Matter.

December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.” – Orman Pamuk

 

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Yuba River

Yuba River

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“We’re all people”, he said simply. “It doesn’t matter if you’re two, thirty-two, or ninety-two. Everyone wants to be treated with respect. Everyone wants to feel like they matter in this world.” – Megan McCafferty

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El Dorado National Forest

El Dorado National Forest

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“The Hopi, an Indian tribe, have a language as sophisticated as ours, but no tenses for past, present and future. The division does not exist. What does this say about time?

Matter, that thing the most solid and the well-known, which you are holding in your hands and which makes up your body, is now known to be mostly empty space. Empty space and points of light. What does this say about the reality of the world?” – Jeanette Winterson

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El Dorado NF

El Dorado NF

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“A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson

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El Dorado National Forest Winter

El Dorado National Forest Winter

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“Such a number of nights,’ said the girl, with a touch of woman’s tenderness, which communicated something like sweetness of tone, even to her voice; ‘such a number of nights as I’ve been patient with you, nursing and caring for you, as if you had been a child: and this the first that I’ve seen you like yourself; you wouldn’t have served me as you did just now, if you’d thought of that, would you? Come, come; say you wouldn’t.” – Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

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seasonal waterfall that appears in El Dorado National Forest

seasonal waterfall that appears in El Dorado National Forest

Even though Horsetail Falls can only be seen in the late winter and early spring, it makes up for its seasonality with a stunning, unusual visual effect: in February, at sundown, when the sky is clear, it takes on a golden, lavalike glow that makes it look almost like an erupting volcano.

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“If one has failed to develop curiosity and interest in the early years, it is a good idea to acquire them now, before it is too late to improve the quality of life.
To do so is fairly easy in principle, but more difficult in practice. Yet it is sure worth trying. The first step is to develop the habit of doing whatever needs to be done with concentrated attention, with skill rather than inertia. Even the most routine tasks, like washing dishes, dressing, or mowing the lawn become more rewarding if we approach them with the care it would take to make a work of art. The next step is to transfer some psychic energy each day from tasks that we don’t like doing, or from passive leisure, into something we never did before, or something we enjoy doing but don’t do often enough because it seems too much trouble. There are literally millions of potentially interesting things in the world to see, to do, to learn about. But they don’t become actually interesting until we devote attention to them.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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