First Fortnight Quotes

2017 First fortnight quotes

Estarei no futuro, digitando poesias….

I shall be in the future, writing poetry…

~ Ze Ramalho

Happy Freaking Start of another 365 Days! Two days of driving, dual border crossing experiences (forgot I had my damn revolver in the car ?), hunting down a locker on New Year’s Eve to stash said gun, entering Canada with a foot of snow on the ground, maneuvering uphill around slid-out cars in 1st gear barely, getting lost pulling a trailer in downtown Vancouver, stuck behind a plow heading to Whistler getting douched by sand, and literally .2 miles from the RV park dealing with bullet proof snow/ice on a steep uphill experienced two downhill slides/semi-jack knife/full stop/stuck/not sure what to do/put her in low 4 and BARELY made it up sliding around like the damn icecapades…I made it to this fucking amazing spot!! Ladies and gentleman…Hail to the goddamn yes ?

~ Kalen Thorien

Han Solo: Dude, why do you talk backwards all the time?

Master Yoda: Backwards talking I am not. English-centric view of grammatical structure, you have.

I like to remember that it is wild country that gives rise to wild animals; and that the marvelous specificity of wild animals reminds us to wake up, to let our senses be inflamed by every scent and sound and sight and taste and touch of the world.

~ Rick Bass


What the Divine has to share is written in the sky, mountains, trees and waters. We need only to become aware, then witness the beauty that is all around to learn what She is sharing.

~ Dana Demers

How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your TeeVee; kill your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it.
~ Ed Abbey


Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.

~ Lao Tzu

It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

~ Rumi


Seekers of wilderness experience may think they go into the back country for a lark, just to test themselves, or to face a challenge, but what they really go in for is to experience at first hand the spiritual values of wilderness… the opportunity of knowing again what simplicity really means, the importance of the natural and the sense of oneness with the earth that inevitably comes with it.

~ Sigurd F. Olson, The spiritual Aspects of Wilderness.” 1969.


I love all outdoor activities especially if there is snow involved. I enjoy being in the woods and mountains for this is where I am able to clear the mind and offer space for spirit to move in. I feel blessed, whole and centered while participating in mother earth’s playgrounds.

~ Dana Demers

A man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, powerlines, and right-angled surfaces. We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to set foot in it. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis.
~ Ed Abbey, Desert Solitaire


All religions teach the virtues of love, altruism and patience, while showing us how to discipline and transform ourselves to achieve inner peace and a kind heart. Therefore, they are worthy of our respect.
~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama


Within every drop of water, every leaf, each grain of sand and twig lies a message from the creator. As we sit at our earth altars and contemplate, these seemingly inanimate objects will come to life and tell the story of our past and future. Open the mind and visit the ways of our ancestors. Journey with our totem animals to lives past and present and clear away the limiting thoughts that hold us in old patterns.

~ Dana Demers


Either write something WORTH reading or do something worth writing about.

~ Benjamin Franklin


Philosophers have interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.
~ Karl Marx


A weekend of hiking, meandering and summiting while meditating on passages from well known mystics and well read books. Open your eyes to see the beginnings of new days, sunrises and profound thoughts as we open dialogue and search for meaning within, behind and around the words. Be prepared for exciting conversation as well as intimate time searching your mind and soul.

~ Dana Demers

The best thing about graduating from the university was that I finally had time to sit on a log and read a good book.

~ Ed Abbey

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.

~ Bertrand Russell


Universities—or, what I prefer to call “fog factories.”

~ Kenneth Rexroth

From the day we went to school we learned nothing; on the contrary, we were made obtuse, we were wrapped in a fog of words and abstractions.

~ Henry Miller


In the early morning hours a verse is read aloud to all those who care to listen. The hike begins and by noon the summit is below our feet. All that is left is the panoramic view of creation. From here the mind can be left to devour all that G_d has offered. This is a time to absorb and simultaneously allow the mind to rest. What were the words spoken before sunrise and how do I relate to them with this new beautiful perspective?

~ Dana Demers

If man is to survive, he must never cease wondering.

~ Sam Keen


There are many ways to be in nature, all of them allow spirit to engage us. Embark on bike journeys. Enjoy the sights while peddling through the woods and hills around Mount Desert Isle, Maine and along the rugged coast of Maine. Enjoy early morning walking meditations to the summit of Cadillac Mountain to capture the sunrise as it gently awakens the east coast of the United States

~ Dana Demers

What kills life, is the absence of mystery.

~ Anais Nin


Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

~ Rumi


The Buddha’s meaning can be known through symbols and actions, not through words and books.

~ The Arrow-maker Dakini to Mahasiddha Sarahapāda

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