Posted in Breaking News

Good News

Did you see this breaking news?

Yes! Wonderful!

Here are a few pics from my marriage ceremony with Robert back in 2016.

Daughters Amy and Sarah

Beautiful memories. And now it seems that our marriage will be protected.

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P.S. But WHY, tell me why, would 36 Republican senators vote AGAINST codifying gay marriage? Against Robert and me being married? What is their reasoning?

Posted in Quick Quality Quote

Prayerful Voting

I love this truthfully encouraging quote from our (by which I mean Georgia’s) senator Raphael Warnock …

“A vote is a prayer about the kind of world we want to live in. And prayers are stronger when we pray together.”

As you may know, on December 6 there is an important senatorial runoff in my state of Georgia between Warnock and Herschel Walker.

I know that many who care not about facts will of course disagree, but Walker has shown himself to be a repeated liar (“I am a deputy!”), a horrendous hypocrite (“I am anti-abortion” while paying for multiple abortions for his lovers), a terrible father (his son says he was never there for him), “pro-family” (which means that he is against my being able to stay married to my husband Robert), “pro-life” which means he is against a woman’s right to have autonomy over her own body, an election denier (“Trump won” — of course Trump won, he groomed and endorsed you), etc, etc, etc.

Here is a link to an article from Georgia Public Broadcasting highlighting the two candidates’ stands on major issues …

https://www.gpb.org/news/2022/10/21/us-senate-race-voter-guide-warnock-walker-on-the-issues

May Georgians overwhelmingly dismiss Walker’s corrosive campaign and keep our Senator Warnock in D.C.

“Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.”

Posted in Food Joy, Joy in Nature

Strong Spines

Over the valley and through the woods, gathering collards we go. 🎶

Walking in Habersham Village toward our favorite little bar and grill in Savannah, Robert and I saw this …

A mountain of beautiful pre-Thanksgiving collards! Being carefully pulled into our favorite little neighborhood grocer, The Red and White.

The sight brought a sudden jolt of JOY into my heart.

I love collards! They are deliciously beautiful. And they exude such leafy and cruciferous strength.

Collards greens have strong spines!

Posted in Delicious Joy

My Saturday Evening Post: 11/19/22 “I Miss Tomatoes”

About this time of year, every year, I fall into the “depths of despair,” borrowing a phrase from my very good friend, Anne of Green Gables.

Why so low, you ask? Simple.

THERE ARE NO LOCAL, SUMMERY, VINE- RIPENED TOMATOES!!!

The tomatoes you find at the grocery store this time of year are, to use part of Donald Trump’s newsy allegation, “fake” tomatoes!

They taste like … well, fake tomatoes.

Side Note: Please do not tell anyone that I agreed, even if just half agreed, with anything Donald Trump has ever said.

So what I like to do in mid-November is remember, somehow both sadly and joyfully, July tomatoes.

Here are a few memories of the Real Deals.

The vine-ripened beauties my parents always had on the table (along with “fried corn” snd candied yams) when I went home for a summer visit.

My Tomato Pies!

Tomato beauty.

I miss you, July Tomatoes.

Posted in Beautiful Savannah

Shipshape: “And I Sleep”

One of the unexpected joys of living in Savannah’s Historic District, just a couple of blocks from the mighty Savannah River, has been regularly seeing (and hearing) the massive cargo and container ships making their way into our busy port.

The Port of Savannah, the nation’s third largest seaport, is special because the ships leave the Atlantic Ocean, navigate their way inland about 15 miles to downtown Savannah, and pass directly in front of our busiest tourist strip on River Street …

It’s always fun to be on a walk along the river when a huge ship comes into view and watch the shell-shocked tourists gaping at the ships’ sizes.

Here’s a short video from last year when the largest container ship EVER came to Savannah.

And here are a few random shots of ships Robert and I have enjoyed seeing as we walked along the river.

Just the other night …

My shadow and HR

Others …

But, perhaps somewhat weirdly, the greatest Ship Joy of all to me is SOUND.

Robert and I will be in bed (most commonly with HR peacefully asleep and me slowly, slowly heading in that direction). But all of a sudden I will hear it. And perk up. Sometimes even sit up.

From a few blocks away, down on the river. The night ships. The sonorous, plaintive, somehow both exuberant and unexplainably sad horn, sounding from the ship, finally, finally making its way, exhausted, from who knows where into our little city … and past the sleepy little dwelling of Neal and HR.

Listen …

And somehow, that sound, time and time again, makes me realize that we can get from Where We Are … to Where We Need to Be. To a port of rest, to a place of quiet. To a place of, at least temporarily, no more movement.

And I sleep.

Posted in Savannah Joy

Monday Moaning or Monday Marveling? 10/17/22 “Plant Life”

Each day, I continue to be amazed at the incredible, diverse joy of Plant Life.

Collards — my joy!
Carrots and onions.
Savannah corn!
Local tomatoes
The elephant ear, my favorite plant of all time.
Pumpkin glory.
Bananas!
Sunflower (inside our apartment!)

This post could go on and on, but I’ll end with perhaps The Joy of My Life, the southern Longleaf Pine …

Here’s to Plants!

Posted in Five Friday Happy Bringers

Five Friday Happy Bringers 10/14/22

1. Our cast iron Dutch Oven bottom round roast dinner last night. Whew. That’s a mouthful. Literally.

With carrots, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, fresh thyme and fresh rosemary.

2. The young mother and her one-month old baby who were next to us at the Atlanta Pride Parade last Sunday.

Joyful Love

3. The front door of our old 1870’s home.

4. Knowing, truly knowing, that every breath we breathe is a precious gift to savor and appreciate.

5. HR matching with his food.

Bangkok Thai Restaurant, Atlanta

May you match up with a fun and healthy weekend ahead!