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It was late in my life when I realized I was looking for that special place to live. I wondered what it would be like. Never thought it could actually be a place that would make me feel “at home” until I found it.

A few years ago, someone I knew only briefly and once when he hugged me…a long warm, holding me in his arms hug. There was something I never felt before, at home in his arms. Didn’t know then it was a hint of something to come…no not him, but something more.

I lived in Michigan, Florida, Ireland, Georgia, California, and back to Georgia. It’s a long story. Just know that I have never felt at home in either place.

A few years ago I decided to check out a city two hours from where I currently live as a possible place to get away now and then. The first day I went there to its downtown area, with a river running through it under the Main Street bridge, the beautiful river walk, a waterfall, and a park. The downtown has wonderful art studios and galleries, shops and restaurants. I had a great day there, and was amazed at how friendly the people were.
I knew that it was a good place to make get away day trips.

With each trip I took lots of photographs and told friends here in Georgia about my experiences…because they asked and wanted details. They asked if I would take them on one of my day trips.
I also heard the place had art festivals downtown, and decided to have a weekend trip about 3 months after I first started going there. I invited a friend to join me, as she had gone with me on a day trip and really liked it.
Each person I took on a day trip loved the place, and also experienced the same friendliness of the people.

Such a great place to have a break from routine, to get away, and an easy two hour drive. So, fairly frequently I would take a day trip, and weekend stays for each of the three special festivals of the year. As time went on I began to sense a peace wash over me as I got nearer. While there I would feel energized, motivated, inspired and a sense of endless possibilities for me. Every single time there someone would always stop start a conversation with me. Coffee from Starbucks and sitting at the café tables outside on Main Street near the bridge always made opportunities for more conversations with others. The next significant change in me was that each time I had to leave there and return here I would feel yukky (yes this is the only way I can describe that feeling) inside.

The biggest event was the day I was there, standing on the Main Street bridge looking over at the river when I realized this place was HOME.

I had been reading about this city and different things going on, I had started making friends, and then got involved in the TEDx events where I connected with a lot more people.

I have known for a long time now that it is truly where I belong. The reason Greenville, SC feels like HOME to me is that not only have I embraced the city and the people, but the people and the city have embraced me.
One of these days I will live in that special place for me; that I will call HOME for the rest of my life. Thank you, Greenville and all of your people who have embraced me and continue encouraging me to get there.

My Greenville…a few favorite photos taken by me at different times.

A Favorite View of the Reedy River and Falls (photo by Ann Marquette)

Favorite Resting Spot by the Reedy River (photo by Ann Marquette)

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As you now know, my Personal Time Away was not just retreating away from Facebook, my blog, and emails.  It was a literal journey to attend The Sun Magazine writers retreat in the Berkshire Mountains of Rowe, Ma.  I actually drove over 1,000 miles each way, dividing it up into three days.  Part of my reason for driving and taking my time was so I could stop along the way and visit a friend in North Carolina, and my cousin in Maryland.  I did stop overnight in Greenville, SC on the return journey.

I actually took a digital note recorder so I could record some details and my thoughts along the way. Now I can go back, listen to them and see if anything worth adding to my posts about this journey.

Wednesday morning, May 30th I packed up my 4Runner and headed out around 9am, with my cup of Starbucks.  It is a lovely sunny day with a few white clouds in the sky.  I prayed for a safe and easy drive; and I knew I had others praying for me during this journey.

Somewhere near 11:30 am I stopped off in Greenville SC where I filled up the tank at Sam’s Club for $3.06 a gallon.   Then I went to Whole Foods and got a light lunch, which I ate there before going across the street to get a Starbucks refill for the road.  Before starting off again I activated the GPS unit loaned to me by Denise from work.  I set the destination for the hotel address in Greensboro NC where I was staying over for the night.  This gave me the opportunity to visit Peggy, a dear lady friend who recently turned 92.

I arrived at the hotel late afternoon, checked in and asked the receptionist where she would recommend for dinner.  She told me Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill right next door was really good.  So off I went…and wow!  What a great restaurant, with unique decor and great food.

Then it was off to spend some time with Peggy.  We had not seen each other for a few years and although she now lives in assisted living and has some difficulty with memory she looks great.  She did remember me when I walked in and we had a very nice visit.  Such a sweet lady.  Wish I didn’t live so far away from her so I could visit more often.

That was day one of the journey.  Now on this day of writing it is late and time to close up for the night.

Darryl’s Table Ad by ann marquette

Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill by ann marquette

 

The Carousel Table by Ann Marquette

 

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Last weekend I spent Saturday with friends at Artisphere, the annual art festival in Greenville SC.  It was awesome.  There were some new and amazing artists who took part.

Artisphere Greenville SC by ann marquette

Artisphere Devotees by ann marquette

Little Drummer Girl by ann marquette

Iron Works by ann marquette

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Thought I would share some photos of day trip to Greenville, SC with a friend who wanted a day away.  It was a beautiful day and we had a great time.  We are still curious as to the story behind the mommy below with all her babies, but one does not look like it would be one of hers!!

Enjoy the photos.

Mommy and her 9 babies Reedy River, Greenville SC by Ann Marquette

Reedy River and Liberty Bridge Greenville SC by ann marquette

Restful stop along Reedy River by Ann Marquette

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I think I need to change this year’s topic from Gratitude, Attitude, and Joy ~ to ~ GRATITUDE, JOY, AND ATTITUDE.  I realize that when I am grateful and joyful, my attitude is so positive.  

