autumn.

October 24, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”  – Lauren DeStefano

 

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Red Fox photograph, brown and orange animal photo, fine art nature photography

Red Fox photograph, brown and orange animal photo, fine art nature photography

https://www.etsy.com/listing/94078196/red-fox-photograph-brown-and-orange?ref=tre-2726953314-1

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“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street…by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.” – Hal Borland

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AUTUMN Painting Tree oil Painting tree landscapes by listed artisr Graham gercken

AUTUMN Painting Tree oil Painting tree landscapes by listed artisr Graham gercken

https://www.etsy.com/listing/122391147/autumn-painting-tree-oil-painting-tree?ref=tre-2726953314-6

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VogueTeam for Vintage Fall 75/25 #vogueteam:

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NzA0NjQyMHwyNzI2OTUzMzE0/vogueteam-for-vintage-fall-7525?ref=pr_treasury

 

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authentic.

October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

“We all have an inner intuition for authenticity, for matched up internal and external truth. When we detect this, we feel immediate comfort. We know truth when we hear it.” – Vironika Tugaleva

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

http://www.everytrail.com/destination/grand-staircase-escalante-national-monument

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“Within the depths of authenticity lives integrity; waiting for our return. When we arrive, we are met with effortless joy, abundant living, peace and wholeness–nothing lacking, nothing broken. This is soul equanimity, the state of pure alignment with will of Source and will of self.” – LaShaun Mddlebrooks Collier

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Gratitude.

October 18, 2014 § 2 Comments

“There is a wave of gratefulness because people are becoming aware how important this is and how this can change our world. It can change our world in immensely important ways, because if you’re grateful, you’re not fearful, and if you’re not fearful, you’re not violent. If you’re grateful, you act out of a sense of enough and not of a sense of scarcity, and you are willing to share. If you are grateful, you are enjoying the differences between people, and you are respectful to everybody, and that changes this power pyramid under which we live.” – David Steindl-Rast

 

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Oak Creek Canyon aerial

Oak Creek Canyon aerial

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-slide-fire-in-oak-creek-canyon.html

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“Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” – Steve Maraboli

 

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/nebraska/explore/why-i-give-stacy-simon.xml

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“Our holiday food splurge was a small crate of tangerines, which we found ridiculously thrilling after an eight-month abstinence from citrus…. Lily hugged each one to her chest before undressing it as gently as a doll. Watching her do that as she sat cross-legged on the floor one morning in pink pajamas, with bliss lighting her cheeks, I thought: Lucky is the world, to receive this grateful child. Value is not made of money, but a tender balance of expectation and longing.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

https://www.artforconservation.org/store/product_details.php?pr=186

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“I have learned over a period of time to be almost unconsciously grateful–as a child is–for a sunny day, blue water, flowers in a vase, a tree turning red. I have learned to be glad at dawn and when the sky is dark. Only children and a few spiritually evolved people are born to feel gratitude as naturally as they breathe, without even thinking. Most of us come to it step by painful step, to discover that gratitude is a form of acceptance.” – Faith Baldwin

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/oak-creek-canyon/

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“I made cranberry sauce, and when it was done put it into a dark blue bowl for the beautiful contrast. I was thinking, doing this, about the old ways of gratitude: Indians thanking the deer they’d slain, grace before supper, kneeling before bed. I was thinking that gratitude is too much absent in our lives now, and we need it back, even if it only takes the form of acknowledging the blue of a bowl against the red of cranberries.” – Elizabeth Berg

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Oak Creek Canyon Fall

Oak Creek Canyon Fall

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“If there is one thing the psychic taught me, it’s that people and events are rarely who and what we think they are. They are more meaningful, more worth our attention-part of some finely choreographed, eternal dance that we would be wise to bow down before in gratitude and humility.” – Leslie Morgan Steiner

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drama.

October 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

“The same principles that make up a good story also make up a good life.” – Donald Miller

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Mesa Verde NP

Mesa Verde NP

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/mesa-verde-national-park/

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“[There’s a] point where you have to leave the dough alone. It’s silly to anthropomorphize bread, but I love the fact that it needs to sit quietly, to retreat from touch and noise and drama, in order to evolve.

I have to admit, I often feel that way myself.” – Jodi Picoult

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strength.

October 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

“We’re built of contradictions, all of us. It’s those opposing forces that give us strength, like an arch, each block pressing the next. Give me a man whose parts are all aligned in agreement and I’ll show you madness. We walk a narrow path, insanity to each side. A man without contradictions to balance him will soon veer off.” – Mark Lawrence

 

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Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin Gulch

http://rslaybaugh.smugmug.com/keyword/2009%2004%20buckskin%20gulch%20paria%20canyon/

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“Someone once told me that life wasn’t fair…and they were right. But I don’t think that life was ever meant to be fair or perfect. It’s not the tragedy, it’s how we deal with it. It’s whether we come out stronger because of it. It’s not about blocking out the pain or hiding from it, it’s about letting the pain shape you into someone better than you were before.” – Nicole Garber

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Paria Canyon Wilderness

Paria Canyon Wilderness

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“Fear
Only
Constraints
Undeveloped
Strength where your eyes look to within,
is what your heart will believe.” – Anthony Liccione

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