Monthly Archives: April 2013

Violin.

“…the violin — that most human of all instruments…” – Louisa May Alcott

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Piper Mountain Wilderness Night Sky

Piper Mountain Wilderness Night Sky

http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/post/31793879769/the-summer-night-sky-in-the-piper-mountain

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“There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

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Jean luc Ponty, New Country

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Piper Mountain Wilderness

Piper Mountain Wilderness

http://www.everytrail.com/destination/piper-mountain-wilderness/pictures

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“The true mission of the violin is to imitate the accents of the human voice, a noble mission that has earned for the violin the glory of being called the king of instruments” – Charles-Auguste de Beriot

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Listen.

“…along with the other animals, the stones, the trees, and the clouds, we ourselves are characters within a huge story that is visibly unfolding all around us, participants within the vast imagination, or Dreaming, of the world.” – David Abram

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Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

http://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab

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“Such reciprocity is the very structure of perception. We experience the sensuous world only by rendering ourselves vulnerable to that world. Sensory perception is this ongoing interweavement: the terrain enters into us only to the extent that we allow ourselves to be taken up within that terrain.” – David Abram

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Tonto Plateau

Tonto Plateau

http://www.sierradescents.com/hiking/grand-canyon/rim-to-rim-4.html

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“Fiercely intelligent, yet bearing a sensibility far more porous than most, Van Gogh was unable, or unwilling, to abstract his intellect from his body’s reality, unwilling to abandon the myriad things, to tame his senses and so stifle the steady eros between his flesh and the flesh of the earth.

“Again and again he slides out of himself, through his eyes, to feel the hunkard silence of the olive groves, and to taste the spreading ecstasy of the leaves as they’re slowly lit by the climbing sun. And again and again he is invaded, in turn, by the visible — penetrated by the midday langor of the rolling wheat fields, or by the sullen mood of a neighbor’s face. Although he writes often to his brother and a few friends (letters of luminous candor and kindness), it is only in the act of drawing and painting that he is able to give expression to this ongoing intercourse, by offering back to the visible a trace of what the visible steadily pours into his chest.

“His paintings, then, are windows through which we look onto an earth no less alive and intelligent than ourselves” – David Abram

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Canyon hike

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“All things have the capacity for speech — all beings have the ability to communicate something of themselves to other beings. Indeed, what is perceptionif not the experience of this gregarious, communicative power of things, wherein even obstensibly ‘inert’ objects radiate out of themselves, conveying their shapes, hues, and rhythms to other beings and to us, influencing and informing our breathing bodies though we stand far apart from those things?

Not just animals and plants, then, but tumbling waterfalls and dry riverbeds, gusts of wind, compost piles and cumulus clouds, freshly painted houses (as well as houses abandoned and sometimes haunted), rusting automobiles, feathers, granite cliffs and grains of sand, tax forms, dormant volcanoes, bays and bayous made wretched by pollutants, snowdrifts, shed antlers, diamonds, and daikon radishes, all are expressive, sometimes eloquent and hence participant in the mystery of language. Our own chatter erupts in response to the abundant articulations of the world: human speech is simply our part of a much broader conversation….”

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Timber Creek

Timber Creek

http://www.protrails.com/gallery/utah/timber-creek-overlook-trail

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…”It follows that the myriad things are also listening, or attending, to various signs and gestures around them. Indeed, when we are at ease in our animal flesh, we will sometimes feel we are being listened to, or sensed, by the earthly surroundings. And so we take deeper care with our speaking, mindful that our sounds may carry more than a merely human meaning and resonance. This care — this full-bodied alertness — is the ancient, ancestral source of all word magic. It is the practice of attention to the uncanny power that lives in our spoken phrases to touch and sometimes transform the tenor of the world’s unfolding.” – David Abram, “Becoming Animal; An Earthly Cosmology”.

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Square.

“I’m not much of a chess player, but there is an aspect of the game that I find fascinating. After a while, you can almost see lines of force between the pieces. Areas of danger where it is physically impossible to move pieces into. Clouds of possibility, forbidden zones.” – Hannu Rajaniemi, “The Fractal Prince”.

 

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Yes, “Your Move”, 1971.

In the studio recording on The Yes Album, the song opens with Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Steve Howe singing the sentence “I’ve seen all good people turn their heads each day so satisfied I’m on my way” twice a cappella, in three-part harmony. This is followed by a solo intro by Steve Howe on a 12-string laúd.[2] As the laúd begins a repeated four-bar phrase, it is joined by bass drum as Anderson resumes singing the lyrics, solo and in three-part harmony. Dual recorders enter on the third verse. Finally, aHammond organ joins them, playing the same chords as the laúd until the first part of the song ends on a loudly sustained and unresolved organ chord.

The second part, “All Good People”, consists of many repetitions of the sentence “I’ve seen all good people turn their heads each day so satisfied I’m on my way” sung to the same melody as before, but over a driving rock accompaniment, ending in a powerful vocal harmony and organ phrase which begins on a chord progression of E, D, C, G, then A. Each repetition of the verse is one whole step lower than the previous as the song fades out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I’ve_Seen_All_Good_People

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Yes, “Long Distance Runaround”, from 1971 Fragile Album.

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“In chess, as a purely intellectual game, where randomness is excluded, – for someone to play against himself is absurd …
It is as paradoxical, as attempting to jump over his own shadow.” – Stefan Zweig

 

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Enough.

“How do I know if something I’m praying for is in my best interests?…..A rule of thumb is to assume that your inspirations are coming from right intuition, and act with authority. Once in awhile you will find that you have made a mistake, but in the long run you will be way ahead of where you would be if you assume that your intuitions are guided by ego and do nothing….

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road-east-highland-lake NV

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“The real answer to the question is to understand that what you are seeking is not really conditions, but consciousness.  You may be praying for a new BMW but what you really want is to know that you are an abundant being living in a wealthy universe.  You may be seeking a soulmate, but behind your search is the quest to know that you are lovable and cherishable. …..You can get the conditions but if you do not have the consciousness, you will be ever seeking and striving for more conditions.  If you have the consciousness however, the conditions will manifest automatically and even if they do not, you will be secure in your wholeness.  If you aren’t sure if what you are praying for is correct, complete your prayer with “this or better”. Tell God (remind yourself) you are doing the best you can with what you know, and if there is something more wonderful available, you are willing to give up your current idea for the bigger picture.” – Alan Cohen

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Live like a dog.

A Dog’s Purpose (Insight from a 6 year old)

http://www.upgradereality.com/a-dogs-purpose-from-a-6-year-old/

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

A Dog's Purpose
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Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?”

the Six-year-old continued …

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Comfortingly true…

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • Puppy games are for big dogs too
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

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Always.

Always, 1989, Dorinda Solo Flight, John Williams

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“… If the dead can come back to this earth and move unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night—amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours—always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or if the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.” – Paul Hoffman

 

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Always (1989) Trailer

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“I’ve really only learned one thing in my life. One thing, in my heart, as deep as the deepest ocean in the world; no matter how bad it seems, it will always get better, ALWAYS.” – Jamie Schoffman

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Ride the boardwalk.

Turquoise Beach Cruiser Amongst The Hydrangeas - 8 x 10 Photography Print

Turquoise Beach Cruiser Amongst The Hydrangeas – 8 x 10 Photography Print

https://www.etsy.com/listing/63880766/turquoise-beach-cruiser-amongst-the?ref=usr_faveitems

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