Yes it is seven days since last I wrote…shame on me J  To my defense; I was away for a few days…in the place of my special JOY.

Reedy River Water Fall - Autumn 2011 by Ann Marquette

I was in Greenville, SC where I attended a TEDxGreenville Salon (a monthly meeting).  The topic of this one was…

“The Wisdom of Youth”

Details: Who says our youth aren’t ready to take on the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century? Come meet and learn from a roomful of “HeadStrong” 18-and-unders here in Greenville whose ideas and actions are already shaping our community and our world.

After listening to the teens that night I was filled with gratitude and joy for their bravery in stepping out of their box and walking into the path of their dreams…taking actions to make them happen.  They improved my attitude about teens and I feel very proud of them.  Thanks Ben Riddle for being a leader with your peers.  Great job, all of you.

The rest of my time in Greenville on this occasion was meeting up with friends, including meeting 2 of them face to face for the first time.  What a delight.  It seems each time I am there, my schedule gets busier, more like I am already living there.

Not only is Greenville HOME to me, but when there, I and filled with peace, energy, inspiration, motivation and a sense of endless possibilities.  I am grateful and joyful for God guiding me to this place where all these feelings/sensations improve my attitude to a much higher space.

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Love this topic because those of us who love to take photos, some of the best are when we are in the right place at the right time to catch something good, or maybe even great.  I enjoy capturing people enjoying the Reedy River and waterfall along Falls park in Greenville, SC.  Here are a couple I took last weekend.

Refreshing, But Cold by Ann Marquette

Resting In The Sunshine by Ann Marquette

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Last weekend throughout the St. Francis Fall for Greenville Festival I took lots of photos…not unusual for me 🙂  Sitting out front of Starbucks on Main St. I saw this adorable little girl.

Smiling Cutie photo by Ann Marquette

Clemson Cutie photo by Ann Marquette

Cutie between her parents photo by Ann Marquette

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I spent the last three days in Greenville visiting friends and enjoying the annual Fall for Greenville festival. http://www.fallforgreenville.net

I am going to share a few photos over the next few days.

Big Bubble 2 photo by Ann Marquette

Big Bubble 1 photo by Ann Marquette

Food from Runway Cafe photo by Ann Marquette

Food from Nose Dive photo by Ann Marquette

Food from Soby's photo by Ann Marquette

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This was yesterday’s Word Press topic.

It was late in my life when I realized I was looking for that special place to live. I wondered what it would be like. Never thought it could actually be a place that would make me feel “at home” until I found it.

A few years ago, someone I knew only briefly and once when he hugged me…a long warm, holding me in his arms hug. There was something I never felt before, at home in his arms. Didn’t know then it was a hint of something to come…no not him, but something more.

I lived in Michigan, Florida, Ireland, Georgia, California, and back to Georgia. It’s a long story. Just know that I have never felt at home in either place.

A few years ago I decided to check out a city two hours from where I currently live as a possible place to get away now and then. The first day I went there to its downtown area, with a river running through it under the Main Street bridge, the beautiful river walk, a waterfall, and a park. The downtown has wonderful art studios and galleries, shops and restaurants. I had a great day there, and was amazed at how friendly the people were.
I knew that it was a good place to make get away day trips 

With each trip I took lots of photographs and told friends here in Georgia about my experiences…because they asked and wanted details. They asked if I would take them on one of my day trips.
I also heard the place had art festivals downtown, and decided to have a weekend trip about 3 months after I first started going there. I invited a friend to join me, as she had gone with me on a day trip and really liked it.
Each person I took on a day trip loved the place, and also experienced the same friendliness of the people.

Such a great place to have a break from routine, to get away, and an easy two hour drive. So, fairly frequently I would take a day trip, and weekend stays for each of the three special festivals of the year. As time went on I began to sense a peace wash over me as I got nearer. While there I would feel energized, motivated, inspired and a sense of endless possibilities for me. Every single time there someone would always stop start a conversation with me. Coffee from Starbucks and sitting at the café tables outside on Main Street near the bridge always made opportunities for more conversations with others. The next significant change in me was that each time I had to leave there and return here I would feel yukky (yes this is the only way I can describe that feeling) inside.

The biggest event was the day I was there, standing on the Main Street bridge looking over at the river when I realized this place was HOME.

I had been reading about this city and different things going on, I had started making friends, and then got involved in the TEDx events where I connected with a lot more people.

I have known for a long time now that it is truly where I belong. The reason Greenville, SC feels like HOME to me is that not only have I embraced the city and the people, but the people and the city have embraced me.
One of these days I will live in that special place for me; that I will call HOME for the rest of my life. Thank you, Greenville and all of your people who have embraced me and continue encouraging me to get there.

My Greenville…a few favorite photos taken by me at different times.

A Favorite View of the Reedy River and Falls (photo by Ann Marquette)

 

Favorite Resting Spot by the Reedy River (photo by Ann Marquette)

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Autumn on Reedy River 2010 by Ann Marquette

Reedy River and Water Fall 2010 by Ann Marquette

Reedy River and Falls under Liberty Bridge 2010 by Ann Marquette

More Fall photos taken in Greenville, SC last November 2010.

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