Five Friday Happy Bringers — 8/29/14

I have simply been Working up a Storm on this beautiful Friday, so haven’t had time to do the Happy Bringers.

(Okay, in the name of Blog Honesty, I admit that I have simply been a bohemian slackard all day long.)

But a having-fun slackard.

It all got started when I went down to nearby River Street (here in Savannah) for beignets at Huey’s.  But on the way I saw this …

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… so of course had to stop a while.

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Then after the beignets …

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… I discovered this funky little store on MLK with a huge dinosaur in the front window.  I walked through.

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What JOY to be so busy and productive!

Here’s what else I’m joyful about this day:

1.  Even lifeless being beautiful.

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2.  Son-in-law Orte being named the Best Pain Management Physician in Savannah.

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3.  Visiting the Carter Presidential Museum and Library earlier this week.

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Deciding to give an impromptu lecture about democracy:

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(Would someone please nominate me for the Nobel Peace Prize?)

Did you know President Carter won a Grammy?

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FYI.  I’m thinking about running for President.

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4.  On the same day, visiting the Georgia State Capitol.

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I decided to have a little talk with the governor.

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“But ma’am, how busy could he be?  Don’t other people really do all the work?  Like with Obama and the Kardashians?  I’ll just wait.”

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“I KNOW you’re in there!”

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5.  Air to breath.

May this weekend bring you a moment of joyful surprise!  Breathe deeply.

 

Dream Speech 51st Anniversary

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Today, August 28, marks the 51st anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'”

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

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EQUAL

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Sunday Morning Quote (8/24/14)

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“What if we … look for the light … and amplify it?”

– Pancho Ramos Stierle of Casa de Paz (House of Peace)

I ran across this challenging and inspiring quote upon looking through yesterday’s posting from the DailyGood.org website ( a wonderful positive alternative news site, btw.  Sign up for their daily emails!).  The video below tells the story behind the quote:

A film by Michelle Moore.

Video from KarmaTube

Oh my goodness, what a better world we would have if we all adopted their five guiding principles:

Shared Values of La Casa de Paz:
 Service 
 Make a commitment to service, individually and as a group 
 Engage directly with our local community, with no walls between us and them 
 Support and engage directly with the existing activist work of The Canticle Farm 
 Each dedicate ourselves to service in a way that is unique to us, and make it known to the 
 others for community and support 
 Spirituality (spiritual striving) 
 ●Gather for a group meditation practice together each morning and evening 
 Reserve silence and space for spiritual practice in our house 
 Maintain the house as a temple: clean, ordered, free of the energy of alcohol or other 
 intoxicants 
 Frame our agreements together as being of spiritual benefit, rather than as limitations or 
 rules 
Community 
 ●Live together as a family, making time for relationship and sharing 
 Come together regularly for house meetings/eatings, and we will share a regular meal 
 together 
 Use consensus-based decision making; non-hierarchical horizontal decision making 
 Honor Art and Music, Joy and Celebration as essential elements of community 
 Build together, work on our community as a common project, contributing to the reinventing 
 of urban life 
 Participate according to principles of gift-economy: each gives according to her/his ability 
and receives according to her/his need 
Practice kindness/loving kindness with one another 
Nonviolence 
 Model nonviolent living and contribute to nonviolent energy and structures in our 
 community 
 Address our conflicts through restorative practices 
 Assume nonviolence as the foundation in our communication with one another and with 
 others 
Regeneration 
 Simplicity: Live simply, taking only what we need 
 Trusteeship: Use what we have only in the name of the greater good 
 Permaculture: Learn from and honor its principles –respect the Earth, respect the people 
 and share the surplus– at the house and farm 
 Healthy food: Strive to maintain our food vegetarian, corporate-free, free of suffering, and 
 as local as possible 
– La Casa de Paz webpage
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Yes, let’s look for the light and make it brighter!

Breaking News: 99 Degrees (or Fifty Shades of Hot)

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Am I getting Really Old, or is the heat Really Getting to me SEVERELY this summer?  I walk outside here in Savannah, and simply wilt.  Sort of like the Kardashians at the library.

I mean, seriously, just look at today’s temperature progression:

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Come on now, really?

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So stay cool this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 8/22/14

The bottom line is that if we Lean Into the following truth, its power reveals itself to us:

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(Well, maybe not the “Bob’s your uncle” part.)

But Life IS Grand, and here are Five Friday Reasons why I’m hooting.

1.  The grandtwins’ new little beds.  (I helped put them together; therefore, prayer is requested.)

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Themes: Cars for Matthew, Frozen for Madison.

One problem:  Matthew likes Frozen better.

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2.  More Twins News:  First Day of the New School Year at daycare.

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Go Georgia Southern Eagles!

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3.  Fresh corn and limas.

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Along with sautéed green beans (garlic, onions, rosemary).

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4.  Going last night to the Billie on Barnard concert, featuring Jane Ogle and the Southern Holiday Jazz Band, at beautiful and historic Trinity United Methodist Church here in Savannah.

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The event “celebrated the fighting spirit and incredible music of Billie Holiday.  This tribute concert is the latest installment in the Thursday Night at the Opry Music Series, a diverse music series hosted by Trinity.”  (From their Facebook page)

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(Pics from the Southern Holiday webpage)

Listen to the real Billie singing Summertime:

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5.  A beautiful early morning walk along River Street (a couple of blocks from my apartment).

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A few of the sights along the way:

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Morning Joy.

And Weekend Joy to Us All!

Pope Happiness

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I found this joyful article on The Good News Network website this morning:  “The Pope’s Top 10 Happiness Tips.”  And although I’m not Catholic, I love his suggestions.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/popes-top-10-happiness-tips-focus-leisure-family-peace/

The Pope LOOKS happy!

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Thank you, Pope Francis.

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Go Pope!

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P.S.  I like having a few alternative/positive news sites.  Why?  Because it’s so easy to become accustomed to being continually inundated with the bad news which fills most sites these days (TV news, online, print, etc.).  A while back I did a post about this issue.  Read it here:  News? Whose?