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Thursday, January 29, 2009

May 29, 2008: Some Beautiful Artistic and Architectural Details of the Day Chapel Where the Wedding Will Be Held Tomorrow

The wedding is tomorrow, so before the rehearsal today, I got a chance to look around the inside of the chapel and take in its artistic and architectural beauty.

The photos below speak for themselves; the only thing that will be different tomorrow is that there will be lots of people in the chapel and everything will be decorated with wedding finery.

Here is the chapel ceiling with wooden beams.

The windows look out into the forest.

Wooden pews are very comfortable.

This window is a work of art with the tree and forest motifs.

These wooden door handles lead into the chapel.

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Jason is Baptized by Rev. Mark Danzey of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church

Jason wanted to be baptised before he and Sara are married, so he made arrangements with the minister who will marry them, Rev. Mark Danzey, to be baptised in the baptismal pool outside Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church. Rev. Danzey is the lead student pastor there. This was only two days before their wedding. (Jason doesn't like to go under water, so he wasn't immersed in the pool.)

This was a very moving, meaningful and impressive, yet simple, ceremony. There were prayers and verses of scripture, and then Jason knelt down at the pool and was baptised as Rev. Danzey poured water all over Jason's head. We all rejoiced and thanked God, and Sara gave Jason the gift of a beautiful Bible. They proclaimed their love for each other, and their eagerness to get married (only two days to go!). We chatted a while and then we all left for home.


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Poor Spanky! He Panicks and Tries to Hide When He Goes to the Vet

Bless his heart! Poor Spanky is panicky, and always does his best to make himself invisible in the car when it's time to get out and go into the vet's office for a check-up. He also starts serious hyperventilation when we make the turn onto the road that inexorably (in his mind) leads to the veterinarian's office.

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Commencement! May 10, 2008: Graduation Day for Jason and Sara!

After four rather long, yet ultimately fulfilling, years, Jason and Sara received their bachelor's degrees from The University of Georgia.

Sara had a double major in finance and German, and Jason had a triple major in Latin, English and classical studies. Quite an accomplishment for both of them, plus they have nearly perfect grades to go along with their heavy course loads.

The graduation was held at Sanford Stadium, and there were about 4,000 undergraduates who received their degrees. It was a very hot day, especially for the graduating students who had to wear their black robes for many hours before, during and after their commencement services. But at least it didn't rain, although we do need the rain.

The commencement invocation was provided by Reverend Dr. Bill Britt of the First United Methodist Church of Athens, and who is now the senior pastor at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. We think highly of Rev. Britt, and have been to his church several times to hear his messages of inspiration and hope.

The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court was the commencement speaker, and he did a fine job, as always. His message to the graduating seniors was one of humility and hard work and thankfulness to those who have helped along the way. I heard Justice Thomas last year when he spoke at the Heritage Foundation event downtown, and was so impressed with his humor, his integrity, and his humble approach to life.

Of course, there was the usual outrage and hue and cry from liberal faculty members who opposed hearing Justice Thomas, but fortunately, they did not prevail. We noticed that the reaction from the audience and the students on commencement day was very positive and warmly received. Here is the link to the full text of Justice Thomas' commencement address.

Here are a few photos I took of the big day:

This photo (above) shows some of the graduating students in their black gowns assembling and getting ready to line up for the processional. Jason and Sara are somewhere in the crowd, or maybe not, since Sara fell on the bleachers and hurt her ankle and Jason took her to the first aid station for treatment.

Here are the students and the stage for the speakers on the field of the stadium.

Here are some of the students, and Jason and Sara are among them, but we couldn't get close enough to pick them out of the crowds.

Just a shot of some of the parents and families of the graduates, as they listen and watch the ceremony.

After the ceremony, we were able to meet up with Jason and Sara, who were so happy to be among the graduates and also happy to be able to take their gowns off and get a little cooler. They cheerfully posed for photos, and were proudly wearing their Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor sashes for the occasion.

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Sadie Belle Goes to the Vet for Her Yearly Exam

It's time for Belle's yearly check-up, so off we went to the vet's office.

