Posts Tagged ‘My Thoughts’

Sunday Morning Quote (5/24/15)

“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose.”

— Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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I have FOUR grandchildren.  (Yes, you’re right, I’m FAR too young.  We all know that.  It’s a given.  But sometimes Mother Nature has a way of bypassing her laws of when people should have grandchildren–and presents them in, well, early, early middle age.)

Anyway, the second-from-the-oldest-grandchild is Gabriel, 5, a rambunctious bundle of pure little boy-ness.  He’s often affectionately referred to simply as “G.”  In his most recent pre-K school report, the patient-as-a-saint and give-her-a-raise teacher wrote that Gabriel is “smart, funny, with many friends … and has a touch of naughtiness.”

Here’s G (on the far right) with a few school buddies,

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And here he is the other night with older brother Daniel (8).

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Today I received this text from my daughter/G mom Amy:

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The brutal honesty of children.

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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!

 

 

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 3/ 27/15

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It’s the LAST Friday in March.  Really!  Here are a few reasons I’m hunkering down with Happiness.  What about you?  Tell me!

1.  Enjoying a short visit with my parents up in Ball Ground (North Georgia) this week.  Dad’s 91, mom’s 87.  This September they will have been married 71 years!

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2.  Going down to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center to see a theatrical production of I Love Lucy.

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Such fun!

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3.  Speaking of plays, watching grandson Gabriel in The Three Piggy Opera at Savannah Country Day School this morning.

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4.  Relishing the eerie beauty of Amelia Island fog last weekend.

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5.  Embracing the necessity and obligation of throwing away/letting go from time to time.

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He picked up a pebble and threw it into the sea.

And another, and another. He couldn’t stop.

He wasn’t trying to fill the sea. He wasn’t trying to empty the beach.

He was just throwing away, nothing else but.

Like a kitten playing he was practicing for the future

When there’ll be so many things he’ll want to throw away

If only his fingers will unclench and let them go.

— from The Poems of Norman MacCaig (Birlinn, 2009)

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But don’t throw away your joy this weekend!

 

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I love this short video which illustrates the journey and ultimate brevity of life.  I encourage you to take a moment and watch it.

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For, really, we are all her.

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 3/15/15

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What a Great Day–it’s Happy Friday the 13th.  Let’s declare it a Wonderful Day, a Joyful Day, a Lucky Day!

And here come Five More reasons I’m hunkering down with happy.

1.  Getting Wicked at the Fox theatre in Atlanta last Sunday.

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(I also saw it on Broadway a few months after it opened years ago.  This Atl production rivaled NY in nearly every way.  So good!)

2.  Getting holy at the Celtic Cross Ceremony here in Savannah last Sunday.  This beautiful event commemorates the long and storied Irish Catholic heritage in our city (and is one of the earlier St. Patrick Day season festivities).

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3.  The bittersweet ending of Winter Quarter at SCAD–the Savannah College of Art and Design–where I teach as an adjunct in Language Studio.  Bitter because I’ll miss my incredibly talented and fun students, sweet because the term is OVER!  Here are some of my students (and me) yesterday:

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5.  Grandtwin Madison’s new Hello Kitty ball.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 2/20/15

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1.  Trying to see some good in this cold spell in Savannah.

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Someone told me to be thankful because these temps will decrease the pesty gnat population come spring and summer.  But that aint doing me no good right now.

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2.  Warmer memories from last weekend, visiting Atlanta’s incredibly beautiful Oakland Cemetery.

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3.  Making sweet potato/bok choy bisque.  Yum!

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4.  Seemingly cute pic of grandson Daniel and grandtwin Matthew having a cuddly cousin moment, until you look closer and see that Daniel is really watching TV while pretending to smile at the camera.

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5.  Yellow roses.

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May joy warm you this weekend!

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