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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The End

Have you ever been to a resort? Not just the beach, but a real resort, where there are no locals, just happy vacationers and polished staff helping the guests have the time of their lives?

When you first arrive there's this moment when you fully exhale and realize how incredibly removed from your day-to-day stressors you are. Your shoulders relax and your face relaxes, and you enter a sort of carefree unawareness of time. It's positively transforming. And that feeling lasts pretty much the whole time.

But then comes the last day, and you have to check out. So you carry your bags, or at least the carry-ons, past the pool where the other vacationers are still frolicking, oblivious to your departure, to the end of your carefreeness. And even as you're settling the bill at the counter, you are watching new vacationers arrive at the resort, and you're seeing them do that deep inhale and full exhale and watching their shoulders relax, and you feel wistful because you're not doing that anymore, your time is over, at least until the next time you vacation.

That's how I feel, like I have to leave the resort, at least for the foreseeable future. And I'm sad.

As some of you know and some of you have probably guessed, I have some ooky medical stuff going on, a tad more serious than I had hoped. I need to go deal with this and hoard the diminished energy I have for my sweet family. (Plus, hi? How many boring phonophotos of boring waiting rooms are you really interested in seeing?)

I'm very hopeful that I'll be all a-mend soon and able to return to Shangri-Winston tout de suite.

In the meantime, enjoy the pool*, enjoy the sand**, and remember to tip your cabana attendants well***.

I'll miss you.


* insert your favorite local manmade venue here

** insert your favorite local natural attraction here


Local BYOBike

4th Annual Bike Safety Day
Saturday, May 21nd
10 Am - NOON
Little Stars of Bethlehem Preschool
1355 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem

Hayluri “Luley” Beckles was inspired to organize the Annual Bike Safety event in honor of her son, Joshua Palomares-Beckles, who was hit by a drunk-driver while riding his bicycle. Although armed with a helmet, he succumbed to severe head injuries while being treated at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center on May 20, 2006.

Since its inception in 2007, The Annual Bike Safety event has not only distributed 509 properly fitted helmets to community children, but has increased community awareness about the law and continues to capture the hearts and support of local volunteers and sponsors.

The Winston-Salem Bike Patrol and Crime Prevention Unit, Work-Family Resource Center, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), Chick-Fil-A at Hanes Mall Blvd., R.J. Reynolds High School Senior Girls Service Club, the Gives Family, the Chrysson Family, the Holton Family, the Gateway YMCA, the Children’s Museum of Winston Salem, Safe Kids of Northwest Piedmont and Little Stars of Bethlehem Preschool have all lent their resources to ensure educational materials and free helmets reach as many little riders as possible.

This years’ event will feature a bike rodeo conducted by police officers from the Bike Patrol Unit and all materials will be issued in English and Spanish.

Local Free Flick! See it FOR! FORSYTH'S! FUTURE! (echo fade) FUTURe! FUTUre! FUTure! Future! future!

Legacy 2030 invites you to a FREE screening of Portland: Quest for the Livable City. which chronicles the tensions over sustainability efforts in Oregon’s largest metropolitan region.

where: a/perture, 311 West Fourth, Winston-Salem

when: Friday, May 20th @ 11:30 AM

Legacy 2030

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Northwest Boulevard

At the elementary school I attended, every year the kindergartners labored for weeks painting decently large boxes to look like the houses and buildings of a town. Then the boxes were arranged on stage in rows. Each kindergartner would crouch behind his or her box, and a show would be put on describing the life of a town and its occupants, with students sort of popping up as the songs describing their houses or businesses were sung.

But what I remember most is the simplicity of the businesses and the business names. There was a library, a shoe store, a bank, a vet's office, etc. Right in the middle sat the largest box, painted as a school. No mixed uses, no store-slash-cafe-slash-something else. We all were clear as to who did what and who sold what, by golly.

Every time I drive past the business above, I remember that town we made out of boxes. And I remember how when I was five-going-on-six, for one glorious day I had the very pink house of my dreams.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Bragging rights go to anyone (other than Gina) who can identify where I was when I took this photo earlier today. It's within county limits. That's all the information I'll share.

Local Hey, Tribe! Speak!

