mirror.

December 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

“Everyone we encounter mirrors something we believe about who we are and what we deserve.” – Alan Cohen

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Charleston Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/charleston-peak/880151

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“The only thing worth writing about is people. People. Human beings. Men and women whose individuality must be created, line by line, insight by insight. If you do not do it, the story is a failure. […] There is no nobler chore in the universe than holding up the mirror of reality and turning it slightly, so we have a new and different perception of the commonplace, the everyday, the ‘normal’, the obvious. People are reflected in the glass. The fantasy situation into which you thrust them is the mirror itself. And what we are shown should illuminate and alter our perception of the world around us. Failing that, you have failed totally.”
Harlan Ellison

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Wheeler Peak

http://peakery.com/wheeler-peak-snake-range/

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“Look in the mirror and one thing is sure: what we see is not who we are.”
Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story

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395-sierra

https://www.wunderground.com/wximage/Belladonnaphoto/8

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“Stories are in one way or another mirrors. We use them to explain to ourselves how the world works or how it doesn’t work. Like mirrors stories prepare us for the day to come. They distract us from the things in darkness.”
Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

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I80 Nevada

http://traveljapanblog.com/ashland/2011/01/snow-capped-nevada-mountain-scene/

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“One discovers that destiny can be diverted, that one does not have to remain in bondage to the first wax imprint made on childhood sensibilities. Once the deforming mirror has been smashed, there is a possibility of wholeness. There is a possibility of joy.”
Anaïs Nin

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retrospection

December 28, 2016 § 2 Comments

“We all have the potential to fall in love a thousand times in our lifetime. It’s easy. The first girl I ever loved was someone I knew in sixth grade. Her name was Missy; we talked about horses. The last girl I love will be someone I haven’t even met yet, probably. They all count. But there are certain people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like. These are the most important people in your life, and you’ll meet maybe four or five of these people over the span of 80 years. But there’s still one more tier to all this; there is always one person you love who becomes that definition. It usually happens retrospectively, but it happens eventually. This is the person who unknowingly sets the template for what you will always love about other people, even if some of these loveable qualities are self-destructive and unreasonable. The person who defines your understanding of love is not inherently different than anyone else, and they’re often just the person you happen to meet the first time you really, really, want to love someone. But that person still wins. They win, and you lose. Because for the rest of your life, they will control how you feel about everyone else.”
Chuck Klosterman

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knxv-flagstaff-snow-11-28_1480376065747_50519682_ver1-0_640_480

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-northern-az/flagstaff/first-major-winter-storm-brings-five-inches-of-snow-to-flagstaff

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“In any case, while it is all very well to talk of ‘turning points’, one can surely only recognise such moments in retrospect. Naturally, when one looks back to such instances today, they may indeed take the appearance of being crucial, precious moments in one’s life; but of course, at the time, this was not the impression one had. Rather, it was as though one had available a never-ending number of days, months, years in which to sort out the vagaries of one’s relationship with Miss Kenton; an infinite number of further opportunities in which to remedy the effect of this or that misunderstanding. There was surely nothing to indicate at the time that such evidently small incidents would render whole dreams forever irredeemable.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

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brum-20

http://www.dreamflagstaff.com/logan-brumm-collection.html

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“We write to heighten our own awareness of life. We write to lure and enchant and console others. We write to serenade our lovers. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth. We write to expand our world when we feel strangled, or constricted, or lonely…When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing.”
Anaïs Nin

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“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going. Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”
Paul Theroux

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slideshow-winter-cabin

http://www.flagstaffarizona.org/winter/

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heal.

December 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Aerial near SLC

http://wildfiretoday.com/2016/03/28/snow-covered-utah-mountains/

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“If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers.”
Ed Sullivan

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daddy.

December 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

“Dating is like trying to make a meal out of leftovers. Some leftovers actually get better when they’ve had a little time to mature. But others should be thrown out right away, No matter how you try to warm them up, they’re never as good as when they were new.”
Lisa Kleypas, Sugar Daddy

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“My daddy taught me to always do the right thing, no matter what the consequences. When I would ask how I was supposed to know what was right, he’d just say, ‘You’ll know.’ He was right, and so is this.”
Bruce A. Borders, Over My Dead Body

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http://focus.mnsun.com/2013/11/25/christmas-1950s/

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“Three things my daddy tried to learn me. ‘Son’, he always said, ‘remember these three precepts and you can’t go wrong. One, never eat at a place called Mom’s. Two, never play cards with a man named Doc.’
‘That’s only two.’
‘I can never recollect the third, and that’s what worries me.”
Edward Abbey

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“Daddy always said you only explained things to the people that actually mattered.”
Gabrielle Zevin, All These Things I’ve Done

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alone.

December 25, 2016 § 2 Comments

“In the 1991 movie City Slickers, Jack Palance gives Billy Crystal some profoundly simple advice. When Crystal asks him the secret of life, Palance holds up a forefinger, answers with a single word: “One.”

Choose one thing. Do it to the best of your ability. Let it go. Pick something else. Repeat endlessly.

How sad that so much of our lives is spent looking back over our shoulders or gazing far ahead instead of wringing full benefit from the only thing we truly own: Now. This moment. None other.

