May 2015

May 7, 2015

“It’s been Another Wonderful Day in Paradise. . . .”

Amen to that. Finally started getting the editing of the Little Poetry Book of Savannah finished. Spending an entire day in the Gallery Espresso refreshed my inspiration for some of the poetry in the book, so I found myself working diligently to complete some tasks which had been put off for far too long. To this day I’ve never quite been able to find a better place for a stimulating mental workout coupled with a relaxing respite away from the rest of the world than the coffee shops here in Savannah. Whether I go to Gallery Espresso on Wright Square or The Sentient Bean at Forsyth Park or some other of the great little places in the downtown area, I am always amazed at what gets accomplished within the walls and gardens of these establishments.

Gallery Espresso actually operates as a working gallery where one can find some of the most interesting showings of art offered here in our glorious little historic city. The art enhances the experience of enjoying oneself partaking of whatever delightful drink and/or nosh that has been chosen from the baristas’ offerings, and so helps in one’s venture into a heightened consciousness. If you’ve never been, you’ve got to check it out next time you visit the downtown area; whether as a tourist or a resident, you will surely be glad you did.

You can get a similar vibe down at the Sentient Bean. It often seems a little edgier and busier at The Bean because the block bustles with much activity. The best little alternative market in the world is right next door at Brighter Day where you’ll find a nice little “health food” deli. So let me get going for the time being. I’ve got lots to do. And I never tire of taking care of business while enjoying the blessings of living in Historic Savannah. Peace Always Y’all….

Spring 2015

March 26, 2015

“It’s been Another Wonderful Day in Paradise. . . .”

That’s what I say to most of the folks I talk to throughout my days (and nights) here in Savannah (and all around the Coastal Empire of Georgia) when asked “how’s it going?” in that inimitable way we have of speaking to one another down here in our beautiful little corner of the world.

Most conversations these past couple of weeks have focused on the beautiful weather we’re either having or not having on that particular day. Of course it’s always best when we’re having one of those gorgeous sunny spring days we are so famous for this time of year. Naturally, the season does bring it’s share of cloudy, rainy, even cooler periods. But even on those days, I still like to remind myself and the people I come into contact with that it has been another wonderful day in paradise–because it has.

You live in paradise long enough you come to realize that even heaven on earth has its ups and downs. What it comes down to is attitude. Attitude and perception together create one’s state of being. And there you have it–light, beautiful, wonderful, colorful, fragrant, warm, mild, hot, humid, cool, cloudy, rainy, chilly, occasionally cold, freezing, and yes, even dark Savannah, indeed is paradise. And Paradise is a state of mind.

Fall 2014

November 7, 2014

Yet another season has come and gone down here in the Hostess City of the South. The late summer breezes of September gave way to the early Fall winds of October, and now that the first week of November has entered the past along with the midterm elections, we can begin anticipation of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Of course that will put our sights square on The Holidays of December, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here at Little Books of Savannah we love everything about the coming seasons, particularly the gratitude and hope which abounds among what sometimes seems like a purely crass exercise in excess. You know–stores open on Thanksgiving, shoppers fighting over whatever item has been deemed a must get, etc., etc., etc. But enough with all that already. Today is the day of making a conscious effort to avoid the ridiculousness which sometimes arises amidst the holidays, and instead look for The Light which will be shining deep within US ALL. Peace, Love, & Blessings to Everyone. Always, Don

Summer 2014

June 5, 2014

The beautiful Savannah azalea blooms have pretty much come and gone, and it won’t be long before the gorgeous magnolias have blossomed and dropped the last of their sweet fragrant petals to the ground. Thus begins another Savannah Summer. Graduation is over, many students have gone home for the season, and Downtown’s Historic District takes a deep breath, relaxing and making ready for the influx of visitors soon to come. Businesses and residents alike have geared up for the crowds, anticipating great fun and good times ahead for hosts, visitors, and all who wish to enjoy Savannah’s charm and beauty. Thus River Street, City Market, Bay Street, Broughton Street, MLK, Jr. Blvd., the Bull Street corridor, Design District, Starland, and all the other unique and special areas and attractions of the Forest City await you. Plus, the water down at Tybee Island is heating up, preparing for the throngs which will soon arrive to dip, splash, and spend time on her sunny Atlantic shores. So y’all come on. It’s going to be a nice, hot summer, just the way we like it. Here we go…Wheeee….!

