25 February 2017

Concentric Circling - Missoula, Montana

"I talk in subjects and verbs, 

and sort of wind around 
in concentric circles 

until I get far enough away from 
the beginning so that I can 
call it the end, 

and it ends."

24 February 2017

Everywhere Story - Missoula, Montana

"The trick to finding ideas is to convince yourself that everyone and everything has a story to tell. 

I say trick but what i really mean is challenge, because it's a very hard thing to do. 

Our instinct as humans, after all, is to assume that most things are not interesting. 
We flip through the channels on the television and reject ten before we settle on one. 
We go to a bookstore and look a twenty novels before we pick the one we want. 
We filter and rank and judge.  
We have to. There's just so much out there.
But if you want to be a writer [or insert  your aspiration], you have to fight that instinct every day. 

Shampoo doesn't seem interesting? 
Well, dammit, it must be, and if it isn't, I have to believe that it will ultimately lead me to something that is." 

- from What The Dog Saw and other adventures, Preface, p xiii, by Malcolm Gladwell

22 February 2017

On Impact - Missoula, Montana

"You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life."

 - Zig Ziglar (1926-2012)

21 February 2017

20 February 2017

Looking Beyond The Window - Lolo, Montana

"A German theologian once said that any number of things can serve as a window to God, to what he called 'the ultimate.' 

Humans, of ccourse, tend to be pane worshipers; we just stare at the window instead of the view. 

But anything that lets you look beyond the window to the divine—a kind act, a surprise, a coincidence—is a way of communicating with something bigger than we are."

 — Kate Braestrup, Minister and Author of Beginner's Grace