Happy UN-Birthday!

Taking on 2017 with ATT-i-tude ...

Happy UN-Birthday 39ers
Yep, we UN-do birthdays here. So let’s UNwrap another year, and enjoy at least ONE day of non-stop fun. OK, well, I tend to party the whole month away, but maybe that's just me. 

Birthdays are important. Not because we're a year older—it’s a great day to reflect, rejoice, and rejuvenate. Join us at 39 and Holding where we’re forever young—with ATT-i-tude! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 39ers! Let’s explore your UN-birthday MAY 2017 ... 


First of Many Merry Mays  

Are you a first-time 39er? Welcome to the club! Seriously … don’t fret … 39 and Holding is a badge of honor, not a lamentable milestone.

This is the moment you when you’ve accrued enough wisdom and knowledge to pursue your lifelong passion, or discover the passion that will enhance the rest of your life!

Or … are you 39 and Holding … again?! Yahoo! you’re enjoying freedom of the mind and the joy of ATT-i-tude.

39 Years Ago this Month ~ MAY 1978             
Rock & Roll movies made a big splash heading into summer, the year you first-time 39ers were born. Do the rest of you remember …

13th: even beating out The Beatles for a while, Barry Gibb’s prolific songwriting passion finally paid off. He climbed the music charts to become the only songwriter to grab Billboard’s top spot with four consecutive #1 singles. Barry eventually expanded that to six #1 tunes, and shares the record with Lennon and McCartney. He kinda had a push up the charts—it all started on a Saturday night in December 1977.

18th: more movie magic came in the release of The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey. It picked up the Academy Award (1979) for Best Music and several more; and solidified Gary as a bona fide major Hollywood player, in his nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Doesn’t it seem to you that the best movies include Rock & Roll??

31st: National Senior Health & Fitness Day – I know, I know, you newbies don’t want to be called “senior” yet. However, if you’ve been sedentary in the past couple of years, it’s time to get moving. Love this year’s theme: With Movement… There’s Improvement. And that’s especially true for you 39ers who have had ATT-i-tude 39 for a couple-ten-years-or-more. 
 
For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
Just like moms and May flowers, MAY 39ers are multi-faceted with complexity to match. Deliberate and down-to-earth Taurus (April 20-May 20) transforming into quick-witted and chatty Gemini (May 21-June 20) is a big leap. Even if your mom or other loved one is on the cusp and caught between, you gotta love ‘em anyway!

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude 
What’s the point of eating healthy and exercising? Who wants to live to be 89?
   Response: Someone who’s 88.
~ From BBC television series, Midsomer Murders, Season3, Episode 3: “Blue Herrings”

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

Happy UN-Birthday MAY 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Susie, Pauline, and Judith!)
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April ATT-i-tudes - Like a Diamond in the Sky 

12th – Walk on Your Wild Side Day: It’s been declared by somebody … no one seems to know who, but I’m all for it! What can you do this day … month … year … that is just a tad out of your comfort zone? Need a nudge? Try an offbeat daily excursion in your town or city. Here’s a list for Los Angeles … Wheeeeeeee!

24th - International Sauvignon Blanc Day: Join The Wine Club Group in celebrating a celebrated grape! Don’t know much about it? All you need to know … and then some. Yum … I’ll drink to that! And if you couple it with your new Wild Side … check out how much fun grape stomping can be. J (Yep, you Boomers know where the link goes … LU-CY!)

39 Years Ago this Month ~ APRIL 1978  
Quirky Annie Hall won best picture at the 50th Academy Awards. The 1977 movie starred Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, in a poignant romance that captured the era and endeared itself in the realm of classic movies.

While Annie stole our hearts, April 22nd captured our funny bones. The Blues Brothers rocked onto the Saturday Night Live stage for their first appearance on the iconic show (back when it truly Rocked!).

For 39ers who Follow the Stars 
As Aries (March 21st – April 19th) turns its spirited back on us in mid-month, reality-based Taurus (April 20th – May 20th) picks up the slack to guide us into the rites of spring.

Have you ever noticed that both Sun Signs feature horns? Hmmmm … says a lot about free-thinking Aries, and stubborn … I mean, practical and dedicated … Taurus.

Shopping for birthday gifts? Red permeates the Aries psyche, whether they know it or not; and of course, Earth green … for Earth Day on the 22nd … falls into Taurus’s earthy spectrum. But it’s the clarity of the lustrous diamond that will capture the attention of both, as April’s gemstone.
 
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.
            ~ Luis Buñuel Portolés; Spanish filmmaker, 1900-1983.

Cheese and wine can age, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 

Happy UN-Birthday APRIL 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Uncle Elvin! Whoohoo – 95 years young!)
 

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Dancing the March Jig! 

If Irish dancing doesn’t get you up on your feet, nothing will. It’s hard to resist at least tapping your toes to the bouncy Celtic tunes.

This adorable two-year-old girl proves Irish music is irresistible! Being a former dancer, I watched this clip four times. Little Georgia is just too cute, joining an Irish dancer on the streets of Galway.

