stillness.

May 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. – Nicholas Sparks

 

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Saguaro National Park

https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic_drives

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“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.” – Paul Auster

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Devils kitchen sinkhole near Sedona

Devils kitchen sinkhole near Sedona

http://www.azaeg.org/aeg2014/field-trips/

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“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” – Anne Lamott

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Chiricahua National Monument geology

Chiricahua National Monument

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/leaders-pursue-national-park-status-for-chiricahua-monument-in-southern-arizona/

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“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”- Betty Smith

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