life.

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally. The end result is what matters. What one felt was what one experienced. One retires to bed as wearily from having dreamed as from having done hard physical labor. One never lives so intensely as when one has been thinking hard.”  – Fernando Pessoa

 

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Mt. Tipton at sunset

Mt. Tipton at sunset

http://www.azwild.org/newsletter/2003_03_wildwatch.shtml

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“Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.”  – J.D. Stroube

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 Mt. Tipton Wilderness in Mohave County AZ

Mt. Tipton Wilderness in Mohave County AZ

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/MtTipton.html

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“The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.”  – Eudora Welty

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Private land within Mt. Tipton Wilderness

Private land within Mt. Tipton Wilderness

http://www.azwild.org/newsletter/2003_03_wildwatch.shtml

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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  – Robert Frost

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Mount Tipton Wilderness occupies the highest part of the Cerbat Range

Mount Tipton Wilderness occupies the highest part of the Cerbat Range

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/WhiteHillsWind.html

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“I don’t think immediate tragedy is a very good source of art. It can be, but too often it’s raw and painful and un-dealt-with. Sometimes art can be a really good escape from the intolerable, and a good place to go when things are bad, but that doesn’t mean you have to write directly about the bad thing; sometimes you need to let time pass, and allow the thing that hurts to get covered with layers, and then you take it out, like a pearl, and you make art out of it.

When my father died, on the plane from his funeral in the UK back to New York, still in shock, I got out my notebook and wrote a script. It was a good place to go, the place that script was, and I went there so deeply and so far that when we landed Maddy had to tap me on the arm to remind me that I had to get off the plane now. (She says I looked up at her, puzzled, and said “But I want to find out what happens next.”) It was where I went and what I did to cope, and I was amazed, some weeks later when I pulled out that notebook to start typing, to find that I’d written pretty much the entire script in that six hour journey.”  – Neil Gaiman

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