Monthly Archives: April 2011

Turning Left: Iceland on the Ring Road

We chose counterclockwise.  Opposite of how the commentary was laid out in the Lonely Planet guide, we elected to drive the ring road of Iceland the other way.  After our climb of Hvannadalshnúkur, as we headed out Route One toward … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #185 Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not…

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Visual Soliloquy #184 It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks…

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #183 We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls…

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. –Anais Nin

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Visual Soliloquy #182 Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not…

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Visual Soliloquy #181 We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think…

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. –Swami Vivekananda

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Visual Soliloquy #180 Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear…

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear. –Baruch Spinoza

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Visual Soliloquy #179 If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud…

If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud. –Emile Zola

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Visual Soliloquy #178 Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward…

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. –Victor Kiam

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Hammered on Hvannadalshnuku

So much to describe and share and so little time to find the words. Days are passing here like the wind, very rapidly and measured in meters per second, both the speed of the wind and our experiences on the … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #177 Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does…

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. –William James

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Visual Soliloquy # 176 When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly…

When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly. – Michel de Montaigne

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Visual Soliloquy #175 Do what you can, with what you have, where you are…

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

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Day One from the Land of Ice

I think my senses must be heightened by the process of being squeezed six across into a long aluminum cigar that is pressured to 8000 feet that rapidly teleports me to a new place. I leave the airport and embrace … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy # 174 Finding is reserved for those that search…

Finding is reserved for those that search. – Jim Rohn

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Visual Soliloquy #173 The most important thing about having goals is having one…

The most important thing about having goals is having one. – Geoffrey F. Abert

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Visual Soliloquy #172 Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace…

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. –Buddha

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Sport as Spiritual Friend

My last three days have been filled with three things: Buddhist retreat, hockey playoffs and packing for Iceland. One wrapped up yesterday, one will wrap up today and one must be wrapped up by 4:20 tomorrow afternoon. This morning as … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #171 Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment…

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment –Buddha

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Visual Soliloquy #170 Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely…

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely –Buddha

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Visual Soliloquy #169 In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true…

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. –Buddha

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Visual Soliloquy #168 What we think, we become…

What we think, we become. –Buddha

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Visual Soliloquy #167 Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, people cannot live without a spiritual life…

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. –Buddha Read more: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/b/buddha_2.html#ixzz1JAoFRXKM

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Visual Soliloquy #166 I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done…

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done. –Buddha

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Lady Bird-Inaugural Flight

Another beautiful spring day here in St. John’s allowed me to take my new Alpacka pack raft out for its first test paddle on Long Pond and inlet creek.  Getting into the boat is like getting a hug and it … Continue reading

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Indescribable

Using Powell’s words and Super 8 film footage, we try to describe in the indescribable experience of traveling down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  Given the arrival of my new Alpacka Pack Raft, my thoughts has turned to … Continue reading

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Epically Wonderful Day on Signal Hill

Yesterday was the sort of gorgeous spring day with the sun streaming out hourly invitations to throw off the parka, throw open the doors, and throw ourselves outside. And we accepted. Graciously. For about seven and half hours on “The … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #165 When it is dark enough, you can see the stars…

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Visual Soliloquy #164 Rather than wishing for change, you first must be prepared to change…

Rather than wishing for change, you first must be prepared to change. – Catherine Pulsifer

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Visual Soliloquy #163 You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment…

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. – Henry David Thoreau

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Visual Soliloquy #162 Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. –Seneca

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Clifford the Big Red Boat

So, I’m standing in the post office line at London Drugs in my hockey gear looking like an overgrown Tim Bit when it hits me that “My life might not be normal.” You see, I had to pick up the … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #161 Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going…

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Rohn

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Visual Soliloquy #160 I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Edison

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Visual Soliloquy #159 We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry…

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.–Maya Angelou

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Mount Vinson or Bust (and Bust)

Every spring since 2005, I’ve scrutinized all of the major climbing outfitters websites looking at their Mount Vinson offerings. And every spring, summer, and fall since then as well, I’ve decided that Mount Vinson’s mountain of a price tag was … Continue reading

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Be A Super Hero in the Drop Zone

Easter Seals of Newfoundland and Labrador is doing an exciting fund-raiser this summer called “Drop Zone.” They approached me, as your local neighbourhood adventurer and climber, to see if I could recruit some participants for the event. As an adventurous … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #158 There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting…

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting. -The Buddha

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Visual Soliloquy # 157 Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better…

Photo credit: Georgina Short Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. – Samuel Beckett

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