This is the setting out.The leaving of everything behind.
Leaving the social milieu. The preconceptions. The definitions. Thelanguage. The narrowed field of vision. The expectations.
No longer expecting relationships, memories, words, or letters to meanwhat they used to mean. To be, in a word: Open.
—Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Across the valley, the last colors of this day warm the horizon. Two dimensions move across the land, removing all contours, smoothing purple mountains flat against a rose-radiant sky. Whenever natural forces of destruction are active anywhere in Asia, the skies of Utah light up. At every twilight, visiting dust shimmers red in the air, intensifying the colors of an always intense sky. I ...