March Moods:  
11th – Genealogy Day: Even if you’re not Irish and care less about family history, are you at all curious about your name? A good place to start ... 

22nd As Young as You Feel Day: And finally we come to a “holiday” near and dear to 39ers. As Young as You Feel Day should be heartily celebrated!

We’ve adopted it—and the delightful vintage movie with the same name, as our official day and entertainment activity, to enjoy the age we feel in our hearts …

Take a minute and enjoy some history trivia to learn what VERY famous actress was catapulted to stardom with this movie!

Now that I have your attention, March 39ers, let’s get on with your birthday!

39 Years Ago this Month ~ March 1978                      
The California Jam II was in full swing March 18th at the Ontario Motor Speedway in SoCal. More than 350,000 screamin’ fans celebrated Rock & Roll and the month of March with Aerosmith, Foreigner, Ted Nugent, and oh, so many more. Were you there? Rock On!

For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
Pensive Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) and airy Aries 39ers (21st thru April 19th) are proud to march through the month to their own drumbeat.

Pisces m’dears, try not to take on everyone else’s pain while you empathize with the world’s woes. Lighten up—it’s your month to party!

Audacious and valiant Aries—you’re always ready to grab the bull by the horns. You can’t be faulted for that, ‘cause it nearly always leads to success. Party On!

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
~ George Bernard Shaw; Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist. 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950. [Quotes.]

One thing we Irish know, is how to play! Play like there’s no tomorrow ... because Age is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM  
Happy UN-Birthday MARCH 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Steven, Pat [IM] Susan, and Jim!)
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I’m Late! For a Very Important Date …  in February

It’s true—I’ve been neglecting 39 and Holding Club a bit. Not out of true negligence, but from overwork, as I finish a book for its Big Bro site, Blast from Your Past.

Writing a book is a monumental project that fairly consumes the author, to the point of hibernation. Which brings me to February’s Birthday 39ers!

Deep into our winter hibernation, far away from summer fun and frolic, we must stir and pop open an eye to party with our fave Aquarians and Pisceans. Before we go forward, let’s explore past happenings …

39 Years Ago this Month ~ February 1978                  
Though the Psychedelic Era of love and enlightenment began to follow the tide out to sea in 1978, China jumped on the loving bandwagon this month 39 years ago, as it finally admitted to its people’s love for classic literature. February 11th marks the anniversary of the release of China’s ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare, and the beloved British novelist, Charles Dickens. Sheesh. About time. And, February 7th marks ol’ Charlie’s birthday! So he was an Aquarian too …

For 39ers who Follow the Stars 
If you’re a February 39er, the color gods paint you in a kaleidoscope of hues—early Feb Aquarian Water-bearers (Jan 20-Feb 18), can dip into the pool of your moods, with turquoise green, bright blue, or purple.

Walking through the sands of time with Pisces Fish (Feb 19-Mar 20), all shades of green keep you cool. (Not a red heart in sight.)

And though there are other noble reasons to commemorate February along with CupidWorld Radio Day (13th), Presidents’ Day (20th), and Marijuana Awareness Month—for the 39 and Holding Club, February 14th is also “Grandpa” Jack Benny Day! Why do we care? Why … he’s the reason we’re here.

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
One for the heartIs it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance.
~ Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV 3.4.283
Ah, m’dear February 39ers, BUT … Love does not require performance, it only needs a look, a touch, and a kiss. (Yours truly.)

Happy UN-Birthday FEBRUARY 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Sharon, & Ms. Rochelle--NEW!)


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Happy New Year 39ers!   

It’s the end of the first week of January—so much for one resolution I made—to be more timely with my posts …

Forgive me, as we revise our goals for the year, after the champagne has worn off and we come face-to-face with reality. How about if I pledge to post before the 10th of the month? 😉

More than any other time of the year, January holds the unique distinction of personal power to seriously change our lives. In this month, we’re conditioned to review the past and consider the future—and dive into the New Year accordingly.

When it comes down to it, it’s all about ATT-i-tude! What you do from this day forward is a result of your ATT-i-tude about what went before and what awaits you. Love it—live it.

39 Years Ago this Month ~ January 1978 
We’re still movin’ an’ groovin’ to December’s leftover Holiday mojo. In fact, as Saturday Night Fever gains cult status, we keep its soundtrack at the top of the radio music charts ‘til sum—sum—summertime! 

Notable notes 39 Years Ago this Month: The Great Blizzard of 1978 pounded the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions. Let’s not have a repeat. 
 
And, while “Stayin’ Alive” had staying power at #3 on San Diego’s B-100 radio survey at month’s end, it was a two-fer that showed ATT-i-tude at the top of the chart—Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”! Great way to start the year—let’s do it again!

For 39ers who Follow the Stars
It’s good that earthy Capricorns take us into the New Year ( Dec 22-Jan 19; like 39AHC birthday gal, Erin, right). Their stable, determined ways help us focus after we’ve picked up the party plates.

