brave.

November 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Being brave enough to be alone frees you up to invite people into your life because you want them and not because you need them.” – Mandy Hale

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Klamath Basin NWR

Klamath Basin NWR

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

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“The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasums, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Modoc NWR deer

Modoc NWR deer

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Modoc/multimedia/ModocNWRPhotoGallery.html

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“Reading about the response of people in stories, plays, poems, helps us to respond more courageously and openly at our own moments of turning.” – Madeleine L’Engle

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Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

http://blog.audubonguides.com/2012/10/21/remarkable-nature-places-klamath-basin-national-wildlife-refuge/

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“She was resilient

A brave soldier when life tested her

It didn’t matter that she did strange things
like stand tall under the rain
letting the drops kiss her skin
thinking the storm was romantic

It was hard to quiet her
not that you would want to
when she spoke, it was captivating

Her heart was like a candle
warm and delicate
just what you needed during darkness

Sometimes, she’d go off and explore the world
test her limits
laugh too much
cry when humans were cruel

It wasn’t hard to see why people envied her

You’d come to realize she was a lion
and she could not be tamed.” – M.J. Abraham

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Modoc Plateau

Modoc Plateau

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

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“If you’re brave enough to follow truth it will shatter you and your illusions at the same time.” – Bryant McGill

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dog.

November 23, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Life is not complete without a dog” – Max Sherman

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Mule Deer in meadow in Fishlake National Forest

Mule Deer in meadow in Fishlake National Forest

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bullionretreat.com%2Fpictures%2Fdeeroaks.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bullionretreat.com%2Findex_weather.htm&h=480&w=640&tbnid=hjx5Q0ZSo1kbdM%3A&zoom=1&docid=bHhBbSJgXJhS7M&hl=en&ei=ci5yVJrBI8ixsASEy4K4Aw&tbm=isch&ved=0CA0QMygFMAU4rAI&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=680&page=25&start=294&ndsp=12

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“But with dogs, we do have “bad dog.” Bad dog exists. “Bad dog! Bad dog! Stole a biscuit, bad dog!” The dog is saying, “Who are you to judge me? You human beings who’ve had genocide, war against people of different creeds, colors, religions, and I stole a biscuit?! Is that a crime? People of the world!”

“Well, if you put it that way, I think you’ve got a point. Have another biscuit, sorry.” – Eddie Izzard

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Fishlake National Park

Fishlake National Park

http://www.fs.usda.gov/photogallery/fishlake/recreation/gallery/?cid=3501&position=Promo

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“While he has not, in my hearing, spoken the English language, he makes it perfectly plain that he understands it. And he uses his ears, tail, eyebrows, various rumbles and grunts, the slant of his great cold nose or a succession of heartrending sighs to get his meaning across.” – Jean Little

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Fishlake NF

Fishlake NF

http://www.stateparks.com/fishlake_national_forest_in_utah.html

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“I honestly think that the perfect love we search for throughout our lives has always existed, and shines like a star, in the face of man’s best friend, your dog.” – Maria Bradley

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Fishlake National Forest

Fishlake National Forest

http://capitolreef.org/blog/tag/fish-lake-national-forest

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“Religious teachings say that animals don’t have souls, but I don’t believe that. Our pets cherish our every move, and wait patiently for us to return home from a day’s work. Our pets would give their lives for us in a heartbeat and not ask for anything in return. How can man live without companionship when we were meant to live in a family unit, just like our canine friends? So, I ask you: How could a dog not have a soul?” – Blake O’Connor

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Fishlake National Forest

Fishlake National Forest

http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTQxNjAwjQL8h2VAQA9Dlhuw!!/?ttype=photogallery&pnavid=null&counter=null.0&actid=&recid=&ss=110408&cid=1073&navid=170000000000000&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Forest%20Service%20-%20Aspen%20Trees%20Changing%20Color

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“Many people report that their relationship with their dog is among the most supportive and unconditionally loving in a lifetime. What is it that we receive from canines that we miss with people? Dog love us for who we are. They do not have alot of complicated expectations or demands. They are happy to see us, and show it. They express their affections without restraint and appreciate even a little pat on the head.  They are honest, dedicated and live joyfully in the moment.” – Alan Cohen

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rest.

November 23, 2014 § 2 Comments

“You rest now. Rest for longer than you are used to resting. Make a stillness around you, a field of peace. Your best work, the best time of your life will grow out of this peace.” – Peter Heller

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North Cirque, Box Elder Peak

North Cirque, Box Elder Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/north-cirque-box-elder-peak-utah/508178

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“Rest, nature, books, music…such is my idea of happiness.” – Leo Tolstoy

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Box Elder Peak

Box Elder Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/north-cirque/508154

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“The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever.” – May Sarton

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Summit of Box Elder peak

Summit of Box Elder peak

http://pedalnpoleparkcity.com/blog/park-city-tourism/utah-photographers-paradise/

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“…I pray this winter be gentle and kind – a season of rest from the wheel of the mind…” – John Geddes

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roots.

