Quote of the Day: Far Beyond the World I’ve Known

 

Few things cause my mind to wander quite like driving across the seemingly endless expanse that is the American Southwest. As a kid, one of my favorite television programs was Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and the opening theme song to the series pilot contains a haunting question:

Long before this life of mine, long before this time. What was there, who cared to make it begin? Is it forever, or will it all end? Searching my past for the things that I’ve seen, is it my life or just something I dreamed?

And I have searched far and wide, from the Wayward Pines-like town of Moab, Utah to the out-of-this world burg of Roswell, New Mexico, and through the wind-swept streets of Lubbock, Texas on the Llano Estacado. And even across the seas. The answers yet elude me.  Perhaps I am not meant to find them.  Perhaps none of us are.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Lovely, Mike.

    This is part of the Quote of the Day Series. If you would like to share your favorite quotes to start a conversation, the June sign-up sheet is here.

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  2. Arahant Member
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  3. JustmeinAZ Member
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    Thanks Mike. I have felt this wonder driving in many areas of this great land. It is awesome.

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  4. Trink Coolidge
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    Mike LaRoche: Perhaps I am not meant to find them. Perhaps none of us are.

    Your post is so eerily resonant with me today.  Husband and I are sitting atop a 10,000 year-old hill of glacial debris in Loudonville, Ohio.

    My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncle, former teachers and friends lie in two different cemeteries within the clasp of the valley that opens beneath our perch.

    It is spring.  Everything is mating and opening toward the sun.

    I think of the struggles, the hardships, the battles and bravery . . . the brevity.

    And I struggle.

    Only the chiming of the clarions and the tolling of bells in the stalwart towers of so many, many old churches as they toll the hour and proclaim the timeless wisdom of faith, gives me peace.

    I swear it is true:  As I finished and read that last line, a bell tolled.   It is noon.

    Look up Trink.  Look up.

     

     

     

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  5. MJBubba Inactive
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    Mike LaRoche:  …

    …The answers yet elude me. Perhaps I am not meant to find them. Perhaps none of us are.

    Gee, Mike LaR., I am puzzled by this.

    I thought I remembered you were Catholic?   Read your Bible.  The answers to most of these questions have been given to you, and you have been told that you would not comprehend the answers to the follow-up questions.

    Begin with Job.   There is a reason that it is the oldest Book.  It was given to the Hebrew Children in the days before Moses.  It was the place of beginning to walk with G-d.

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  6. Manny Member
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    I agree.  The American Southwest is fascinating and other world-esk.  I’ve driven through a bunch myself.  You have forgotten to mention Arizona.  The desert in the south, the Grand Canyon in the center, the mountains to the north, the meteor crater in the west, and Petrified Forest and Sedona in the east.  Huge variety, all exquisite.

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  7. RightAngles Member
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    It’s remarkable how many totally different landscapes and climates we have in our country.

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  8. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
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    I watched every episode of Buck Rogers with my dad. Looking back, I’m sure it was cheesy, but as a kid, it was the coolest show in the universe.

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  9. Eeyore Member
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    When one hits the existential wall, there is only one solution – consolation.

    i.e. … Cheerleaders!!!!

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  10. Arizona Patriot Member
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    Manny (View Comment):
    I agree. The American Southwest is fascinating and other world-esk. I’ve driven through a bunch myself. You have forgotten to mention Arizona. The desert in the south, the Grand Canyon in the center, the mountains to the north, the meteor crater in the west, and Petrified Forest and Sedona in the east. Huge variety, all exquisite.

    I’m a big fan of Arizona and the sites that you mention, but your geography is a bit mixed up.  The Grand Canyon is in the far north.  The major mountain expanse is in the east central region (the White Mountains), though there are significant mountain ranges with pine woods even in the desert south.  The meteor crater is somewhat northeast, and Sedona is close to the middle.

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  11. Arizona Patriot Member
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    Mike LaRoche:And I have searched far and wide, from the Wayward Pines-like town of Moab, Utah to the out-of-this world burg of Roswell, New Mexico, and through the wind-swept streets of Lubbock, Texas on the Llano Estacado. And even across the seas. The answers yet elude me. Perhaps I am not meant to find them. Perhaps none of us are.

    It seems to me that the principal answer is either yes or no.  Either there is something more than this life, something Divine, or not.  If not, then that’s the answer.  If so, then it’s hard for me to imagine that we’re not meant to find it.

    How, then, to find the Divine, if it is there?  Here’s a thought.  Ask.  “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

    Don’t ask me.  Ask God.  Then listen.

     

     

     

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  12. Manny Member
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    Arizona Patriot (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):
    I agree. The American Southwest is fascinating and other world-esk. I’ve driven through a bunch myself. You have forgotten to mention Arizona. The desert in the south, the Grand Canyon in the center, the mountains to the north, the meteor crater in the west, and Petrified Forest and Sedona in the east. Huge variety, all exquisite.

