July 12, 2012 § 3 Comments

“We’re all strangers connected by what we reveal, what we share, what we take away–our stories. I guess that’s what I love about books–they are thin strands of humanity that tether us to one another for a small bit of time, that make us feel less alone or even more comfortable with our aloneness, if need be.”  – Libba Bray



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Agnew Meadows

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“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”  – Nora Ephron

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Inyo National Forest by Kevin Cressey

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“I believe in the magic of books. I believe that during certain periods in our lives we are drawn to particular books–whether it’s strolling down the aisles of a bookshop with no idea whatsoever of what it is that we want to read and suddenly finding the most perfect, most wonderfully suitable book staring us right in the face. Unblinking. Or a chance meeting with a stranger or friend who recommends a book we would never ordinarily reach for. Books have the ability to find their own way into our lives.”  – Ceceilia Ahern

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Alpine meadow Inyo National Forest

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“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”  – Carlos Ruiz Zafon’

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Bristlecone pine at sunset White Mountains Inyo National Forest

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“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”  – Alan Bennett

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Inyo National Forest by Sue Weiss

“Sagebrush is an emblem of the mountain West. Its grey leaves and pale yellow inflorescences inspire differing emotions in different people, or even in the same people at different times. I have known people who, on coming to Nevada, have declared it the ugliest land ever to meet there gaze, only to remain there and become enchanted by the silvery carpet of sagebrush covering the hills and mountains there.” – Forest Jay Gauna

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”  – James Baldwin

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Little Lakes/Mosquito Flat Trail, Rock Creek, Inyo National Forest

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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  – Oscar Wilde

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North Zone of the Inyo National Forest

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“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”  – Joyce Carol Oates

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§ 3 Responses to Sage.

  • Some of those Inyo Forest photos look very familiar…

    • southwestdesertlover says:

      It’s something how certain areas resonate in a similar fashion. There are places farther north as well as in Nevada that remind me to Inyo. Perhaps similar geology, flora and fauna, maybe?

      • You’re absolutely right. Although we have done a bit of hiking in the Inyo area – in particular around Mt Whitney. In fact we managed to get to over 12,000 feet one year on the Whitney Trail, before we had to turn back due to unsafe weather conditions. Happy memories!

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