happy i’m still around and sweatin’ with the rest of the michigan oldies – one more special day to celebrate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2021
Governor Whitmer proclaims August 21 as Older Michigander Day
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is celebrating the state’s more than 2.4 million adults aged 60 years and older by proclaiming Aug. 21 as Older Michigander Day.
“the great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”
“seasons pursuing each other,
the indescribable crowd is gathered,
it is the fourth of the seventh-month,
what salutes of cannon and other small arms!”
feliz cinco de mayo
“live every day as it is a festival. turn your life into a celebration.”
-shri radhe maa
image credit: accordingtodevin.com
this year’s celebration is just going to be a low key affair
how will you be welcoming in the new year?
“embrace curiosity, be open, playful, and persistent.”
-Debra Kaye, Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections
image credit: pinterest vintage images, the pickle sisters vaudeville troupe, 1920s
in talking with the grandies
about all the excitement leading up to christmas eve
i soon realized
that i was even excited for the eve before that eve
because i know what comes next
and it just grows from there.
“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”
– Fred Rogers
“It is very frustrating not to be understood in this world. If you say one thing and keep being told that you mean something else, it can make you want to scream. But somewhere in the world there is a place for all of us, whether you are an electric form of decoration, peppermint-scented sweet, a source of timber, or a potato pancake. On a cold, snowy night, everyone and everything should be welcomed somewhere, and the latke was welcomed into a home full of people who understood what a latke is, and how it fits into its particular holiday.”
And then they ate it. AAAHHHH!!
-Lemony Snicket, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming
Happy Hanukah to all who celebrate
credits: Daniel Handler, Lisa Brown, McSweeney’s Publishing
(not me, a famous model who is a couple of years older, but we share a strong birthday spirit)
it has been my birthday for 5 hours already
and according to my math
i become less worried
i become more excited
about this day
in the exact same amounts
which equals out.
“surround yourself with people who are more excited about your birthday than you are.”
an early long weekend
a couple of hours drive
and miles away
it’s time to have a
light show/jump on the beds/stay up late
kind of end to the day
tonight we fly.
“it is not the jumps you made in your life,
but mostly the jumps you haven’t made that are the real source of regrets in your life.”
how many bubbles are in a glass of champagne?
french researcher, gerard liger-belair
has spent more than 15 years studying the drink
and has released his best guess:
that is science, trial and error, trying until you get it right.
in support of his very thorough study,
I may be conducting my own research this evening.
“champagne…it gives you the impression that every day is sunday.”
– marlene detrich
credits: veuve cliquot vintage ad, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, bbc
a tiny tricycle
decorated in garlands and sparkles
parked in the bike rack at the library
heard the train come through town
softly whistling the tune of jingle bells
watched the people line up
to catch the bus to the airport
taking them somewhere
where people were waiting to see them
turned to say hello
to the man walking his dog
in his Christmas pajamas
spent the day with family and friends
playing and laughing
simply enjoying the celebration
happy Christmas everyone.
“our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at christmas-time.”
– laura ingalls wilder