Friday, July 19, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME


...maybe Mom hummed this song the morning after I was born...

 I am 61 years of age today. Bloody but unbowed. And very, very grateful....

My dear friend Maudie is taking me for lunch at the Squirl Cafe.

From a review when the place opened last fall: "[Proprietor Jessica] Koslow is especially pleased to offer Kukoho Rose rice from Koda Farms, a proprietary varietal bred during the mid 20th century. (Read about the history of this family farm. Really, please do. It's fascinating.) 'I've never had anything like it,' Koslow says. She's serving the grain as hot or cold porridge underneath a dollop of seasonal jam and a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts, or in a savory version with sorrel pesto, poached egg, blistered San Marzano tomatoes, preserved Meyer lemon and feta."
Quintessential ridiculous-to-the-sublime hipster L.A., in other words, and what will tip it over to the sublime is that the food will be great. And the weather will be beautiful.

After that I plan to hie over to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, there to survey the art and hear one of Beethoven's Late Quartets, Op. 131. If the Late Quartets don't get a person musing on eternity, nothing will!

Morning Mass will have tied it all together.
Thanks be to God.





22 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER! I will be celebrating the beautiful gift that is YOU here on the east coast today :)
    Thank you God for Heather.

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  2. Happy birthday, Heather! Thanks for giving your readers the gift of your own vulnerability by sharing your heart and thoughts with us. I'll offer prayers for your intentions at mass today. Enjoy the heavenly food and art and music!

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  3. Happy, happy birthday, Heather! My gift for you today is prayer, which I do each day, and also best wishes for the best birthday ever! Actually, you are the gift for us out here! Your courage, though you don't think it is that, is phenomenal! Thank you so much for all you do for us: encouragement, praise, entertainment, photography, holiness, to name only a very few. You are a lifeline, Heather. Be blessed abundantly on this, your day. In Him, Michelle

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  4. Happy birthday! A friend and I saw you speak a couple of years back at a Catholics @ work event in San Ramon (at least, I think it was in San Ramon... may have been Walnut Creek). I read your blog regularly and thought I'd come out of the woodwork today. Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Happy Birthday Heather! You are such a blessing and I pray this new chapter of your life is richly blessed. Keep being who you are - you're amazing. xx

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  6. Happy birthday, Heather, and welcome to the sixties. For me the first birthday after losing my mother was sort of disorienting. But you can still enjoy and appreciate the things she'd have said (or sung) if she could.
    Kirk

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  7. Happy Birthday, Heather... and if your mom wasn't singing Elmore James, she might have been singing "Auf Wiederseh`n Sweetheart" by Vera Lynn, which happened to be the number one song in July 1952. Though both songs might be fitting, having seen your YouTube clip of your mom, I see her singing Vera Lynn much easier than I can picture her singing Elmore James! But, who knows, appearances can be deceiving. Have a great day!

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  8. Happy Birthday, Heather! Praying that your birthday and the coming year will bring you many blessings. I recently found your blog after reading some of your essays in Magnificat. Thank you for all that you share through your writing...it speaks to my heart.

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  9. Have a great birthday, Heather. From Mass to the Risotti to Beethoven's C#minor quartet, it sounds like it will be a wonderful day!

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  10. I hope you're having a great birthday, Heather.

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  11. Thank you so much, everyone. I don't know why, much as I try to be grown-up, I have always maintained a child-like kind of ridiculous excitement about my birthday. Kirk, you are so right--this was the first without my mother breathing, living, talking, eating on the planet, and that made the day especially bittersweet. And Steve, yes, Janet would way more likely have been singing Vera Lynn--what a beautiful song! I hadn't known of Vera...

    Will post pic of rice with sorrel pesto tomorrow. Wishing you all a splendid weekend!

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  12. It's not such a bad thing to be child-like at all.

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  13. Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday, dear Heather!! Hope you are having an awesome day. The world is brighter because of you in it!! Thank you, Father God, for Heather, You have many more plans for her, I know it. :) Thank you for sharing your little ways of being child-like. Can't wait for that pic of rice with sorrel pesto tomorrow!! "Smells" delicious!!

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  14. Happy Birthday, Heather! Your writing is a gift to us. Hope you received (or treated yourself) to some special gifts. Best wishes!

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    1. Aack! Sorry - forgot to edit- it should read like this:

      I haven't forgotten your birthday, dear Heather- especially since mine (and my son's!) is the day after yours. (I am just two steps behind you- in earth years, that is.) Glad you had such a lovely time on your special day. And, to repeat what everyone else here has said, you are a blessing to us all with your writing, your spunk, your hopefulness, and your faith. Abundant blessings to you in the year ahead!

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    2. Mary Beth, anything you have to say is always welcome, edited or not! Thank you so much, truly, to everyone. And Happy Birthday to you, dear MB, as well...

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  16. Amen. Hope the day was Blessed. Just found your blog- inspiring. Thank you

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  17. Hope your day was happy. I just found your blog- thank you for such a blessing!

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