There is no other.

How tragic, therefore, not to fulfill its unique promise before it passes from us forever.

How much of our regret comes from wasting so many of our moments wanting something better, something different, something other than what we have at the moment we have it.” ― Lionel Fisher, Celebrating Time Alone: Stories Of Splendid Solitude

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“The things one experiences alone with oneself are very much stronger and purer.” Eugene Delacroix

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Williams to GC South Rim

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“The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. That is why many of the earthly miracles have had their genesis in humble surroundings.” ~ Nikola Tesla

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GC cloud inversion

http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2013/12/a-sea-of-clouds-fills-the-grand-canyon/100640/

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“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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gc-snow

http://www.grandcanyonhostel.com/

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51 Things To Do On Christmas – Alone:

https://lonerwolf.com/51-things-christmas-alone/

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Holiday decorations at Phantom Ranch

http://www.backpacker.com/trips/arizona/grand-canyon-national-park/celebrate-christmas-at-grand-canyons-phantom-ranch/

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How do I … spend Christmas alone? Here are 10 ways: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/24/how-do-i-spend-christmas-alone-10-ways

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GC, North Rim, Winter

https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/winter-visits.htm

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“When was the last time someone was so overjoyed to see you, so brimming with love and affection that they literally ran to greet you? A dog will do that for you–ten, twenty, thirty times a day.” ― Lionel Fisher

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GC, South Rim, Winter

http://petnome.pbworks.com/w/page/71195677/Frostman’s%20Christmas%202

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“Now that you’re old, cut yourself some slack, would you?

Let yourself off the hook.

Give yourself a break.

You don’t have to do it all anymore. Take it easy for a change.

It’s OK with the rest of the world. So why not you?

For the first time in your life, do what you want.

Not what everyone else thinks you should.

Not what you think everyone else thinks you should.

Do what you want.

Excuse yourself. Say no. Back out. Beg off. Stay home. Take a rain check. Take a nap. Watch the ball game on TV.

Anything but what you’d rather not do but feel you have to for everyone else’s sake but your own. And then feel bad about having done it. That’s plain wrong.

And ask for some help when you need it: ‘It’s too heavy.’ ‘It’s too far.’ Too near. Too cold. Too hot. Too bright. Too dark.

Whatever.

It’s OK because there’s always going to be something you need help with anymore.

And be grateful for the helping hand. You’ll find more and more people extend one to you these days. Whatever the reason for accepting you’ve got the best excuse in the world. The only one you’ll ever need:

‘Hey, I’m old.”
Lionel Fisher, Celebrating Time Alone: Stories Of Splendid Solitude

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mysticism.

December 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

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

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christmas-luminaria-tour-enchanted-forest-530

https://www.newmexico.org/holidays/

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“The renaissance of interest in Eastern spiritual philosophies, various mystical traditions, meditation, ancient and aboriginal wisdom, as well as the widespread psychedelic experimentation during the stormy 1960s, made it absolutely clear that a comprehensive and cross-culturally valid psychology had to include observations from such areas as mystical states; cosmic consciousness; psychedelic experiences; trance phenomena; creativity; and religious, artistic, and scientific inspiration.”
Stanislav Grof

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New Mexico Christmas

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“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.”- Allbert Einstein

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http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/united-states/new-mexico-guide/

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“Traditionally, I have responded to the transcendent mystics of all religions. I have always responded with breathless excitement to anyone who has ever said that God does not live in a dogmatic scripture or in a distant throne in the sky, but instead abides very close to us indeed- much closer than we can imagine, breathing right through our own hearts.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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SONY DSC

https://business.nmsu.edu/sunset-moonrise-organ-mountains-snowscape/

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“We all make mistakes, we all have fears, and we all have weaknesses. Behind all that is our essential self. When our essential self has made contact with another, the light is dazzling and would fill the universe. The challenge of enchantment is to remain faithful to that light, to believe in it when it is not so apparent. Then that light becomes an incandescent glow and it wraps itself around everything.” – Marianne Williamson

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Elk in snow

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-mexico/snow-in-nm/

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“This inner peace of mind occurs on three levels of understanding. Physical quietness seems the easiest to achieve, although there are levels and levels of this too, as attested by the ability of Hindu mystics to live buried alive for many days. Mental quietness, in which one has no wandering thoughts at all, seems more difficult, but can be achieved. But value quietness, in which one has no wandering desires at all but simply performs the acts of his life without desire, that seems the hardest.” – Robert Pirsg

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winter.

December 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

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149166-christmas-saguaro-cacti-decorated-with-christmas-lights-sonoran-desert-tucson-arizona

http://stuffpoint.com/christmas/image/149166/saguaro-cacti-decorated-with-christmas-lights-sonoran-desert-tucson-arizona-wallpaper/

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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”  – Rachel Carson

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sedona_hike_long_canyon

http://www.sedonamonthly.com/2014/12/sedonawintersnow/

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“I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” – Jeffrey McDaniel

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GC snow.jpg

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/3-places-to-play-in-the-snow-around-arizona-7835847

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“Winter solitude-
in a world of one colour
the sound of the wind.” – Basho Matsuo

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