Saturday, July 7, 2018

Happy UN-Birthday 39ers July 2018

39ers Live and Learn! 

At 39 years old, you’ve seen a bit of the world and learned a thing or two (hopefully). You’ve honed your right-or-wrong values and sharpened your skills to spot B.S. in most situations. However, when you’re 39 and Holding for a bunch more years, your perspectives continue to evolve, and you know there is so much more to learn …

39 Years Ago this Month ~ JULY 1979                        
July 14th: The best read you’ll have all month—then-President Jimmy Carter voiced his concerns about Americans’ lack of faith in the nation’s administration. “President Carter speaks to Americans about the "crisis of confidence" in American government, values, and way of life, as the public expresses doubt in a better future for their own children. Carter challenges citizens to unite and address the problems in America by first addressing the energy shortage.
            My takeaway from his speech? Mr. Carter said, “But after listening to the American people I have been reminded again that all the legislation in the world can't fix what's wrong with America. … The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our Nation.” What have we learned in 39 years? Nothing.
            While you read through it, compare what Mr. Carter says, to today’s issues. Replace energy shortage with terrorism or rising rates on everything, or any number of other crises. Little has changed. They are much the same, just more acute. Although I don’t agree in the way Mr. Trump conducts his public persona, I do believe he is trying to affect much- needed changes. They were needed then. They are needed even more, now.
            One difference between then and now? We didn’t vilify the president for inadequacies. We worked with what we had, and we voted to make changes. But we still need to unify. “Whenever you have a chance, say something good about our country,” Mr. Carter said. Take heed, “United States of America”!

For 39ers who Follow the Stars
According to Wiki, until the 15th century, July’s birthstone was a turquoise/onyx duo. The royal red ruby didn’t come into favor until the 20th century. Which do you prefer? Whatever floats your boat.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) 39ers should enjoy the majestic qualities of whatever adorns them. Perhaps the ruby better fits their nature. Gleaming with hard brilliance on the outside, but you’ll find so much more, if you peer into its soft-hued interior. Get on a Cancerian’s good side, and you’ll never enjoy a more loyal friend.

If you rule life by the Zodiac though, the birthstone changes for the second half of the month. Leo’s (July 23-Aug 22) majesty rules with the mysterious and dramatic onyx. The powerful stone is the perfect pairing for Leo’s benevolent supremacy. Leos can love as big as the summer sun; sometimes with an ego to match. That’s the lion for you!

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
Aging is letting go of who you were yesterday, coming to terms with who you are today, and planning how you will live better tomorrow.
      ~ L. Rochelle (Writer, editor, armchair philosopher, and your humble 39er hostess.)       

Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ers Age is just a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 

Happy UN-Birthday JULY 39ers,
(This one’s for you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers: John 75!, Yvonne, Ed, Marilyn, Pat, Joyce, and Susan!)
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Happy UN-Birthday 39ers June 2018

June Bugs & 39ers! 

39ers … are you celebrating your UN-birthday with friends and family in an outdoor party? Look out! Here come the June bugs!

Or is it a potato bug … or a green scarab … or … all three? Choose door number three and you win. It seems the squiggly brown or green beetle can be known as a June bug in many parts of the US but look different and have diverse scientific names. They are, however, all in the family. 

Says entomologist, Chris Goforth, better known as The Dragonfly Woman, “My sister and I were playing with the beetles we called potato bugs (i.e., the little brown scarabs, my dad’s name for them) that were crawling on the window screen under the porch light and my mom slipped and called them June bugs and not potato bugs for the first time.  My sister and I were so confused!”

No confusion here. Whatever they’re called, ewww! On with the party …

39 Years Ago this Month ~ JUNE 1979
You may be 39 … again … but if you want to act like a kid again, don’t hold back! Go to Mickey-D’s for your favorite Happy Meal, rent The Muppet Movie, and never, never, ever, be afraid to fly above the clouds!

What am I talking about? Where were you 39 Years Ago this Month?!

June: McDonald's introduces the Happy Meal.
June 22nd: The Muppet Movie is released. Movin' right along | In search of good times and good news | With good friends you can't lose …”
June 25th: Snoopy aka the courageous World War I Flying Ace in his Sopwith Camel, quaked at flying too high. 39ers never quake. 😊 And we still love Snoopy anyway.

For 39ers who Follow the Stars
Geminis, before the Zodiac moves into mellower Cancer (06/20), close your eyes and channel your inner Twins for a mind-melding moment. It’s good for the soul.

Planning your party? Should be a snap for you, as Geminis are known for clever party options. Quick thinkers and inquisitive, there is always a reason to party hearty and they’ll invent festive ways to connect with friends and family.

On the 21st Cancer starts kicking sand in your enemies’ eyes, as we find the stalwart Cancer nursing party-goer headaches. The nurturing crustacean simply must protect and serve! It’s in their loyal and loving nature.

Though you may be crusty on the outside, to those you allow in, Cancer, you’ll always be a softy. It’s a good bet your parties are a little smaller, but they are always filled with your closest loved ones to help you celebrate.

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you're wrinkled.
~ Maya Angelou (1928-2014; celebrated poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist.)       

Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ers Age is just a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 

Happy UN-Birthday JUNE 39ers,
(This one’s for you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers: Sally, Christine, Melanie!)

Chat on Twitter: @39HoldingClub