The Princess CAN!

Recently lollygagging through E. Shaver, Bookseller, one of my favorite bookstores on the planet (and just a few blocks from me here in historic district Savannah), I happened upon this little volume:

Yes!  Of course, she can.  And does.  She has throughout history, no matter what “official” HIS-story books and Disney say.

There’s a HER-story out there.  The princess is tough.

Mess with her at your own peril.

I’m the father of two such strong and beautiful princesses, Amy and Emily.

They have taught me over the years about abiding love, ongoing fun and resiliency.

Other powerful princesses in my life include former wife/current best friend Donna, who taught (and continues to teach) that true care and love continues and grows and gives throughout the decades.

Grandtwin Madison, who even at five has her own Madisony way of looking at the world and determining what is right for her.

So, make no mistake about it, the prince may be cute and wear fancy clothes, but the princess does not HAVE to have him.

The princess can save herself.

Who are the powerful princesses in your life?


“The Powerful Joy and the Joyful Power of Green” — My First (Simple) Post of My New Blog

(English Ivy in an alley near my Savannah Historic District home)

Hello to you all!  I am very Joyful that you are here with me at this moment in time.  I believe that there are really no mistakes in life (an extremely tough position to defend, I realize).

In this, my new blog, I hope to explore various Viewpoints concerning our increasingly complicated lives in the 21st century.  I believe in “Plus/And” thinking, instead of “Either/Or.”  Yes to Multiplicity!  Yes to Poly-Neal-ism (i.e., Neal can embrace and even Accept/Believe various, sometimes seemingly conflicting viewpoints at the same time).  And so can you, well, if you choose to do so.

(Things sometimes look brighter toward the bottom when you think you are looking down.)

In this blog, I will often celebrate the beautiful punctuation mark, the Parentheses (  ), for she invites, she encourages, she makes room for MORE.  She says, “Come on in, y’all!”  (I will use her quite a bit in my posts.)  She is my favorite mark and a kindred spirit.

I encourage you:  Make Room for More in Your Life!  (There is so Much More to make room for.)

I also love playing with Capital Letters.

In this First Post, I would like to very briefly salute Magnificent Green–the color, the symbol, the essence.  Green has always been my favorite color.  I love its message to me:  “Neal, there is always hope for new life.  Always.”

She’s an encourager, that Green.  And she’s healthy.


Today is Friday, March 16, which probably doesn’t mean too much for most people, but here in my hometown of Savannah, Georgia, it’s a HUGE deal.  It’s St. Patrick’s Eve.  (Savannah has the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation.)

We paint all the fountains green (and there’s a bunch of them).  As I walked by Johnson Square this morning, I saw a rainbow in the green water!  See?  That’s Green telling us that all is well.


And I hope the message of my new blog, Oh, Saye, Can You See? does just that:  suggest (convince?) that, in spite of surface detrimental appearances, All Is Well.  Yes, we have work to do and viewpoints to defend and maintain.

But hope and continued new, healthy life is on the horizon.

I invite you to follow my blog as we try to see that path.

Oh, Saye Can You See?