Monday, June 13, 2011

Turning Fifty

Today's the big 5-0. I don't feel fifty! I got that AARP application in the mail last week, so I guess it's real!

I did a quick search and found out whom else celebrated/celebrates June 13 as his/her birthdate. I'm in some pretty good company. Here's a quick sample:

Basil Rathbone ~ 1892 - born in South Africa, actor ~ played Sherlock Holmes
Dorothy L. Sayers ~ 1893- British Author
Paul Lynde ~ 1926 - Comedian; Bewitched actor
John Forbes Nash ~ 1928 - American Mathematician
Christo ~ 1935 ~ Bulgarian Artist
Malcolm McDowell ~ 1943 ~ British Actor
Whitley Strieber ~ 1945 - American Writer
Stellan Skarsgaard ~ 1951 ~ Swedish Actor
Richard Thomas ~ 1951 ~ American Actor
Tim Allen ~ 1953 ~ American Actor

I'm thrilled to learn that June 13 is also the birthday of fellow Sister-in-Crime Daryl Wood Gerber (aka Avery Aames). Hope you're enjoying your day today, Daryl!

I came across this inspiring quote:

"I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming... suddenly you find - at the age of 50, say - that a whole new life has opened before you." ~ Agatha Christie

Here's another one, author unknown: "Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age."

There's tons of jokes, of course, about turning 50. Here's a cute one from Digital Dream Door

Well Organized Life

Two senior ladies met for the first time since graduating from high school. One asked the other, "You were always so organized in school, did you manage to live a well planned life?"

"Oh yes," said her friend. "My first marriage was to a millionaire; my second marriage was to an actor; ,my third marriage was to a preacher; and now I'm married to an undertaker."

Her friend asked, "What do those marriages have to do with a well planned life?"

"One for the money, two for the show. three to get ready and four to go."

Do you have any words of wisdom about turning age 50? I'd love to hear it!


  1. Congrats, Kathleen! Hope this turns out to be the happiest of birthdays.

  2. No words of wisdom, just words full of well wishes! Happy Birthday! :)

  3. Happy birthday. I hit that number a couple of years back. Ain't happy with it but I've adjusted.

  4. LOL

    I don´t think I have any words of wisdom that are better than your story.
    But turning 50 has made me more determined to do some of the things I want to do. I don´t want to wake up in fifty years´ time and regret that I didn´t write the stories I wanted to write.

    So best of luck with your life and your writing, my friend!

  5. Hi Le0pard 13! It was truly a special day ~ I celebrated with my family and some close friends!

    Hi Madeline ~ So kind of you to stop by today with some lovely wishes!

    Hi Charles -- Nice seeing some friendly folks this side of 50!

    Hi Dorte, You have the right attitude, friend! I think I'm with you ~ can't put things off ~ there's no time like the present! Thanks for such lovely remarks!

  6. Woo-hoo! 50 is fabulous! I'm edging that direction myself, having passed the 4-0 mark. Congrats!

  7. God, am turning Fifty tomorrow,have sort of mentally strapped myself in, but dont know if I should be looking forward to this?..
    Yours Doubtfully Alan