love.

February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”  – Bob Marley

 

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Mount Konocti from Clear Lake

Mount Konocti from Clear Lake

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Konocti

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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”  – Louise Erdrich

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Clear Lake

Clear Lake

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/7542623

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“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”  – Jess C. Scott

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pause.

February 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

“The spirit, by its very nature, is Slow.” – Carl Honore’

 

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near Colorado river UT

near Colorado river UT

http://www.simmonsbuntin.com/images/gallery/2006/utah/

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“If the simplest of walks is a stroll to the local park or round one’s garden, the simplest of pauses is the glance out of the window or up at the sky: the glance out at something larger than oneself. Both walking and pausing allow in this larger world, making for a new and more generous sense of perspective.” – Christian McEwen

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Colorado River at Goose Island Campground

Colorado River at Goose Island Campground

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/11101063

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“I am not the only one who finds it difficult to pause. Music teachers report that their otherwise talented students have a hard time playing rests. Technicians excise modest stretches of “dead air” from poetry and concert recordings. ….No less a figure than Oscar Wilde wrote that “to do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual….The contemplative life, the life that has for its aim not doing, but being, and not being merely, but becoming – this is what the critical spirit can give is. The gods live this.”” – Christian McEwen

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Colorado River near Moab

Colorado River near Moab

http://www.ilovehistory.utah.gov/place/land/provinces/colorado_plateau.html

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“If you let the silence of

afternoon pool around you, that serenity

may last a long time….

This whole world is yours, you know. You can

breathe it and think about it and dream after this

wherever you go. It’s all right. Nobody cares.” – William Stafford

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Colorado River in The Big Bend area

Colorado River in The Big Bend area

http://photowalk.mostlyfiction.com/category/places/utah/

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“Much later, I thought back over that day and realized how precisely balanced it had been, how entirely equinoctial…..I’d been quietly responsible in a daily way, and I’d been attentive to the needs of the spirit and the passing of the seasons.  And, in doing so, I had arrived, as so often, at a place of peace.” – Christian McEwen

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trust.

February 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Trust starts with truth and ends with truth.”  – Santosh Kalwar

 

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Oak tree

Oak tree

http://walking-on-water.org/self-help/motivational/the-oak-tree-and-what-is-right%E2%80%A6/

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“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.”  – C. Joybell C.

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Bur Oak tree

Bur Oak tree

http://www.ohio-nature.com/bur-oak.html

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“Love is a verb, not a noun. It is active. Love is not just feelings of passion and romance. It is behavior.” – Susan Forward

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Massive Redwood

Massive Redwood

http://www.redkabbage.com/gallery/image/massive-redwood-tree

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“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them”  – Thomas Merton

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along Corte Madera Creek on Mt. Tamalpais

along Corte Madera Creek on Mt. Tamalpais

http://www.magicalmomentphotos.com/2284/redwood-trees-celebrating-a-century-of-conservation/

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“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.” – Hermann Hesse

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meaning.

February 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

“…along with the other animals, the stones, the trees, and the clouds, we ourselves are characters within a huge story that is visibly unfolding all around us, participants within the vast imagination, or Dreaming, of the world.”  – David Abram

 

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Sandstone outcroppings in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Sandstone outcroppings in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

http://www.mccullagh.org/photo/1ds-13/red-rock-canyon-sandstone

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“To our indigenous ancestors, and to the many aboriginal peoples who still hold fast to their oral traditions, language is less a human possession than it is a property of the animate earth itself, an expressive, telluric power in which we, along with the coyotes and the crickets, all participate. Each creature enacts this expressive magic in its own manner, the honeybee with its waggle dance no less than a bellicose, harrumphing sea lion.

Nor is this power restricted solely to animals. The whispered hush of the uncut grasses at dawn, the plaintive moan of trunks rubbing against one another in the deep woods, or the laughter of birch leaves as the wind gusts through their branches all bear a thicket of many-layered meanings for those who listen carefully. In the Pacific Northwest I met a man who had schooled himself in the speech of needled evergreens; on a breezy day you could drive him, blindfolded, to any patch of coastal forest and place him, still blind, beneath a particular tree — after a few moments he would tell you, by listening, just what species of pine or spruce or fir stood above him (whether he stood beneath a Douglas fir or a grand fir, a Sitka spruce or a western red cedar). His ears were attuned, he said, to the different dialects of the trees.”  – David Abram

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Aerial Red Rock Canyon NV

Aerial Red Rock Canyon NV

http://www.campingtourist.com/camping-spots/nevadas-red-rock-canyon-national-conservation-area/

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“Such reciprocity is the very structure of perception. We experience the sensuous world only by rendering ourselves vulnerable to that world. Sensory perception is this ongoing interweavement: the terrain enters into us only to the extent that we allow ourselves to be taken up within that terrain.”  – David Abram

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Near NV-157

Near NV-157

http://myown100hikes.blogspot.com/2013/05/hike-2013029-la-madre-mountains.html

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“All things have the capacity for speech — all beings have the ability to communicate something of themselves to other beings. Indeed, what is perception if not the experience of this gregarious, communicative power of things, wherein even obstensibly ‘inert’ objects radiate out of themselves, conveying their shapes, hues, and rhythms to other beings and to us, influencing and informing our breathing bodies though we stand far apart from those things?

