Congrats on another 39 and Holding UN-birthday! 39AHC has a new slogan. While we still stand by our tagline, Age is a Number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude! we have a new way to give every UN-birthday and its new year, special meaning: Don’t count the years … count the Moments.
And we stand ready to offer a month’s worth of interesting ways to create moments in peaceful solitude, or with family and friends. Let’s get this party started …
JUNE 39ers ~ And More!
Along with National Rose Month—an excuse to buy yourself roses to plant or simply enjoy—and National Camping Month—backyard and beyond, we’re keeping it real with 39AHC’s June health* feature: Cataract Awareness Month.
I know, we don’t want to think about maturing beyond our glory days, but we should be at least a tad realistic and prepared. For most of us, it isn’t an if type of malady, it’s a when. A couple of months ago, my optometrist succinctly stated, “Your left eye cannot be helped by another prescription. It’s time for cataract surgery.” Sigh.
The good news, the procedure to remedy this common age-related malady has been quite perfected over the past couple of decades. Like my surgery yielded, 20/20 vision restored, is most common. Yay! Though there is no link for this special month, my fave health go-to expert, Mayo Clinic, can help us out with the basics about this very curable condition. Let’s “see” what else is on tap for JUNE 39ers …
subject is the ocean, but flowers are a close second! Enjoy your UN-birthday with Mother Nature.
International Surfing Day is you don’t need to live by the sea to honor it! If you live inland, celebrate the day, in “style.” Don a Hawaiian shirt, a hula skirt, or find a vintage straw beach hat and top off the day with a perfect 39er UN-birthday party of classic Beach Boys surf tunes.♪ (Don’t forget the Mai Tais!)
For a more hands-on celebration, find a beach clean-up adventure to join, or any natural habitat in your area. We all have the responsibility to keep our land as clean as possible for the next generations. Get stoked, dude, surf’s up!
June 20th: Patriotism flies! It’s “American Eagle Day … a special day to
commemorate the anniversary of the bald eagle’s selection as our National
Symbol and to celebrate its return to America’s skies.” The American Bald Eagle
represents the core of our country with strength, beauty, and freedom.
And something I had not known before, according to Wiki, "The sexes are identical in plumage, but females are about 25 percent larger than males." (My italics.) Isn't that interesting? Especially in a world still catering to the male species, and in ornithology, where males are generally prettier and larger than females.
So women, stand tall and proud with the American Eagle, and all hail to 2021's patriotic summer season of the American Bald Eagle and the United States of America!
June 20th: However, also this day, let’s not forget another National Treasure—dear ol’ DAD—it’s Father’s Day! Apparently, it was quite the quest to establishing an official Father’s Day. From conception to presidential signing spanned nearly 70 years! But it’s here to stay … enjoy the day and say it with humor … “Why do dads feel the need to tell such bad jokes? They just want to help you become a groan up.” Happy Father’s Day, Pop!June 24th: Speaking of eagles flying … what’s that soaring on the calendar? It’s World UFO Day! Although the official link is a brief intro on Wiki, there are more than a few UFO sites on the ‘Net catering to anyone even vaguely interested.
Annnnnd, you have your choice to celebrate June 24, 1947—when fly-guy Kenneth Arnold reported the arguably first unidentified flying object(s) in the U.S., AND/OR barely a week later (coincidence?) July 2nd, which marks the date of the infamous 1947 “Roswell incident.” The U.S. government still refers to the popularly construed New Mexico alien craft crash landing, as a collapsed weather balloon.
This month however, brings heightened interest as the Pentagon* (under public pressure) “… is expected to release a report this month on UFO sightings, the result of a program designed to record and investigate sightings by the U.S. military.” (*L.A. Times, June 2, 2021.) But don’t get your hopes up or pull your tinfoil hat out of the closet just yet. The report is also not expected to yield a definitive yay or nay on the controversial sightings. Keep your eye on the news, ufologists!
♪ ... But that's not the reason that I came to land | I wanna get a job in a rock 'n roll band ...! ♪ *
Happy UN-Birthday 39ers! Taking us into June, we know Gemini (05/21-06/20) minds move like the wind, both an asset and a detriment. At times, you tend to get all wound up in an inner tornado. Take a deep breath, think calm, and work it out. You’re a mastermind when you focus. Is your UN-birthday party in the works? When it comes to festive fetes, no one tops your creativity and attention to details. Kindhearted Cancerians (06/21-07/22) step into the spotlight for the last half of the month, ready to smooth their Gemini friends’ ruffled feathers. More lover than fighter, they’re supportive and nurturing, but can be a tad crusty on the surface. Don’t admonish, forgiveness and attention work wonders with your Cancer buds. Intuitive to your needs, their loyalty and love make up for a gruff comment or two, just in time to party!
Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
You’ll stagnate if you’re only counting the years. It’s the moments and memories that truly count. ~ L. Rochelle
*"Purple People Eater," 1958 one-hit wonder by Sheb Wooley.
Cheers to your Happy UN-Birthday MAY 39ers
This one’s for you, kids – Sally, Christine, and Melanie!
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Are you a 39er this month? Feel free to share your UN-birthday comments below (click on Comments or if it says No Comments, click that to be the first) and tell us how you really feel about your age and aging. Keep the stories coming!
LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!