Archive for the ‘In Our Own Backyard’ Category

Rainbow Joy

Last evening I went to a fun but bittersweet farewell party for good buddy Ellie Covington (who is Texas-bound, Galveston).

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After a torrential downfall forced the party onto the carport, the late-stayers ventured out onto the dock by the marsh and saw this …

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(Do you see the second one to the right?)

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Of course, we all had to get a little silly.

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I quickly texted the pic to my fam and got this response from daughter Emily (mother of grandtwins Madison and Mathew) from the other side of Savannah:

“We can hold it too!”

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The joyful promise of a rainbow!

May the excitement and happiness of children be with us all, especially Ellie as she makes her move to the next successful stage of her life!

The Island of Little Library

I’m trying to keep my brain healthy (don’t start) by taking different routes when I’m going places–driving or walking.  (I’m not sure if it really helps or not, but it’s fun seeing new sites and recovering from getting lost.)

This morning, I thought I was driving back home (to historic district Savannah) from daughter Amy’s house (on nearby Skidaway Island) by taking a left when I usually take a right.  (Is that a good idea?)  “I think this will probably lead to Isle of Hope and then though Sandfly back downtown.”

It didn’t.

But it took me to a small island I had not discovered before: Burnside Island …

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… and a little surprise.

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A tiny library!  Miss Coni’s!  Right there in a shady, wooded spot on the side of the road.

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I was mesmerized so of course had to visit a bit.

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I chose an age- (and brain-) appropriate book …

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… and sat down to read.

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Such a fun (and intellectual) way to spend a few lost moments.

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Savannah and The New York Times

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Here’s a cool new video done by The New York Times about my humble hometown of Savannah.

http://www.nytimes.com/video/travel/100000003693589/36-hours-in-savannah.html?emc=edit_th_20150604&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=63636230

I LOVE my little city!  Come visit us.

 

Another SSS (Savannah Spring Stroll)

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I LOVE strolling in my Savannah Historic District neighborhood during any season of the year.  But, oh my, Spring!

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(Honest opinion.  Don’t I look a little like an old, white Pharrell?)

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(Yes?  No?)

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(Well?)

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Walk/dance happily this spring!

 

 

 

Welcome to D’s Gingerbread Village!

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Last night I walked the two short blocks from my apartment to the Savannah River and took the water taxi (officially known as the Savannah Belles Ferry) across the river to the beautiful Westin resort on Hutchinson Island.

Why?  Several reasons:

1.  I will use any excuse to get on a ferry boat.

2.  I always really wanted to be a mariner.

3.  I like little sailor outfits.

4.  I could see the big Christmas tree in the Westin from near my place:

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5.  The Westin has the coolest Gingerbread House competition each year–which they display in their waterfront lobby.

6.  Grandson Daniel’s …

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… 2nd grade class won 3rd place in the Children’s Division of the competition.  (Not bragging, but I won third place one time in a spelling bee; however, I don’t want to steal D’s glory.  But FYI, I would have gone home with the top prize had I not spelled Georgia with a “J” instead of a “G.”  Nerves.)

Seriously, I was blown away by some of the entries this year.

But allow me to get the granddaddy-ing out of the way Real Quick.  Here’s Daniel’s class entry:

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It’s a row of River Street buildings.  You know, maybe Daniel should be an architect.

And here’s the thumbs-up pic I texted to D.

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Of course, Daniel’s masterpiece was by far the best, but in the spirit of fair play, here are a few others.

A stunning replica of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’s Mercer House (created by adults who obviously have far too much time on their hands).

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And the Westin itself.

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You can do that … with GINGERBREAD!?

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The Savannah Bridge.

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And the ferry I boarded to cross the river.

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Other samplings.

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Such fun.  Such holiday joy.

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I encourage you to take time to breathe in the Happiness of the Holiday.

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(The only real disappointment:  They didn’t let you eat any of the entries.  Not even a bite.  As if a one nibble from the back of the Westin replica wudda hurt anybody.)

Savannah’s Christmas Doors: A PhotoEssay

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  May joy, along with an abundance of all things you consider good, come knocking at your DOOR throughout this Christmas season.

Here’s a sampling of Christmas doors I walked by recently in my Savannah historic district neighborhood.

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May you walk though beautiful doors this holiday.

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Sunday Morning Quote (11/23/14)

I LOVED yesterday’s affirmation from Louise Hay and Hay House Publications:

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So true!

We ARE all one big family on this incredible Earth.

And I saw a beautiful demonstration of that oneness at yesterday’s Tri-Faith Service here in Savannah at Congregation Mickve Israel on beautiful Monterey Square (Mikve Israel, by the way, is the nation’s third oldest Jewish congregation).

Here’s a blurb about the service:

An Imam, A Minister & A Rabbi Come to Services
Saturday, November 22 at 11am

Join us for our annual Tri-faith Service. Three clergy members from different faiths will first deliver sermonettes during Saturday morning services and then lead an interfaith discussion-program extravaganza after lunch from 1:00-2:30pm.  Join us as Imam Majid Ali of the Masjid Jihad Mosque, Reverend Billy Hestor from Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church and Rabbi Haas team up for a little inspiration and fun.  The more we learn from one another, the more understanding we foster in the world.”

Rev. Billy is my pastor, so I went to support him but ended up with a much greater understanding of how we are all working toward the same goal: global well-being and individual joy … because of our gracious God.

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“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
— I Corinthians 13: 13

May we cast aside judgment .. and instead offer LOVE.

Joyful Sunday!