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A Call to Calm, A Call to Reset

I love Brand New Years, with no mistakes in them.

[Okay, with relatively few (major) mistakes in them.]

Perhaps it is because I just recently celebrated (?) my suxteee-sickth birthday, that I am being all Contemplative about Life, but I want to give you my “Call” for 2018:

A Call for Calm, A Call to Reset.

“Huh,” you say, Returning Blog Reader?

Well, this:  Politically (on both sides of the aisle), I see, hear and sense discord, disagreement and “I’m not working with you.”  It’s really not just Trump.  It’s the political system that is basically adversarial.

“I hate you because you do not agree with me on issues.”

But it’s pervasive in our society, even entertainment.  We say we hate violence, bemoan and suffer over Las Vegas, Charleston and Orlando–and yet go in throngs to movies with gratuitous violence (check out any blockbuster superhero movie), listen to songs which present women as sexual objects to be used and discarded.

Maybe it is time in this New Year to think about what we are doing day by day, vote by vote, movie ticket by movie ticket, song by song.

Breathing is Life.  Deep in, deep out.  Deep in, deep out.  Deep in, deep out.

Calm.  Peace.

Let’s reset in 2018 to a new norm, one that emphasizes Joy, Peace, Calm and Getting Along.

We really can find Good if we look for it.

Joyous 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

A Life

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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