Friday, March 8, 2024

39ers Aging with ATTitude MARCH 2024

Swinging into Spring with a Summer ATT-i-tude!  

Happy UN-Birthday MARCH 39ers! I had high hopes last year that I’d finally be able to celebrate our own special holiday properly—39 And Holding Day is on March 22nd.  

“Mature” 39ers know life rarely goes according to plan. Rather than prepping for a fun, in-person party in our home base of San Diego, I’m in the middle of time-sucking apartment renovations mandated by the building owners. I heave a deep sigh with a vintage melody in mind   Blowing through the jasmine in my mind     

However, please do mark your calendar for March 22nd and plan a party for 39ers in your city to enjoy, meet, and commiserate with those who know that 39 And Holding is an ATT-i-tude! At the very least, know that I’ll be thinking of you-all at 5:00p (PST) for Happy Hour! Raise your glass in a toast—cheers / Sláinte to us … 39ers always young at heart!

֎ Celebrating March 39ers ~ And More!   
I know … it’s so difficult at times, to be upbeat and happy in this troubled era. So, I’m hoping this will help you want to “stop and smell the roses” or at least wish on a dandelion … okay, maybe just buy yourself a lottery ticket, ‘cause win or lose, it offers a ray of hope.

I can only assume that was the attitude in mind by whoever first registered Optimism Month with the calendars. There is no supporting link associated with it, which allows us to celebrate it any way we like—with a smile! Some of us are inherent optimists, but others struggle to move past depressing news or life events.
       A habit I’ve found useful is to trick my mind … seriously. I let it wallow in anger, frustration, confusion, or sadness, for about five minutes. Time’s up! Now, find something funny, sweet, turn on some upbeat music, or, one of my faves is contact a super-friend who always makes you laugh. What other fun dates do we have for March? Here we go …

Sunday ~ March 10th: It’s time for New Moon Musings! oh my, it’s a busy day in the universe, as we contemplate our New Moon with the start of Daylight Saving Time! Celebrate March’s New Beginnings with New Moon Musings to bring a fresh, meditative boost to your month. Don’t forget, March 10 is also the start of Daylight Saving Time. If your area observes it, don’t forget to “spring forward” and set the clocks one hour ahead … yeah, I know, we lose an hour but you’ll get over it in November! 

Monday~Sunday ~ March 11th-17th: is International Brain Awareness Week and it fits right in with Optimism Month. Although the sponsoring link has some good content, it’s tough to get past the 2021 last blog date. No worries! I found the Cleveland Clinic’s article of “Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Brain.” Be prepared to be astounded. And at Medical News Today you can learn “22 brain exercises to improve memory, cognition, and creativity.” Enjoy! Although you may know of some or a lot of these tips & trivia, betcha don’t know ‘em all … do you know the brain runs on electricity and can power a 25-watt bulb? Learn something new, it’s good for your brain! 

Sunday ~ March 17th: Oh, if you’re of Irish heritage, you know what this day is and how to celebrate it! Traditionally, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and for a century-plus, Americans who claim Irish genes (real or not) have tipped a few pints and enjoyed the camaraderie.
       Now, as one who had a grandfather with the surname Connelly (though I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Ireland), I can say this … there are people these days who think referring to the Irish in context with drinking is offensive. I have never met anyone of Irish descent who is offended by the reference. But then, I wasn’t raised in Ireland. And today’s mores (skewed as they are) are waaaay different from my upbringing of yesteryear.
       By nature, our clan anyway, takes things in stride and knows how to laugh at ourselves … something the rest of the world seems to have forgotten. And speaking only for our family, we do know how to enjoy the day, complete with beer, wine, or a
sweet Irish creme coffee. Go ahead … tell us a drunken Irish joke or limerick, and we’ll all have a great laugh! Sláinte! 

Tuesday ~ March 19th: The New Moon isn’t the only time for a personal new beginning. Our first day of Spring begins today. Formally called the Vernal Equinox—also called the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere—marking the beginning of spring. With thoughts of Spring, Summer isn’t far behind! Take the day to meditate—or vegetate—your choice!  

