connection.

February 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” – Susan Sontag

 

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The west has amazing W-I-D-E--O-P-E-N--S-P-A-C-E!!!

Lockes, NV

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/nevada-geology/page/2/

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

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Garden Valley from Worthington Range

http://www.protectbasinandrange.org/2015/02/leviathan-cave/

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“Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.” – Sarah Dessen

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Worthington Mountains Wilderness

Worthington Mountains Wilderness

http://grandgulchhikers.blogspot.com/2017/06/worthington-mountains-tempahute-range.html

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“There is an odd synchronicity in the way parallel lives veer to touch one another, change direction, and then come close again and again until they connect and hold for whatever it was that fate intended to happen.” – Ann Rule

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Golden Gate Range NV

Golden Gate Range NV

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/image-galleries/2015/spectacular-national-monuments-in-california-and-nevada

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“We’re all strangers connected by what we reveal, what we share, what we take away–our stories. I guess that’s what I love about books–they are thin strands of humanity that tether us to one another for a small bit of time, that make us feel less alone or even more comfortable with our aloneness, if need be.” – Libba Bray

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veil.

February 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

“My mind then wandered. I thought of this: I thought of how every day each of us experiences a few little moments that have just a bit more resonance than other moments—we hear a word that sticks in our mind—or maybe we have a small experience that pulls us out of ourselves, if only briefly—we share a hotel elevator with a bride in her veils, say, or a stranger gives us a piece of bread to feed to the mallard ducks in the lagoon; a small child starts a conversation with us in a Dairy Queen—or we have an episode like the one I had with the M&M cars back at the Husky station.

And if we were to collect these small moments in a notebook and save them over a period of months we would see certain trends emerge from our collection—certain voices would emerge that have been trying to speak through us. We would realize that we have been having another life altogether; one we didn’t even know was going on inside us. And maybe this other life is more important than the one we think of as being real—this clunky day-to-day world of furniture and noise and metal. So just maybe it is these small silent moments which are the true story-making events of our lives.” – Douglas Coupland

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Tonto NF

Tonto NF

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“The value of myth is that it takes all the things you know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by the veil of familiarity.” ― C.S. Lewis

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travel.

February 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

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Horseshoe Bend

http://elevation.maplogs.com/poi/coconino_county_az_usa.11598.html

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

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Black River AZ

Black River

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/arizona/az-incredible-rivers/

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“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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Salt River

Salt River

https://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/arizona-swimming-holes

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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Little Colorado river

http://knau.org/post/colorado-river-grand-canyon-ranked-most-endangered-river-us

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“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ― Maya Angelou

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Verde River

http://sedonaflyfishingadventures.com/fly-fishing/verde-river-adventure/

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“And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong from carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived.” ― Brandon Sanderson

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Agua Fria River

Agua Fria River

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/arizona/az-incredible-rivers/

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“How to stop time: kiss.
How to travel in time: read.
How to escape time: music.
How to feel time: write.
How to release time: breathe.” ― Matt Haig

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warmth.

February 11, 2018 § 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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Comb Wash

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/southeast-utah/

https://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-trip-to-southeast-utah.html

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“I prefer by far the warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness. Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.” ― Anaïs Nin

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Paradox Basin

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/southeast-utah/

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“Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you.” -Lev Grossman

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Monument Valley from the west

Monument Valley from the west

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=120

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“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help. In this case, the oxygen for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle would be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches. For a moment we are dazzled by an intense emotion. A pleasant warmth grows within us, fading slowly as time goes by, until a new explosion comes along to revive it. Each person has to discover what will set off those explosions in order to live, since the combustion that occurs when one of them is ignited is what nourishes the soul. That fire, in short, is its food. If one doesn’t find out in time what will set off these explosions, the box of matches dampens, and not a single match will ever be lighted.” ― Laura Esquivel

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living.

February 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…..The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” – Agnes De Mille

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Keystone Thrust

Keystone Thrust

http://www.marlimillerphoto.com/150427-57.html

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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin

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Red rock canyon las vegas

https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/events/keystone-thrust-day-hike/

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“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” ― Agatha Christie

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Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

http://www.minitime.com/Spring_Mountain_Ranch_Park-Las_Vegas-Nevada-attraction

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“I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.” ― Anne Tyler

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Lone Pine

Lone Pine

http://www.scenicusa.net/090711.html

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“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

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outside.

February 6, 2018 § Leave a comment

“There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.” ― Hermann Hesse

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Half Dome

http://www.nationalparkguides.com/parks/602/yosemite-national-park/

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“Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others…” – Timothy Leary

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Crowley Lake

Crowley Lake

https://www.summitpost.org/crowley-lake-and-sierra-nevada-from-glass-mountain/628796

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“I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don’t read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways…It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being.” – John Connolly

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Yosemite Valley

https://roadtrippers.com/us/yosemite-valley-ca/nature/sierra-nevada-mountains

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
John Muir

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electricity.

February 4, 2018 § Leave a comment

“It is unearned love–the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.” – Anne Lamott

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Dixie NF

https://www.fs.usda.gov/dixie

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“I am somewhat exhausted; I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor?” – Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sardine Canyon area

http://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/utah/uinta-wasatch-cache-national-forest

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“Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Dixie National Forest

Dixie National Forest

https://imgur.com/gallery/RJNqrLa

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“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven

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