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My grandmother’s birthday falls today.

She would be 116 years old

a good long span of time for anyone.

As it was she died at 86, prompting

my own mother’s vow to surpass

her in age.  And that she did

by nearly a decade, prompting my

vow to go at 82, which leaves

(at this writing) twenty one years

to live fully and well, twenty one

years to figure out the basics of





A tall order I realize but then maybe

I’ll be ready next go round

to tackle higher aims.

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