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February 26th, 2015

How to order our book…

“Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash”, our Book, is now available autographed through us for $24.99 [$19.99 + $5 S&H, Continental 48 States] by clicking the photo links on top of this page. [PayPal accepting all cards]. It is also available through Amazon in paperback or as a Kindle download. All other electronic formats are also available.
You can also order from any Bookstore and Beemerboneyard.
If ordering more than one copy through us you will need to place each order separately or e-mail me.
Please read below about rates for International Shipping and outside the 48 States
The flat shipping rate for outside the 48 States or International is $15. Please e-mail me [“e-mail me” link above] for those orders as you will have to get directly into our PayPal account bypassing the normal procedure.

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“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.  Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
~ Albert Einstein ~

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Another cold day here on Big Bend Flats. I always wonder if the name is right as I heard locals call it as such a few times. I think it sounds good, maybe even exotic. The winds have not stopped but the sun is up in full force and that is a consolation from the couple dark gray days we went through. Everything has come to a halt, I think my mind also has hit a brick wall and only wants to rest and be lazy. There is not even a guilt to be so passive. The "Cave" is waiting for a couple minimal pieces of furniture to arrive, that word in itself making me jump and realize the change that will take place in future years. Not today though. Not yet. I think it is going to be another couple weeks until the delivery truck gets here.

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Our Photo Coffee Table Book is done which also amazes me as I am only waiting for the instructions to insert the ISBN numbers and bar codes. It has been re-formatted to cut the cost down by half and yet I am finding it pretty pricey but I will not sacrifice the paper and print quality for a few dollars less. It will also I hope be published in an e Book format as many these days have tablets and will nicely be viewable on one. Probably also a third of the price of the hard cover. As our Book, not a commercial venture for sure, just a goal I had and now completed.

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So all is done and now what? What do we do with all this freedom and three million acres laid out in front of us? Nothing comes to mind today, absolutely nothing. I am enjoying the emptiness of thoughts while reading sitting here and there and cooking some dinner. Nothing to brag about or even take a photo of it! Ingredients are so scarce here either 30 miles south of us or 55 miles north, all at prices which keeps going up. Saul Ross University in Alpine has a butcher class and has opened up a little meat store. Their prices are half of what it is at the local market and the quality outstanding. That is a consolation even though I only eat meat maybe once a week. Hard to believe I was a vegan for eight years at one time.

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I have become aware that our present Life has calmed down because I see it as being pragmatic. I am not indulging in metaphysical speculations anymore instead taking a very straightforward look at our human condition. Wishful thinking has vanished, my observations are only based on how things are today, now. It is a package deal without much of a choice as those choices when taken are only physical deciding on the directions of those roads ahead of us. I feel awake as never before. My love for wisdom is increasing by the day almost as feeling pages turning in parallel with those numerical dates we follow which comprises weeks, months and eventually years. It is a good moral Life while being mindful of thoughts and actions developing wisdom and much understanding towards others even if they themselves do not understand what could be driving them sometimes a bit too close to the edges of the cliffs of Life. It is quite a Journey I must admit.

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I cannot wish I would have known then what I know today. The inner mind is just a progression we go through with the right cards dealt in due time on their schedule, not ours. I feel as I now understand. Such a big step from the past years. I bumped into a good Friend today with whom we share some of our reading material and I could not express how I felt. Maybe what was lost is resurfacing as the only words that made sense to me were "I feel normal"… With that said, opening up the door to an oxymoron, I also expressed that our tent, sleeping pad and bag are packed! We are ready to roll on… after the furniture gets here. It makes sense to me.

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There hasn’t been anything abnormal throughout our Journey. I don’t feel as such as I always think Lance gave me the opportunity to rescue Spirit and experience the road as we will continue doing while writing about it and taking more photos and videos than ever. It is just that this round stage we are on has one more time spinned around showing and making me discover props never felt before. Realistic ones as a rainbow which contains all the colors of the spectrum, the feelings of Life itself from joy, happiness, including experiencing pain and misery as all of the above is a reality no one can escape. All are irrefutable facts that cannot be denied and the later is not being pessimistic because pessimism is "expecting" things to be bad. I do not expect.

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Stay well,
               Ara and Spirit

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