Human.

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

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Nopah Range

Nopah Range

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/68218225

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“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer

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Nopah Range

Nopah Range

http://www.blm.gov/ca/news/newsbytes/2006_partners/sca.html

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“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Nopah Range aerial

Nopah Range aerial

Nopah Range

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

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Stories II

February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

“The telling and hearing of stories is a bonding ritual that breaks through illusions of separateness and activates a deep sense of our collective interdependence.” – Annette Simmons

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Toiyabe Dome

Toiyabe Dome

http://www.touristlink.com/united-states/toiyabe-dome-range.html

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“Humans like stories. Humans need stories. Stories are good. Stories work. Story clarifies and captures the essence of the human spirit. Story, in all its forms—of life, of love, of knowledge—has traced the upward surge of mankind. And story, you mark my words, will be with the last human to draw breath.” – Jasper Fforde

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Arc Dome Wilderness

Arc Dome Wilderness

http://wildernessvagabond.com/toiyabe07/toiyabe07.htm

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“Stories are the only enchantment possible, for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are saved.” – Anais Nin

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Arc Dome Loop

Arc Dome Loop

http://www.backpacker.com/destinations/hikes/30922

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“There is, of course, always the personal satisfaction of writing down one’s experiences so they may be saved, caught and pinned under glass, hoarded against the winter of forgetfulness. Time has been cheated a little, at least in one’s own life, and a personal, trivial immortality of an old self assured. And there is another personal satisfaction: that of the people who like to recount their adventures, the diary-keepers, the story-tellers, the letter-writers, a strange race of people who feel half cheated of an experience unless it is retold. It does not really exist until it is put into words. As though a little doubting or dull, they could not see it until it is repeated. For, paradoxically enough, the more unreal an experience becomes – translated from real action into unreal words, dead symbols for life itself – the more vivid it grows. Not only does it seem more vivid, but its essential core becomes clearer. One says excitedly to an audience, ‘Do you see – I can’t tell you how strange it was – we all of us felt…’ although actually, at the time of incident, one was not conscious of such a feeling, and only became so in the retelling. It is as inexplicable as looking all afternoon at a gray stone of a beach, and not realizing, until one tries to put it on canvas, that is in reality bright blue.” – Ann Morrow Lindbergh

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Photo: Brian Beffort (Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail)

Photo: Brian Beffort (Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail)

http://www.nevadamagazine.com/issues/read/silver_trails_off_the_beaten_path/

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“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.” – Neil Gaiman

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Stories.

February 26, 2013 § 2 Comments

 

 

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” – Gilda Radnor

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Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon

http://dangergarden.blogspot.com/2011/12/chaco-canyon.html

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

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Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon

http://www.laughingraventours.com/ancientRuins.html

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“When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.” – John Berger

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Petroglyphs Chaco

Petroglyphs Chaco

http://www.campinglife.com/feature-stories/chaco-canyon-camping/

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“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – Patrick Rothfuss

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Pueblo Bonito

Pueblo Bonito

http://www.desertlavender.com/new-mexico/chaco-canyon.php

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“Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas-abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken-and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.” – Neil Gaiman. “Fragile Things”.

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Chaco

Chaco

“From Chaco Canyon, we followed Route 7500, a featureless gravel road that goes from nowhere to nowhere. We passed right by the parking lot for the De-Na-Zin, or eastern section of the Bisti-De-Na-Zin Wilderness. There is no correlation between surface roads and most maps of this area.”

http://www.desertlavender.com/new-mexico/chaco-canyon.php

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“Stories nurture our connection to place and to each other. They show us where we have been and where we can go. They remind us of how to be human, how to live alongside the other lives that animate this planet. … When we lose stories, our understanding of the world is less rich, less true.” – Susan J. Tweit

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South of Crown Point, Route 371

South of Crown Point, Route 371

http://www.desertlavender.com/new-mexico/chaco-canyon.php

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“Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don’t do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering.” – Rachel Naomi Remen

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Mummy Cave, Chaco Culture National Historic Park

Mummy Cave, Chaco Culture National Historic Park

http://www.wanderlustimages.com/gallery/Stock/lifestyle/garber_060704_6634.JPG.php

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“But what are our stories if not the mirrors we hold up to our fears?” – Wally Lamb

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ChacoCanyon-Pueblo Bonita

ChacoCanyon-Pueblo Bonita

http://www.cse.sc.edu/~jimdavis/Personal/Photographs/NewMexico-Arizona-June04/new_mexico-June04.htm

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“Our dreams and stories may contain implicit aspects of our lives even without our awareness. In fact, storytelling may be a primary way in which we can linguistically communicate to others–as well as to ourselves–the sometimes hidden contents of our implicitly remembering minds. Stories make available perspectives on the emotional themes of our implicit memory that may otherwise be consciously unavailable to us. This may be one reason why journal writing and intimate communication with others, which are so often narrative processes, have such powerful organizing effects on the mind: They allow us to modulate our emotions and make sense of the world.” – Daniel J. Siegel

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Chaco interior rooms

Chaco interior rooms

http://4cornershikesnavajo.blogspot.com/2008/09/pueblo-bonito-trail-at-chaco-canyon.html

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“Stories are webs, interconnected strand to strand, and you follow each story to the center, because the center is the end. Each person is a strand of the story.” – Neil Gaiman

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Balance.

