Posts Tagged ‘SCAD’

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 5/8/15

I love the month of May.  There’s something hopeful, potential, expectant about its very name, “May.”

And here come a few more of my Joy Causers this week:

1.  Granddog Spyro.

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2.  The difficult (for me) but truthful freedom of this declaration:

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3.  Incredible sand art outside one of the classroom buildings at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).

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This is a collaborative class project called “The Art of the Spectacle.”

4.  Loving every moment of Grandson Daniel’s performance in the Savannah Children’s Theatre Dance Program Recital, “Dance Around the World” last weekend.

Can you see D in the lower right hand side of the dance teacher’s selfie?

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(Shouldn’t that really be called an “usie” or a “themsie”?)

5.  Coffee and beignets at Huey’s on River Street this morning.

Okay, I LOVE New Orleans, but our beignets here in Savannah are fritters better than theirs at Café du Monde.

YOU SIMPLY MUST KEEP READING BECAUSE I HAVE A FEW MORE THAN MY USUAL FIVE HAPPY BRINGERS.

6.  Enjoying the simple beauty of the community Trustees Vegetable Garden (across from my place on East Broad Street here in Savannah).

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7.  Daughter Amy’s birthday celebration (with a lil help from grandson Gabriel).

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8.  Robert’s homemade (first time ever) egg rolls.

Yum!

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9.  Rejoicing in the incredible ability to breathe deeply.

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MAY you have many reasons to smile this Mother’s Day weekend!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 1/9/15

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Here are five reasons why it is to me:

1.  Capturing sunsets.

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(Fernandina Beach, FL.)

2.  My ongoing love affair with yummy salads.

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(Spinach, arugula and Easter egg radishes, sprinkled with ground flaxseed.)

3.  Grandson Daniel’s drawing for his new voice lessons notebook.

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(That’s him singing into a microphone.)

4.  Pretty views from the car.

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5.  Picking up the grandtwins from nursery school.

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(Matthew and Madison.)

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Joyful weekend ahead!

 

Have You Counted Your Holiday Blessings? (Part One)

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Have you done so this holiday?  Blessings come in SO many forms and dressings.  I urge you to take a sheet of paper and number your joys.  Here is a sampling of mine:

1.  I had to miss my seven year-old grandson Daniel’s first piano recital earlier this week.  (I was SO frustrated.)  Tonight at my family’s early Christmas dinner, I walked in the door and daughter Amy had arranged for Daniel to dress back up in his Calvin Klein suit and play Jingle Bells (as he did at the recital).  It melted my heart.

 

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(Okay, I’m not sure about the sunglasses either.)

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(Absolute grandfather joy.)

Here’s Daniel at the actual recital:

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2.  The ability to smell Christmas.

3.  Enjoying the power of silly.

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4.  Hosting a Holiday and Hot Toddy Chili Party Saturday night.

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What fun!

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Good buddies Ellie, Jamie and Brennan.

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I read “A Cup of Christmas Tea” to the twenty-something guests–and asked them to think about a person important in their upbringing to toast at the end of the story.  I urge you to do the same.  Who encouraged you along your way?

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“Let’s raise a cup of Christmas cheer, to family and loved ones far and near.”

So take a few moments, and with Bing, count your blessings:

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5.  Tree shadows on a wall during a walk the other night.

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What are a few of your Holiday Blessings?  Come on, share a few.

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 11/21/14

1.  My Savannah College of Art and Design student, Isabella Mendez from Venezuela, winning SCAD’s ESL Student of the Quarter Award yesterday.  I’m SO proud of her for all her hard work and success in our English as a Second Language program.  Can you IMAGINE going to another country and taking college classes in that new country’s language?!  Goodness.

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I would love to take credit, but I can’t.  Isabella’s brilliant.

2.  Trying to figure out what part of “Okay, boys, let Abu take a NORMAL picture of you” that grandsons Daniel and Gabriel simply do not understand.

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I mean, seriously.

