turned 50 today, and this is my first try at something new...don't rust, i say, don't let it get you down....the queen's got a birthday today too, she doesn't celebrate it because the weather's too bad in england this time of year...i, however, celebrate every minute of it even though it's raining here in southern illinois, my home. i teach...i'm giving a test at this moment. it just worked out that way. big cake in the office, not for me, but for secretary's day...but there will be plenty. actually life is good, i'm surrounded by people i love, don't mind the rain, everything's green, it's windy and mild. last night i was walking along in a large parking lot in the open air and saw a wild yellow flower growing right out of the middle of it...something i'd never seen before, something wild, very yellow in the night. yes, i said to myself. happy birthday.
...to all the folks i've met...a guy in a blueberry field in alaska, hans in manitoba, and many others, who were born on this day, not to mention the ones i haven't met, like the queen, and john muir, once it was earth day, now it's just birthday, take it easy, hope you live to see another...vaya con dios...-tom