March 2014

March 25, 2014

March came and went so fast this year it seems unreal. It wrapped up what has been the coldest winter here in Savannah for many years. Of course we had it nowhere near as bad as much of the rest of the country. Though it has been colder than usual so far this year, spring is trying to come into its own here lately. As it is going to be in the low 30s again tonight, it seems we’ll never get our beautiful spring weather. But the past few days have been decent and judging from the pollen storm we’ve had, this should be our last cold spell. So if you are planning on coming to Savannah, or just thinking about it, now is the time. April is just a few days away and you’ll still be able to beat the throngs of tourist which will descend on the city very soon. Now that St. Patrick’s Day is over and spring is coming in, everyone is gearing up for all of our lovely visitors which will probably number about 2 million again this year. So y’all come on. We’ll be here to serve you plenty of Southern Hospitality along with your grits.

October 2013

October 17, 2013

Fall blew in with another successful Oktoberfest here in downtown Savannah earlier this month. We can now say, yet again, that the Holiday Season has arrived. “So what,” one might utter, in response to the seemingly never ending commercialization of every single “special” day or event on the calendar, the incessant shoving down our throats of those wonderful days on which we used to wait so joyously to partake. Perhaps we even catch ourselves asking, “Why can’t ‘they’ just let it all come as it may, let us decide when to begin creating our costumes for Halloween, planning our traditional menus for our Thanksgiving dinners, and (especially) start our shopping for whichever of the most glorious of holidays we choose to celebrate: Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, etc.?”

However one feels about the holiday spectacle, it seems to me we created this culture of non-stop crass commercialism to satisfy something within us. It is an outward manifestation of the search for meaning in life. Plus, people wanted holiday stuff out earlier so they could get prepared, so they’d have plenty of time to get it all together for the big day(s).. So the merchants and the manufacturers obliged. Traditionally, one thing that brings me back to some semblance of sanity during the peak of the Season (when it all just seems like too much) is the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Need I say more? It reminds me of the reason for the season, so to speak.

When I look back over the years, it amazes me how important it was at certain times to have certain things, and the lengths I would go to get them. I wish I’d have known then what I know now–that the really important things in life are the things we usually already have: Family, friends, community, home, Spirit. These things have become ever more meaningful as the years pass, especially when I consider that there are some out there who do not have any of life’s true treasures. 

So my practical plan for the holidays this year is to demonstrate some gratitude and do something to get out of myself and help others. For as unseemly as it all might sometimes appear, the Underlying Reality is that we have created what we’ve gotten, both individually and collectively, and it is up to us–each and every one–to make it better for ourselves, our families, those around us, and the world at large by being the best we can be today. None of us is promised tomorrow after all, so be grateful for today. And remember that together with a little Grace, despite our illusory differences we can do anything.

Peace Be with You ALL….Don Newman

September 2013

September 10, 2013

With September here and already a third over, I am taking time to meditate on how quickly 2013 has gone by. August is done, I am 54 years old, school is in session, football is here, leaves are starting to fall, a dear friend of mine just passed away, 9/11 is upon us, and I feel like I have so much to do before the year ends. Life goes by so fast as I get older. Days come and go one on top of the other. Weeks fly by. Then months. Then years.

As we look at the lives we were given, and then made for ourselves, let’s appreciate ALL that we have. First of all, at least we were given a life. Beyond that, most of us can look around and despite what problems we have or what challenges have come before us, we can see that our lives have been a heck of a lot better than a lot of people’s. So why waste time and energy complaining or fussing? Why not thank our lucky stars for the blessings which have been bestowed upon us. Then Thank Our Gods and the Universe we had this chance to begin with.

I’ll end here with a note to remember those who were taken from us so tragically on 9/11/2001. Remember also those we have known who have gone before us. May the God of Light and Love bless them and keep them always. May God Bless You and Keep You, too.

And Happy Birthday month to my lovely wife, Liz.

Peace, Love, Hope,

Don Newman

%d bloggers like this: