Recently I’ve enjoyed two outings while visiting Dallas, TX that warrant sharing.
The President George Bush Library on the SMU campus. As you turn left off Hillcrest Road (traveling south) onto the campus, you drive thru one of the prettiest and oldest colleges in Dallas. The Library is at the opposite end, near the 75 freeway, so you pass some dorms, fraternity houses, and admin buildings. The library takes up a huge portion of a new building, dedicated to the life and times of President George Bush. From the entrance, you see gifts to the president from other countries. Around the ceiling, four huge screens show scenes of life and history of the presidency. The displays include dresses worn by Mrs. Bush, letters from expats, dignitaries and military personnel, dishes, photos and life-sized things you must see, (no spoiler here!) https://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu
2. The Sistine Chapel exhibit at the Women’s building at Fair Park. Entering into an exhibit hall you are instantly surrounded by replicas of each panel of the Sistine Chapel’s paintings by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. These displays are low enough to see all the detail, and if you listen to the audio device, you will learn about all the details. I took my time to see each panel. Since I have seen the real thing in Rome, I was grateful to see them closer and surrounded by a smaller crowd. http://bigtex.com/event/michelangelos-sistine-chapel-the-exhibition-49/
Part of a purging process includes tossing away old, worn-out clothes, shoes, and friendships. If I haven’t worn it or heard from them in over a year, it’s out of my sight and life. I have more important things to wear, places to go, people to love to hold on to things and people who don’t spark joy in my heart.
Today, I’m cleaning house: drawers, closets and address books.
The 2016 Holiday season has arrived…kicked off by American Thanksgiving, we gathered around tables, ate turkey, ham, veggies, home-made rolls, pies and cakes and gave thanks for our blessings. I am most thankful for my family and my friends, both near and far. I am thankful for peace and tolerance. I am thankful for the experiences I’ve had, and those in my future.
As we begin our Winter holidays, I will take moments to reflect and be present with my gratitude. I share my joyful outlook and welcome joy from others.
I’ve been back in Dallas for almost three weeks. I’ve seen some family and some friends. I realize one important thing: to create fun, I must organize it. As Piglet said so eloquently, “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.’’
Realizing that my time here is coming to a close, I invite friends who would like to say hello, chat over a cup of coffee, or take a walk, to reach out to me. This is my reach out to you! We must connect in order to play!
Life lesson: one person must make the call. Be that person.
Yes, it’s late in November. So naturally the weather cools off. But it’s Dallas, TX and as the saying goes, “wait five minutes and the weather will change.” True! Yesterday it was glorious, sunny, warm and clear-blue-skies. Today the sky is full of grey clouds. Not good for this sun lover!
The good news: time to wear sweaters and boots.
The other good news: the trees are changing colors and the displays of red, gold and green announce fall.
Wherever you are in the world, enjoy your fall, y’all!
When I was a child, swimming at my grandmothers’ pool, I could look up over the fence and see a church steeple with a white clock. In the middle of the clock was the saying, “night cometh.” I saw that clock as I sat in the back seat of the car and memories of my grandmothers washed over me.
As the evening began, the “new moon” appeared in the sky: big and bold. Darkness seemed to ignite the moon and the new (super) moon was high in the sky (man and all) shining down on me.
Memories are valuable gifts. What are you memories of today?
Now I’m back in Dallas, TX. I’m standing in my MIL’s kitchen. It is very bright, clean, big and nice. I am drinking coffee, eating fresh blueberries and cottage cheese. There are electric outlets and light switches inside the bathrooms. It rained overnight. There are trees everywhere! I saw two squirrels playing chase up a tree.
My life has just changed. I am back in the USA after four years in the UAE. I have seen more of the world, spoken other languages, met new people, had weird and challenging experiences every week. What I realized this morning is that I would never, ever wish I hadn’t moved away.
Let the next segment of my adventurous life begin…..