Have a Capricorn friend? Good person to discuss your future with—they’ll support you, while playing Devil’s Advocate to help you avoid the coming year’s pitfalls.

When we slide into the mid-month post-Holiday doldrums, luckily, airy Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) is there to brighten up the horizon. Intellectually stimulating, with a flair for fun, Aquarius will add sunshine to your dark, stormy winter days. But don’t match up Aquarians with Capricorns—they clash in the cosmos!

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude 
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter ~ Mark Twain. So true, Mr. Twain (Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910). And nothing so aging as a frown.

Turn that frown upside down, and let’s get on with the year!

Happy UN-Birthday JANUARY 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Erin, Chris, Jodie and Joe!)
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December 2016 39ers, For Old Time’s Sake*  
Dang … December’s going by before I can even catch my breath from the Thanksgiving feasting. Stop! Let’s not sing Auld Lang Syne just yet. First we need to celebrate December 39ers!



39 Years Ago this Month ~ December 1977 

December 1 – Were you watching the debut of Nickelodeon when it launched as The Pinwheel Network? Do you recall there were NO ads until 1984? Ah, the good ol’ days!

December 11 – The new Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t log their first season-game win until thirteen weeks into their second season when they beat the New Orleans Saints (after twenty-six losses). Saints’ head coach, Hank Stram, lost his job after the game.


December 14 – But here’s the milestone you’ve been waiting for since November! Before there was Dirty Dancing (1987) or Dancing with the Stars (2005), there was John Travolta swaggering and dancing into our fantasies and movie history with Saturday Night Fever! The Bee Gees gave him rhythm and by New Year’s Eve 1977 we weren’t singing Auld Lang Syne, baby! We ushered in the New Year warbling, “Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother |You're Stayin' Alive … ah, ah, ah! ♪



For 39ers who Follow the Stars

While we’re all scrambling to wind up the year, poor December birthday babes are often left in the dust of Holiday shopping and New Year's plans. Awwwww, poor leftover Sags and ignored newborn Caps!

Take heart December 39ers—we love ya! Let’s party hearty right now!

Just like a riff from Billy Gibbons’ Rockin’ guitar, Sagittarius crashes with an explosive crescendo into the month that marks an exciting, definitive year-end, and leads into the promising New Year's beginning, with Capricorn.

In this month dominated by red and green, Sagittarius and Capricorn stride regally to the beat of a different drum in shades of purple, offset by glowing turquoise, December’s gemstone symbol of good fortune and success. Excellent mojo for the coming New Year.

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Keep Moving 39ers!
Billy, of ZZ Top fame, is reportedly 66 on December 16—though there’s confusion that rather than a Sag he could be a Pisces from March 4. And that’s from Billy’s very own website, so who really knows? But he isn’t the only famous December 39er!

Dick Van Dyke soft shoes his way into his 91st year (Dec. 13) as a Sag, and Ryan Seacrest jumps to 42, celebrating Capricorn style with Santa on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day we peek under the tree and unwrap three of our fave Caps: “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in ATT-I-TUDES”’ Jimmy Buffett at a spry 70, along with actress Sissy Spacek (67), and singer-songwriter Annie Lennox (62). Let’s Rock the Holidays!

December Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude 
You’re never too old to do goofy stuff! ~ Ward Cleaver, Leave it to Beaver TV show, 1957-1963. (Seriously, 39ers, a “throwback to cave man days.” 😉)

Happy UN-Birthday DECEMBER 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Linda, Patricia, Ken and Cuz Kev!)

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*According to Wiki, “The song's Scots title may be translated into standard English as ‘old long since,’ or more idiomatically, ‘long long ago,’ ‘days gone by’ or ‘old times.’ Consequently, ‘For auld lang syne,’ as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as ‘for (the sake of) old times.’”

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November 39ers: Party and Plan with Purpose
 

One thing that all 39ers—those who are Forever Young at heart—have in common, is optimism.

November is a great month for 39ers to usher in the Holiday Season, as it begins with deep-thinking Scorpio, and ends with the optimistic, party-hearty Sagittarians.

How can we not be optimistic, with shiny, festive Holiday ornaments and a brighter New Year on the horizon? [Anything beats the doom-and-gloom of the past months, as we struggled through an onerous election year!]

But finally, ‘tis the Season for fun and folly! Whether your birthday falls in November or December, we tend to treat both Holiday months as one big party. So is it any wonder that by January 1, we’re exhausted and ready to settle down, planning our goals and following our dreams?

For 39ers who Follow the Stars 

November 39ers have a special obligation to lead the way. From introspective Scorpions (Oct 23 – Nov 21) who provide the visions—and, by the way, are privileged with three (+) Zodiac phases of enlightenment/symbols: Scorpion, Eagle, and Phoenix—to the energetic, git-‘er-done and ambitious Sagittarians (Nov 22 – Dec 21), who will draw back their archer’s bow and make sure the New Year is on target. But in order to look forward, it is beneficial to review the past …

39 Years Ago this Month ~ November 1977 

In the early weeks of the month, we danced in the streets to the Bee Gees’ bestselling album/soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever.

