Guest Blogger: “Scenes from an Autumn Stroll”

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Here’s fellow blogger Robert Smith’s recent (and very cool) post about taking a Sunday morning walk in beautiful historic district Savannah.

Read his post here: Scenes From an Autumn Stroll.

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Read more of Robert’s photoblog posts at RobertSnapSpot.com.

 

Merry Autumn

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Fall is most definitely my favorite season of the year.  Even with its touch of “summer’s over” melancholy, autumn slowly paints the world with warmly joyful colors, smells and scenes.  The season makes me feel energized and ready to start anew (maybe partly because I’m an educator and connect fall to the new school year).

Autumn wants to make us pause and smile.

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Here’s a terrific poem, by late 19th century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, which shows fall’s happy face.  Read it out loud to feel, as well as see and hear, the words.

Merry Autumn

It’s all a farce,—these tales they tell
About the breezes sighing,
And moans astir o’er field and dell,
Because the year is dying.

Such principles are most absurd,—
I care not who first taught ‘em;
There’s nothing known to beast or bird
To make a solemn autumn.

In solemn times, when grief holds sway
With countenance distressing,
You’ll note the more of black and gray
Will then be used in dressing.

Now purple tints are all around;
The sky is blue and mellow;
And e’en the grasses turn the ground
From modest green to yellow.

The seed burs all with laughter crack
On featherweed and jimson;
And leaves that should be dressed in black
Are all decked out in crimson.

A butterfly goes winging by;
A singing bird comes after;
And Nature, all from earth to sky,
Is bubbling o’er with laughter.

The ripples wimple on the rills,
Like sparkling little lasses;
The sunlight runs along the hills,
And laughs among the grasses.

The earth is just so full of fun
It really can’t contain it;
And streams of mirth so freely run
The heavens seem to rain it.

Don’t talk to me of solemn days
In autumn’s time of splendor,
Because the sun shows fewer rays,
And these grow slant and slender.

Why, it’s the climax of the year,—
The highest time of living!—
Till naturally its bursting cheer
Just melts into thanksgiving.

– by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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My Saturday Evening Post: Fun with Pets

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Hello there, tens of blog followers!  I hope you’ve had a stellar Saturday.  I have.  Isn’t it such an incredible joy to be alive–and waking up on the right side of the dirt?

But, goodness,  so many chores!  Petting Bonz, my kitty:

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Teaching my bird, Old Black Eyes, to talk:

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Walking my dog, Herman:

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Showing love to my big spider, Arach:

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Teaching kitties to kiss:

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Pets are fun.  But SO much work.

 

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 10/17/14

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Okay, I know I haven’t done the Happy Bringers the past couple of Fridays.  Sorry!  I’ve been traveling up a storm, first to New Orleans and then to Atlanta.

Here’s a Bunch of Stuff I’m Happy as a Lark About Lately:

1.  Laughing and saying, “Seriously?!” every now and then.

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(If you decide to get them for me for Christmas, I want the sky blue.  Thank you.)

2.  Carving Jack O’Laterns with grandchildren.  (Part of my job description.)  First with Daniel and Gabriel.

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Then with the grandtwins Matthew and Madison.

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3.  Discovering Jonathan Adler (and his beautiful homegoods) in Atlanta’s hip Westside Provisions District.

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(With the hat, I was going for an older, white man version of Pharrell.)

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4.  Doors that won’t open.  [We (okay, I) don't need to go through every door.]

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5.  Happy little bathrooms.

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6.  Delicious breakfast sandwiches.  (Fried egg with tomato jam at MetroFresh in midtown Atlanta.

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7.  All things New Orleans.  (I went to make a presentation at the 2014 Popular Culture in the American South Conference.)

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Have a joyful fall weekend!

(P.S.  I forgot to stop at FIVE.)

 

Happiness Question #10

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Today in my English 123 (Composition) classes at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), I started a new daily segment I’m calling “Dr. Saye’s Top Ten Happiness Questions.”  In my courses this term, the students and I are examining the Popular Psychology concept of Happiness Studies.  We are reading Harvard professor Tal Ben-Shahar’s Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment and Paulo Coelho’s incredibly bestselling novel/fable, The Alchemist.

And we’re having So Much Fun.

But before I ask you my Happiness Question #10, I invite you to quickly watch this somewhat insane YouTube video:

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Seriously?

Here’s Happiness Question #10, which if you will incorporate into your life, I give you a money-back guarantee that you will be happier!

“JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?”

“JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?”

“JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?”

Try saying it out loud:

“JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IT?”

If you want to live a life of joy, your answer may be that it’s really not all that important.

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Ask it the next time somebody pulls in front of you in traffic.

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Choose Joy.