Reputation.

June 30, 2013 § 2 Comments

“Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

 

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Grand-Staircase-Escalante

Grand-Staircase-Escalante

http://www.garystravels.com/2012/12/16/americas-scenic-byways-southwest/

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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Kellerr

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Grand Staircase Escalante

Grand Staircase Escalante

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grand-Staircase_Escalante_1.jpg

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“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” – Cassandra Clare

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Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase

http://news.discovery.com/adventure/montana/9-remote-treks-in-the-lower-48.htm

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“Reputation is what others think of us; character is what we know of us. When you spend a lot of energy trying to repair a few moments of time that destroyed the view others once had of you, or a judgment someone made of you, true or not, then you must ask yourself, why take on the problem when it is really them?”  – Tambre Bryant

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Grand Staircase Rock Art

Grand Staircase Rock Art

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begins near Ruby’s Inn and is a very unique region of canyons, arches, plateaus and cliffs. This area, which comprises 1.7 million acres, was designated a National Monument just recently in 1996 and is considered to be one of the last explored areas of the continental United States.

Various Native American Indians and their dwellings have inhabited this area for nearly 2,000 years. Writings and even their food storage areas are still visible in the cliffs and canyons of this region.

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is partly named for the Escalante River, which flows from Boulder Mountain to the Colorado River. Deep canyons and gorges have been carved over eons of time. These sandstone labyrinths with unusual rock shapes and slot canyons offer some of the best hiking and backpacking in the world.

When early geologists saw the series of cliffs and plateaus rising 6,000 feet from the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon to Bryce Canyon, they called it the Grand Staircase. Three billion years of geologic history make up the layers of sedimentary rocks. Each of the five “steps” has been eroded, revealing cliffs of distinctive color. Travelers can see the Grand Staircase from some of the viewpoints in Bryce Canyon.

http://www.rubysinn.com/escalante-grand-staircase.html

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Grand Staircase geology

Grand Staircase geology

….the Grand Canyon on the south (right side of illustration) to the Aquarius Plateau on the north, the land steps down and then back up again.   On the chart you will notice a lower central valley, and as you move left across the illustration you will see a series of formations going up from the Vermillion Cliffs, White Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, Pink Cliffs to the Aquarius Plateau.

The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is unique in several different ways.   For one thing, the Grand Staircase is the first national monument to not be managed by the National Park Service.   The Bureau of Land Management has responsibility for this mass of unique land formations that covers over 1.9 million acres.

http://brycecanyoncountry.com/blog/2011/01/grand-staircase-escalante-national-monument/

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Neon Canyon

Neon Canyon

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neon_Canyon,_Grand_Staircase-Escalante.jpg

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“Never pay attention to someone who has not earned your respect.”  – Habeeb Akande

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Choprock Canyon

Choprock Canyon

http://www.rouchnaturephotos.com/Landscapes/Landscapes-Out-West/7900325_QK6MmV/885286713_kMLdDJG#!i=885286713&k=kMLdDJG

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“It is difficult to make a reputation, but is even more difficult seriously to mar a reputation once properly made — so faithful is the public.”  – Arnold Bennett

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Grand Staircase back road

Grand Staircase back road

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Utah/Grand_Staircase_Escalante_National_Monument-882632/Local_Customs-Grand_Staircase_Escalante_National_Monument-TG-C-1.html

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“If you want to discover the true character of a person, you have only to observe what they are passionate about.”  – Shannon Alder

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Zebra Canyon

Zebra Canyon

http://climb-utah.com/Escalante/zebra.htm

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“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.”  – Joseph Hall

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GSENM

GSENM

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/grand_staircase-escalante/Recreation.html

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“Character is what you are. Reputation is what people think you are.”  – Henry H. Saunderson

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Grand Staircase

Grand Staircase

http://geotripper.blogspot.com/2012/05/name-that-park-answers-to-yesterdays.html

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“Reputation is what others think of us; character is what God knows of us. When you have spent what feels like eternity trying to repair a few moments of time that destroyed the view others once had of you then you must ask yourself if you have the problem or is it really them? God doesn’t make us try so hard…..only enemies do.”  – Shannon Alder

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Evening.

June 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

“The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater—a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in.”  – Olivia Howard Dunbar

 

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does in tall grass

does in tall grass

http://mountainhay.com/

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“Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful ev’ning in.”  – William Cowper

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5 acre land colorado

5 acre land colorado

http://www.coloradomtnproperty.net/

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“Now the evening’s at its noon, its meridian. The outgoing tide has simmered down, and there’s a lull-like the calm in the eye of a hurricane – before the reverse tide starts to set in.

The last acts of the three-act plays are now on, and the after-theater eating places are beginning to fill up with early comers; Danny’s and Lindy’s – yes, and Horn & Hardart too. Everybody has got where they wanted to go – and that was out somewhere. Now everybody will want to get back where they came from – and that’s home somewhere. Or as the coffee-grinder radio, always on the beam, put it at about this point: ‘New York, New York, it’s a helluva town, The Bronx is up, the Battery’s down, And the people ride around in a hole in the ground.

Now the incoming tide rolls in; the hours abruptly switch back to single digits again, and it’s a little like the time you put your watch back on entering a different time zone. Now the buses knock off and the subway expresses turn into locals and the locals space themselves far apart; and as Johnny Carson’s face hits millions of screens all at one and the same time, the incoming tide reaches its crest and pounds against the shore. There’s a sudden splurge, a slew of taxis arriving at the hotel entrance one by one as regularly as though they were on a conveyor belt, emptying out and then going away again.