By the latter half of the month, we saw a historic meeting between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin, to forge a permanent peace settlement. Define permanent. For that matter, someone needs to properly define Peace!

November 1977 also brought us a connection between 3 ARPANET nodes that ultimately lead the way to establishing the Internet protocol.

On the fun side, people were popping out of cakes, The Godfather (1972) topped Gone with the Wind (1939) as the most popular TV movie, and Rolling Stone…The10th Anniversary TV special celebrated the venerable magazine’s first decade—and I liked it better then, when it stuck to entertainment news.

In every generation, November is a month of thanks and humble gratefulness, as it leads into the world’s most compassionate season of the year.

This month, my dear November 39ers, be especially thankful for what you have—not the material world of things, but in your heartfelt world—family and friends, however many or few they may be. Each one, from the youngest to the optimistic 39ers, deserves your appreciation.

Cheers!

Happy UN-Birthday NOVEMBER 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, JV, Jackie, and Moi!))
 



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Electing to Spice Up October 39ers!

In the immortal words of Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan, “The Times They are a-Changin’”!



A world without change is a stodgy society with its head in the sand. If you’re here, then you are certainly not one of ‘em! We Boomers (and if you’re not a true Boomer, that’s OK, you’ve earned your attitude stripes) were definitely un-stodgy in the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties, and we’re not about to start now.



In recent years we’ve been blamed for everything from nuclear war to the millennials’ apathy. While we certainly had a hand in, and often led the discussion on, many changes that have been made to this great country—good and bad—we are hardly the sole proprietors of blame. (Rarely are we praised.)



ATT-i-tudes need to change. Boomers have been trying to pass the leadership baton for decades, but our descendants seem reluctant to grasp the enormity of the need for them to STEP UP and do something about the ills and ignorance of politics that refuse to change with the times. When millennials did grab the baton they voted in our current presidentthat sure went well!



We started the dialogue fifty years ago—we never said we’d finish it! Remember, we were young in the beginning, and we made some great inroads. But additional change needs to be fundamental—we are stifled in antiquated laws and layers of politically correct BS.



And judging by the condemnation on all sides in this election, fueled by the media, the general public wants to dredge up everything from birth about all candidates, and anyone who comments about them. Obviously, we’d like our leaders to be above moral reproach—that concept is completely unrealistic. They’re human—we’re human—you’ve never said or done something you wish you could take back?



The problem now, is once “out there” these days, it NEVER goes away. As Boomers, we’re likely to forget which planet we’re on—and you want us to recall that we dissed you in 1969?! Talk about haunted. Memories, and the importance of them, is highly subjective. Move on.



Unfortunately, humans are stupid. However, change also comes with age. Thank goodness. Or at least, it should ... the whole purpose of learning is to change, utilizing our newfound information … right? Right?



The inexperienced and morally judgmental young’uns are content to talk trash on Twitter and Instagram from the safety of their favorite seat at Starbucks. I, for one, would have been thrilled to see a younger, qualified person run for US President this year. Thoughtful, innovative approaches and a willingness to collaborate for change, would have been a breath of fresh air in the 2016 election field.

Alas, our youthful options were nothing more than mini-Boomers, perpetuating outdated strategies, with no solutions for inventive change. Once again we’re forced to vote for ineffectual pomposity with alarming baggage, or the unknown with an opulent ego—take your pick.

So go ahead—blame us Boomers—we don’t care anymore, we’re retired (or trying to be). But remember, you’ll be our age someday too, and everyone will blame you.

Let’s turn back time

Hey, I’m no politician and you didn’t come here for a bitch session—something else we Boomers know—venting is OK, so long as it’s civil. I’ll leap off my soapbox now or rather, hobble off, and get on with your October UN-birthday fun.

Yes, I’m more than a little late with this month’s 39ers UN-birthday salute. But I’m not afraid of change. It’s in the air and belatedly wafted over my way … this month begins a new and hopefully, welcoming format to help you enjoy the changes your body, soul, and mind experience as we AGE with ATT-i-tude!

If you’re a 39er a few times over, you know how much the Holiday Season has changed since our parents were thirty-nine. My holidays, for instance, smelled heavily of pumpkin—and not on just one festive day. My mother was a baking fiend.

We ate pumpkin everything for three straight months … pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin-spice cake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cupcakes … and don’t forget the cinnamon! None of it came from a box. Mom cleaned out the pumpkins’ meat, and dad helped us carve funny faces into the emptied Halloween symbols.

But the world has changed … nothing is baked from “scratch,” and we’re way too busy to scoop out pumpkin meat and pick out the seeds. We are resilient and innovative, however, and still find ways to spice up the Holidays to suit our lifestyles.

October 39ers know the value of nostalgia and how to apply it in today’s world. Enjoy the moments … again!

