February 12, 2013 § 2 Comments
“When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows there are still more pages possible.” – Robert Henri
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The California Cascades can be divided into four general regions. In the south is the cluster of peaks surrounding Lassen Peak, the southernmost stratovolcano in the Cascade Range. In addition to the mountains around Lassen, there is a series of lower volcanic peaks that dot the crest of the range. The second section of the California Cascades is dominated by the Medicine Lake Caldera. Numerous peaks surround the volcanic basin that contains Medicine Lake. The Modoc Plateau extends east from the Medicine Lake highlands before terminating at the foot of the Warner Mountains on the fringes of the Great Basin. The third section of the California Cascades is dominated by Mt. Shasta. Some of the highest peaks in the entire Cascade Range huddle at the foot of Shasta, yet the magnificent, glacier clad mountain handily drapes them in a cloak of mystery and they are, for the most part, unknown to most people. The final stretch of the California Cascades extends north of Shasta to the Oregon border. This area closely resembles the mountains north of Lassen Peak in terms of composition and appearance.
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“In my own worst seasons I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full, dark sphere behind the crescent moon. Until I learned to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.” – Barbara Kingsolver
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