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

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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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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someone.

May 2, 2017 § Leave a comment

“We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. And it isn’t until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems—the ones that make you truly who you are—that we’re ready to find a lifelong mate. Only then do you finally know what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: it’s got to be the right wrong person—someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, “This is the problem I want to have.”

I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way.” – Andrew Boyd

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Fountain Valley Trail

http://libguides.mines.edu/coloradogeology

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Book Cliffs North of Grand Junction Colorado

Book Cliffs North of Grand Junction Colorado

http://coloradogeologicalsurvey.org/colorado-geology/sedimentary-rocks/

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“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” – Alan Bennett

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broken.

April 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S.Lewis

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Keystone Thrust and Spring Mountains, Nevada

http://www.marlimillerphoto.com/150427-57.html

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“…things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.” – Hanya Yanagihara

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Devil’s Postpile

https://www.usgs.gov/news/young-and-old-volcanoes-east-sierra-nevada-new-map-report-and-public-events

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“Art is to console those who are broken by life.” – Vincent van Gogh

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Sand River Gneiss

https://www.unr.edu/geology/research-specialties/geodynamics

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“We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That’s what connects us–that we’re all broken, all beautifully imperfect.” ― Emilio Estevez

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Rainbow Vista, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

http://libguides.tmcc.edu/nevadageology/magazines_and_journals

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“Closing The Cycle

One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through. Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?

You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened. You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that. But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister, everyone will be finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.

None of us can be in the present and the past at the same time, not even when we try to understand the things that happen to us. What has passed will not return: we cannot for ever be children, late adolescents, sons that feel guilt or rancor towards our parents, lovers who day and night relive an affair with someone who has gone away and has not the least intention of coming back.

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.” – Paulo Coelho

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quiet.

April 21, 2017 § Leave a comment

“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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Hogback

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=74

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“speak quietly to yourself & promise there will be better days. whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. console your bruised and tender spirit with reminders of many other successes. offer comfort in practical and tangible ways – as if you were encouraging your dearest friend. recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. tomorrow comes more brightly…” – Mary Anne Radmacher

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Burr Trail

http://capitolreef.org/blog/tag/waterpocket-fold

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“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.” – Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

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Waterpocket Fold Utah

http://capitolreef.org/blog/tag/waterpocket-fold

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“Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.”
Mary Elizabeth Frye

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