39 Years Ago this Month ~ October 1977
October 10 – Are you a Ronnie Milsap fan? Did you watch his big year of CMA accolades? Ronnie took Album of the Year (Ronnie Milsap Live), Entertainer of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year. Sweet.
October 20 – A moment of silence for three members of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band who were killed in a plane crash this day, along with their assistant road manager and both pilots. Their music lives on!
October 28 - British rock band Queen releases the album News of the World and we became their Champions!

For 39ers who Follow the Stars
October UN-birthday buddies split their astro time between Libra and Scorpio … You would think Libra’s (09/23 – 10/22) gentle sense of balance and order would clash with Scorpio’s (10/23 – 11/21) intense and pulsing passion. Au contraire, mon cher. They thrive on each other’s qualities for a rollicking good time!
Libra: This month heralds a whole year of great things happening for you! Look for the opportunities and take your advantage.
Scorpio: Is it time to get back to your exercise regimen? Start now—it’ll help ward off Holiday sweets-gain! (P.S.: Finances may take an upward turn through mid-November. Cool.)

October Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
Once you hit that 39 and Holding stage of life, there will come a day when you begin to notice slight changes—a twinge in your back for no reason, a true “mature” thought that came without effort, an intangible yearning for inner peace.

From Better Living—“10 Ways to Stay Young”:
“A posture change is a common symptom of age; the torso bends forward. Because we spend so much time sitting, muscles that support the upper body weaken, so we sag forward at the hips. Instead, concentrate on walking with your pelvis out and shoulders back; that will make you look and feel younger.”

When you realize your mental and physical twinges are not isolated incidents, but daily visits—congratulations! You’re truly “one of us.” Trust me, it’s a good thing.

In an election year, “freedom” is bandied about like a badminton birdie. But when you’ve celebrated more than a few 39 and Holding UN-birthdays, each day is another stride toward freedom within. It’s the liberty that truly counts.

Happy UN-Birthday OCTOBER 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Ron, Darlene, Cheryl, Tammy, Kim, & Terry!))
 


(Wicked Witch of the West)
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*Image credits:
1) 2016 Nobel Prize/Literature recipient, Bob Dylan, then (1964) and now, receiving US Medal of Freedom (2012)
2) Pumpkin face—Reader’s Digest image

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September 39ers Rock into Fall! 


Apologies to September 39ers for a late post. I’m going with “better late than never.” I'd joke and say we'll call it a ten-day hangover, but I know some of you would believe me! :-) Maybe I'm trying to hold off the end-of-year-crunch a bit longer ...

 

This time of year holds birthdays for many; a culmination of last winter’s friskiness. The end of this month also signals the beginning of our “busy season,” as we head into the dual-emotional beloved and detested holidays. (Shhh, I didn’t say Christmas, or even Halloween yet, but I smell the pumpkin spice …)



The Zodiac realm celebrates Virgo’s perfectionism and Libra’s gentle sense of balance, both formidable and lovable … fairly parallel to the Holidays, don’t you think?



Before we run headlong into turkey legs and mistletoe , this month is a great time to reflect on the past eight months … or the last eight years … or all the Septembers of your life … not only for our birthday buddies, but a thoughtful practice for everyone.



Find some quiet time and meditate on the year so far – this is your last chance to give it an overhaul in the present, before it becomes the past, and portends your future.



Then … let’s PAR-tay!



Don your fave sapphire shirt or dress and feel special, September 39ers – make it a day, weekend, or whole month filled with balloons and Morning Glories or the traditional Asters.



September birthday friends can move from negatively critical to insanely funny in a heartbeat. Perfect personality to complement the hot and cold climates that dog our days through a month that can’t decide if it’s part of summer or winter.


While you’re prancing about, celebrating, keep an eye out for some famous September birthday buds: Keanu Reeves (52 on 2nd), Sophia Loren (82 on 20th), Bill Murray (66 on 21st), Bruce Springsteen (67 on 23rd), and the lovely Ms. Olivia Newton-John (68 on 26th).

Try to Remember (the kind of September) that was your best September and make it better!

Remember 39ers – Age is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!

Happy UN-Birthday SEPTEMBER 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Barb, Jennifer, Thomas, Chad, Scott & Verne!))
 

 
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Feeling the heat August 39ers?

Whatever cool way you’re celebrating your birthday month, no doubt somewhere, life-of-the-party Leos (07/23 – 08/22) are turning impish Virgos (08/23 – 09/22) on to some cool party tricks during these hot, steamy days.

August was originally known as Sextilis in Latin, and held the sixth month place on the calendar until around 700BC (talk about confusing the masses). But it wasn’t enough for Augustus to establish the Roman Empire – his many triumphs inspired the powers that be to rename and move Sextilis to the eighth month in commemoration of the month’s numerous victories.

So Leos, wielding boisterous words with a Gladiolus stalk like the “sword lily” your birth month flower is, you can be sure to command attention, taking your slice of summer life to the hilt.

Virgos seeking something a little more sedate? Try a trip to Arizona for some Peridot hunting! The desert is famous for its Peridot gem quality.

