respect.

November 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Truly powerful people don’t explain why they want respect. They simply don’t engage someone who doesn’t give it to them.” – Sherry Argov

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lenticular cloud over Mt. Nebo Utah

lenticular cloud over Mt. Nebo Utah

http://www.anntorrence.com/blog/2006/12/lenticular-cloud-over-nephi.html

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“In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.” – Dorothy Parker

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Provo Peak from the Rock Canyon Trail

Provo Peak from the Rock Canyon Trail

http://taxliens.homestead.com/Photos.html

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“A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady intentionally. He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman’s heart.” – Shannon Alder
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“What is home? My favorite definition is “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.” – Gladys M. Hunt
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“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”- William Henry Channing
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Mount Nebo utah in the wasatch range in fall color

Mount Nebo utah in the wasatch range in fall color

http://miraimages.photoshelter.com/image/I0000iQGaUnk_.p4

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“Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.” – Theodore Roosevelt
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“When two people respect each other, the ability to be vulnerable and to reveal hurt feelings can create a powerful emotional connection that is the source of real intimacy and friendship.” – David D. Burns
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Mount Nebo Loop Scenic Drive

Mount Nebo Loop Scenic Drive

http://utah.com/scenic-drive/nebo-loop

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“It’s an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, give a greater lustre to our colours, a richer resonance to our words. That is, if it doesn’t destroy us, if it doesn’t burn away the optimism and the spirit, the capacity for visions, and the respect for simple yet indispensable things.” – Anne Rice
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 Mount Nebo, near Nephi

Mount Nebo, near Nephi

http://richbyoung.com/snowgeese.html

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“Self-respect. It would make me lovable. And it’s the secret to good sex.” – Susan Sontag
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optimism.

November 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.”- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Aerial Southeast Utah

Aerial Southeast Utah

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

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“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”- Winston Chruchill

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rest.

November 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

“The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That’s where you need to go.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Fall on Nebo Loop

Fall on Nebo Loop

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/uwcnf/recreation/scenicdrivinginfo

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

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Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Wasatch-Cache National Forest

http://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-5107361-stock-footage-waterfall-down-a-limestone-cliff-detail-zoom-out-stewart-falls-in-the-uinta-wasatch-cache.html

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock

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Jefferson Hunt Campground

Jefferson Hunt Campground

https://www.hipcamp.com/ut/mountainland/uinta-wasatch-cache/jefferson-hunt-campground

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“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” – David Quammen

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Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Wasatch-Cache National Forest

http://www.allparkcity.com/nature/wasatch_cache_national_forest.php

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“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” – Albert Camus

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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

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“The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb- time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night.” – John O’Donohue

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Mount Ogden in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Mount Ogden in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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

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“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart

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Spanish Fork Ranger District

Spanish Fork Ranger District

http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTJw8jAwjQL8h2VAQAzHJMsQ!!/?ss=110419&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&navid=110130000000000&pnavid=110000000000000&recid=8980&actid=33&ttype=recarea&status=plus&templateName=fs.internet.template.activity&Key=0&name=Find%20An%20Activity&script=no&treeisLink=false&pname=Uinta-Wasatch-Cache%20National%20Forest%20-%20Find%20An%20Activity

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“Until we invent telepathy, books are our best choice for understanding the rest of humanity.”- Christopher Paolini

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Heber-Kamas Ranger District

Heber-Kamas Ranger District

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/uwcnf/recreation/natureviewing/?recid=8980&actid=62

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“I wonder how much we don‘t see. How much of our lives we witness and accept as truth when the rest of the iceberg—the heaviest, bulkiest part—is buried and invisible.”- Sarah Ockler

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Uinta Wasatch Cache NF

Uinta Wasatch Cache NF

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/uwcnf/recreation/camping-cabins

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“This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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best.

October 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

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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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“…“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future….” – T.S. Eliot
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“Of all things, I liked books best.” – Nikola Tesla
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“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – Bob Moawad
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“The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.” – C.G. Jung
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“We teach best what we most need to learn.” – Richard Bach
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“Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood. Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.” – Paul Coelho

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“Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and not just those in power; to contemplate–with the best teachers–the insights, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history. They allow people long dead to talk inside our heads. Books can accompany us everywhere. Books are patient where we are slow to understand, allow us to go over the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical of our lapses. Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society.” – Carl Sagan
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integrity.

October 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C.S. Lewis

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Grenadier Range near Durango

Grenadier Range near Durango

http://www.colorado.com/southwest-colorados-jagged-grenadier-range-near-durango

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“I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.'” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant.” – George Carlin

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southern Colorado

southern Colorado

http://philhawkinsphoto.com/collections/southwest/_MG_8178_9_tonemapped

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“Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.”- Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Dusk in the back country of Colorado

Dusk in the back country of Colorado

http://philhawkinsphoto.com/collections/southwest/_MG_9629-1a

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“Lead your life so you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. ”- Will Rogers

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help.

October 18, 2015 § 1 Comment

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ”- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Confluence of San Juan and Colorado Rivers

Confluence of San Juan and Colorado Rivers

http://www.aneclecticmind.com/2007/10/01/the-big-september-gig-day-one/

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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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Goosenecks of the San Juan

Goosenecks of the San Juan” river near Mexican Hat

http://edtruthan.com/tileproxy/

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“A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. As I wrote that farewell column to Marley, I realized it was all right there in front of us, if only we opened our eyes. Sometimes it took a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see.” – John Grogan
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“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”- Rumi
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San Juan River and Raplee Anticline

San Juan River and Raplee Anticline

http://www.pbase.com/image/145460263

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“The soul helps the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird that sustains its cage.”- Victor Hugo
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attitude.

October 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

“There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.”- Judith McNaught

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Green River Overlook

Green River Overlook

http://www.grantordelheide.com/photo/green-river-overlook/

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“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that 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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Flaming Gorge fishing on the Green River

Flaming Gorge fishing on the Green River

http://www.gorges-to-visit.com/FlamingGorgeFishing.html

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“Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.” – Katherine Hepburn

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 Green River on the upper A section

Green River on the upper A section

http://www.oldmoeguideservice.com/

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“Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood. Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the “ideal moment.” Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need. This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.” – Paul Coelho

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green river

green river

http://www.bikepacking.net/tripreports/white-rim-utah/

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“Things will go wrong at times. You can’t always control your attitude, approach, and response. You options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better” – Tony Dungy

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Utah's Green River

Utah’s Green River

http://myabccoolimages.com/green+river+utah+flaming+gorge

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“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.” – Mandy Hale

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green river

green river

http://www.troutbum2.com/Green-River-Fly-Fishing-Guide-Service/

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“Hope has a cost. Hope is not comfortable or easy. Hope requires personal risk. It is not about the right attitude. Hope is not about peace of mind. Hope is action. Hope is doing something. The more futile, the more useless, the more irrelevant and incomprehensible an act of rebellion is, the vaster and more potent hope becomes.
Hope never makes sense. Hope is weak, unorganized and absurd. Hope, which is always nonviolent, exposes in its powerlessness, the lies, fraud and coercion employed by the state. Hope knows that an injustice visited on our neighbor is an injustice visited on all of us. Hope posits that people are drawn to the good by the good. This is the secret of hope’s power. Hope demands for others what we demand for ourselves. Hope does not separate us from them. Hope sees in our enemy our own face.” – Chris Hedges

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Green River

Green River

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_River_%28Colorado_River%29

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“Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off. But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.” – Amelia Earhart

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