twilight.

May 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

“You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.”  – John O’Donohue

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Coyote Gulch

http://blog.utahscouts.org/venturing/coyote-gulch-adventure-remember/

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“One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.” – John O’Donohue

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Green River Moab

Green River

https://www.allmoab.com/lakes_rivers_falls/

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“When you look at some faces, you can see the turbulence of the infinite beginning to gather to the surface. This moment can open in a gaze from a stranger, or in a conversation with someone you know well. Suddenly, without their intending it or being conscious of it, their gaze lasts for only a second. In that slightest interim, something more than the person looks out.” – John O’Donohue

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East Fork Sevier River

East Fork Sevier River

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/104889816

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“Beauty is not to be captured or controlled for there is something intrinsically elusive in its nature. More like a visitation than a solid fact, beauty invests the aura of a person or infuses a landscape with an unexpected intimacy that satisfies our longing. True beauty cannot be invented or manufactured.” – John O’Donohue

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Sevier River

https://www.allbryce.com/lakes_rivers_falls/sevier_river.php

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“More often than not it is the inner beauty of heart and mind that illuminates the face. A smile can completely transform a face. Ultimately, it is the soul that makes the face beautiful. Each face is its own landscape and is quietly vibrant with the invisible textures of memory, story, dream, need, want and gift that make up the beauty of the individual life.” – John O’Donohue

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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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safety.

May 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” – James Baldwin

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Palmdale_Road_Cut

Palmdale road cut

http://www.sanandreasfault.org/Visit.html

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“It must happen to us all…We pack up what we’ve learned so far and leave the familiar behind. No fun, that shearing separation, but somewhere within, we must dimly know that saying goodbye to safety brings the only security we’ll ever know.” – Richard Bach

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ribbon cherts from the ocean floor

http://geotripper.blogspot.com/2010/06/now-this-is-why-i-love-california.html

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“I have not always chosen the safest path. I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I’ve learned something important along the way: I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.” – Steve Goodier

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honesty.

May 6, 2017 § Leave a comment

“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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SP Crater

northern Arizona

http://azgeology.azgs.az.gov/azgs/image-of-the-day/images/sp-crater-sp-lava-flow-san-francisco-volcanic-field-northern-arizona

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“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” – Barbara DeAngelis

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simplicity.

May 4, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”   – Clare Luce Booth

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Meteor Crater

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-ten-most-spectacular-geologic-sites-38476122/

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“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. – Victoria Moran

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Peach Springs

Peach Springs Tuff, southern Black Mountains

http://azgeology.azgs.az.gov/azgs/image-of-the-day/images/peach-springs-tuff-massif-black-mountains-arizona

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“In order to pick something up, you’ve got to put something down.” – Todd Stocker

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Grand Falls

http://centralarizonageologyclub.blogspot.com/

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“Not every person wants the prettiest, smartest, talented or spiritually uplifting person to build a life with. Sometimes we just want that special someone that makes sense, puts up with us, has patience, comes without drama, gives us focus and is willing to run with our half-baked ideas.” – Shannon Alder

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retreat.

May 4, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse

 

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San Juan National Forest

https://www.durango.org/discover-durango/san-juan-national-park

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“Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.” – Cheryl Strayed

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The Grottos, White River National Forest

The Grottos, White River National Forest

http://www.gohikeco.com/2013/06/the-grottos_16.html

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“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Indian Peaks Wilderness

Indian Peaks Wilderness

http://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/colorado/arapaho-roosevelt-national-forest

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“From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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Grand Mesa Scenic Highway

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“What they say is, life goes on, and that is mostly true. The mail is delivered and the Christmas lights go up and the ladders get put away and you open yet another box of cereal. In time, the volume of my feelings would be turned down in gentle increments to a near quiet, and yet the record would still spin, always spin. There was a place for Rose so deeply within myself that it was another country, another world, with its own light and time and its own language. A lost world. Yet its foundations and edges were permanent-the ruins of Pompeii, the glorious remnants or the Forum. A world that endured, even as it retreated into the past. A world visited, imagined, ever waiting, yet asleep” – Deb Caletti

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Book cliffs

Book Cliffs

https://www.nps.gov/colm/planyourvisit/book-cliffs-view.htm

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“Solitary. But not in the sense of being alone. Not solitary in the way Thoreau was, for example, exiling himself in order to find out where he was; not solitary in the way Jonah was, praying for deliverance in the belly of the whale. Solitary in the sense of retreat. In the sense of not having to see himself, of not having to see himself being seen by anyone else.” – Paul Auster

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Colorado NM

http://coloradomonumentfriends.com/tag/glade-park/

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“Life, authentic life, is supposed to be all struggle, unflagging action and affirmation, the will butting its blunt head against the world’s wall, suchlike, but when I look back I see that the greater part of my energies was always given over to the simple search for shelter, for comfort, for, yes, I admit it, for cosiness. This is a surprising, not to say shocking, realisation. Before, I saw myself as something of a buccaneer, facing all-comers with a cutlass in my teeth, but now I am compelled to acknowledge that this was a delusion. To be concealed, protected, guarded, that is all I have ever truly ever wanted, to burrow down into a place of womby warmth and cower there, hidden from the sky’s indifferent gaze and the air’s harsh damagings. That is why the past is just such a retreat for me, I go there eagerly, rubbing my hands and shaking off the cold present and the colder future. And yet, what existence, really, does it have, the past? After all, it is only what the present was, once, the present that is gone, no more than that. And yet.” – John Banville

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Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

http://www.denverpost.com/2013/07/18/should-colorado-national-monument-become-a-national-park-no/

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“The poet lives and writes at the frontier between deep internal experience and the revelations of the outer world. There is no going back for the poet once this frontier has been reached; a new territory is visible and what has been said cannot be unsaid. The discipline of poetry is in overhearing yourself say difficult truths from which it is impossible to retreat. Poetry is a break for freedom. In a sense all poems are good; all poems are an emblem of courage and the attempt to say the unsayable; but only a few are able to speak to something universal yet personal and distinct at the same time; to create a door through which others can walk into what previously seemed unobtainable realms, in the passage of a few short lines.” ― David Whyte

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push.

May 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Claim your space. Draw a circle of light around it. Push back against the dark. Don’t just survive. Celebrate.” – Charles Frazier

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Sheep Mountain anticline WY

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/foreland-range-geology/

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“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” – Albert Camus

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Tors at Vedauwoo, southeast Wyoming

 

Tors at Vedauwoo, southeast Wyoming

http://plantsandrocks.blogspot.com/2012/02/creatures-of-stone-iii-rest-of-story.html

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“Enthusiasm can help you find the new doors, but it takes passion to open them. If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.” – Roy T. Bennett

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Bighorn County

Folded and faulted structure near Greybull, WY.

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=11425

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“Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle.” – Jojo Moyes

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