Five Friday Happy Bringers (7/25/14)

Warm (literally) Friday Greetings from Savannah!.  Five reasons I’m smiling today:

1.  Meeting new friends simply by walking down River Street.  These folks are from Colorado and love visiting our city.

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2.  Grandtwins Madison and Matthew in a rare quiet moment.

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3.  Attending the coolest (figuratively) outdoor wedding for buddies Dominique and Amber at the Savannah Quarters Country Club.

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The bride stole the show with her dazzling smile, but then, don’t most brides?

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4.  This quote attributed to Hippocrates:  “Let food be thy medicine.”  Last night I finished watching the incredibly encouraging and insightful documentary, Forks Over Knives, about the importance of eating more plant-based food.  Watch it!  It might change your life and health.

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I have been changing more and more toward a diet consisting primarily of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans/legumes, and nuts, but this movie convinced me to speed up my efforts!  Recent meals:

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5.  Truly believing that It Is Such a Joy to Be Alive!

Stay cool!

Breaking News: News about News

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It comes No Surprise to me (and probably many of you) that more and more studies are popping up which show that watching/listening to/reading bad news is a contributing factor to stress and depression.  Duh.  (Similar to my Unpopular Belief that watching gratuitously violent movies is a contributing factor to the violence in our world today.)

A while back I published a post, News? Whose?, about this very issue, coming to the conclusion that it’s probably best NOT to spend large amounts of time in front of the “news.”

Well, here’s a recent NPR story, “Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress,” about news and stress.  You can either listen to it or read it.  It’s short.

Read or listen to it HERE.

Wait, did I just ask you to read or listen to bad news?!

Sorry.

But the positive idea is that we should probably turn away from being INUNDATED with bad news.  It’s one thing to be informed, another to be inundated.

See my post that I mentioned above for some links to good news sites–there really are some!

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Seeing and Walking Green — A Jones Street PhotoEssay

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I just got back from a very warm but invigorating and visually stunning morning walk.  Today I trekked a few blocks over to Jones Street, one of the most beautiful residential avenues in Historic District Savannah.

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I decided to look for GREEN on Jones, and boy did I find it!  Here’s a (rather large) sampling of what I saw.

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Go Green.

 

(Oh, and here’s an old post featuring Jones Street at Christmas.)

The Importance of Standing By

 

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Perhaps the most Significant and Meaningful Course of Action we can ever take for another person is simply to Support him or her.  To Be There.  To Stand By Them.

I challenge you this rainy (in Savannah) Monday evening to think of a few people in your life you most definitely will Stand By — and tell them, though a visit, phone call, a text, an email, or even a Facebook message.

Here is The Pretenders’ 1994 version (the best) of the song “I’ll Stand By You”:

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Have you thought of a few people yet?  Go ahead, tell them!  Don’t wait, or you will forget about my challenge.

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Here are a few other versions of the song.

Rod Stewart:

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Team Shakira from The Voice:

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Carrie Underwood:

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And tell me and my readers who you are standing by.

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As a blogger, I’ll stand by you.

Are there people in your life you can say this to:

“I’ll never desert you.”

“Even if you’re wrong, I’ll stand by you.”