February 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Physics depends on a universe infinitely centred on an equals sign.” – Mark Z. Danielewski

 

 

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Great Basin NP

Great Basin NP

http://www.nps.gov/grba/photosmultimedia/Winter-Landscapes-Gallery.htm

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“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.” – Anais Nin

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Baker NV

Baker NV

http://www.greatbasinpark.com/

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“In each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice. We’re each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there is a lot of grey to work with. No one can live in the light all the time.” – Libba Bray

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Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park

http://www.sheknows.com/living/travel-gallery/20-must-see-national-parks-gallery/great-basin-national-park-nevada

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“There are moments when i wish i could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have a feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. So I take the memories as they come, accepting them all, letting them guide me whenever I can.” – Nicholas Sparks

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Just one thing.

February 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Ultimately, I found my instincts mirrored in a line from Thoreau: ‘My needle…always settles between west and south-southwest. The future lies that way to me, and the earth seems more exhausted and richer on that side.” – Phillip Connors

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“…..There is the Young Girl in me traveling west
With the Bear which taught me to look inside.
The Bear stood by himself and said,
There is a Time for Being Alone
So that you do not take on
The appearance of your friends.
There is a time for being at home with yourself….” – Nancy Wood

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Cattle drive

Cattle drive

http://www.snakeriverphotography.com/

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“I was headed out down a long bone-white road, straight as a string and smooth as glass and glittering and wavering in the heat and humming under the tires like a plucked nerve. I was doing seventy-five but I never seemed to catch up with the pool which seemed to be over the road just this side of the horizon. Then, after a while, the sun was in my eyes, for I was driving west. So I pulled the sun screen down and squinted and put the throttle to the floor. And kept on moving west. For West is where we all plan to go some day. It is where you go when the land gives out and the old-field pines encroach. It is where you go when you get the letter saying: Flee, all is discovered. It is where you go when you look down at the blade in your hand and the blood on it. It is where you go when you are told that you are a bubble on the tide of empire. It is where you go when you hear that thar’s gold in them-thar hills. It is where you go to grow up with the country. It is where you go to spend your old age. Or it is just where you go.
It was just where I went.” – Robert Penn Warren

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Cattle

Cattle – Wyoming

“Compared to us, City Slickers is a pony ride…..This is reality. We don’t schedule phony stampedes, cloudbursts, blizzards, rodeos, wagon wrecks, or brush fires. They happen all on their own…”

http://www.doublerafter.com/

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“The way Mom saw it, women should let menfolk do the work because it made them feel more manly. That notion only made sense if you had a strong man willing to step up and get things done, and between Dad’s gimp, Buster’s elaborate excuses, and Apache’s tendency to disappear, it was often up to me to keep the place from falling apart. But even when everyone was pitching in, we never got out from under all the work. I loved that ranch, though sometimes it did seem that instead of us owning the place, the place owned us.” – Jeanette Walls, “Half Broke Horses”.

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Rest.

February 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

 

“Adventure without repose is like exercise without rest. Rather inefficient.” – Brandon A. Trean

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Milky Way over Arches

Milky Way over Arches

http://looneynature.com/milky-way-above-utah/

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“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” – Leo Tolstoy

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Feast.

February 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

“…but I still think that one of the pleasantest of all emotions is to know that I, I with my brain and my hands, have nourished my beloved few, that I have concocted a stew or a story, a rarity or a plain dish, to sustain them truly against the hungers of the world.” – M.F.K Fisher

 

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

http://littourati.squarespace.com/main_page/2011/4/22/blue-highways-cedar-breaks-national-monument-utah.html

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“It took me several years of such periods of being alone to learn how to care for myself, at least at table. I came to believe that since nobody else dared feed me as I wished to be fed, I must do it myself, and with as much aplomb as I could muster. Enough of hit-and-miss suppers of tinned soup and boxed biscuits and an occasional egg just because I had failed once more to rate an invitation!” – M.F.K. Fisher

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Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/3186066

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“But if I must be alone, I refuse to be alone as if it were something weak and distasteful, like convalescence.” – M.F.K. Fisher

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Marmot at Cedar Breaks

Marmot at Cedar Breaks

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/robroy/sets/72157631257446558/

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“I think that when two people are able to weave that kind of invisible thread of understanding and sympathy between each other, that delicate web, they should not risk tearing it. It is too rare, and it lasts too short a time at best….” – M.F.K. Fisher

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Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks

http://forums.mtbr.com/photography-mountain-bikers/photography-thread-709713-7.html

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“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.” – M.F.K. Fisher

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