Friday ~ March 22nd:  It’s OUR day, 39ers! 😊 I created the 39 And Holding Day a couple of years ago, but life has not been cooperative to my creative endeavors in the past several years, so I haven’t been able to fully promote it. Unfortunately, this year is no different … but I am an eternal optimist … next year!
       In the meantime, gather all your 39er friends together for fun, with ATT-i-tude! If you need proof that generations before us had the 39er ATT-i-tude, today is also “As Young as You Feel Day”! Why? Click the link and learn all about the movie that launched the career of Marilyn Monroe …  

Saturday ~ March 23rd: It’s OK Day! Are you OK? I’m OK … for a very small word, “OK” has a very long history and nearly missed the mark altogether. Though popular in the 19th century’s general vernacular, well-known authors resisted the temptation to use it, for decades. 
       There’s even a book that tells stories of its climb up the ranks of public acceptance since 1839, OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word, by Allan Metcalf. NPR gave it a fascinating
article back in 2010, quoting the author’s account, "Louisa May Alcott used OK once in Little Women, and in the next edition of that she changed OK to 'cozy' ... like 'I'm cozy with that,' instead of 'I'm OK with that' -- which indicates there was something uncomfortable about it."
       Funny, though, some of the article alludes to Americans’ can-do attitude and OK’s social acceptance by the time Thomas Harris’s book, I’m OK, You’re OK was written in the 1960s. Using that as an example, Metcalf suggested the word also offers acceptance.
       Said Metcalf, "Based on that I'm OK, you can be different from me and that's OK, I think our country is a lot more tolerant now than it used to be." Well, we’ve certainly done an about-face on that attitude, haven’t we?
Read the article—it’s truly engaging and makes for fun chit-chat fodder. 

Monday ~ March 25th: Ah-ooooo … sorry, the Full Moon makes me a little crazy sometimes. Yes, it’s time for March Full Moon Magic! As often happens, the Full Worm Moon will be just as entertaining Sunday night as it reaches its zenith in the wee hours of Monday morning. This month, it promises to appear especially large and
exciting. Do you dislike rain when you’re trying to view the moon? Surprise! That’s the best time to witness a cool “moonbow.” Yep, it’s a “rainbow” created by moonlight! Look for it in the dark sky just after sunset. Enjoy! 

Sunday ~ March 31st: What’s that I hear? It’s the soft hippity-hop of the EASTER bunny! ‘Tis true, Easter arrives early this year (next year, not ‘til April 20th), and it’s time to pull out your best style for church, while making sure your eggs and goodies are well-hidden. The Farmer’s Almanac lists a host of Easter Sunday trivia that includes how its date is determined, noting that this year, it ties in with the Vernal Equinox and Full Moon! Fascinating …  

֎ Monthly Song of Note  

Ah, do you feel the soft, warm breeze? I know, it’s only March and it’s still freezy, not just breezy. That’s why I chose this vintage tune to help us visualize warmer days …Summer Breeze” by the Isley Brothers, takes on a little different style in this ’74 cover of Seals & Crofts’ 1972 tune. Entering the KSLQ March 22, 1974 chart at #26, the Isley Brothers’ jazzy rendition wasn’t as popular as the original and didn’t make many other popular station charts.
       Even if you prefer the Seals & Crofts’ version, that it warmed up our ’74 Spring still makes it special. And the Isley Brothers are still Rockin’! M
ore tuneful tidbits to manifest your memories of 1974, and keep the Rock Rockin’ from 50 Years Ago this Month!  

֎ For 39ers who Follow the Stars  
Hey 39er Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20), it’s gonna be a stellar month, if you swim upstream and follow the signs! With the New Moon shining in your sign, it’s a great time for a self-makeover. You’ll have help from Venus this month. Good things can come from recreating your best, glowing image, inside and out. Finances could also get a makeover in March with a boost from your new self-confidence.
       You won’t be left out of the fun this month, Aries (Mar 21-April 19)! Though you may feel the beginning of March is a little slow, that’s just your inner self prepping for a much-needed sojourn of soul-searching. Don’t inhibit yourself. You may feel the need to go beyond your standard therapy and meditative methods. Be adventurous! March 25th’s lunar eclipse will add spunk to your personal and professional relationships. Nurture them and March should be an all-round good month for Ram 39ers.

֎ Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude  
39ers are past the age of blessed youthful ignorance. Although ignorance is bliss, knowledge is infinitely more fun.  ~ L. Rochelle 

Happy UN-Birthday 39ers ~ MARCH 2024 ~ Rock On!
       This one’s for you, kids – Susan, Pat
(RIP), Steven and Jim (RIP)!  


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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: Book 1 (currently eBook only, until updated) – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 (eBook, print & color!) – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!

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