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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