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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.

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers (12/20/13)

I know I’m a bit late with the Happy Bringers today, but I just got back into town (Savannah) from a one-night north Georgia visit with my parents in the tiny town of Ball Ground,

1.  My obsession with Christmas lights.

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2.  Very little traffic in the ATL this December morn. 

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3.  My parents’ tiny Christmas tree.

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(If you look carefully, you can see me taking the pic, in the purple ball.  Though why you would want to, I’m not sure.)

4.  This deviled egg dish (hanging in my folks’ kitchen).

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5.  Driving my mom and dad up to Talking Rock, GA …

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… to visit the grave of my mother’s father.  (We haven’t been in a while.)  Do you visit cemeteries with your relatives?  In my fam we do pretty often, and it’s usually an occasion of joy–to reflect on the family members who have gone on.  My mom’s dad, Clifton Etheridge Reavis, 1901-1926, died when he was only twenty-five (in a railroad accident) and she was eight.  He was a railroad man.  (Gosh, he was only seventeen when my mom was born.  Never realized that before.)

Before we made it to the cemetery, we drove by the house where my mom lived as a child.

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My mother (87) pointing out features of the old house:

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“We lived on the first floor.  I could walk to town and the depot to see daddy sometimes.”

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Town (today):

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My mother’s grandparents’ old house:

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“Just look. Tub” (my dad’s nickname).  “The back porch is falling down!”

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My father: “Your Pa Reavis used to go out back to ‘check on the chickens’ when he wanted a drink.”  We all laughed.

On to the church, where Mama said, “I was saved when I was just a little bitty girl.”

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It took us a minute, but then we found “daddy’s grave.”

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I placed the poinsettias next to the old monument.

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Mama walked closer to approve.

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“They look good, Neal.”  ($2.50 at Dollar General.)

“I can’t remember too much about him anymore.  But he’d bring me stick candy sometimes.”

Then we walked away.  Satisfied.  Remembering.

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Even after nearly eight decades …

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Love one another this weekend.

Five Friday Evening Happy Bringers (10/18/13)

Fall AND Friday … nothing better!

1.  Visiting SCAD Atlanta and touring the incredibly beautiful facilities with SCAD Vice President (and friend) Hannah Crockett.  For those of you who don’t know, SCAD is the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I have been teaching as an adjunct since I retired from Georgia Southern University in June of 2012.  I teach at the Savannah campus, but there are three others–Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste France.

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Here I am with delightful Hannah:

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And seeing another friendly face–Michael, who used to be at SCAD Savannah but is now in the big city as SCAD’s director of student services.:

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2.  Also touring the nearby High Museum of Art on Peachtree.  I love this house just outside the museum!

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And this horse!

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I kept trying to ride it, but he would not budge.

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3.  Learning that happiness CAN come in so many forms.

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4.  The sense of sound.

5.  Pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns with grandsons Daniel and Gabriel:

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It CAN be a Joy Weekend.  Let’s make it so.

What are YOU happy about this weekend?  Tell me a few things.

Latest Staring Contest — #5

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As Faithful Blog Followers know, I have a running series of mostly successful Staring Contests (One, Two, Three, Four).

This past weekend I ventured to Atlanta.  While there, in Midtown minding my own business, I happened upon a rather Rude Gargoyle who challenged me to a contest.  Trying to be a nice but firm Southern Gentleman, I replied, “No thanks, G.  Maybe another time.”  But he wouldn’t take no for an answer, so, the gauntlet placed, I stepped up to the creature, blinked several times and went to work.

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Guess who won?

Let me just say this:  the winner ain’t made of concrete.

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Later.

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