3.  Being thankful at the Y.  (A bulletin board at my local YMCA where I work out.)

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Here’s what I added:

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And I’m SO serious.  Thankful, appreciative, grateful people are THE BEST.  They “get it”: that life blossoms for folks who recognize the good in their lives.

4.  The simple beauty of fall.

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(Sidewalk near me in historic district Savannah.)

5.  Today being the last day of Fall Quarter at SCAD.  I’m about to be free for a while!  (Although I LOVED my classes this term.  Such a creative, fun, joyous group of art students.)

Let’s be Pre-Thankful on this Pre-Thanksgiving weekend!

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 11/14/14

Sometimes (especially when you’re in education and the end of a very busy term is near), all you need for Friday to be happy is, well, for it to be Friday.

But here’s a handful of other reasons for me.

1.  Spyro, my quite friendly “granddog.”

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2.  An incredible array of “Visual Essays,” created by my first-year students at SCAD.  As I explained in a recent post, after we read two books, The Alchemist and Happier, the students created/made an essay rather than writing it.  Here’s one such project, titled The Real Alchemist, by Douglas De Carvalho Martins Silva from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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3.  The simple, delicious beauty of fall.

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4.  Beach mornings.

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(Amelia Island, FL last weekend.)

5.  Hot, running water.

Let’s all follow Victor’s advice and be Real Alchemists this weekend by creating some joy for ourselves and others.

 

The Smile — and Happiness Shared

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The students in my English 123 (Freshman Composition) classes at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) are doing what I call Visual Essays in this, their next-to-the-last week of Fall Quarter 2014.  We read two books this term, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and Tal Ben-Shahar’s Happier, both relating to our course theme of “Happiness and the Exploration of Joy.”  The Visual Essay project invites the students to MAKE, rather than write, their papers. Traditional essay requirements are still required: a focus and thesis, structure, detail and support, etc.  But this essay morphs into a drawing or painting, a sculpture, a collage, a video, a food, etc.  Basically this project is a visual representation of one topic narrowed into a clear thesis/perspective/idea.  The challenge: how to “show” their thesis.

Debora Jacob (from Brazil) went to Forsyth Park here in Savannah last Saturday.  Here’s her Visual Essay titled “Happiness Shared” on the topic of the smile and its significance.

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Thanks for the encouragement, Debora.

Let’s all SMILE more often.

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 5/30/14

Another beautiful Spring Friday here in Savannah!  And there’s just so very much to be thankful for.  Here’s what’s bringing me happiness:

1.  On Tuesday, my ESL 680 (Research, Reading and Writing) grad students and I hosting a little informal Open House to showcase their Visual Component projects.  We have been working on research papers based on some specific aspect of their master’s program, and a part of their work included “creating” someTHING to illustrate their research.  Examples of their research topics include: “Gothic Elements in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride,” “Contemporary Sustainable Building Design,” “Interface Design in Modern Media Production,” and “The Influence of 1980’s Chinese Daily Wear on Western Fashion.”  So much fun!  I keep learning SO MUCH from these incredible SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) international students.

Some pics from our Open House:

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(I have this ability to sneak into pictures.)

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And here are their Visual Component projects.  (Please note that some are videos, thus the iPads and laptops.)

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What a creative, intelligent group of students!

2.  And along the same line, last night was our final class for SCAD’s spring quarter.  So, of course we had to take a few more photos, including a Class Pic!

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And eat a little more:

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3.  The Promise of Summer.

4.  This great (I think) Quote from the folks at Abraham-Hicks publications.

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“Do I have a responsibility to make the whole world beat to my drum?  No, nor could you.  You beat your own drum, and the universe will respond to the drum that you are beating.  There as many different worlds being lived by as many different perceivers of the world as there are perceivers of the world.”

5.  Black kale salad with candied zucchini (who knew?!) and spiced walnuts.

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Have a glorious last weekend of May 2014!  And look for the good!  (You’ll find it.)