ripples.

December 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

“You may not see it now,” said the Princess of Pure Reason, looking knowingly at Milo’s puzzled face, “but whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way. Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course. Whenever you laugh, gladness spreads like the ripples in the pond; and whenever you’re sad, no one anywhere can be really happy. And it’s much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.” – Norton Juster

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Flagstaff

https://nau.edu/sbs/politics/

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“He found himself thinking that maybe stories don’t just make us matter to each other – maybe they’re also the only way to the infinite mattering he’d been after for so long.

And Colin thought: Because like say I tell someone about…….even if it’s a dumb story, telling it changes other people just the slightest little bit, just as living the story changes me. An infinitesimal change. And that infinitesimal change ripples outward – ever smaller but everlasting. I will get forgotten, but the stories will last. And so we all matter – maybe less than a lot, but always more than some.” – John Green

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Lake Powell

http://www.arizona-leisure.com/northern-arizona-koopsen.html

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“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” – Dorothy Day

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Monoliths, Monument Valley, Arizona and Utah

Monoliths, Monument Valley

https://travel.mapquest.com/2016/06/20/five-mysteries-to-read-while-in-northern-arizona/

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“Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well lived.” – Mollie Marti

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Vermillion Cliffs

Vermillion Cliffs

https://solotravelerworld.com/the-meaning-of-landscape-road-trip-through-the-american-southwest/

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“Every being in this world makes an impact on at least one person they encounter during their lifetime. You can change the course of someone’s life by just a kind word, a hateful one, or even by simply choosing not to say anything at all. Every choice you make has the potential to create a ripple effect, trickling into and affecting the lives of others.” – L.B. Simmons

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Wupatki National Monument

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/more-1500-petroglyphs-including-solar-calendar-found-northern-arizona-020787

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“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection.

For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.” – Mike Ericksen

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Red Rocks sunset

Sedona

http://rubiconoutdoors.com/private-guided-tours/private-guided-northern-arizona-highlights/

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“I had this dream that my life was a rolling canvas. Everyday it rolled off the sheet, bleached white, into the beach of my life. Come sunup, I’d begin to paint it with my thoughts and actions. My breathing, my living, and my dying. Some days the pictures pleased me, maybe pleased others, pleased God himself, but some days, some months, even some years, they didn’t, and I didn’t ever want to look at them again. But the thing is this . . . every day, no matter what I’d painted the day before, I got a new canvas, washed white. ‘Cause each night the tide rolled in, scrubbed it clean, and receded, taking it’s stains with it. And my dreams . . . I just stood on the beach and watched all that stuff wash out to sea.- Nothing more than ripples in the water. No canvas is ever stained clean through. Not one.” – Charles Martin

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Sedona, Arizona Landscape

Sedona

https://www.switchbacktravel.com/gallery/3-great-outdoor-trips-november

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“Perhaps the book opened a door; books have a way of causing ripples.” – Erika Swyler

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Christmas.

December 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it—you feel it, you know it, you believe it.”
Kevin Alan Milne

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Christmas Cactus

https://www.new-mexico.cactus-society.org/

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 “When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.”  – Jean Fritz

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Things-to-Do-in-Santa-Fe-tamale

https://www.turquoisebear.com/top-things-to-do-in-santa-fe.html

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“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened.” – Rachel Cohn

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Inn on the Alameda

https://www.innonthealameda.com/2013/12/31/joes-blog-luminario-or-farolito-either-way-it-makes-santa-fe-sparkle/

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“Christmas Gift Suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold

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Canyon Road

Canyon Road

http://www.okeeffecountry.com/canyon-road.html

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“Acceptance, when it comes, arrives in waves: Listen with your chest. You will feel a pendulum swing within you, favoring one direction or another. And that is your answer. The answer is always inside your chest. The right choice weighs more. That’s how you know. It causes you to lean in its direction.” ― Augusten Burroughs, You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas

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San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church

https://rozannehakala.photoshelter.com/image/I0000hUMWCni9wfk

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“This Christmas mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love, and then speak it again.” – Howard W. Hunter

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Sangre de Christo Mountains

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60958-i29520707-Santa_Fe_New_Mexico.html

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“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

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Santa Fe

https://santafe.org/blog/8-farolito-photos-to-brighten-the-holiday/

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“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…” – John Geddes

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love.

December 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” ― Audrey Hepburn

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Henry Mountains

Henry Mountains

https://utah.com/henry-mountains

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“In the end
these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?” ― Jack Kornfield

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Mt. Timpanogos 2

https://utah.com/hiking/mt-timpanogos

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“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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Mt. Timpanogos

Mt. Timpanogos

http://www.summitpost.org/mt-timpanogos-ut/151365

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ― Neil Gaiman

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American Bison in the Henry Mountains

https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2016/01/12/djg-genetically-pure-bison-found-in-utahs-henry-mountains/#.WkA50HlG33g

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“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brené Brown

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La Sal Mountains

http://wpnature.com/la-sel-mountains-near-moab-utah-winter-desert-rocks-wallpapers-wide-mountain/

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“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ― George Bernard Shaw

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Bryce

https://www.templesquare.com/blog/explore-utah-not-obvious-winter-destinations/

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“Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.” ― Paulo Coelho

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light.