Not just animals and plants, then, but tumbling waterfalls and dry riverbeds, gusts of wind, compost piles and cumulus clouds, freshly painted houses (as well as houses abandoned and sometimes haunted), rusting automobiles, feathers, granite cliffs and grains of sand, tax forms, dormant volcanoes, bays and bayous made wretched by pollutants, snowdrifts, shed antlers, diamonds, and daikon radishes, all are expressive, sometimes eloquent and hence participant in the mystery of language. Our own chatter erupts in response to the abundant articulations of the world: human speech is simply our part of a much broader conversation.

It follows that the myriad things are also listening, or attending, to various signs and gestures around them. Indeed, when we are at ease in our animal flesh, we will sometimes feel we are being listened to, or sensed, by the earthly surroundings. And so we take deeper care with our speaking, mindful that our sounds may carry more than a merely human meaning and resonance. This care — this full-bodied alertness — is the ancient, ancestral source of all word magic. It is the practice of attention to the uncanny power that lives in our spoken phrases to touch and sometimes transform the tenor of the world’s unfolding.”  – David Abram

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Red Rock Canyon Mojave Desert

Red Rock Canyon Mojave Desert

http://www.mccullagh.org/photo/1ds-13/red-rock-canyon-sandstone

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“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”  – Martin Buber

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Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

http://avisiblevoice.blogspot.com/2010/05/red-rock-canyon-nevada.html

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“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man’s life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience. ”  – Martin Buber

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Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

http://losoboy.com/

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“My religion is nature. That’s what arouses those feelings of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.”  – Oliver Sacks

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Red Rock Canyon Oak Creek Trailhead

Red Rock Canyon Oak Creek Trailhead

http://360panos.com/local/RedRockCanyonNevada.php

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“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves, whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds, to rise above our immediate surroundings.

We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other, or transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear. We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions, a more intense sense of the here and now, the beauty and value of the world we live in.”  – Oliver Sacks

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Red Rock Canyon in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas

Red Rock Canyon in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas

http://360panos.com/local/RedRockCanyonNevada.php

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“The inexpressible depth of music, so easy to understand and yet so inexplicable, is due to the fact that it reproduces all the emotions of our innermost being, but entirely without reality and remote from its pain…Music expresses only the quintessence of life and of its events, never these themselves.”  – Oliver Sacks

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give.

February 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

“You don’t do kind deeds expecting kindness in return. You don’t do kind deeds because you deem the recipient worthy. You do kind deeds because it’s who you are, and because you understand the powerful difference your gentle hand makes in this dreary world.”  – Richelle E. Goodrich

 

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Modoc Plateau

Modoc Plateau

http://www.rediscoveringthegoldenstate.com/modoc-plateau/

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“Secrets. Funny how, when you’re about to be given something precious, something you’ve wanted for a long time, you suddenly feel nervous over taking it.
Everyone wants more than anything to be allowed into someone else’s most secret self. Everyone wants to allow someone into their most secret self. Everyone feels so alone inside that their deepest wish is for someone to know their secret being, because then they are alone no longer. Don’t we all long for this? Yet when it’s offered it’s frightening, because you might not live up to the desires of the one who bestows the gift. And frightening because you know that accepting such a gift means you’ll want-perhaps be expected- to offer a similar gift in return. Which means giving your *self* away. And what’s more frightening than that?”  – Aidan Chambers

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Antelope Modoc

Antelope Modoc NWR

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Modoc/what_we_do/resource_management/thestaff.html

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“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”  – Steve Maraboli

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Warner Mountain Crest

Warner Mountain Crest

http://www.summitpost.org/california-cascades/334003

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“It’s impossible to be involved in all situations, but there’s no excuse not to be involved in something, somewhere, somehow, with someone. Make an ounce of difference.”  – Richelle E. Goodrich

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wolf.

February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The wolf exerts a powerful influence on the human imagination. It takes your stare and turns it back on you”  – Barry Lopez

 

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Original Mixed Media Charcoal of Wolf in the Snow

Original Mixed Media Charcoal of Wolf in the Snow

https://www.etsy.com/listing/170129273/original-mixed-media-charcoal-of-wolf-in

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“Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves.”  – Angela Carter

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design.

February 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Design is a fundamental human activity, relevant and useful to everyone. Anything humans create—be it product, communication or system—is a result of the process of making inspiration real. I believe in doing what works as circumstances change: quirky or unusual solutions are often good ones. Nature bends and so should we as appropriate. Nature is always right outside our door as a reference and touch point. We should use it far more than we do.”  – Maggie Macnab

 

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Grassy Mountain Utah

Grassy Mountain Utah

http://www.summitpost.org/grassy-mountain-ut/512787

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Eventually everything connects — people, ideas, objects…the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se…I don’t believe in this ‘gifted few’ concept, just in people doing things they are really interested in doing. They have a way of getting good at whatever it is.”  – James Eames

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