birthdayBirthdays are strange things, the more you have the more you try and pretend they don’t matter, and the more people try and tell you they are not so bad. I’m not really sure why it is that people think they are bad things, Its true, you are getting older, but as someone just said to me “who isn’t getting older every day?” –  I think the problem people associate with birthdays has more to do with the fact that a birthday throws into sharp focus all the things they think they should have done, but have not . I certainly understand that feeling, though I think it’s more a way of clarifying the things that I have not yet done, that I most want to do – a kind of personal re-ordering of the to-do list. They only need to be depressed is if on your birthday you realized that your re-ordered to-do list is exactly the same as it was last year. That leaves you with a feeling of having accomplished nothing, and not going anywhere. I’m fortunate enough to have not had that experience this year. I look back at where I was last year and look at the fundamental things that have changed since then:

         I am making more money than I made a year ago.

         I am driving a newer, better car than I was a year ago.

         My Family is in pretty good health, and happy.

         I feel like I have gotten closer with my friends.

Also Since it’s my birthday, I want to remember some people who share my birthday:

Christopher Noth is an actor in American film, stage and television. He is best known for two long-running television roles: as Detective Mike Logan on Law & Order / Law and Order : Criminal Intent, and as “Mr. Big” on Sex and the City.  He is one of my very favorit “gritty ” cops on TV today.

Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. As author of such great works as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, he was greatly admired by many authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Vladimir Nabokov and others. Most modernist writers dismissed him, as a poor writer who did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is only recently that critics have begun to look beyond Stevenson’s popularity and allow him a place in the canon.

Whoopi Goldberg (born Caryn Elaine Johnson), is an Academy Award, Daytime Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA and Grammy Award-winning American comedian, film actress and radio DJ. Whoopi is one of only a few individuals (including Barbra Streisand, Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn and Helen Hayes) who have won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, and a Grammy. She also is the second black female performer to win an Academy Award for acting (the first being Hattie McDaniel), and currently is the only black female performer to be nominated for an Oscar more than once. I should add that I truly enjoy her work.

I officially turn 35 on Thursday November the 13th.  I will be in the middle of a week’s vacation that day.  I hope to spend the day with friends and family, have a nice piece of pie, thats right PIE,  and reflect on all the things that are good in my life.  Thanks for reading!


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Puzzled WebWizard from Mount Juliet Tennessee. Married for 25+ years to a wonderful wife with three grown sons.

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