Monthly Archives: January 2012

Republic of Snow (a.k.a. Snow Day 3)

The third in a series of “snow day” movies.  Always fun to be out in a storm and see what the helmet cam can do.  Today was climbing seven of the steepest hills in the downtown St. John’s.

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Visual Soliloquy #431: Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity…

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. –Hippocrates

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Visual Soliloquy #430: A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves…

A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #429: Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal, and not the storm of life…

‘Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal, and not the storm of life. –Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Visual Soliloquy #428: There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm…

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. –Willa Cather

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Visual Soliloquy #427 Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them…

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. – Brendan Francis

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Visual Soliloquy #426: When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe…

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe – John Muir

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Visual Soliloquy #425: Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty…

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. –Jacob Bronowski

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Visual Soliloquy #424: It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves…

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves. –Andre Gide

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Visual Soliloquy #423: Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing…

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln

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Visual Soliloquy #422: Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more…

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. – Anthony Robbins

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Visual Soliloquy #421 We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird…

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with outs, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.–Dr. Seuss

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Visual Soliloquy #420: Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind…

Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind. –Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Visual Soliloquy #419 Action is the antidote to despair…

Action is the antidote to despair. –Joan Baez

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Visual Soliloquy #418 Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage…

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. –Lao Tzu

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Visual Soliloquy #417 A person’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence their heart first opened…

A person’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence their heart first opened. –Albert Camus

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Visual Soliloquy #416 Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is… the highway to success…

Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is… the highway to success. –Og Mandino

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Visual Soliloquy #415: I’m still a kid inside, and adventure is adventure wherever you find it…

I’m still a kid inside, and adventure is adventure wherever you find it. –Jim Dale

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Celebrating Vinson with Grade Fours at Bishop Abraham School

It’s always fun to be feted. When the two Grade Four classes at Bishop Abraham School invited me to a party on Friday, I gladly accepted. I’d paid a visit to the school during my training and preparations for Mount … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #414: Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure…

Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure. –Alfred North Whitehead

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Visual Soliloquy #413: If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own…

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own. –Henry Ford

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Visual Soliloquy #412: Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity…

Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity. –Robert Morgan

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Visual Soliloquy #411: Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud…

Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.–Fulton J. Sheen

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Visual Soliloquy #410 If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart…

If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #409 Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure…

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Visual Soliloquy #408: We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be…

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. – May Sarton

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An Offering of Mount Vinson Videos (and one of penguins because I couldn’t resist))

Here’s a video with some of the views seen when flying from Union Glacier to Mount Vinson Base Camp.  This was shot on the day I flew out of Vinson Base Camp by Steve Kroeger as he flew in. Here’s … Continue reading

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Every Moment is New

We woke up yesterday and looked up towards Signal Hill and noticed a strange new cross looking item plastered to the side of the hill. We knew it was new and knew it must not have been there long and … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #407: Your birth date doesn’t determine your age: you are old when…

Your birth date doesn’t determine your age: you are old when regrets start replacing your dreams. – Gary Smith

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Visual Soliloquy #406: Between stimulus and response there is a space…

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. –Viktor E. Frankl

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Visual Soliloquy #405: Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you…

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #404: If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you…

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.–Rene Descartes

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Local university prof climbs highest mountain in Antarctica; Everest next goal – Local – The Telegram

Local university prof climbs highest mountain in Antarctica; Everest next goal – Local – The Telegram. After successfully climbing Antarctica’s highest peak in December, Memorial University professor TA Loeffler is just one mountain short of conquering all seven summits — … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #403: Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today…

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. –Rumi

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Visual Soliloquy #402: Leap, and the net will appear…

Leap, and the net will appear. – Julie Cameron

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Happy New Year 2012

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. –Marian Wright Edelman My … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #401: Courage is knowing what not to fear…

Courage is knowing what not to fear. – Plato

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