Then this too dies down, and a deep still sets in. It’s an around-the-clock town, but this is the stretch; from now until the garbage-grinding trucks come along and tear the dawn to shreds, it gets as quiet as it’s ever going to get.

This is the deep of the night, the dregs, the sediment at the bottom of the coffee cup. The blue hours; when guys’ nerves get tauter and women’s fears get greater. Now guys and girls make love, or kill each other or sometimes both. And as the windows on the ‘Late Show’ title silhouette light up one by one, the real ones all around go dark. And from now on the silence is broken only by the occasional forlorn hoot of a bogged-down drunk or the gutted-cat squeal of a too sharply swerved axle coming around a turn. Or as Billy Daniels sang it in Golden Boy: While the city sleeps, And the streets are clear, There’s a life that’s happening here…” – Cornell Woolrich

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Wupatki

Wupatki

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-ancientpuebloans.html

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“Soon they were all sitting on the rocky ledge, which was still warm, watching the sun go down into the lake. It was the most beautiful evening, with the lake as blue as a cornflower and the sky flecked with rosy clouds. They held their hard-boiled eggs in one hand and a piece of bread and butter in the other, munching happily. There was a dish of salt for everyone to dip their eggs into.

‘I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors,’ said George.”  – Enid Blyton

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simple.

June 28, 2013 § 2 Comments

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”  – Albert Einstein

 

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Road near mt. waas

Road near mt. waas

http://kootation.com/coloradoriver-and-road-128.html

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“When you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.”  – William of Ockham

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Mount Waas Utah

Mount Waas Utah

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-waas/151918

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“The dog’s agenda is simple, fathomable, overt: I want. “I want to go out, come in, eat something, lie here, play with that, kiss you. There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or grudges if a request is denied.”  – Caroline Knapp

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Mt Peale

Mt Peale

http://sonnybou.ca/ssbou2010/pealetalkingtukuhnikivatz.html

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“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”  – L.M. Montgomery

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compass.

June 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Choosing with integrity means finding ways to speak up that honor your reality, the reality of others, and your willingness to meet in the center of that large field. It’s hard sometimes.”  – Terry Tempest Williams

 

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Nakai Dome

Nakai Dome

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19901507

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“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Nakai Dome

Nakai Dome

http://www.summitpost.org/nokai-dome-from-less-than-a-mile-away/645454

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“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”  – Barbara De Angelis

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Ethics.

June 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

“The only thing that guarantees an open-ended collaboration among human beings, the only thing that guarantees that this project is truly open-ended, is a willingness to have our beliefs and behaviors modified by the power of conversation.”  – Sam Harris

 

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Ute Mountain

Ute Mountain

http://bluffutah.org/find-yourself/

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“Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us.”  – Matthew Scully

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Ute Mountain

Ute Mountain

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ute-Mountain-Ute-Annual-Beardance-Run/146739908728680

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“If there were a party of those who aren’t sure they’re right, I’d belong to it. ” – Albert Camus

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Near Ute Mountain

Near Ute Mountain

http://www.taoslandandfilm.com/taos-land-for-sale/off-grid-land-Sunshine-Valley-Taos-County

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“You’re trying to be tricky. What’s morality?”
“It’s the difference between what’s right and what you can rationalize.”
“Must be a human thing.”
“Exactly.”  – Christopher Moore

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Experience II.

June 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

“When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller.”  – Robert McKee

 

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Looking into Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon from the Mogollon Rim

Looking into Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon from the Mogollon Rim

http://www.silverspurtours.com/destination-oak-creek-canyon/

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“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”  – C.S. Lewis

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

http://www.heavenlyscent.net/oak_creek.htm

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“Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.”  – Alfred North Whitehead

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Oak Creek Canyon road

Oak Creek Canyon road

http://travelblog.mostlyfiction.com/?cat=10

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“That chain of relationships made me think of how connections are made–you read a book, you meet a person, you have a single experience, and your life is changed in some way. No act, therefore, however small, should be dismissed or ignored.”  – Howard Zinn

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Oak Creek Canyo

Oak Creek Canyon

http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/slideshow-photo/oak-creek-canyon-slide-rock-sedona-united-states.html?sid=12191072&fid=upload_12909280741-tpfil02aw-4922

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“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances.”  – Martha Washington

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

http://www.davestravelcorner.com/photos/unitedstates/arizona/

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“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”  – Rainer Maria Rilke

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oak creek canyon road

oak creek canyon road

http://lindathompson.blogspot.com/2010/10/arizona-in-autumn.html

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“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”  Ansel Adams

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experience.

June 23, 2013 § 2 Comments

 

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”  – Aldoux Huxley

 

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North Lovell Peak NV

North Lovell Peak NV

http://www.summitpost.org/north-lovell-peak/566194

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“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out they way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.”  – Goldie Hawn

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Pyramid Peak seen from the summit of Jeff Davis Peak in Great Basin National Park, NV

Pyramid Peak seen from the summit of Jeff Davis Peak in Great Basin National Park, NV

http://www.summitpost.org/pyramid-peak/510544

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“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”  – Eckhart Tolle

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Horse Springs Formation along the North Shore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Horse Springs Formation along the North Shore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

http://3dparks.wr.usgs.gov/coloradoplateau/lexicon/horsespring.htm

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

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