With an idea borrowed from the American Idol playbook, the Winston-Salem Symphony will let the audience decide the winning Overture from two finalists. The audience voting will take place at each of three Symphony concerts this weekend.

More than 2,500 votes were cast online to narrow the Overture selection to Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville and Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino as the finalists. The symphony will play an excerpt of two pieces at each of the May 14-17 concerts, and audience applause will determine the selection for that evening’s concert.

“We’ve never done this before at the Winston-Salem Symphony. To my knowledge, no other symphony orchestra has done anything quite like this,” Maestro Robert Moody said. “I’ve heard of orchestras holding voting over the course of summer to determine a piece played later during season but I’m not aware of anything being done with live audience interaction like this.”

“I love shows like American Idol and think this will be tremendous fun for both the performers and audience participants,” he added.

The Winston-Salem Symphony present the final performances of the Symphony’s 2010-2011 Season with performances on May 14, 15 and 17. Concerts will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale.”

Concerts are:

Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. — Kicked-Back Classics
Abridged Program — No Intermission
Tickets for this performance are very reasonable at $15, $25 and $35 – all seats are on the main floor

Sunday May 15, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. — Classics Series
Tickets are $15 – $55

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. — Classics Series
Tickets are $15 – $55

The Winston-Salem Symphony is offering a special last minute discount to Life in Forsyth readers for the Sunday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 17 concerts on its top two tiers of seating. Originally priced at $55 and $50, the top tier seats will be offered at $35 and $30 for the best seats in the house. To purchase tickets using the code, please call (336) 464-0145 and use the code BLG.

For more information, please visit www.wssymphony.org.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Local Wanted: Sunbeam and Love

photo credit: FCAC

Meet Cookie. Cookie is 12 in human years, which means she's a senior caninizen. She's probably not going to become a world champion frisbee catcher (though I'm certain she'd try her best if she thought that's what you wanted), but she would very much enjoy hanging out quietly and companionably with you. She's a sweet old girl who still has an incredible amount of love and loyalty to offer. Someone please come get her soon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Local Important Local Issue

Oakwood and Stratford

Reason #47 to stay in school -- that's what I think everytime I see them, these people dressed up to advertise nearby businesses. Recently they are EVERYWHERE.

I'm used to the seasonal appearances of Lady Liberties (Liberty Tax Service, natch), but of late I've also spotted

1. a slew of metallicized peeps (advertising nearby gold buying services)

2. a sort of generic superhero representing a seemingly completely unrelated business, the type of which I can't recall nevermind the actual business name (as the oldest would say, "epic fail")


3. the poor fellow shown above, who is wearing what I believe to be the soggiest-looking fabric bagel ever in an attempt to lure the populace into Bruegger's Bagel Bakery.

Y'all, we need to either kibosh this trend or improve this trend, because hi, we have umpteen former and current costume design students (UNCSA) in this town, and these costumes are not representin'.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Meet Dot. Dot joined our family Friday afternoon. Specifically she belongs to the youngest, but frankly we're all smitten.

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Country Club & Arbor, 3:07 PM

Local to infinity and beyond

Although each Saturday I only select eight items to feature in local etsy love, located in the righthand column, I could post many, many more, because, y'all, we live in an incredibly talented area, etsywise.

New local etsy love just went up. Go peruse and you'll see what I mean. For past local etsy love items, click on "LifeinForsyth" at the bottom of the box.

And thank you for supporting local artisans!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Knollwood Baptist Church

Local Shop Local Locally


Dewey's at Thruway has superfun tall mugs, square dessert-size decorative plates, platters, and dishtowels (my personal fave) featuring graphic illustrations of local institutions including MESDA, the Stevens Center, Historic West End Neighborhood, Reynolda Village, RJR, Old Salem, and Home Moravian Church. They're by artist Susie Allen, and prices range from $14.99 to $38.99.

Dewey's Bakery

(insert one of those little speech bubbles here with HERE, MOM! inside)

The second Sunday in May is, as you all know, Mother's Day. For many people, the upcomingness of this day creates undue pressure. How can I show my love for my mother/mother of my child(ren)? What shall I give to my mother/mother of my child(ren)?


The second Sunday in May is always preceded by the first Saturday in May.

