“The prairies are not an easy landscape. It is a natural reflex to be awed by mountains; huge and overpowering, they are a beginner’s landscape. Coastlines roll a rich variety of life and change before the lazy eye. Domestic landscapes of gentle hills, wooded groves, and small farms enfold a timid soul in warm security. But the prairies–like the high seas or the desert–are a challenge and a reward for the strong of spirit only. You may sicken and tire here, fall prey to loneliness and melancholy, and be driven out to seek refuge in softer lands. Or you may meet the challenge, your senses may sharpen, strengthen, and thrill, as space and landscape subtlety stretch you out like a transcontinental train at full throttle. You may rejoice in the powerful exhilaration of moving over the prairies, akin to sailing the seas, an experience of freedom bordering on intoxication. Yet this great freedom is only ever a hair’s breadth away from deepest loneliness.”
~ Norman Henderson, Rediscovering the Prairies: Journeys by Dog, Horse, and Canoe, 7.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.
– J K Rowling, speaking at Harvard University
Words I need to hear regularly. (Via)
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
Feel like posting something, but don’t have much time right now. So I’m going to steal a quote that Lisa posted:
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, the wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ” John Ruskin
Agreed. Although, given what has happened around here in the last couple of days, there are certainly bad weather systems.
From The Office, season 3, “Product Recall“. Unlike my last Office quotes, this one will only really make sense if you are familiar with the show. The episode begins with Jim walking into the office dressed as and talking like Dwight.
Jim: Question. What kind of bear is best?
Dwight: That’s a ridiculous question.
Jim: False. Black bear.
Dwight: That’s debatable. There are basically two schools of thought–
Jim: Fact. Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
Dwight: Bears do not… What is going on?! What are you doing?!
I quote it only because we watched this episode shortly before we left on our vacation and I quoted this throughout our time on the road: “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.” (Emphasis on the “B”s)