return.

March 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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Canyonlands LaSalle

Canyonlands La Sal Mountains

http://www.summitpost.org/canyonlands-national-park/170901

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“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela

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Canyonlands

http://recipesfortravel.com/tag/canyonlands/

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“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those who help us most to grow
If we let them and we help them in return.” – Stephen Schwartz

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Gooseneck in the Greater Canyonlands

Gooseneck in the Greater Canyonlands

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2015-3-may-june/feature/push-save-utahs-greater-canyonlands-region

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“What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright…Haven’t you ever happened to come across in a book some vague notion that you’ve had, some obscure idea that returns from afar and that seems to express completely your most subtle feelings?” – Gustav Flaubert

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choreography.

March 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Good choreography fuses eye, ear and mind.” – Arlene Croce

 

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Malan's Peak

Malan’s Peak

http://avidamiri.com/malans-peak-ogden-utah/

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“I’m not talking about cooking as performance, or entertaining as a complicated choreography of competition and showing off. I’m talking about feeding someone with honesty and intimacy and love, about making your home a place where people are fiercely protected, even if just for a few hours, from the crush and cruelty of the day.” – Shauna Niequist

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Ogden Valley Utah

Ogden Valley Utah

http://www.foulgergroup.com/north-americas-best-ski-town/

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“Dance is a tough life (and a tougher way to make a living). Choreography is even more brutal because there is no way to carry our history forward. Our creations disappear the moment we finish performing them. It’s tough to preserve a legacy, create a history for yourself and others. But I put all that aside and pursued my gut instinct anyway. I became my own rebellion. Going with your head makes it arbitrary. Going with your gut means you have no choice.”
Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

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Mount_Nebo_Utah

Mt. Nebo

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“Emotional versatility is the art of making peace with the entire emotional spectrum by honing your capacity to channel various feelings along creative and constructive lines. It is not about controlling or condemning your feelings. It’s about conducting your feelings in a self-edifying way.” – T.K Coleman

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friend.

March 22, 2017 § 1 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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Aztec_Ruins_Evening_of_Lights

Aztec, New Mexico

https://farmingtonnm.org/events/evening-of-lights/

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“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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Aztec kiva

Great Kiva at Aztec Ruins National Monument

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“Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.” – Richard Bach

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Aztec, NM

http://www.yourdurango.com/azgallery1.htm

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“1) I love you not for whom you are,
but who i am when I’m by your side.
2) No person deserves your tears,
and who deserves them won’t make you cry.
3) Just because someone doesn’t love you as you wish,
it doesn’t mean you’re not loved with all his/her being.
4) A true friend is the one,
who hold your hand and touches your heart.
5) The worst way to miss someone is,
to be seated by him/her and know you’ll never have him/her.
6) Never stop smiling not even when you’re sad,
someone might fall in love with your smile.
7) You may only be a person in this world,
but for someone you’re the world.
8) Don’t spend time with someone,
who doesn’t care spending it with you.
9) Maybe God wants you to meet many wrong people,
before you meet the right one,so when it happens you’ll be thankful.
10) Dont cry because it came to an end,
smile because it happened.
11) There will always be people who’ll hurt you,
so you need to continue trusting, just be careful.
12) Become a better person and be sure to know who you are,
before meeting someone new and hoping that person knows who you are.
13) Don’t struggle so much,
best things happen when not expected.”
Gabriel García Márquez

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alignment.

March 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

“You know those moments when everything is exactly the way it was meant to be? When you find yourself and your entire universe aligning in perfect synchronization, and you know you couldn’t possibly be more content? I was inside that very moment, and fully conscious of it.” – Alice Clayton

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Hombolt

Humboldt Toiyable

http://www.boomsbeat.com/articles/8005/20140826/36-beautiful-photos-of-humboldt-toiyabe-national-forest.htm

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“We need a home in the psychological sense as much as we need one in the physical: to compensate for a vulnerability. We need a refuge to shore up our states of mind, because so much of the world is opposed to our allegiances. We need our rooms to align us to desirable versions of ourselves and to keep alive the important, evanescent sides of us.”  – Alain de Botton