November 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

“A tree stands strong not by its fruits or branches, but by the depth of its roots.”  – Anthony Liccione

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Hickman Bridge Capitol Reef

Hickman Bridge Capitol Reef

http://www.yelp.com/biz/capitol-reef-national-park-torrey

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“Leaving home’s a cinch. It’s the staying, once you’ve found it, that takes courage.” – Catherine Watson

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moment.

November 19, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Every moment is a moment of decision, and every moment turns us inexorably in the direction of the rest of our lives.” – Mary Balogh

 

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley

http://bluffutah.org/monument-valley/

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“I was in the parking lot, with the key in the car, and I thought to myself: If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman? I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she’d have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town, and we’ve been together ever since.” – Steve Jobs

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/monument-valley/

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“If you can’t figure out what you were meant to do in this life, figure out what you were meant to do in this moment.” – Shira Tamir

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Aerial Totem Pole and Yei-Bi-Chei

Aerial Totem Pole and Yei-Bi-Chei

http://www.mikereyfman.com/photo/photo.php?Gallery=Monument-Valley-Agathla-Peak-El-Capitan-Owl-Church-Rock&No=8

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“There are people we meet who have but little roles to play in our lives, who happen to be no more than a special appearance to our story.
People, who influence, who possess the drift, the force whose implication leads us forward in our course of life. We might have never come across them until today and probably not hear from them tomorrow or ever after, for all that exists is this moment, a moment enough for them to fulfil their purpose that being to help us find our way and enough for us to fulfil ours that being to actually find it, reach it, accomplish it.

They are the ones who bring meaning to our lives, who happen to inspire, who spark a fire that we carry with us for the rest of our days, who are but pillars of hope and sometimes sacrifice, life-changers, life-savers, catalysts.” – Chirag Tulsiani

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Beauty.

November 18, 2014 § 2 Comments

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe

http://travelwithkids.about.com/od/newmexico/ss/Santa-Fe-At-Christmas_2.htm

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“To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too.” – Victoria Moran

 

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Farolitos at Loretto

Farolitos at Loretto

http://hqworld.net/gallery/details.php?image_id=377&sessionid=74fcfa28e8801e66b39fbbd4e513a03b

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“The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.” – Khalil Gibran

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Sante Fe farlitos

Sante Fe farlitos

http://www.sfysa.org/farolitos.html

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“When you start to really know someone, all his physical characteristics start to disappear. You begin to dwell in his energy, recognize the scent of his skin. You see only the essence of the person, not the shell. That’s why you can’t fall in love with beauty. You can lust after it, be infatuated by it, want to own it. You can love it with your eyes and body but not your heart. And that’s why, when you really connect with a person’s inner self, any physical imperfections disappear, become irrelevant.” – Lisa Unger

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“People are more than just the way they look.” – Madeleine L’Engle

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Santa Fe farlitos

Santa Fe farlitos

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“Beauty is the illumination of your soul.” – John O”Donahue

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emotion.

November 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams

 

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Utah aspen

Utah aspen

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/1960951

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“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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Herber Kamas Ranger District

Herber Kamas Ranger District

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“But what is the way forward? I know what it isn’t. It’s not, as we once believed, plenty to eat and a home with all the modern conveniences. It’s not a 2,000-mile-long wall to keep Mexicans out or more accurate weapons to kill them. It’s not a better low-fat meal or a faster computer speed. It’s not a deodorant, a car, a soft drink, a skin cream. The way forward is found on a path through the wilderness of the head and heart—reason and emotion. Thinking, knowing, understanding.” – Laurence Gozales

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Alta

Alta

http://nhmu.utah.edu/wilderness50/gallery/all?page=140

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“Creators understand that their emotions are not necessarily a sign of the circumstances. They understand that in desperate circumstances they may experience joy, and in jubilant circumstances they may feel regret. They know that any emotion will change. But because emotions are not the centerpiece of their lives, they do not pander to them. They create what they create, not in reaction to their emotions but independent of them. On days filled with the depths of despair, they can create. On days filled with the heights of joy, they can create.” – Robert Fritz

 

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Wasatch Crest

Wasatch Crest

http://www.meghanmhicks.com/2011/11/17/a-canyons-solitude-skilink-plea/

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“Moderation is an attempt to live within one’s emotional means.” – Marty Rubin

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Nebo Loop

Nebo Loop

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/uwcnf/recreation/scenicdrivinginfo

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“The pain on the inside is what keeps you human,’ she said. ‘Never forget that.” – Taylor Stevens

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