration.html

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Hopi Indians used butterfly images on much of their prehistoric pottery, and they even performed a special butterfly dance. The spirit of the butterfly has been widely used in the Hopi Indian’s kachina figures. Kachinas are the spirit essence of everything in the real world.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/160413240/butterfly-medicine-totem-vintage

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alone.

July 27, 2015 § 1 Comment

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” – Louise Erdrich

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Yellow Jacket Canyon

Yellow Jacket Canyon

http://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/tag/ancestral-pueblo/

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“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.” – John O’Donohue

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Crow Canyon Restored great kiva Aztec ruin

Crow Canyon Restored great kiva Aztec ruin

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60857-d102661-i41714947-Crow_Canyon_Archaeological_Center-Cortez_Colorado.html

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“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” – Carl Sagan

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Sand Canyon

Sand Canyon

http://metamorphosisroad.blogspot.com/2013/05/sand-canyon-hiking-through-land-of.html

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“If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.” – Andy Rooney

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Sand Canyon area in Canyons of the Ancients

Sand Canyon area in Canyons of the Ancients

http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nm/canm/artist_in_residence.html

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“I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.” – Robin Williams

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Aerial Sand Canyon

Aerial Sand Canyon

http://www.imakenews.com/crowcanyon1/index000189952.cfm

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“Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially “on,” we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: “I’m okay, you’re okay—in small doses.” – Jonathon Rauch

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Pueblo III village of Sand Canyon Pueblo

Pueblo III village of Sand Canyon Pueblo

http://www.crowcanyon.org/EducationProducts/pueblo_history_kids/pueblo_III_houses.asp

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“A man’s dignity isn’t measured by the people he has around him when he’s at the peak of his success, but by his ability not to forget those who helped him when his need was greatest.” – Paul Coelho

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breakthrough.

July 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

“When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner.” – Joyce Meyer

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Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

http://busterbluth52.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html

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“Love, affection, even attention are not things that need pursuit. If they are not given freely, openly, willingly to you by another person, then stop trying to obtain them from that person. Someone else will gladly share theirs with you.” – Charles F. Glassman

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Road through Capital Reef

Road through Capital Reef

http://fromatob.org/2011/11/01/natural-bridges-national-monument-and-capitol-reef-national-park/

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“Today I acknowledge that I am not in position to judge what mistakes anyone is making or what lessons anyone needs to learn. I don’t know how far someone has come or when that person will have a breakthrough, I simply don’t know what other people should be doing. But when I think I do know, I clearly am not doing what I should be doing, which is taking responsibility for my own life.” – Hugh Prather

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The Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

The Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Utah/Capitol-Reef/Waterpocket-Fold-Photo.htm

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“While extroverts tend to attain leadership in public domains, introverts tend to attain leadership in theoretical and aesthetic fields. Outstanding introverted leaders, such as Charles Darwin, Maurie Curie, Patrick White and Arthur Boyd, who have created either new fields of thought or rearranged existing knowledge, have spent long periods of their lives in solitude. Hence leadership does not only apply in social situations, but also occurs in more solitary situations such as developing new techniques in the arts, creating new philosophies, writing profound books and making scientific breakthroughs.” – Janet Farrall

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Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/nonscientific_adventures/Capitol%20Reef.htm

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“Don’t they know science doesn’t work like that? You can’t just order scientific breakthroughs. They happen when you are looking at something you’ve been working on for years and suddenly see a connection you never noticed before, or when you’re looking for something else altogether. Sometimes they even happen by accident. Don’t they know you can’t get a scientific breakthrough just because you want one?” – Connie Willis

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Capitol Reef NP

Capitol Reef NP

http://www.scenicbyway12.com/the-byway/parks-forests-monuments/capitol-reef-national-park/

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“I had to be self-sufficient, contented, and balanced before I could attract someone who had the same qualities. This was a key breakthrough: whatever you want in a relationship has to first be in you.” – Regina Cates

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Capitol Reef iron deposits

Capitol Reef iron deposits

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/capitol-reef-national-park/

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“The big miracle you await will likely first appear in a small encounter or chance event. So always be aware and open, you never know what today will bring.” – Charles F. Glassman

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shelter.

July 16, 2015 § 2 Comments

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”  – Philip Pullman

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Little Creek Mountain

Little Creek Mountain

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/st__george/blm_special_areas/areas_of_critical/little_creek_mountain.html

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“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” – Sarah Dessen

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Johns Cnyn Hunt Panel

Johns Cnyn Hunt Panel

http://waa.basketmakeratlatl.com/?page_id=161

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“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead” – Caitlin Moran

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Great Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon

Great Gallery of Horseshoe Canyon

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60724-d3458380-i61419969-Utah_Scenic_Byway_279_Rock_Art_Sites-Moab_Utah.html

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“Dedication: For librarians and booksellers everywhere, who gather books and build shelters for tender souls.” – Tessa Dare

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Wolfman Panel

Wolfman Panel

http://www.petroglyphs.us/photographs_butler_wash_utah_rock_art_LBW.htm

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“All through your life your soul takes care of you…your soul is alive and awakened, gathering, sheltering and guiding your ways and days in the world. In effect, your soul is your secret shelter. ♥” – John O’Donohue

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Barrier Canyon

Barrier Canyon

http://www.danemarkphotography.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=20&p=1&a=0&at=0

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“They had offered him comfort and shelter, even when he was afraid of taking them, and in accepting he had learned something new. It was as much of a gift to receive as it was to give, requiring as it did both courage and humility.” – Rachel Joyce

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White Wave

White Wave

http://www.dreamlandtours.net/day-tours/kanab-tours/mystical-slot-canyon-white-wave-photography-tour/

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“People open shops in order to sell things, they hope to become busy so that they will have to enlarge the shop, then to sell more things, and grow rich, and eventually not have to come into the shop at all. Isn’t that true? But are there other people who open a shop with the hope of being sheltered there, among such things as they most value – the yarn or the teacups or the books – and with the idea only of making a comfortable assertion? They will become a part of the block, a part of the street, part of everybody’s map of the town, and eventually of everybody’s memories. They will sit and drink coffee in the middle of the morning, they will get out the familiar bits of tinsel at Christmas, they will wash the windows in spring before spreading out the new stock. Shops, to these people, are what a cabin in the woods might be to somebody else – a refuge and a justification.” – Alice Munro

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Near Utah 279

Near Utah 279

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60724-d3458380-i120202686-Utah_Scenic_Byway_279_Rock_Art_Sites-Moab_Utah.html

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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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Sego Canyon

Sego Canyon

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-fremont.html

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“What did a person need to survive? Food. Water. Shelter. Warmth in cold weather. And something else… books.” – Nancy Horan

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Great Gallery

Great Gallery

http://m.deseretnews.com/article/765658938/Renowned-rock-art-in-Utah-is-younger-than-believed.html

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“There’s a saying in Japan, and it has to do with cherry-blossom viewing: hana yori dango (Dumplings over flowers). It basically means that someone should value needs over wants, substance over appearance. As in, make sure you have food and shelter before you burn money on something extravagant. And, you know, choose genuine friends who will be there for you over pretty, shallow ones. Don’t get carried away by beauty if it leaves you empty.” – Amanda Sun

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Uinta Basin Rock Art

Uinta Basin Rock Art

http://www.jqjacobs.net/rock_art/ne_utah1.html

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“Language is a door. Words en-trance and are an entrance; they draw you in. When you read, the book you cradle disappears and the tales within unfold in your mind. Writing is a shelter of words and reading an interior adventure.” – Laurie Seidler

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