Exploring and Encouraging a Healthy Life Marked with Joy

Archive for October, 2014

Isn’t It Simply Grand?

Isn’t it simply grand to be able to simply walk on the street and, you know, just feel so protected and simply safe?


Happiest of Halloween Nights Ahead!

Five Friday Happy Bringers (10/31/14)


It’s All Hallow’s Eve!  (Wasn’t it just July 4th last week?)  And I am spookily happy.  Seriously.  Here’s why.

1.  Yesterday going to my grandtwins’ nursery school and carving a Jack O’ Lantern.  Here it is:


Okay, that’s a lie.  I took that pic near my place in historic district Savannah.  Here’s the one I did:


Sorry but that’s a lie as well.  (Is that a bat?)  Here’s mine:


For more decades than I care to mention, my Jack O’Lanterns have looked EXACTLY the same.  But what fun with Matthew and Madison and their little classmates.






2.  Speaking of pumpkins, here’s my dinner Wednesday night–Butternut Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls.


Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Gourmet heaven.




3.  The Savannah Film Festival this week, hosted by my SCAD–Savannah College of Art and Design.


Such fun.





What incredible films I saw, including a fascinating documentary about Summerville, GA artist Americana Howard Finster and a mesmerizing selection of short films from Ireland.

4.  Singing with James Brown in Augusts, GA.



We’re belting out “Papa’s Got a Brand new Bag,” followed by “Make it Funky.”


5.  The joy of holidays.



Happy, Happy Halloween to you all!




Do You Ever?

Do you ever get the hankering to just go somewhere?


To just hop on board and head off?



Happiness Question #9


You may remember that I recently introduced a new blog category called “Dr. Saye’s Top Ten Happiness Questions,” and started with Happiness Question #10.  The questions are based on the work I am doing this quarter with my English 123 (first-year composition) classes at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).

Well, here’s Happiness Question #9:

Do I realize that I can always choose to think a thought that feels better?

We really can.  IF we make the effort.  For example, we’re sick, really sick.  A better-feeling thought might be: “I’ve been sick before, and my body has gotten well.”  Or, “I’m so thankful for aspirin (or medicine).”  Does this make sense?  Either of those thoughts feels better than, “I am on my death bed.”

When we grasp the truth of Happiness Question #9, we reclaim our power, our authority.

So ask it!  And feel better.


Sunday Morning Quote (10/26/14)

“Believe there is good in the world.”


“Be the good.”

I found (and bought) this little piece of Americana art in Augusta (Georgia) yesterday.  I stumbled upon the Art and Soul Corner Curio, met owner/artist Gina Langston Brewer, discovered a kindred spirit, so of course had to take one of her creations home.  And so much of what Gina does echoes my exploration of joy theme.


What an incredible encouragement for us all!  I have come to believe wholeheartedly that we find that for which we are looking.  So, yes, let’s look for good!




I See TechnoloGEE! I’m an I.T. Me!

Have we gone too far with the all-pervasive convenience (necessity?) of modern technology in all its manifestations?  Cell phones, computers, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Pininterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Google Plus+, Flickr, Meetup?, etc., etc., etc.

Here are two short music videos that address the issue, the first funny, the second serious–both on target.  Take a gander and see what you think.



What can we do?  Or should we do anything?  I WANT your reaction/response.  Share!  (Through any technology you choose.)


Five Friday Happy Bringers — 10/24/14

Fabulous Friday.  What a beautiful day of the week.  I hope you’ve had an Incredibly Happy One.  I have.  Here’s are five reasons I’m hooting.

1.  Just sitting around, minding my own business.


2.  Grandtwin Matthew (age two) shaving with Dad Travis.


What a joy to be a fathergrand!

3.  Having feet to walk on.


4.  The last rose before the frost.  It makes me both sad (“Summer’s over!”) and happy (“Man, that’s a determined rose!”).

Today I drove up from Savannah to Augusta.  Near the city’s beautiful Riverwalk sits (preens?) incredibly beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Their rose garden is at season’s end.  But still singing, “I’m not finished yet.”  (I’m gonna steal that song.)




5.  My honest-to-goodness belief that We Were Created to Be Joyful.

Sing this weekend!  Sing that you ain’t finished yet.  There’s more–much more–to come.  (That’s the tune I’m humming.)


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