Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The next 60 years.

March 17th is my 60th birthday. My friend Pat reminded me today that the Chinese see life as moving in 60 year cycles. She said the first 60 years are inherited, your parents, your tendancies, your karma. The next 60 years are what you choose.

My last year and a half has been one of deep reflection. In my youth, I never expected to have a 60th birthday or to live past the year 2000. This year I have been looking closely at myself, sort of a life review. This blog originally came out of my desire to share and find out what others valued and gained from living. I wanted to share and exchange treasures, so that I didn't miss any of the good stuff in life. I wanted conversation and connection. Aft enjoying a few months off from my blog, I am ready now to bring you a little more of myself and hope that you will do the same.

I still rate genuine connection as my favorite treasure. But it is right up there with millions of breath taking skies, sun rises, sunsets, light through clouds, flowers, trees, rocks, water and revealing landscapes.

Stars in the night, auroras borealis, Hubble photos of nebulas and galaxies are spiritual experiences for me. The light of recognition, realization, release or boundary breaking laughter
in any face gives me will to live.

For my birthday, all I really want is for whoever reads this blog , to share something they like.

An interesting photo thrills me. Please share those here.
I can't sit still when I hear great music either. Pretty please, share your music.
And I am a totally a fan of cute animal photos and videos.
I love insightful poetry and quotes that inspire or make me laugh.
I really enjoy art....good and really bad a fan of
I adore irony and clever thoughts! Please, please, please send me funny clever things.

In exchange, I promise to share treasures that I have found on my hunt through life.
I'll even put up photos of some of my goofy pottery projects, that I make for the fun of feeling clay squish through my fingers. So let the celebration begin with an excerpt from Whose Line Is It Any Way!!!!


  1. Dearest Debbie,
    Happiest of birthdays to you!
    Here is a scene from a sweet film, very fitting for St. Patty's Day :)
    I love you!!

  2. That was great Deb! I Love you so much!!! Happy Birthday to you. :)

    I feel inspired for you reading what Pat told you, and I feel so happy for you that you have this kind of time in your life for reflection and sharing. I love simply "being", experiences with and in nature, animals--especially feeling the uniqueness of each animal I am able to spend time with. I love beauty. I love feeling my connection to spirit through movement and dance. You helped me create the life of my dreams many years ago, when you helped me remove the obstacles that were holding me back from becoming a teacher of dance. I lived that dream for many years. Now, feeling like I'm somewhat floundering in life, I feel hopeful for turning 60! Since I'm merely approaching 50 within the next year I suppose I should make the best of it for now.... You know what I mean?

    You are an inspiration to me Debra Smith. I love you dearly and always have. I can't imagine what my life would be like if I had never met you! Have a wonderful birthday! Enjoy being 60 and beyond, and continue sharing your lovely wisdom, brilliance, and beauty!!!

    BTW--loved the video you just shared! I don't have anything wonderful to share at this time, other than my love for you. :)

    Leigh Ann

  3. all blessings to you this day, my friend. i'll post more later.
    love, rraine

  4. Well, for me, the first one of the next 60 years has been, and continues to be, wonderful!

  5. here's what i like: flowers, dead and alive, music, overcast days, macaroni and cheese, the next breath i take, dancing to the silence.
    and, of course, you!