Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I'm Turning 64 by Margaret Ullrich

Well, it’s happened again.
A couple of weeks ago we turned 64.
So it goes.

My birthday this year was a bit different.
Paul and I were driving to Sioux City, Iowa for a model railroader convention.
There wasn’t a birthday cake in sight.
No problem.  Been there, done that.

A few years ago I posted about unfriending Facebook.
After our return I deleted some "friends" I had realized weren’t exactly "friends".
Yes, it was the same thing I had done after we returned from Dubuque.
Maybe there’s something about traveling that makes one realize how little one needs.


Last year I wrote about being a teenager during the 1960s.
Music was a big part of the era, and it wasn’t just the Beatles.
Turn! Turn! Turn! was a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s.
But it became an international hit in late 1965 for the American band The Byrds.
It was based on Ecclesiastes which was credited to King Solomon.

If you haven't heard it - or folk music wasn’t your thing - here are the lyrics:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; 
A time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; 
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

So much to do, but time enough for everything that is important.
Sixty-four is still in the pre-officially senior category.
I’m not focusing on images of grandparents waiting to die in Florida.
But I’m also not as patient with time wasters as I used to be.

There’s time to gather with friends, to laugh, to dance.
To enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life.
But it’s also time to do the planning and paperwork for when I’m 65.
And time to cast away.


About tonight’s full moon in Scorpio… 
Some folks call it a Full Flower Moon
It’s also called a Milk Moon, a Flower Moon and a Corn Planting Moon.
Whatever… it’s a time to plant.

According to the folks at astrology.com:
Leave plenty of room for opposing points of view during this intense full Moon! Scorpio rules whatever you share with others, whether it be joint finances, insurance matters, taxes, or any aspects of intimacy. 
How you approach difficult discussions now is crucial. While you'll certainly feel strongly about what you want, others likely will as well! 
Saturn weighs in with messages of responsibility and accountability. 
Figure out what's worth fighting over and what you can let go.

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away...
So it goes.

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