But not so fast. Before we went to the office, we had to go for a long walk in the woods because Belle has the unpleasant (for the vet's staff) habit of becoming so nervous that she empties her bowels all over the place when they take her back to the examining area to weigh her and take her vitals.

So we walk in the woods beforehand to clear her out and make things easier on the staff. This helps, but not always. On this occassion, I asked the technician how Belle did in the back, did she poop on them, and learned that happily, she had not pooped, but, not so happily, did release her anal glands which had almost the same effect. Win some, lose some, we always say.

Here's Belle in the room waiting for the technician to come take her back to the exam area. She looks fairly calm.

Getting a little anxious now - notice that her tail is down and her brow is furrowed.

Belle keeps an eye on the door, anticipating the arrival of the vet and the technician.

This is the door we go through to get to the waiting room, pay the bill, and then to our car and home. Belle weighs her options for making good her escape to freedom.

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April 2008: Jason Wins the Classics Prize at Annual Classics Honors Day to Recognize Outstanding Students

On April 29th, the UGA Department of Classics held their annual Classics Honors Day to congratulate and recognize outstanding students and graduating seniors in classics. There were prizes and awards for all levels of study in classics, honoring students who excel in the study of ancient Greek, Latin and Classical Studies.

Jason was honored to receive the coveted Classics Prize, which is the highest award to an outstanding graduating senior.

Not only that, but the prize was the venerable The Oxford Classical Dictionary: The Ultimate Reference Work on the Classical World, and best of all was the beautiful illuminated manuscript, designed and painstakingly hand-painted by Dr. Robert Harris, one of Jason's favorite professors in the department. Dr. Harris is beloved for his teaching skills and vast knowledge, but he also delights his students by playing Bach and other baroque composers on his clavichord which he brings to class.

Jason was humbled and honored to receive this award, and will treasure it always.

Buy your own copy of The Oxford Classical Dictionary, or order for family, friends and co-workers: click the links below for this and delightful Latin books for children

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Matt Cooks Delicious Turkey Burgers

We had never really given much thought to turkey burgers before Matt decided to cook them for us, and we admittedly had a hard time imagining how such a thing could actually taste good.

But, trust me, these burgers were absolutely delicious - juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, no weird taste, and full of our favorite sauteed vegetables. A spicy mustard sauce and a sourdough bun complete the burger and we added sweet/sour cole slaw, standard issue french fries, and fresh strawberries for a yummy meal. Photos below show how it all works.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Spring Garden Update: Even With The Ongoing Severe Drought and Watering Restrictions, My Flowers Manage To Bloom Again This Year

Old fashioned Climbing Roses are beautiful all summer long, and make an old fence look less like, well, an old fence.

Happily, my Sicklepod plant came back again this year, very near where it grew last year, so I guess it spread its seeds from the pods in the fall and they survived to grow new plants.

These are known as Knock-Out Roses for their brilliant color.

These iris blooms were so large and so heavy the stalks were not able to support them, and they leaned over horizontally. They look better (below) after I staked them up and got them up off of the grass.

Look for the tiny purple-blue blossoms on this Blue-Eyed Grass.

Our Hearts 'A Bustin' keeps on growing, despite the drought and being eaten by the deer periodically. I realize that not everyone is into Hearts 'A Bustin' like Daddy and I are, but if you look closely you will see the small balls and clusters of even tinier balls that form in the spring and early summer. These balls eventually develop into the bright red pods that burst open in the fall, hence the name Hearts 'A Bustin.

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Jay and Sara Are Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Receive Their Keys and Learn the Secret Handshake

Jason and Sara, Proudly Showing Their Phi Beta Kappa Awards

This photo shows Dr. Thomas Poss, Classics Professor, and one of Jason's favorites

Sara heading into the awards ceremony

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Our First Visit to the Cecil B. Day Chapel in Athens Where Jason and Sara Will Be Married

We weren't able to go inside because it was locked and no one was there to let us in, but we enjoyed looking at the chapel from the outside and from all angles. It is beautiful, as is its setting in the woods of the Georgia State Botanical Gardens. The perfect place for the perfect wedding

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