It’s easy to believe stories of its magical powers and healing properties, as the bright green birthstone mesmerizes with multi-layered cool, green depths.

OK, snap out of it – time to get on with the month – and on with the party, August 39ers!

Celebrate the day and take your mind off the heat. Aw heck, just celebrate the whole month, creating an oasis of diversions – in your mind, if not in deed – that toast your life. You deserve it.

Happy UN-Birthday AUGUST 39ers!
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Linda, Jim and Stephanie.)
 
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July 39ers Sparkle in the Summer Sun! 



Do you know a July 39er who’s a glittery “gem” in your circle of life? Of course, all 39ers are gems! But everyone seems to sparkle a little brighter during their birth month, don’t you think?



We often have fun here with birthstone/gemstone information and gift suggestions … this month’s shiny gems are especially intriguing … there is more to July than Ruby Baby.*



Gemstones play a part in our lives even if we don’t subscribe to the tenets of astrology. A popular gift item over millennia, gems have touched us in many fascinating ways.



Not only do gemstones symbolize our birth month, but identify us even by different centuries, eras,and cultures. Take July’s resplendent ruby …




July’s gemstone via the American Gem Society is established as the royal Ruby, but … “In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the (American) National Association of Jewelers met in Kansas and officially adopted a list.” (Wiki)



Famed Tiffany & Co. even published poems of an “unknown author" in an 1870 pamphlet, lionizing our birthstones. Their July verse: The glowing ruby shall adorn, | Those who in July are born; | Then they'll be exempt and free | From love's doubts and anxiety. But doesn't the day you were born deserve something sparkly?



According to Wiki’s lengthy background of gemstones, there are also birth “day” stones allocated by day of the week! Saturday, for instance, shares two: turquoise and diamond.



Perusing gems through history has revealed multiple beauties ruling over each month, astrological sign, and even day of the week you were born.



So far, we’ve followed the Gregorian calendar. However, long before our lives were structured by calendars, astrologers of old felt the Zodiac signs needed their own gemstones. They believed each sign and its assigned gem were compatible through symbolism, based on the metaphysical powers they perceived the gem controlled.

Phew! I’m mentally exhausted (well, it doesn’t take much). Are we confused yet? Absolutely! So let’s go simple, with the three most common gemstones for July

The Ruby, specified by modern calendar methods, is said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth, and success in love.

Ancient astrologers, however, proclaimed Cancer (June 21-July 22) should enjoy the qualities of the majestic emerald, while Leo (July 23-Aug 22), rules with the mysterious onyx.

Based on all the info, I’m for wearing, buying, enjoying, whatever floats your boat!

Happy UN-Birthday JULY 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Gary (IM), John, Nancy (IM), Yvonne, Ed, Marilyn, Pat and Joyce!)
 


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*Ruby Baby by Dion and The Belmonts! 1963

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June Sings a Sunny Tune for 39ers



Cowabunga, dude, let’s party hearty June 39ers!


Goin’ to Surf City ♪…gonna have some fun…♪  

 

For years I’ve been urging you to celebrate birthdays not just for a day, but all month.



So let’s head into summer with International Surf Music Month! Thinking Boomer memories of Gidget (TV, 1965) and Endless Summer (1966):

 

KRLA TUNEDEX music survey for June 2, 1963, listed these great twangy surf tunes in its top 40. Take a stroll down Memory Lane on your way to a 39 and Holding beach blanket bingo party:



# 7         SURF CITY                     JAN & DEAN

#12        Surfin U.S.A./Shut Down  The Beach Boys

#23        Crazy Days Of Summer    Nat "King" Cole

#28        Surf Walk                        Manuel & Renegades

#32        We're Going Surfin'           The Wailers



I threw in ol’ Nat King Cole’s song, ‘cause summer and surfin’ just go together, ya know? Like adding National Flip Flop Day – June 17th – to our list of reasons to celebrate!



Of course, dear 39ers, June is also more than daddy month – Father’s Day, June 19 – and Limbo Rock beach parties. Put a spotlight on your 39er birthday and theme your party with:
 
June 6   YoYo Day

Whether you’re channeling your inner Gemini Twins (05/21 – 06/20) or kicking sand in your Cancer Crab mood (06/21 – 07/22), there is always a reason to party hearty.

You know the old adage, “Stop to smell the roses”? They’re June’s signature flower – don’t smell just one – grab a bunch! You deserve ‘em.

Happy UN-Birthday JUNE 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Sally, Christine and Melanie!)
 
 


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*Thank you for the special observance day list, Brownielocks!

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Moms & Music in May … Make Way!

Few will disagree, mothers are special. A true mother however, is not simply the woman who biologically birthed you, or the woman who bore your child(ren), or as the dictionary explains, “that which gives birth to something” …

The type of mother who is honored on Mother’s Day (May 8), is one who hopefully earned her title. She who personifies the essence of “Mother Nature” – loving, giving, nurturing. That doesn’t mean she is one-sided (all for you) or loves without discipline.

