library.

March 1, 2019 § Leave a comment

“My library was — all libraries are — a place of ultimate refuge, a wild and sacred space where meanings are manageable precisely because they aren’t binding; and where illusion is comfortingly real.” ― André Brink

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Gavilan-Trail-NM

Gavilan-Trail-NM

https://matadornetwork.com/trips/8-of-new-mexicos-most-spectacular-hikes/

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“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.” ― Dan Brown

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Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico

https://www.mygrandcanyonpark.com/road-trips/road-trip-stops/new-mexico-road-trip-stops

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“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”
Albert Einstein

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Zuni Pueblo

Zuni Pueblo

http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc58886.php

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“When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” ― Rita Mae Brown

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Zuni Cliff Dwellings near Ramah

https://www.tripsavvy.com/visiting-zuni-pueblo-new-mexico-1652655

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“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” ― Carl Sagan
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hope.

February 18, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Someone is listening. Someone is talking to you, encouraging you to take that next step as you embrace the Mystery of the wilderness within.  Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect to have your prayers answered in wondrous ways.  The dry seasons of life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”   – Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Salt River Canyon & route 77

Salt River Canyon & route 77

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“Some things don’t last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down on the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there.”
Sarah Dessen

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Highway 77 near Globe

Highway 77 near Globe

https://azcoproperties.com/propertyInfo/Mile156-S-Highway77-Route-Globe-AZ-85501-5495176.html

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” ― Barbara Kingsolver

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Fool’s Loop

http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/fools-loop-arizona/

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“
Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” ― Janet Fitch
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Route 66
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“To me the purpose of art is to produce something alive…but with a separate, and of course one hopes, with an everlasting life of its own.” ― Henry Green
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choose.

February 17, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Learning to choose is hard. Learning to choose well is harder. And learning to choose well in a world of unlimited possibilities is harder still, perhaps too hard.” – Barry Schwartz

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beneath the Mogollon Rim

beneath the Mogollon Rim

https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic-drives/control-road

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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Viktor E. Frankl

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Tonto National Forest

http://christophercreekrealestate.com/idx/7C-Walnut-Drive-Pine-AZ-85544-mls_78147/?pg=105&OrderBy=-ModificationTimestamp&p=y&n=y

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“From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.” ― Anais Nin

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Sabino Canyon Trail

Sabino Canyon Trail

https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/hiking/sabino-canyon-trail

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“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.” ― Paulo Coelho

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route 87 to payson az

route 87 to payson az

http://www.bruceboyce.com/ShowLowMiami.html

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“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” ― Howard Zinn

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Isolation Canyon

Isolation Canyon

https://www.mountainproject.com/photo/112918162/looking-north-from-isolation-canyons-main-wall-to-pine-az

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“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

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elk feeding in Pine

elk feeding in Pine

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“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

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Near Tonto National Monument

near Tonto National Monument

https://www.trover.com/d/uk4T-near-tonto-national-monument-pine-arizona

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“While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.”
Groucho Marx

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Pine AZ

http://lifeinleggings.com/travel/hiking-and-cabin-ing-in-pine-arizona/

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“Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” ― J.K. Rowling

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Pine AZ

https://www.pinestrawhs.org/

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“Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth… Love is as love does. Love is an act of will — namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.”
M. Scott Peck

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respect.

January 28, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.” ― Roy T. Bennett

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Salt river canyon

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/pinetop-az/

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“If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not on his mind. If he creates expectations for you, and then doesn’t follow through on little things, he will do same for big things. Be aware of this and realize that he’s okay with disappointing you. Don’t be with someone who doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do. If he’s choosing not to make a simple effort that would put you at ease and bring harmony to a recurring fight, then he doesn’t respect your feelings and needs.” ― Greg Behrendt

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Salt river Canyon Highway 60

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“You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.” ― Cecelia Ahern

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Salt River Canyon Wilderness

https://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/arizona/salt_river_canyon_wilderness

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“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”
Richard Bach

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Salt River Canyon near Pinetop

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/pinetop-az/

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“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”
Poet Aberjhani

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redirect.

