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Life Is Good

By Staff | Apr 22, 2020

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life. Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.

Yes, it was my birthday a couple weeks back. And, yes, I was 39 again. I’ve been 39 now quite a few times but like age, as mentioned above, how many times I’ve done that is unlisted. I remember turning thirty and being upset because I wasn’t young anymore. Turning forty, I threw a tremendous party and invited all the splendid people I knew, all six of them, and they all showed up.

I remember saying at the time that I was never going to do anything I didn’t want to do, ever again. Probably the craziest thing I ever said as life just doesn’t work that way. When I turned fifty my wife and I went to our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. We had a great meal and a fabulous time and spent a small fortune. Birthdays after that are sort of a blur but I have to say that each birthday has been a time of happiness, even these last couple which I have somehow gotten through.

According to AARP, we get progressively happier with our lives as each year passes by. I think this is somewhat true. Our joints may be stiffer, it may be harder to get up and down and we can’t do many things we used to, but every day in this wonderful life is a blessing. With a wonderful family that I love, a home that brings me joy, work that delights me yes, I am happy.

I hope that each of your birthdays brings you increased happiness, too. Speaking of happiness, while we are still facing the worst overall crisis in our lives, everywhere I look I see flowers and green. It is magnificent, masses of purple groundcover, our own personal hills and mountains are a succulent green, everywhere I look there is something beautiful to see. What an exquisite place to live!

And just in case you didn’t know, it’s one of the safest places in the entire country and maybe the world. I spoke to a man the other day while taking a walk, who said all he could think about was getting his boat in the water and doing some fishing. It was on Easter Sunday and he said he would have been fishing in his boat even if the coronavirus didn’t have the churches shut down. I questioned him on that, then he quoted “It is better to sit in a boat thinking about God than to sit in a church thinking about fishing.”

First time I’d ever heard that one and it caught me off guard, but he had a very good point. I can’t wait to take a trip or a mini vacation. Hopefully the country opens back up in the near future. I want to travel trhough the mountains and see dozens of tents where families are camped overnight and scores of children fishing with their moms and dads. I want to take some pictures of the beautiful mountains in Tennessee and the ocean with lots of people sun bathing and kids playing in the sand.

I want to go sight seeing and eat in some of the best restaurants. I want to go visit relatives and play some music together. I hope to see the county fairs and the small town festivals later this year. I want to see the high school kids have their graduations and their proms. I want to see sports once again. I am hoping to see the colleges and universities have graduations. I want to just get in the car and travel hundreds of miles, just because my wife and I enjoy doing that.

There is so much to do, lets all hope for the best, while still staying happy and enjoying what we have been blessed with. A friend brought me a couple large trout, fresh from a cool stream. Trout is a delicate fish with great flavor so it doesn’t need too many ingredients to enhance it. So, a large skillet on your stove top with olive oil and a little butter, garlic, lemon juice, white wine and fresh parsley. That’s it.

As trout fillets are usually pretty thin, you don’t want to overcook them. This whole recipe, start to finish is less than 30 minutes and you’ll end up with an incredible meal. Throw in a salad and some garlic bread and you can call it a feast!