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Five Friday Happy Bringers (4/12/13)

Friday, Friday, thank you for heralding happiness this week.

1. Driving back up on Wednesday to Statesboro and Georgia Southern University for the annual Retirees Recognition Ceremony. Retirees who have given ten years or more service to GSU have their names on plaques that are put on the wall at the Builders of the University Terrace.






And here I am with fellow retirees and good buddies Linda Arthur and Phyllis Dallas:


And who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?


(Okay, maybe I put in a few years for that lunch. But the ham was good.)  What a beautiful day!

2. Aspiring (great emphasis on “aspiring”) to live the rest of my life by this quote from the novel I’m currently ready–The Light Between Oceans: “It isn’t safe to put off what matters.”

3. Walking down stairs …


… without falling.


4.  The incomparable aroma of onions sauteing in olive oil.

5.  Attending SCAD’s 15th annual International Festival in Savannah’s beautiful Forsyth Park.





With a couple of former students, Alejandro …


… and Cash





Have a world of fun this weekend!

Five Friday Happy Bringers (9/21/12)

It’s Friday; let’s be happy!  Here are five reasons why I am.

1.  Making new friends, such as Lucky (isn’t that a cool name?) and Susan Rattan, a delightful newlywed couple from Providence, RI, I recently met at Jen’s and Friends on Bull Street here in Savannah.  They were in Savannah as part of their honeymooning.  May their lives be filled with joy and an abundance of all good things!  Congrats to Susan and Lucky.  (Btw, Lucky introduced me to the term “grandtwins” which I use all the time now.)  Look at this great picture of the happy couple:

2.  Having a terrific second week of the quarter in my new part-time teaching position at SCAD, getting acquatinted with the incredible school and the fun, bright, creative young people.

3.  A student, Evin Hughes, from my area of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University (from which I retired back in June), winning the prestigious Muhammad Ali Writing Award for Ethics (and a $10,000 cash prize)!  His insightful and brilliant essay, Float Like a Plane, Sting Like a Bomb: The Ethics of US Drone Attacks, can be found on the link below.  (Scroll down to the bottom of the page when you get to the site.)  Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel was one of the judges (!), and Evin beat out finalists from schools such as Columbia University and George Washington University.  Way to go, Evin and GSU!


4.  My front door being painted blue:

5.  Grandtwins (thanks, Lucky) Matthew and Madison celebrating their seven-weeks birthday.  (Oh and Mom Emily)

Have an Embracing Joy weekend.  Find happiness; it’s there if you look for it.

Final Little Hallway Walk and GSU Retirementville

Office 2225B on the second floor of the Newton Building on the campus of Georgia Southern University.  A second home.  For a long time.

But my office is cleared out now, books all boxed and removed.  Quieter than it has been in eons.  Computer-humming quiet.  My office phone suddenly shy, afraid to ring and disturb emptiness.

I’m retiring from full-time college teaching.

This evening, after my last set of finals is turned in, I will walk out my door and down my little hallway for the final time as a professor at GSU.


The Walk.


Goodbye, goodbye little hallway!  Goodbye, goodbye GSU!

Hello, hello ….

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