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 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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