    I’m a big fan of Arizona

    I would never have guessed.  : -P

    and the sites that you mention, but your geography is a bit mixed up. The Grand Canyon is in the far north. The major mountain expanse is in the east central region (the White Mountains), though there are significant mountain ranges with pine woods even in the desert south. The meteor crater is somewhat northeast, and Sedona is close to the middle.

    Thank you for the correction.  I wasn’t looking at a map, just going by memory.

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  13. Keith Preston Member
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    Thanks Mike.  Wife and I are touring the SW this summer…gonna add some of these locations to our itinerary.

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  14. Saxonburg Member
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    Erin Gray was my dream, but Twiki has been my life.

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  15. Melissa Praemonitus Member
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    I just made the trip by car from California to Michigan with my daughter, and within 48 hours we traveled from the wondrous and awe-inspiring canyons of Zion NP, across the Rockies in a snow squall, and on to Arches NP.

    In our cities and suburbs, we influence our surroundings to please ourselves, contributing the clatter and bustle of daily living, always building great things, large and small.  In the quiet canyons and arches of the southwest, there is a sense of unwavering changelessness; you have no power there, except to reflect upon the precious, fleeting beauty of life.

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  16. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    MJBubba (View Comment):

    Mike LaRoche: …

    …The answers yet elude me. Perhaps I am not meant to find them. Perhaps none of us are.

    Gee, Mike LaR., I am puzzled by this.

    I thought I remembered you were Catholic? Read your Bible. The answers to most of these questions have been given to you, and you have been told that you would not comprehend the answers to the follow-up questions.

    Begin with Job. There is a reason that it is the oldest Book. It was given to the Hebrew Children in the days before Moses. It was the place of beginning to walk with G-d.

    Indeed.

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  17. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Manny (View Comment):
    I agree. The American Southwest is fascinating and other world-esk. I’ve driven through a bunch myself. You have forgotten to mention Arizona. The desert in the south, the Grand Canyon in the center, the mountains to the north, the meteor crater in the west, and Petrified Forest and Sedona in the east. Huge variety, all exquisite.

    I actually did make it to Arizona briefly. I visited Four Corners and then drove through Teec Nos Pos before catching Highway 46 to head east across northern New Mexico.

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  18. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):
    I watched every episode of Buck Rogers with my dad. Looking back, I’m sure it was cheesy, but as a kid, it was the coolest show in the universe.

    Yep, and it had lots of ’70s kitch. Loved it.

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  19. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    RightAngles (View Comment):
    It’s remarkable how many totally different landscapes and climates we have in our country.

    Yep. The United States is practically a world unto itself.

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  20. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Eeyore (View Comment):
    When one hits the existential wall, there is only one solution – consolation.

    i.e. … Cheerleaders!!!!

    Preach it, brother!

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  21. Judge Mental Member
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    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    It’s remarkable how many totally different landscapes and climates we have in our country.

    Yep. The United States is practically a world unto itself.

    Texas alone has four distinct climates.

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  22. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Keith Preston (View Comment):
    Thanks Mike. Wife and I are touring the SW this summer…gonna add some of these locations to our itinerary.

    You’re welcome. The Southwest is an almost magical place. Loved it ever since my days growing up in El Paso.

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  23. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Arizona Patriot (View Comment):

    Mike LaRoche:And I have searched far and wide, from the Wayward Pines-like town of Moab, Utah to the out-of-this world burg of Roswell, New Mexico, and through the wind-swept streets of Lubbock, Texas on the Llano Estacado. And even across the seas. The answers yet elude me. Perhaps I am not meant to find them. Perhaps none of us are.

    It seems to me that the principal answer is either yes or no. Either there is something more than this life, something Divine, or not. If not, then that’s the answer. If so, then it’s hard for me to imagine that we’re not meant to find it.

    How, then, to find the Divine, if it is there? Here’s a thought. Ask. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

    Don’t ask me. Ask God. Then listen.

    Timeless and excellent advice. Thanks.

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  24. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Saxonburg (View Comment):
    Erin Gray was my dream, but Twiki has been my life.

    Bidi, bidi, bidi!

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  25. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):
    I just made the trip by car from California to Michigan with my daughter, and within 48 hours we traveled from the wondrous and awe-inspiring canyons of Zion NP, across the Rockies in a snow squall, and on to Arches NP.

    In our cities and suburbs, we influence our surroundings to please ourselves, contributing the clatter and bustle of daily living, always building great things, large and small. In the quiet canyons and arches of the southwest, there is a sense of unwavering changelessness; you have no power there, except to reflect upon the precious, fleeting beauty of life.

    Looks like we just missed each other. Would’ve been nice taking in Arches National Park with two foxy ladies. ?

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  26. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    It’s remarkable how many totally different landscapes and climates we have in our country.

    Yep. The United States is practically a world unto itself.

    Texas alone has four distinct climates.

    Yep, and I’ve lived in all of em!

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