Just like moms, MAY 39ers are multi-faceted with complexity to match. Deliberate and down-to-earth Taurus (April 20-May 20) transforming into quick-witted and chatty Gemini (May 21-June 20) is a big leap. Even if your mom or other loved one is on the cusp and caught between, you gotta love ‘em anyway!

So besides Mother’s Day, what do we have goin’ on – ♪ Yeah, what’s goin’ on♪ – in May? You're only a blink away ...
Fred Astaire waves his boater

Older Americans Month: of course that isn’t you, ‘cause you’re only 39 and Holding!
15th: Straw Hat Day – wear a boater that has nothing to do with water.
25th: Towel Day – “about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”
26th: World Lindy Hop Day – my dance instructor mom couldn’t resist tweaking my name for the dance!

39ers with ATT-i-tude will spend the month of May with the lovely May lily, or lily of the valley. In the world of birthday meanings, it implies harmony, humility, and all is right with the world. Ah – beware such ravishing deceit …

If you can’t resist presenting your May honey with a handful of the pretty white flowers, make sure your loved ones (pets included) don’t eat them! Every inch of the dainty flower is extremely poisonous. But an attractive arrangement of quality silks from your local craft shop, in a sweet, handcrafted vase, is a loving alternative.

What more can May 39ers do to celebrate their month in style? Classic concerts in May:
May 13 – John Fogerty / Thackerville, Oklahoma
May 15 – Peter Frampton / Kansas City, Missouri
May 20 – Joan Jett / Dells, Wisconsin
May 27 – The Who / San Diego, California

Whatever you do – whoever you pamper for May birthdays – remember, no need to call May Day! No worries – it’s only another year of 39 and Holding.

Happy UN-Birthday May 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Pauline and Judith!)
 
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*Thank you for the special observance day lists, Brownielocks!

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Dancing between the APRIL Raindrops

We’ve been marveling at rain in April, drenching New Mexico, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Even the parched reservoirs of California. But remember the cheery adage, “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.”

So I could use dancing in the rain as an excuse for this late posting of April’s 39er birthday celebration, but I know you’re too smart for that. Sorry I’m late!

Let’s just move on and celebrate the rain, and party with April’s 39er birthday flowers, the perky daisy and sugary sweet pea – a burst of color amid the dewy grasses.

Though a little late to clue you in to a frothy National Beer Day (April 7th), I’m sure you managed to toast it appropriately. We also skipped through the ultimate party song, International “Louie Louie” Day (April 11th), but I’m just in time to get you up on your feet for International Dance Day! (April 29th)

Let’s PAR-TY! After all, you’re still only 39 and Holding … So dance your way through the month!

As Aries (March 21st – April 19th) turns its spirited back on us in mid-month, earth-loving Taurus (April 20th – May 20th) picks up the slack to guide us into the rites of spring.

Are you venturing out to forage for gifts for one of these two dynamic sun signs? Keep in mind, red is the color for impulsive and free-thinking Aries. Leaning toward chocolate covered strawberries or a bright red shirt?

But Taurus – ah, erogenous Taurus – earthy green satin sheets might do the trick. Taurus, ruled by lovely Venus, is heartily as sensual and a bit softer than passionate Scorpio.

As April showers wash away your doldrums of wintry hibernation, they bring the world back to sharp clarity, echoed in the month’s lustrous diamond gemstone.

Let’s don our diamonds, grab a handful of daisies, and celebrate April.

Sing … like no one’s listening | Dance … like nobody’s watching | Love … like your heart fills the whole world.

Happy UN-Birthday April 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kid – 39AHC Birthday 39er, Uncle Elvin!)
 
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*Thank you for the special observance day lists, Brownielocks!

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2016 MARCHing Arm-in-Arm Down the Aisle

It’s so tempting to stagger through the months of a new year … January – New Year’s Day; February – Valentine’s Day; March – St. Patrick’s Day

Ah yes, March 39ers – we made it to the month when wearing green is cool and Guinness makes more $$ than any other month of the year.

Pensive Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) and airy Aries 39ers (21st thru April 19th) are proud to march through the month to their own drumbeat. But smart couples fresh off the Valentine cruise, will march down the aisle in March and save a small pot o’ gold.

Considered an “off” month for weddings, it was still no surprise when the young couple in our family announced their engagement at Christmas, and impending nuptials in March. Why?

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After all, with the most common clan name of Murphy, what better month to share family hugs and lots of Irish kisses? No doubt, the reception will see a Guinness or two toasts, with twisted tongues.

But there is much to celebrate before and after the popular Celtic holiday … feel free to explore …

9th Get Over It Day: When your mate | friend | family member snubs you over a real or imagined minor, crybaby issue, don’t you just want to yell, “Get over it!”? Next time you see them you can wear your 39 and Holding “Laugh & Get Over It!” t-shirt or send them a sweet, cuddly teddy bear … 

12th – Genealogy Day: Even if you’re not Irish and care less about family history, are you at all curious about your name? A good place to start

17thDrink a few green beers and smooch all the redheads.

