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It's been around a long time...Popular Photography...and only 25 cents 68 years ago...that was probably a King's Ransom in those days and there weren't many photographers around then like there are now...Today every one is a photographer..and some can't even take a photo...but they love playing and doing what works for them...and do you know that Popular Photography is still on the market....stronger than ever, selling copies by the dozens...which just goes to prove...most things improve with age...

I'm thinking that's true for people also...if you live long enough you come into yourself and finally understand that your o.k. right where you stand.  Funny it takes so long to get that.  I am blessed in family and friendships...oh my, that is the best.  The boys, well if you come here, you know what value and love they have added to my for  that alone...I celebrate my life.   My days are full of challenges just like everyone else...but they are also full of creativity and timelessness.. in the sense that I don't have to keep to a schedule anymore...I don't go by clocks and calendars...I go by feelings and's a wonderful way to drag your feet through a dog walking all day long with his tail wagging. Happy to just exist...and on those hard days...that you wished you could plow through, someone comes along and lifts you up until the road is clear again...

So I'm moving into this next year with vigor...and probably a new knee...that should keep me going for another 20/30 years...I'm going to dream big and make some of it happen.  I'm going to keep on loving but not so much that I let someone step on me on their way up...I'm going to write and read and enjoy sunsets and a few sunrises...all with a couple kids and a dog trailing along...stars at night...warm fires, tea and talks with friends.   I'm going to pamper myself...(I already do) with pedi's and mani's...bright colors.  keep coloring my hair...blond and wearing leggings...i just started this year..should have done it sooner...eating ice cream but not to much and wine...I'm not giving that up, besides I only drink for medicinal purposes...I going to tend to my garden of friends...sometimes pulling a few weeds but mostly just adding new, colorful ones that I meet along my yellow brick road.I'm going to play more in the sand and swim in the ocean..Eat fried clams and lobster with a smile on my face...having tarter sauce's going to be such a good year...this is my year...for looking at life at a gentler, slower meditate and breathe and listen and give thanks....for all the many gifts I have been's time to enjoy them and it's time to maybe look at new adventures perhaps driving around this country instead of flying off to exotic lands...I'm so thrilled we were able to do that...but now it feels right to simplify...everything...and enjoy home.

So...1947 was a good year...I love that the girl on the sled wore red lipstick...perhaps I'll get me some of that...she wore a fancy black coat...I think I have one of those somewhere in my closet...her smile reminds me of my Mom...I bet in January's of 1947 she was smiling big like that could she not....she just had me...and I was enough.


“Youth. I don't seek it through another because I have it within; it's a state of mind, a spirit that is free, and a mind that is playful. The shell of my being is altered by the effects of time, but nothing will tarnish a soul that will never forget what its like to experience creation with endless wonder and appreciation. Each time I see the first snowfall of the season I feel it's the first time I've seen it at all.” Donna Lynn Hope

“It’s this freedom that’s the key to becoming visible again. Not caring what others think is freeing. Expressing yourself any way you want is freeing. Having opinions, emotional wisdom, spiritual understanding…these things free you. And in freedom, we find power.”  Jane Tara



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Reader Comments (11)

Loved this post! Seriously, I am feeling so much of what you are saying. When are you getting a new knee?

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPam (pamela greer 365)

cheryl, Jan 31, 1947 was a special day for all your friends. Glad you're my friend. Love u. Peg

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeg Rogers

Thank you Pam for stopping by...knee surgery can be whenever I decide I've had enough....that's not yet. My limit will be when he says I need a cane for me....I'm hoping got get another year out of this one with cortisone and jel...

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Peg...have I told you lately that I love you...well, I do.

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

Such a sweet comment from Peg. I would completely agree. I can't believe how much I adore and am inspired by someone I haven't even met! But it's true. You are a real free and loving and young spirit who has a old and wise soul. So go for those leggings and bright lipstick and wine for medicinal purposes of course. And enjoy those clams and lobster and throw in some macaroons too. ANd if you drive around the US, why not take a little side trip across the border too some time. Happy birthday sweetie!

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

That post is …well….totally fabulous! I want to be you, and simplify and enjoy, but for the time being I'm running and rushing. This week I had some time to just be. And it was delicious. I also took a trip to the ocean just after the storm, and shot free form…no tripod, just feeling the waves. I loved every second, without expectations of an amazing shot, magically, one did appear. I am thankful for the letting go of that day. And I am thankful to read your blogs and to have you as my friend ~ xo Lisa

February 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P

Dearest Cheryl,
Can't add too much more to the comments above!
I can relate to everything you've so beautifully written, especially, "I don't have to keep to a schedule anymore...I don't go by clocks and calendars...I go by feelings and desires." . . . oh yeah!
And, I'm smiling big time because this fabulous magazine came out the month and year I was born too!
Love that we're both January babies! I didn't realize we are the same age too! Whoo Hoo!
I can attest that you are just as wonderful in person, even though we only met that one day at the beach and for dinner!
Yup . . . your light shines through, always!
LOVE these blogs . . . LOVE you for sharing . . .

February 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

Thank you all my favorite ladies for stopping by to celebrate my birthday with many gifts you all bring to my life...

February 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterCheryl Crotty

So very good, Cheyl! I love your attitude and your vigor and I'd love to share some ice cream and a glass of wine (or two) with you!! You go girl!!

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

A few days behind in commenting on this...but I needed to read it in complete quiet and soak in such deep thoughts and feelings. You always move my soul just when I thought I had read it all, you come up with more wonderful, inspirations. Yes, 1947 was a wonderful year...only I appeared in May when the birds were singing and the spring flowers blooming. Living the life without calendars, schedules and all those other restrictions is just plain heaven!! Your 2015 is going to be fabulous!! I just know it. Have a wonderful week, off in the blue seas!!

February 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

Thank you all for your visits and sweet comments...I am always so happy to see you.

February 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

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