LOVE Odd Movies

LIFE, ANIMATED

The Old Lady LOVES odd movies and not on a TV screen either kiddies, she craves the full cinematic big screen experience with the smell of popcorn in the lobby (none for me, thanks, Mr. Natural said so) and slightly musty smelling seats in the theatre.

Hands down, the best movie she’s seen lately is LIFE, ANIMATED.LIFE, ANIMATED clickerIt’s a documentary about a child who is autistic, produced by the boy’s father.  Three-year-old Owen Suskind “disappears” into his own closed world and fixates on Disney animated movie DVDs.  Some years later the father discovers that he can communicate with his child via Disney movies, the characters, and the dialog.LIFE, ANIMATED Iago

It is a testament to the power of myth and story, shown through the eyes of a father and an autistic child for whom these modern myths and stories provide a way to make sense of a world that is incomprehensible to the boy through “normal” channels.LIFE, ANIMATED Owen

During the film Owen grows up, graduating from school and moving into his own apartment and getting his own job.  He will always be “different” but he makes his difference to be his own signature and voice, and the thing that he knows better than anyone else.

An inspiring film, a testament to parents who refuse to give up on their “different” child… and also a well-done depiction of what it’s like to be truly, really “different” and how that difference can enrich the world in ways never before imagined.LIFE, ANIMATED open door

LOVE Little Five Points

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The Old Lady grew up in Atlanta but left there in 1986 and hasn’t spent much time downtown since then.

She was thrilled with her recent visit to Little Five Points!DSCF1383DSCF1384Where else will you find Native American items and a head shop side by side?DSCF1381The Old Lady’s favorite bookstore is still in business, forty years later… DSCF1388DSCF1390DSCF1386DSCF1387DSCF1391DSCF1389… and the art! Art is everywhere!DSCF1378DSCF1380Where besides L5P will you find an authentic shoe tree?DSCF1396

LOVE Being a Human Being

DSCF1494The Old Lady loves hanging out at a campsite, eating and admiring nature and cooking food and enjoying the fresh air and did I mention eating?DSCF1502But this day, lunch was interrupted by a rather large black-and-yellow bee who wanted very badly to hang out with The Old Lady. Understandably wary, T.O.L. moved the bee away (it was a walking bee, not using its wings at all) but it made a bee-line back toward the picnic table.DSCF1507So, The Old Lady sprinkled hot sauce in a line on the ground to block the bee-line.DSCF1512The bee turned away from the hot sauce and made a bee-line for a clump of ferns, and The Old Lady finished her lunch while savoring the triumph of human strategic thinking over insect single-mindedness.DSCF1513

LOVE Fun Guy!

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It has been raining in the north Georgia mountains, raining quite a lot and still summer hot;  and of course heat plus moisture makes great weather for mushrooms.

The variety of fungi is astounding!

The Old Lady recently learned in a class on mycology that mushrooms are biologically more closely related to animals than they are to plants.

Give that some serious consideration as you admire these lovely creatures.

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LOVE Barbie Beach

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Barbie Beach is one of the most weird and wonderful roadside attractions in the entire state of Georgia.

A big part of its weird- and wonderful-ness is that it changes all the time!DSCF1369The latest twist: the movie set for “King Kong vs Yeti”.DSCF1372DSCF1373DSCF1374DSCF1374 DSCF1375You can find Barbie Beach on GA Hwy 16 in Turin, Georgia.

Barbie Beach is socially conscious, too
Barbie Beach is socially conscious, too

LOVE Food for the People

DSCF1351Fresh produce may be healthy but it can be expensive, which often puts it out of the reach of those who need it the most.  Georgia citizens who qualify for EBT card (aka food stamps) learn to stretch those dollars as far as possible in order to feed their families.DSCF1345

In Valdosta, GA, the Farm Days farmer’s market is here to help!

First stop: the Farm Days tent where you can swipe your EBT card in exchange for Farm Days Dollars… and receive TWICE as many Farm Days Dollars as the amount taken off your EBT.  That’s right, TWO for ONE! For example, you spend ten EBT dollars… you get TWENTY Farm Days Dollars! You are DOUBLING your purchase power!

Farm Days Dollars can only be spent for food, at the Farm Days farmer’s market. If you don’t spend all your Farm Days Dollars, you can save them for the next Farm Days event or cash them in at the same Farm Days tent where you bought them.DSCF1346DSCF1349DSCF1347DSCF1348DSCF1350

Fresh local food!

The Farm Days farmer’s market is open from 9 a.m. until 12 noon on select Saturdays from May through October on the historic Courthouse Square in downtown Valdosta, GA.

Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DowntownValdostaFarmDays/?fref=ts

Live local music at Farm Days...
Live local music at Farm Days…
... as JJ plays and sings just about any song you can name.
… as JJ plays and sings just about any song you can name.

LOVE Natural and Wild Foods

Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi

The Old Lady is a foodie and prefers her goodies to be local, organic, and fresh.

She has an ongoing interest in foraging for herbs both edible and medicinal, but knew that she needed a teacher to guide her through the woods and to make sure that she can accurately identify the plants that are friendly to our guts.

Usnea
Usnea

Usnea, for example. The Old Lady has seen this lovely lichens, in fact it has called to her with its odd design but TOL always thought it just wanted to be photographed. She stopped to admire some displayed on a table at a farmers market in North Carolina.DSCF1285Imagine The Old Lady’s surprise to learn from the owner of that table that usnea is more than just a pretty face! Properly prepared usnea is a powerful medicine, and as TOL discussed this with the owner of the table she knew that she had met the teacher she has been seeking!DSCF1287You just never know what you’ll find at your local farmers market.

SHOP LOCAL, ORGANIC, AND FRESH… listen to The Old Lady!

Dogs love farmers markets, too!
Dogs love farmers markets, too!

LOVE Japanese Gardens

DSCF1323The Old Lady took a leisurely stroll through the Japanese gardens at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina.DSCF1330There are many lessons to be learned in a Japanese garden.

SIMPLICITY
SIMPLICITY
DEVELOP YOUR ROOTS
DEVELOP YOUR ROOTS
PERSEVERANCE
PERSEVERANCE
LAY LOW
LAY LOW
JOY
JOY
HELP EACH OTHER
HELP EACH OTHER
DARKNESS MAKES THE LIGHT SHINE BRIGHTER
DARKNESS MAKES THE LIGHT SHINE BRIGHTER

LOVE to you all!

LOVE IS A SOLID ROCK
LOVE IS A SOLID ROCK

LOVE Falling Water

Cullasaja Falls near Franklin, North Carolina
Cullasaja Falls near Franklin, North Carolina

The Old Lady LOVES waterfalls.

High Falls, North Carolina (this photo and all following)
High Falls, North Carolina (this photo and all following)

Born under the sign of Cancer the Crab and ruled by the moon with rainbows in her eyes, TOL is happiest when she is in water.DSCF1298Putting her head under a waterfall makes her laugh out loud!DSCF1305DSCF1306At High Falls in North Carolina you have to earn the experience. The trail is rough and steep.DSCF1315DSCF1314But the rewards are priceless!DSCF1294

People make art here…DSCF1295DSCF1297… so The Old Lady did too…DSCF1304… AND found wild blueberries and wild cherries. But watch out for the wasps!DSCF1309DSCF1317DSCF1316The Old Lady spent one of the best days of her life, so far, in this magical and mystical gorge.DSCF1299DSCF1300DSCF1303 DSCF1307DSCF1312DSCF1311DSCF1318