January 22, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”
Alice Sebold

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New from rim

http://lonelocust.com/2014/07/14/1685/img_4398/

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“The obstacles in our path are not blocking us-they are redirecting us. Their purpose is not to interfere with our happiness; it is to point us toward new routes to our happiness, new possibilities, new doorways.” ― Barbara De Angelis

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Mogollon Rim

https://wateruseitwisely.com/celebrate-az-water-mogollon-rim/

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“Doing nothing requires effort. Over time, that effort is greater than the effort necessary to improve, or move somewhere better. The trick is to redirect energy.” ― Max McKeown

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Mogollon Rim

https://blistersandbliss.co/close-call-mogollon-rim/

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“As you look back on your life, you will often realize that many of the times you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were in fact being redirected to something better. You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith things will work out. Let go and just let life happen the way it’s supposed to. Sometimes the outcomes you can’t change end up changing you and helping you grow mentally, emotionally or spiritually.
When things fall apart, consider the possibility that life knocked them down for a reason. It was not to punish you, but to prompt you to build something better to fit your personality and your purpose. Sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ― The Angel Affect

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mogollon rim just north of payson

Mogollon Rim just north of Payson

https://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-trip-to-mogollon-rim-and-payson-to.html

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“Writers write to discover what they have to say bringing to consciousness what they already know. It is the same with speech: speak to discover what you want to say. Sculpt, correct, refine, and redirect your thoughts on the fly as you speak. Authentic speech includes lively editing as part of the process.” ― Patricia Ryan Madson

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mogollon rim

Mogollon Rim

https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/road-trips/2016/05/25/forest-road-mogollon-rim-scenic-drive/84808970/

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“Energy isn’t really created or destroyed, it’s simply redirected.” ― Amy Harmon

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wabi sabi

January 6, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Get rid of all that is unnecessary. Wabi-sabi means treading lightly on the planet and knowing how to appreciate whatever is encountered, no matter how trifling, whenever it is encountered. […] In other words, wabi-sabi tells us to stop our preoccupation with success–wealth, status, power, and luxury–and enjoy the unencumbered life. Obviously, leading the simple wabi-sabi life requires some effort and will and also some tough decisions. Wabi-sabi acknowledges that just as it is important to know when to make choices, it is also important to know when not to make choices: to let things be. Even at the most austere level of material existence, we still live in a world of things. Wabi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom of things.” – Leonard Koren

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petroglyph point 171

https://www.gjhikes.com/2012/06/mesa-verde-petroglyph-point.html

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“Things are either devolving toward, or evolving from, nothingness. As dusk approaches in the hinterlands, a traveler ponders shelter for the night. He notices tall rushes growing everywhere, so he bundles an armful together as they stand in the field, and knots them at the top. Presto, a living grass hut. The next morning, before embarking on another day’s journey, he unknots the rushes and presto, the hut de-constructs, disappears, and becomes a virtually indistinguishable part of the larger field of rushes once again. The original wilderness seems to be restored, but minute traces of the shelter remain. A slight twist or bend in a reed here and there. There is also the memory of the hut in the mind of the traveler — and in the mind of the reader reading this description. Wabi-sabi, in its purest, most idealized form, is precisely about these delicate traces, this faint evidence, at the borders of nothingness.” – Leonard Koren

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Mesa Verde

https://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm

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“[Donald] Keene observed [in a book entitled The Pleasures of Japanese Literature, 1988] that the Japanese sense of beauty has long sharply differed from its Western counterpart: it has been dominated by a love of irregularity rather than symmetry, the impermanent rather than the eternal and the simple rather than the ornate. The reason owes nothing to climate or genetics, added Keene, but is the result of the actions of writers, painters and theorists, who had actively shaped the sense of beauty of their nation.