21st – Memory Day: While this day offers a reminder to Ohio citizens of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, we can twin it with a day of summoning our memories of yore from the nooks and crannies of our minds, and sharing them (while they’re still within reach) with our family and friends, to create a new, warm and fuzzy memory

22nd As Young as You Feel Day: And finally we come to a “holiday” near and dear to 39ers. As Young as You Feel Day should be heartily celebrated! We’ve adopted it – and the delightful vintage movie with the same name, as our official day and entertainment activity, to enjoy the age we feel in our hearts …  

So March 39ers, let us join you for your month of birthday fun! Whether you’re watching a fave couple march down the March wedding aisle, viewing vivacious vintage movies, or simply raising a pint to the special folks helping you celebrate … never forget … you’re As Young as You Feel and always 39 and Holding!
Happy UN-Birthday,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, Steven and Jim!)
 
 

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February 39ers - What Color is Love?

Hearts and harps. Sweets and suites. Who can resist Valentine’s Day?

In the eyes of retailers, rather than red, its signature color should be gold for the bullions they’ll rake in. Even singles boost sales, scarfing up on the chocolate discounts. Yum!

Besides dark chocolate, what color is February for you?

If you’re a February 39er, the color gods paint you in a kaleidoscope of hues – early Feb Aquarian Water-bearers (Jan 20-Feb 18), can dip into the pool of your moods, with turquoise green, bright blue, or purple.

Walking through the sands of time with Pisces Fish (Feb 19-Mar 20), all shades of green keep you cool. (Not a red heart in sight.)

And though there are other noble reasons to commemorate February along with CupidWorld Radio Day (13th), Presidents’ Day (15th), and Marijuana Awareness Month – for the 39 and Holding Club, February 14th is also “Grandpa” Jack Benny Day! Why? Why ... he's the reason we're here.

Deadpan funnyman Jack Benny* segued from family night around the console radio to family night in front of the TV, with delightful dry humor and self-deprecating one-liners.

A Valentine baby, Mr. Benny (February 14, 1894-1974) is the sole reason the 39 and Holding Club exists. Having celebrated his 39th birthday on-air with fans, he looked forward to it again the following year.
 
He leaned toward the microphone to declare his 40th birthday … and couldn’t do it. “There’s nothing funny about 40,” he said, and declared instead, I’m 39 and Holding!”

Appropriate to his Valentine birthday, “Love in Bloom**” became Mr. Benny’s television theme song, in spite of its incongruous application to the man and his show. (**1934, music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Leo Robin.)

Other famous Valentine babies: the infamous Jimmy Hoffa; dance man, Gregory Hines; and the Brady Bunch mom, Florence Henderson

Healing crystals & edible violets!
At 39AHC, we celebrate the whole month of quirky Aquarians making way for the dreamy Pisces folks. Neither are shrinking violets, although the violet is February’s lovely flower, a complement to the spiritual clarity of amethyst, the month’s mystical gem.

As you prepare to party with your February birthday friends, remember to make it a fun, UN-birthday party, the 39 and Holding Club way!

Happy UN-Birthday February 39ers,
(Special shout-out to Birthday 39er, Sharon!)
 
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*Seriouslyclick on the link for a glimpse of what comedy was and should still be, with the Smothers Brothers on The Jack Benny Show. Back when comedy was funny, not crass.
     And this link is a classic clip of Liberace, with Mr. Benny in a rare violin performance as they mix chuckles and charm on Benny’s signature song.

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January 39ers
Celebs & Classic TV Cuddle Up!

Reflection is unavoidable in January so let's think celebs and those innovative classic TV shows 39 years ago! (There is a certain smug serenity about sharing a birthday with a famous personality.)

Since the famous and infamous flaunt their spectacular flair, and their poorly disguised flaws are unceasing news fodder, let's think about why they’re loved or despised, which may offer insight for a review of your personal traits, January 39ers.  

Do you share a 39er birthday and the suave Capricorn personality of Patrick Dempsey (50, Jan. 13)? Or are you known more for your talented quirkiness akin to Aquarian Eddie Van Halen (61, Jan. 26)?

Caps are staunch supporters but often lack emotional attachment (think Mel Gibson, 60, Jan. 3); while Aquarians tend to baffle the world, switching between brilliant and slightly crazy (ala, zany actress Brett Butler, 58, Jan. 30). But about you … 

How do you plan to spend your January birthday? Hate the cold? Snuggle under your fave blankie and watch your fondest classic TV show – it’s gotta be airing somewhere! Were you takin’ it One Day at a Time 39 years ago?

While you’re crunching popcorn, take a moment to reflect on the past and your inner personality, rejoice with your present environment (or plan to change it), and rejuvenate yourself for a New Year of adventure!

Happy UN-Birthday January 39ers,
(Special shout-out to Birthday 39ers, Erin, Chris, Jodie & Joe!)

  







 
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