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friend.

Dances with Wolves Farewell Scene

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John Barry Orchestra Dances with Wolves

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please.

“When we feel weak, we drop our heads on the shoulders of others. Don’t get mad when someone does that. Be honored. For that person trusted you enough to, even if subtly, ask you for help.” – Lori Goodwin

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Near Cortez, CO

Near Cortez, CO

http://www.city-data.com/forum/colorado/1231841-colorado-desert-lands-high-desert-terrain.html

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“It’s incredibly touching when someone who seems so hopeless finds a few inches of light to stand in and makes everything work as well as possible. All of us lurch and fall, sit in the dirt, are helped to our feet, keep moving, feel like idiots, lose our balance, gain it, help others get back on their feet, and keep going.” – Ann Lamott

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Near Cortez

Near Cortez

http://www.bambooandmore.info/2012/08/southwest-trip-day-12-window-rock-az-to.html

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“A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.” – Vera Nazarian

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near-cortez-co

near-cortez-co

http://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/respect/

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independence.

“In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.” – Flannery O’Connor

 

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Dubois Mountain NV

Dubois Mountain NV

http://www.streamofimages.com/images.asp?TID=75&index=57

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“I’d rather die my way than live yours.” – Lauren Oliver

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Dubois Mountain

Dubois Mountain WY

http://bertmiltonrealty.com/dubois-wyoming-a-beautiful-place-video/incredible-mountain-views-dubois/

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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen

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Four Tops, “I’ve Got a Feeling”

 

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“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to, and I’ve made enough money to support myself, and ain’t afraid of being alone.” – Katherine Hepburn

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Four Tops, “Standing in the Shadows of Love”, 1967

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“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong..” – Winston Churchill

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End.

Aerial of Grand Canyon

Aerial of Grand Canyon

http://www.incredipedia.info/2009_12_01_archive.html

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“I don’t like to think about my mother.  I have been beguiled by her charm, manipulated and lied to, disparaged and discounted more times than I care to enumerate.  The immediate flash of anger that occurs when she first enters my thoughts is quickly replaced by pain, a pain that gapes like a fathomless black hole.” – Patricia C McCairen, “Canyon Solitude:  A Woman’s Solo River Journey Through Grand Canyon”.

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Inside GC Wayne Ranney

Inside GC Wayne Ranney

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-10-day-rafting-trip-through-grand.html

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“……Killing myself while waiting and hoping for her unattainable love and approval, all the time believing she had my best interest at heart, when nothing was further from the truth……If your mother doesn’t love you, then it’s difficult to believe anyone can love you.  That premise follows you into adulthood, influencing your choices from jobs to lovers.  When families wrap so-called love in lies, mixed messages and rigid controls, genuine caring is an alien concept.” – Patricia C McCairen, “Canyon Solitude:  A Woman’s Solo River Journey Through Grand Canyon”.

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Inside Grand Canyon; Stantons Cave

Inside Grand Canyon; Stantons Cave

http://www.philipcoppens.com/egyptiancanyon.html

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“Love still frightens me and dreams present me with agonizing truths, but little by little this river and canyon have allowed me to claim my life as my own, to begin moving past my father’s indifference and my mother’s jealousy and hate.  Understanding my relationship to it all is the only path to true freedom.” – Patricia C McCairen, “Canyon Solitude:  A Woman’s Solo River Journey Through Grand Canyon”.

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Search.

“Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place… Nothing outside you can give you any place… In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.” – Flannery O”Connor

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1974 Chicago “I’ve Been Searching for So Long”

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“Don’t keep forever on the public road,going only where others have gone, and following one after the other like a flock of sheep. Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods. ‘Every time you do so you will be certain to find something that you have never seen before. Of course it will be a little thing, but do not ignore it. Follow it up, explore all around it; one discovery will lead to another, and before you know it you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the results of thought.” – Alexander Graham Bell

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Alabama Hills Owens Valley

 

http://www.mikereyfman.com/photo/photo.php?No=10&Gallery=Alabama-Hills-Eastern-Sierra

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“The way to find a needle in a haystack is to sit down.” – Beryl Markham

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Frankenstorm.

Inyo National Forest, California

http://oddstuffmagazine.com/gorgeous-wilderness-of-americas-by-marc-muench.html

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For decades, it seemed as if the meteorologists and the milk+bread sellers were in “cohoots” prior to a big storm. Days ahead of time, local newscasters harp on being prepared. Water, batteries, snacks. Everyone admonishing everyone else to get out there and get milk and a loaf of bread.

Living in California for 14 years taught me alternatives for preparing for potential disaster. Rather than days of warnings, earthquakes came seemingly un-announced.  (unless you watched animals’ behavior change just prior..)  Always have bottled water, canned goods and a very well-stocked pantry. Use the hot water heater tank’s water in a pinch. And nobody really talked about “what-if”, not really. Sometimes folks would joke about “earthquake weather”. It felt more like a mass version of geologic amnesia. Didn’t anyone read John McPhee’s “Assembling California”?

Over a decade later since moving back to the east coast to help care for elderly parents, that chapter is now over and I’m planning a move away for the last time.  But the “we’re doomed” local broadcast television news messages that create such a heightened sense of urgency and rachet up stress – seem so overdone. Are we all such sheep?

Preparing for any storm, much less an historic one, is prudent and wise. Tomorrow I’ll venture out into the Saturday crowds and get bottled water, peanut butter and jelly to have simple sandwiches by candlelight if the power goes out.

The thing is, when living on the west coast not knowing a major earthquake was imminent, and being bombasted for days about an impending storm here on the east coast? I’ll take the known unknowns there or wherever in the west I make my next home.

Forested road Redwood NP

 

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