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Humboldt Toiyable NF

Humboldt Toiyable NF

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/about-forest/offices/?cid=fsm9_026952

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“Our destiny is aligned with our heart’s innermost longing, a longing embedded within our soul before birth. This longing is a unique pattern or configuration reminiscent of the constellations in the night sky. When we express (press out) our unique configuration, it shines through us with an otherworldly luminosity, manifesting abundance in our lives and the lives of others. Our sole task is to yoke our inner destiny, thread it through our lives and weave it into the world. – Thea Euryphaessa

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5413329

 

 

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“As long as we share our stories, as long as our stories reveal our strengths and vulnerabilities to each other, we reinvigorte our understanding and tolerance for the little quirks of personality that in other circumstances would drive us apart. When we live in a family, a community, a country where we know each other’s true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other into wholeness.

I want to live under such a practice of compassion. When I forget my place, when I lash out with some private wounding in a public way, I want to be remembered back into alignment with my self and my purpose. I want to live with the opportunity for reconciliation. When someone around me is thoughtless or cruel, I want to be given the chance to respond with a ritual that creates the possibility of reconnection. I want to live in a neighborhood where people don’t shoot first, don’t sue first, where people are Storycatchers willing to discover in strangers the mirror of themselves.”
Christina Baldwin, Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story

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navigate.

March 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.” – Jesse Lee Bennett

 

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Split Mountain

Split Mountain

http://gigapan.com/gigapans?tags=hogbacks

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“Stories are compasses and architecture, we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice.” – Rebecca Solnit

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Split Mountain Anticline NE Utah

Split Mountain Anticline NE Utah

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=5648

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“The best way to navigate through life is to give up all of our controls.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, Love Is Letting Go of Fear

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cosmology.

March 16, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.” – Albert Einstein

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Chaco Chanyon Sun Dagger Winter Solstice

Chaco Chanyon Sun Dagger Winter Solstice

Retrieved March 15, 2017 from: http://www.physast.uga.edu/~rls/astro1020/ch3/ovhd.html

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“To our indigenous ancestors, and to the many aboriginal peoples who still hold fast to their oral traditions, language is less a human possession than it is a property of the animate earth itself, an expressive, telluric power in which we, along with the coyotes and the crickets, all participate. Each creature enacts this expressive magic in its own manner, the honeybee with its waggle dance no less than a bellicose, harrumphing sea lion.

Nor is this power restricted solely to animals. The whispered hush of the uncut grasses at dawn, the plaintive moan of trunks rubbing against one another in the deep woods, or the laughter of birch leaves as the wind gusts through their branches all bear a thicket of many-layered meanings for those who listen carefully. In the Pacific Northwest I met a man who had schooled himself in the speech of needled evergreens; on a breezy day you could drive him, blindfolded, to any patch of coastal forest and place him, still blind, beneath a particular tree — after a few moments he would tell you, by listening, just what species of pine or spruce or fir stood above him (whether he stood beneath a Douglas fir or a grand fir, a Sitka spruce or a western red cedar). His ears were attuned, he said, to the different dialects of the trees.” ― David Abram, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

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precession.

March 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

“For her next birthday she’d asked for a telescope. Her mother had been alive then, and had suggested a pony, but her father had laughed and bought her a beautiful telescope, saying: “Of course she should watch the stars! Any girl who cannot identify the constellation of Orion just isn’t paying attention!” And when she started asking him complicated questions, he took her along to lectures at the Royal Society, where it turned out that a nine-year-old girl who had blond hair and knew what the precession of the equinoxes was could ask hugely bearded famous scientists anything she liked. Who’d want a pony when you could have the whole universe?” – Terry Pratchett

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death valley night

Death Valley

https://www.npca.org/articles/378-10-spectacular-parks-for-stargazing#sm.001usnp6x14pnfm9zh91favza1adh

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“Interestingly, because of the wobbling motion of the Earth’s axis (called “precession”), the celestial pole will draw even closer to Polaris (closest in 2100 AD), but then as time wears on it will gradually draw away from it. In fact, in about 12,000 years our descendants will have Vega as the North Star.” – Peter Geiger

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