season II.

July 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

“You don’t have to be who you first were. That early version of yourself, that season you were in, even the phase you are currently experiencing—it is all good or purposeful or at least useful and created a fuller, nuanced you and contributed to your life’s meaning, but you are not stuck in a category just because you were once branded that way. Just because something was does not mean it will always be.” ― Jen Hatmaker

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Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon

http://colorado.naturephotographers.net/hotspots/Arizona/Sabino_Canyon/Sabino.shtml

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“What I call innocence is the spirit’s unself-conscious state at any moment of pure devotion to any object. It is at once a receptiveness and total concentration. One needn’t be, shouldn’t be, reduced to a puppy. If you wish to tell me that the city offers galleries, I’ll pour you a drink and enjoy your company while it lasts; but I’ll bear with me to my grave those pure moments at the Tate (was it the Tate?) where I stood planted, open-mouthed, born, before that one particular canvas, that river up to my neck, gasping, lost, receding into watercolor depth and depth to the vanishing point, buoyant, awed, and had to be literally hauled away. These are our few live seasons. Let us live them as purely as we can, in the present.” ― Annie Dillard

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Table Mountain, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, AZ

Table Mountain, Santa Catalina Mountains

https://visionarywild.com/workshops/vision-catalina-mountains-arizona/table-mountain-santa-catalina-mountains-tucson-az/

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“One of the things you learn when you live on a farm is that change comes at you whether you´re ready for it or not. Every season is punctuated with its own smells and tastes and you find yourself looking forward, waiting for the next thing to come along so you can take a bite of it.” ― Yvonne Prinz

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love.

July 11, 2018 § Leave a comment

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard

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Hovenweep at Night

http://darksky.org/idsp/parks/hovenweep/

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“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” ― Jodi Picoult

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Hovenweep National Monument

https://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/hovenweep-national-monument

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“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” ― George Orwell

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freedom.

July 5, 2018 § Leave a comment

“No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it”― Paulo Coelho

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Capitan Mountains

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-mexico/mountains-nm/

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“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

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slow.

July 1, 2018 § Leave a comment

“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.” ― Neil Gaiman

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http://www.tokkoro.com/3103242-arches_arches-national-park_geology_landscape_moab_monument_nature_park_red_sandstone_scenic_stone_three-kings_utah.html

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“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” ― Veronica Roth

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http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/little-egypt/index.html

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“True beauty, the kind that doesn’t fade or wash off, takes time. It takes incredible endurance. It is the slow drip that creates the stalactite, the shaking of the Earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that breaks up the rocks and smooths the rough edges. And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something better emerges, something that would have otherwise never existed.
And so we endure. We have faith that there is purpose. We hope for things we can’t see. We believe there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent, our bodies can’t contain it.” ― Amy Harmon

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contentment.

June 26, 2018 § Leave a comment

“We need much less than we think we need.” ― Maya Angelou

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Lake Powell

https://utah.com/lake-powell

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“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.” ― Immanuel Kant

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Lake Powell

Lake Powell

https://www.newsdeeply.com/water/articles/2018/04/30/big-challenges-for-colorado-river-states-that-want-to-conserve-water

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“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.” ― May Sarton

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mosaic.

June 23, 2018 § Leave a comment

“While writing the memoir, I believed I knew Frank completely. But the truth is: like all of us, Frank was a mosaic. We know a person not only by what we observe and what he or she tells us but also by what we infer, imagine and are told by others…..Our feelings, perceptions and imaginations create the constantly changing mosaic of those we know, but know incompletely.” – Tom Grimes

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White Rim Overlook trail in Canyonlands National Park

White Rim Overlook trail in Canyonlands National Park

https://utah.com/moab

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“There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.”Anaïs Nin

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La Sal Mountains

https://www.mountainzone.com/town/moab/

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“Everyone breathing is broken. Keep breathing light into them until the stained glass collage takes your breath away.”Ryan Lilly

 

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Island in the Sky

https://www.tripsavvy.com/things-to-do-in-moab-utah-4129088

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“Why are we, with all our “progress,” so limited in understanding & sympathy & the ability to give each other real freedom? Why with our emphasis on the individual are we still so blinded by the urge to conform? … I think above all else it is freedom I search for in my work, in these far-flung places, to find a group of people who give each other the room to be in whatever way they need to be. And maybe I will never find it all in one culture but maybe I find parts of it in several cultures, maybe I can piece it together like a mosaic and unveil it to the world.”Lily King

 

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Arches National Park. The Organ

http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/arches/the-organ3_l.html

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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”Stanley H. Horowitz
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Park Avenue Trail
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“Shards of glass can cut and wound or magnify a vision. Mosaic celebrates brokenness and the beauty of being brought together”Terry Tempest Williams, Finding Beauty in a Broken World
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Balancing Rock
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“After several trips across the Andes, the pattern of the flora was gradually coming into focus. This to me was the great revelation of botany. When I knew nothing of plants, I experienced a forest only as a tangle of forms, shapes, and colors without meaning or depth, beautiful when taken as a whole but ultimately incomprehensible and exotic. Now the components of the mosaic had names, the names implied relationships, and the relationships resonated with significance.”Wade Davis
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resilience.

June 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

“There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” ― José N. Harris

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Bowknot Bend

Bowknot bend

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83353

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“Do the things that interest you and do them with all your heart. Don’t be concerned about whether people are watching you or criticizing you. The chances are that they aren’t paying any attention to you. It’s your attention to yourself that is so stultifying. But you have to disregard yourself as completely as possible. If you fail the first time then you’ll just have to try harder the second time. After all, there’s no real reason why you should fail. Just stop thinking about yourself.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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Green River Gooseneck

Green river

https://www.mountainphotography.com/gallery/green-river-camping/

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“Like a wild animal, the soul is tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy, and self-sufficient: it knows how to survive in hard places. My intellect was useless; my emotions were dead; my will was impotent; my ego was shattered. But from time to time, deep in the thickets of my inner wilderness, I could sense the presence of something that knew how to stay alive….. That something was my tough and tenacious soul.” ― Parker J. Palmer

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