Contrary to the Romantic belief that we each settle naturally on a fitting idea of beauty, it seems that our visual and emotional faculties in fact need constant external guidance to help them decide what they should take note of and appreciate. ‘Culture’ is the word we have assigned to the force that assists us in identifying which of our many sensations we should focus on and apportion value to.” ― Alain de Botton

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Mesa Verde National Park

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/fact-sheets/2017/08/mesa-verde-national-park

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“In 1998 Gordon Hempton, a sound recordist attempting to build a library of natural sounds, toured fifteen states west of the Mississippi and found only two areas–in the mountains of Colorado and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota–that were free of motors, aircraft, industrial clamor, or gunfire for more than fifteen minutes during daylight. ”
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

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Cliff Palace

https://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/grappling-great-mystery/

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“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they fill the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.—Barbara Bloom” ― Arielle Ford

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Spruce Tree House Luminaria

https://www.mesaverde.org/

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“There are similar concepts to hygge in a few other countries: Wabi-sabi from Japan is the idea of finding the beauty in things that are imperfect. Friluftsliv from Norway translates to “open-air life.” This is about living a life of enjoying nature. Gemütlichkeit from Germany is akin to hygge. Gezelligheid from Holland is also much like hygge.”
Pia Edberg, The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge

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Cliff Palace Kiva

http://durangogallery.photography/product/cliff-palace-mesa-verde-national-park-2/

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“Have you ever heard of Wabi-sabi?” “Nope ,” Angela admitted. Nicola sat up a little to better see Angela’s face. “It’s a Japanese point of view. The Sabi bit refers to something’s beauty that comes from its imperfections, or damage it’s suffered through its life.” Nicola bent her head and gave the side of Angela’s face a soft kiss, then pulled back up, enough for their eyes to meet. “Nothing is perfect if you look close enough, and nothing is forever. Despite what people think they want, we all in fact find things that appear perfect to be rather disturbing.” She pointed to a chicken pox scar above her own right eye. “We seek out, and find comfort in wear and tear, flaws of any sort. Contrary to what our society believes, it’s the imperfections which draw us to something and they can make us love it even more.” ― Helen E. Barrow

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hug.

January 1, 2019 § Leave a comment

“That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.” ― Deb Caletti

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Bajada Loop Drive

Bajada Loop Drive

https://localadventurer.com/things-to-do-in-saguaro-national-park/

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“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.” ― Gabriel García Márquez

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The Waiting

https://www.wildmoments.net/product/sonoran-desert-photography-tour/

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“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” ― John Joseph Powell

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Desert plants in Saguaro National Park, Arizona

https://www.travel-experience-live.com/saguaro-national-park-photos/

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How I go to the woods

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore
unsuitable.

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.” ― Mary Oliver

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Welcome-to-Saguaro-National-Park

https://www.national-park.com/welcome-to-saguaro-national-park/

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“When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?

Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?” ― Max Lucado

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Saguaro National Park

https://travelingmarla.com/2014/01/24/a-winter-break-from-the-freezing-northeast-saguaro-national-park/saguaro-national-park-tucson-arizona-united-states-5/

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“We’ve got a sort of brainwashing going on in our country, Morrie sighed. Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that’s what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it–and have it repeated to us–over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all of this, he has no perspective on what’s really important anymore.

Wherever I went in my life, I met people wanting to gobble up something new. Gobble up a new car. Gobble up a new piece of property. Gobble up the latest toy. And then they wanted to tell you about it. ‘Guess what I got? Guess what I got?’

You know how I interpreted that? These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship.

Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I’m sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you’re looking for, no matter how much of them you have.”
Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

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Sonoran Desert

Sonoran desert

https://stories.iseechange.org/whats-happening-to-winter-in-the-southern-arizona-desert/

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“Hug and kiss whoever helped get you – financially, mentally, morally, emotionally – to this day. Parents, mentors, friends, teachers. If you’re too uptight to do that, at least do the old handshake thing, but I recommend a hug and a kiss. Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.” ― Stephen King

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Saguaro snow

Saguaro National Monument

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“It was just a hug, but gods, it meant so much. It meant everything.” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout

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