Exploring and Encouraging a Healthy Life Marked with Joy

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Dance is Happiness, Love and Life

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined; No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.

~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

calvin and hobbs

dance gif


Whoever said happiness comes with sunshine, has never danced in the rain.

rain dance

There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

~Vicki Baum



Five Friday Happy Bringers (8/17/12)

I ADORE Friday, don’t you?  And here are five things I’m Hooting Happiness about.

1.  I really like myself.  I’m weird and full of quirks (LOVE slimy okra, for example) but I like who I am and where I am at this stage of my life–which I continue to insist is “early middle age.”  (Dear AARP:  Please STOP sending me coupons and deals!  Well, except for Wendy’s,  Oh, and Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Thank you.)

2.  This delicious and pretty tomato salad I made after I saw it on the cover of a food magazine at Barnes and Noble the other day.  (Do you know that they let you just sit around for hours on end perusing their magazines?!  I am cancelling all magazine subscriptions and going to B & N from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. M-F to read magazines.  Feel free to join me.)

3.  Younger Daughter Emily’s two-week-old twins Madison and Matthew.  Here’s Madison trying to figure out What’s Up with Matthew’s yelling up a storm.  Goodness!

Calmed down:

4.  Grandson Daniel’s new tennis shoes (do they still even call them tennis shoes?)

Here are the shoes (which light up in the dark) when we went into a closet.  If you squint, you can kinda see them.

5.  Getting my haircut.  I went to The Living Room Salon on Bull Street here in Savannah yesterday.  Had a great time.  Here I am waiting forty minutes for the color to set, I mean the de-grayification.

And here I am after, orange, for some reason.

Have a colorful weekend!

Staring Contest #2

Since after 14 hours I finally won Staring Contest #1 a while back, I decided to challenge a master, former GSU legendary head football coach Erk Russel in Staring Contest #2.







Oh I forgot to tell you, before the struggle of the two titans began, I invoked the time-honored tradition of rubbing the coach’s head to ensure victory.

(Hours, days pass.)

Yes!! Triumphant once again! So why is his name still up there?


UPDATE — Five Friday Happy Bringers (2/24/12)

It’s Friday again!  And here are Five Things I am Happy about:

1.  My incredible students I have the privilege of working with.  I enjoy the best job in the world.

2.  Being able to say, “Sup?  You like dubstep?”  (And feel all cool and hip.)  Recently in one of my composition classes, as we were sharing from our gratitude journals, Jayson said that he was thankful for dubstep.  Of course, I had no clue what he was talking about.  It’s at this point when teachers always have to make an internal decision: “Do I simply acknowledge the student with a neutral ‘Oh, ok, thanks’ or the more honest ‘huh’?”  (‘Huh?’ has played a significant role in my career and life.)  I asked Jayson to explain.  It seems that dubstep is pretty hot right now, a type of electronic dance music that got its start in South London.

Jayson, with laptop upright, said, “I can pull some up real quick if you like.”  On a scale of 1-10, I rank a high 10 in Student Ease of Getting Prof off Subject.  I immediately and completely forgot what the day’s lesson was, and even that I was a teacher, and said, “Sure!”  In much less time than it takes me to remember that music devices no longer have knobs, Jayson had found and started playing Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”:

Now you’re cool and hip too.  (I tried dancing to dubstep when I got back to my office, but messed up my left hip.)

3.  Continuing coolness by creating a QR Code myself for my blog, and sort of knowing what that means.  Quick Response codes are cropping up everywhere these days: in magazine ads, on bulletin board posters, etc.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we see them being tatooed 666-ishly on arms soon.  If you have a smart phone, download Scanlife (or a similar app), point your camera toward the QR code, and a correlating website zaps up on your screen.  Here’s mine.  Try it, but of course you’ll just end up right back here.  Go ahead; I’ll wait for you.

























4.  Gladness because you’re back.

5.  Possessing the wonderfully liberating ability to laugh at myself and at life.


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