Hooyah! And I know you know what that means! ...What? What do you mean you don't know? (Seriously?) Sigh.

Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.

Locally that local shop is Ssalefish, located in the Silas Creek Crossing Shopping Center (Silas Creek & Hanes Mall, where Toys R Us and Marshalls are), and they ask that you come get your FREE comic book (one per person) this Saturday from 11 AM - 3 PM! They'll have other sales and surprises going on as well.

As one of the comic book store men says in the video, a comic book is "a work of art" (0 m 28 s).


Please note however that just like other forms of works of art, not all comic books are necessarily appropriate for all ages, so if you're taking children to help you pick out art, bear that in mind. Thankfully the gentlemen who work at Ssalefish are incredibly helpful and will explain content ratings and recommend/discourage if you give them your "art parameters". They'll also help you shop the coolest collection of vintage action figures/character toys/works of art, subset sculptural you've ever seen.

Free Comic Book Day

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

Word reached me about halfway through the day that today's daily special at Bibs was not to be missed. Accordingly I decided there was no reason to cook tonight.

What the little bbq birdie failed to mention was the ridiculously generous portion size; I'll be foregoing firing up the stove tomorrow, too.

Bibs Downtown

Local _________

Insert your own caption here.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Phonophoto of the day

I'll sleep quite well tonight knowing that the backyard has been properly secured. I'd hate for hostile forces to break in and mow.

Local Nuovomondo

Tonight, Monday, May 2nd, at 6:30 PM Central Library offers a FREE screening of the The Golden Door in the auditorium.

Part of the library's Foreign Film Series, The Golden Door won six awards at the Venice Film Festival, including two awards for Best Film. The film was also nominated for a European Film Award for the Film of the Year and was Italy's submission for the 79th Academy Awards.

Central Library

IMPORTANT Local News Flashes from CollieDollies AND julie

LiF Reader CollieDollies sends along this item:

Happiness on a Plate! Pink lemonade cake at West End Cafe. Tastes like summer to me!

Not to be outdone, julie draws our attention to this amazing local resource: award-winning chicken clucker.

I'm beyond impressed that the LiF Readers are so in tune with the news needs of the local citizenry. Good work, y'all!

West End Cafe

A Letter from DC

In my email box this morning, a letter written at 4 in the morning from our family priest, the man who married us, who baptised the oldest in NICU, who performed my mother's funeral.

His counsel this morning was actually the first I knew of bin Laden's death and provided the framework I used to present the news to the children as well as to process the news from my own 9-11 standpoint.

Dear Parishioners,

Some years ago, our national conscience was pierced with a dagger that penetrated our hearts, our minds, and our lives. Lives lost in New York City, Virginia, and Pennsylvania touched lives of people across this nation and around the world. The voids left in so many lives will never, never be filled or replaced. One can merely pray that those who suffered loss might someday know peace, and that those who died will find eternal rest in the arms of their "Creator, Redeemer and Friend," to quote from our cherished Anglican hymnody.

This evening we heard the news of the death of the mastermind and chief perpetrator of that assault on human life and the aspirations of so many to make this world a better, safer, and more godly place. Whilst, I admit, I will sleep perhaps more restfully this evening, it brings me no great joy to celebrate at the death of someone, however evil, who, from his birth was created in the image and likeness of God (even as I grapple greatly with that concept).

I recall 11th September 2001. The images of the towers collapsing, heroes, preserving our national monuments proclaiming , "Let's roll," and the sound and the stench emanating from the Pentagon into our home (in Old Town, Alexandria, at the time) will never be forgotten. The images of those in other parts of the world who would call themselves our enemies, rejoicing in our shock, sorrow, and loss are also still clear and vivid.

That said, the words of our Saviour are also enduring, "Love your enemies," "Pray for those who persecute you." We are called to be a "A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that [we] may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light." In the spirit of him who died for us and was raised from the dead to bring us life eternal, my prayer is that we might all marshal that which is good and salutary within us so that the image which others may have of us is not one of gloating over the death of one individual, but, rather, how we might employ this incident to be for us a new beginning so that all of God's creatures might now know precious they are not only in God's eyes, but in our hearts as well.

I remain, as ever

Your Rector,

St. John's, Georgetown Parish