December 23, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes you look up and there just seems to be so many more stars that ever before. More. They burn brighter and they shine longer and they never vanish into your periphery when you turn your head. It’s as if they come out for us and to remind us that their light took so long to come to us, that if we never had the patience to wait, we never would have seen them here, tonight, like this.

That as much as it hurts, sometimes it’s all you can do, wait, endure and keep shining, knowing that eventually, your light will reach where it is supposed to reach and shine for who it is supposed to shine for.

It is never easy, but it is always worth it.” ― Tyler Knott Gregson

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Mesa Verde

http://www.orsosachisays.net/2012/04/

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“There’s a difference between wanting to be looked at and wanting to be seen.

When you are looked at, your eyes can be closed. You suck energy, you steal the spotlight. When you are seen, your eyes must be open, and you are seeing and recognizing your witness. You accept energy and you generate energy. You create light.

One is exhibitionism, the other is connection.

Not everybody wants to be looked at.

Everybody wants to be seen.” – Amanda Palmer

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mesa verde park road

mesa verde park road

http://www.theroadjunkies.com/2012/12/a-snow-job.html

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“I don’t know what to do!” cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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Spruce Tree House

http://www.coloradoplateauphototours.com/blog/mesa-verde-winter-festival/

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“Let your heart travel lightly. Because what you bring with you becomes part of the landscape.” – Anne Bishop

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Winter Solstice

http://www.crystalinks.com/wintersolstice.html

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“A Warrior of Light values a child’s eyes because they are able to look at the world without bitterness. When he wants to find out if the person beside him is worthy of his trust, he tries to see him as a child would” ― Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light

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Mesa Verde

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/mesa-verde-national-park/

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“When you’re born a light is switched on, a light which shines up through your life. As you get older the light still reaches you, sparkling as it comes up through your memories. And if you’re lucky as you travel forward through time, you’ll bring the whole of yourself along with you, gathering your skirts and leaving nothing behind, nothing to obscure the light. But if a Bad Thing happens part of you is seared into place, and trapped for ever at that time. The rest of you moves onward, dealing with all the todays and tomorrows, but something, some part of you, is left behind. That part blocks the light, colours the rest of your life, but worse than that, it’s alive. Trapped for ever at that moment, and alone in the dark, that part of you is still alive.” – Michael Marshall Smith

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Mesa Verde

http://interactives.krqe.com/photomojo/gallery/10190/195375/december-snow-rolls-over-nm/mesa-verde-by-luminaria-light/

 

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“There is something
comforting
about a lighthouse.
In the dark of the night,
hold on to the light,
and you’ll get
back home safely.

I need a personal lighthouse.” – Lisa Schroeder

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drift.

December 21, 2017 § Leave a comment

“We drift spiritually when we accept things that hurt us for so long that we lose our ability to feel pain. While pain is not our natural state or our destiny, and we are certainly not meant to live in pain, pain is the signal that we must make a change. We cannot afford to lose our ability to hear that signal.

To avoid drift, begin to tell the truth about your experience. If you let yourself feel your feelings, you will discover valuable messages that will guide you to be in your right place with the right people at the right time.” – Alan Cohen

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Santa Fe

https://santafe.org/What_s_Happening/

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“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you…it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre: “I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.

Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions–predigested books and ideas…marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short…and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be “different”…The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.”
Adrienne Rich

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Acoma

http://www.acomaskycity.org/home.html

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“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.” ― Daniel Goleman

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Taos Pueblo

https://santafe.org/blog/taos_pueblo_winter/

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“And then one student said that happiness is what happens when you go to bed on the hottest night of the summer, a night so hot you can’t even wear a tee-shirt and you sleep on top of the sheets instead of under them, although try to sleep is probably more accurate. And then at some point late, late, late at night, say just a bit before dawn, the heat finally breaks and the night turns into cool and when you briefly wake up, you notice that you’re almost chilly, and in your groggy, half-consciousness, you reach over and pull the sheet around you and just that flimsy sheet makes it warm enough and you drift back off into a deep sleep. And it’s that reaching, that gesture, that reflex we have to pull what’s warm – whether it’s something or someone – toward us, that feeling we get when we do that, that feeling of being safe in the world and ready for sleep, that’s happiness.” ― Paul Schmidtberger

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quiet.

December 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Do not assume that he who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, he would never have been able to find these words.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

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Dirt road near moab

near Moab

http://eyeshotphotos.com/2014/12/30/moab/

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“She wanted something else, something different, something more. Passion and romance, perhaps, or maybe quiet conversations in candlelit rooms, or perhaps something as simple as not being second.” ― Nicholas Sparks

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Utah Highway 128

Utah Highway 128

https://dcasler.com/2014/12/28/moab-and-arches-national-park-in-winter/

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“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.” – Norton Juster

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch

Arches

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=28428996

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“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher

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moab winter

Moab Winter

http://stephdavis.co/blog/moab-in-winter/

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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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eternal.

December 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.

—”Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'” LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64” ― Albert Einstein

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Spruce Tree House

Spruce Tree House

https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/on-location/travel/ancient-southwest/

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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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kiva-mesa_verde_national_park

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/mesa-verde/

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“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”
Gabriel García Márquez

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Mesa Verde

http://hdrcreme.com/photos/25039-winter-sunset-at-mesa-verde

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“Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.” ― Alan W. Watts

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