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Five Friday Happy Bringers (4/25/14)

It’s Spring-Beautiful outside, and that’s enough to get me happy. But here come Five Additional Reasons.

1.  This cool photo of my buddy Clay.  A few days ago, he visited Zion National Park in Utah.

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2.  Realizing, once again, that my happiness blog isn’t really necessary.  All you need to do is Eat Happy Salad now.

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3.  The cool furniture in SCAD’s Jen library.  (I took my ESL graduate students there for class last night.)

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4.  Grandson Daniel’s vocabulary sentence homework (1st grade).

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5.  Savannah spring close to my apartment.

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Happy Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 2/7/14

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I love February, even though it’s just SO hard to spell. But once I got the word spelled correctly, after four or five attempts, I was all set to be happy. So here goes. Five reasons.

1.  Coming to terms with having a pirate as a grandson

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(Gabriel)

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2.  Thursday morning, walking a couple of blocks down to Huey’s on the river, and having Savannah beignets (SO much better than Nawlins’) and coffee ALL BY MYSELF.

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Oh my goodness, so good!  (And don’t make fun of my journal.)  (Girls have diaries.)

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3.  Going on the coolest technological tour of SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), where I’m an adjunct.

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4.  Having a new lamplight installed next to my front door (okay, maybe my only door).

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5.  Making the most delicious, nutritious soup from fresh baby portabellas, vegetable stock, onion and garlic

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Have a yummy Feb (it’s easier than spelling it) weekend!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers — 11/22/13

It’s nearly Thanksgiving, one of my Top Three Holidays!  (After Christmas and Arbor day.)  Here’s what I’m happy the week before Thanksgiving:

1.  Beautiful, beautiful Savannah Fall!

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(Gorgeous tree I kept staring at in daughter Amy’s front yard.)

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2.  Monkeying and Unicorning around!  (In Big Lots.)

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3.  Putting Grandtwin Madison to sleep.

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4.  Grandsons Gabriel and Matthew in the strangest of places:

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5.  The last meeting of my Incredible SCAD ESL class.

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We had a little food for our final meeting.

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Be Pre-Thanksgiving-ish this weekend!

Five Friday Evening Happy Bringers (10/18/13)

Fall AND Friday … nothing better!

1.  Visiting SCAD Atlanta and touring the incredibly beautiful facilities with SCAD Vice President (and friend) Hannah Crockett.  For those of you who don’t know, SCAD is the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I have been teaching as an adjunct since I retired from Georgia Southern University in June of 2012.  I teach at the Savannah campus, but there are three others–Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste France.

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Here I am with delightful Hannah:

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And seeing another friendly face–Michael, who used to be at SCAD Savannah but is now in the big city as SCAD’s director of student services.:

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2.  Also touring the nearby High Museum of Art on Peachtree.  I love this house just outside the museum!

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And this horse!

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I kept trying to ride it, but he would not budge.

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3.  Learning that happiness CAN come in so many forms.

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4.  The sense of sound.

5.  Pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns with grandsons Daniel and Gabriel:

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It CAN be a Joy Weekend.  Let’s make it so.

What are YOU happy about this weekend?  Tell me a few things.

Five Friday Happy Bringers (9/20/13)

It’s Fab Fri.  I’m happy.  You?  Five reasons why I am:

1.  A brand new quarter at SCAD.  Teaching a DELIGHTFUL group of graduate students starting their master’s programs.  Here are their areas of study: MFA–Sound Design, MFA–Animation, MA–Illustration, MA–Arts Administration, M.Arch–Master of Architecture, MA–Interactive Design and Game Development, MFA–Luxury and Fashion Management, MA–Interior Design, MA–Design Management.  Doesn’t all that sound exciting??  I wanna go back to school!!

2.  Lemons.

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3.  Courage.

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4.  A few more Awkward Family Photos.

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5.  Laughter.

Beautiful Weekend ahead!  Smile!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers (6/28/13)

1.  Fresh squash and spring onions sautéed in a little olive oil.

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2.  Humor.

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3.  My new boat.

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4.  A dynamically fun group of international students in my brand new summer quarter class at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).  They hail from China, Taiwan, South Korea, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Brazil, and Panama.

5.  This surprising, heartwarming video from America’s Got Talent:

(And Travis is from South Georgia!)

I propose that you have a beautiful weekend that’s singing-about worthy.

Sidewalk Happiness

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Last Saturday afternoon thousands of folks (including yours truly) meandered through Savannah’s Forsyth Park with heads laid low.  Not because we were all forlorn … quite the opposite.  We were all looking down–amazed!–at the park’s sidewalks, sidewalks covered with incredible, just-created chalk art.

It seems that sidewalk art is old, ancient even, dating back to the 16th century in Europe (they had sidewalks then?!).  When I think of chalk + art, I think of what I do when I’m bored on the driveway:

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(In this piece, my goal was “happy and exuberant but confidently well grounded.”  Yes?  Work?)

The artists (several hundred) made the Savannah College of Art and Design’s 32nd Annual Sidewalk Arts Festival an event that kept me open-mouthed for over an hour.  (Usually only Leopold’s can do that.)  (Okay, Jen, maybe Riverstreet Sweets too.)

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Armed with a colorful box of chalk …

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… and a numbered sidewalk square …

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… the art students, portraitists, watercolorists, landscapists, muralists, miniaturists, illustrators, caricaturists and cartoonists went to work.

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Here’s Renuka Adhav, a delightful and talented BFA painting student from SCAD Atlanta, whom I met before she started on her piece:

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Here I am holding her chalk (I’m not sure why).

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A couple of hours later I returned to Renuka’s spot, finding her and … THIS:

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Oh.  My.  Gosh.  And guess what?  Renuka won Second Place for Individual Student entry!  Congrats–you go girl!

(I’m starting a new business called “Believe Me!  I Can Pick the Winner Before They’re the Winner!”  Contact me at 1-800-NealNos for details, pricing and availability.)

As I walked around, I kept having to remind myself that these paintings were drawn on fairly Rough Concrete, for goodness’ sake, with Big Pieces of Chalk.

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Can you believe the quality of these paintings?!

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One fascinating sidebar at the festival … the über cool Yarn Bombing.  What?  You’ve never heard of yarn bombing?  Hmm.  Okay, neither had I.  When one plucky young art student tried to explain it to me, I kept interrupting her and asking, bewildered, “Yard Barbie?  Huh?  I don’t see her.”  And, “What?  Yard Bobbing?  Like apples?”

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According to always reliable source Wikipedia, yard bombing (aka yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting) “is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.”

Well yarn bombing showed up all over Forsyth Park.  And it covered objects, such as light poles, trash cans, tree trunks/branches and world-famous bloggers’ heads.

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What a fun Saturday afternoon.  Thanks to SCAD’s Sidewalk Arts Festival for helping me to sink a little deeper into local art.

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