Monthly Archives: July 2013

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“There’s more to getting to where you’re going then just knowing there’s a road.”  – Joan Lowery Nixon

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“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens”  – Tony Deliso

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Saturday July 27 2013

 

“There is a certain strength in being alone.”  – Heather Duffy Stone

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Southern Yosemite road

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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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got to see this one…

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transformation.

“If the point of life is the same as the point of a story, the point of life is character transformation. If I got any comfort as I set out on my first story, it was that in nearly every story, the protagonist is transformed. He’s a jerk at the beginning and nice at the end, or a coward at the beginning and brave at the end. If the character doesn’t change, the story hasn’t happened yet. And if story is derived from real life, if story is just condensed version of life then life itself may be designed to change us so that we evolve from one kind of person to another. ”  – Donald Miller

resting-female-monarch-butterfly

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“Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.” – Alan Cohen

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if.

It’s not an original story – that of dreaming of winning a lottery or some other unexpected windfall.  But I read something the other day that caught my attention and it wasn’t the first time I read the question either.

The question was, “If you could live anyplace, if money was no object, where would you go?”

Have I considered that question or one very similar to it? Sure, many times. It’s interesting how my dreams and fantasies have changed over the years.  Years ago, it was buying a corporate jet and having the opportunities to visit many places around the globe.

Nephi

If I could live anyplace where would I go? One place that keeps coming up as a very good memory is visiting friends a few times who lived in a 200 year old adobe home in Nephi, Utah.  The last time I visited was October, 1983. The walls were a foot thick, there were old hardwood floors with large area rag rugs over them, vintage sheer curtains in the deep-set windows (like my grandmother used to have on her windows..) and a large, black pot-bellied wood stove that was used for heat.

For some reason, that simple, old fashioned, very solidly-built house felt like home to me. I always felt extremely safe, very comfortable and thought it would be lovely to live in an old home like that.

nephi ut

http://www.century21.com/real-estate/nephi-ut-84648/LZ84648/

Another place where I have been countless times over many years is to the Flagstaff, Arizona area.  so many visits that I looked for homes there. Just south of Interstate 40 is an area where many different types of homes were built. Kachina Village I think they called it. There was once one home, an adirondack style one built adjacent to the National Park forestland that I really liked. But when the real estate agent and I went back to her office near NAU campus in Flagstaff, the home had already been sold.  It was very disappointing and I took it as a sign there was another, better-suited home for me.

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http://activerain.com/states/AZ/cities/Flagstaff/communities/Kachina%20Village

Because there are many, many places I’ve visited over and over throughout the Four corner states as well as a number of places still on my bucket list, I think living in this area would allow me to take trips to visit old favorites and experience new ones too.  Attending lectures on geology, archaeology and anthropology at several of the colleges and universities in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah is something I always wanted to do.

Museums, lectures, archaeological sites, National Parks, National Forests and other similar activities are something I want to be part of my life. There is nothing remotely like that here.

Huge sky that allows a mile-long train to be seen at a distance……now that is my kind of geography rather than the ant-hill closeness of the U.S. Northeast.

When is the right time to give myself permission to just pack up and go? There is no more taking care of elderly parents and no other reason to stay in this awful area that feels so pinched and violent. What in the world am I doing here?

West, ah, west. Been there, done that for many years. After thirteen years of being back east, it is time to move back west.

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Rest.

“Silence

It has a sound, a fullness.
It’s heavy with sigh of tree,
and space between breaths.
It’s ripe with pause between birdsong
and crash of surf. 
It’s golden they say.
But no one tells us it’s addictive.”  – Angela Long

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Wilson and El Diente

Wilson and El Diente

http://distantpeak.blogspot.com/2005/09/wilson-and-el-diente.html

 

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“A change is as good as a rest.”  – Stephen King

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