elegance.

April 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Clare Booth Luce

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Ute Mountain

Ute Mountain

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/imported-old/other-resources/2012/03/07/featured-wilderness-ute-mountain-and-rio-grande-gorge

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“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.” – William Henry Channing

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 Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences

http://www.strengthinperspective.com/index.html#/Pictures-USA/NewMexico-51/NewMexico.html

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“Elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of the soul that is visible to others.” – Paul Coelho

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Organ Mountains

Organ Mountains

http://wilderness.org/it%E2%80%99s-official-new-mexicos-organ-mountains-desert-peaks-our-newest-national-monument

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“I want to listen to accomplished women scarred by sexism that still walk in elegance and kindness; hear powerful men that have a heart to serve. I want to talk to the brokenhearted that still believe in love; I want to listen to people that laugh even when they hurt. You live God’s grace without even knowing it and to me, you’re the best of all of us.” – Lee Goff

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Aguirre Spring Campground

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/Landscape_Approach/reas/chichuahuan.html

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“Picture the mind like a waterfall, they said: the water is the torrent of thoughts and emotions; mindfulness is the space behind the waterfall. Again, elegant theory – but, easier said than done.” – Dan Harris

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Organ Mountains

Organ Mountains

http://www.hechoonline.com/omdpdesignation/

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“One of the points of being alive is we get to pay attention. We get to both participate in and observe this weird universe that is simultaneously like stunningly elegant and completely heartless.” – John Green

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New Mexico aerial

New Mexico aerial

http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/aerial-america/701

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“These examples, and those that surround us every day, are why creational thinking, not critical thinking, should be our ultimate goal in education. Critical thinking is a skill that allows us to steer a valuable course through a known problem. It engages a problem-solving skill set but stops short of what is possible. If problem solving and critical thinking are the goals of education, the bar is too low. Creational thinking, the use of content while branching into the unknown, leads to the possibility of truly elegant solutions. That is where the bar needs to be, particularly in light of the challenges that lie ahead for us.” – Grant Lichtman

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Northern New Mexico

Northern New Mexico

http://beyondtaos.com/

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“All I want is to cultivate curiosity. Yes, my old friend remains undiminished even now: the simple yearning to know. If these students cannot tell a xylem from a phloem, it will not unduly handicap their college hopes or impede their careers. But their lives will depend entirely on whether they possess wonder, an eye for beauty. For many people, the unknown is something to fear. Instead I want to give my students the humility to believe that anything they do not understand therefore possesses an elegant magic.” – Stephen Kiernan

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