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It’s My Birthday July 3, 2018

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Well, today is my birthday.

I’m not embarrassed about my age; I turn 63 years old today. No real motto for today, but I do feel that it’s gotta be a better year than the previous one was. 🙂 (But isn’t that always the case?) In a lot of ways, the previous year was one that had some good times, bad times, and saw a few health problems crop up. But like I said, there were some great moments scattered among the rough patches. I like to think that I am a bit better of a person for it and all. The year saw various ups and downs in my life, but *that is life*. That’s how it works.

So, what was 1955 like? Well, a lot of stuff happened in 1955.

The Wikipedia page on events in 1955 gives a good account of what happened during the year.

It was a terrific year for books as well, as evidenced by this list of Most Popular Books of 1955 found on the Goodreads site. So many great titles published during that year. No wonder I turned out to be an avid reader! 🙂

For some of the musical stuff that was going on back in 1955, check out this good link.

Some of the movies from that year include Bad Day at Black Rock directed by John Sturges, The Blackboard Jungle directed by Richard Brooks, East of Eden directed by Elia Kazan, one of my favourite films of all-time, Kiss Me Deadly directed by Robert Aldrich, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, The Night of the Hunter directed by Charles Laughton, Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, The Rose Tattoo directed by Daniel Mann, The Seven Year Itch directed by Billy Wilder, and of course, To Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock, to name but a few.

Lots of good stuff the year of my birth.

I’m not planning on doing anything special to celebrate my birthday this year, although I’ll be spending some time (hopefully) with a few friends and family. I’ll likely not go out to dinner tonight somewhere, but the extent of my celebrating will involve a bit of Chinese food (maybe) and possibly some chocolate cake of some sort. Might see some Black Forest cake on the weekend to come, but that remains to be seen. No Bailey’s Irish Cream this year, but possibly a beer (or two). So I’m not going to indulge too much. (Besides, if I can’t have a bit of cake or whatever on my birthday, when can I, I ask you?)

Anyway, I hope that I’m a better person in the coming year, and I hope that I get a bit of happiness, good health, peace and prosperity for the coming year as well. Oh, and some love or romance would be nice, too. 🙂

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Happy Birthday, Tammy! July 2, 2018

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One of my good friends, Tammy Powers, is celebrating her birthday today!

Tammy doesn’t have a blog here, but I know that she reads my blog from time to time, so I hope that you see this entry, m’dear. 🙂

Happy Birthday, Tammy! 🙂

Hope you have a terrific day today, and that you celebrate your birthday with lots of flair. May you have good health, happiness, prosperity, and love over the coming year, and may there always be a warm breeze at your back!

Happy Birthday, Ellie! June 24, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Ellie!

Today is my goddaughter, Ellie’s, birthday. I’m not allowed to say how old she is, but speaking as a godfather, I have to say they grow up so fast!

You’re growing into a great young woman, and I am so proud of you and happy for you on this, your birthday. I hope you have a terrific day on this, your special day. May the Goddess bless you with happiness, good health, fortune, may you always have a warm breeze at your back! – and may your presents today be those that you want.

Happy Birthday, Ellie! 🙂

Happy Birthday, knightbane! June 6, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Knightbane! 🙂

Today is my friend, Tim’s, birthday. He’s another year older today. Like the rest of us do once every year (except those born in a Leap Year, but that’s another matter). 🙂

May the Goddess bless you with good health, happiness, prosperity, and may a warm breeze blow at your back for the coming year.

Hope you have a terrific birthday, that today’s birthday is the best ever, that all the prezzies that came your way were ones you wanted and that some of them involved gaming things, and that the celebration of your birthday was good and rowdy! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Ben Mansfield May 29, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Ben Mansfield!

Today is actor Ben Mansfield‘s birthday. Mansfield is the hunky actor who played Captain (don’t call me Hilary!) Becker for three Series of the Primeval tv series.

Here’s wishing Ben Mansfield, who turns 35 years young today, a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Happy Birthday, O First Commander of Babylon 5 May 6, 2018

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Today is Michael O’Hare’s birthday.

Well, it would have been…but the actor sadly passed away on September 28th, 2012 (at the age of 60) after having a heart attack and then going into a coma before he died.

Michael O’Hare was born in Chicago, Illinois, attended Harvard University (where he majored in English literature), and studied at the prestigious Juilliard School of Drama. While he appeared on a range of television shows (from Trapper John, MD to The Cosby Mysteries), he is best known for his casting in Babylon 5 as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair.

A lot of folks didn’t like the character of Commander Sinclair or the actor’s portrayal of the role, finding it wooden and one-dimensional, but I was of the opinion (shared by some) that this portrayal of Commander Sinclair was deliberate and pre-planned. I loved Commander Sinclair, and Michael O’Hare’s portrayal of him!, and was sad that he exited the series (though the reasons for his doing so were only revealed after the actor’s death).

In his memory, I’ll just wrap this up with my two quotes from Commander Jeffrey Sinclair:

“Sooner or later everyone comes to Babylon 5.”

“All my life I’ve had doubts about who I am, where I belonged. Now I’m like the arrow that springs from the bow. No hesitation, no doubts. The path is clear.”

Rest In Peace, Michael O’Hare. You are missed.

Happy Birthday, Peter Jurasik! April 25, 2018

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Today is actor Peter Jurasik’s birthday.

Peter Jurasik is an American actor who is known for his role as Sid the Snitch on the 1980s series Hill Street Blues and its short-lived spinoff Beverly Hills Buntz, but is best known and loved for his role as Londo Mollari in the science fiction hit series, Babylon 5 (or this site).

The actor, who turns 68 today, is one of my favourite actors for his distinctive looks (in whatever role he plays) and his sheer character-driven performances. While Peter Jurasik has a good resumé in the field, his performance as Londo Mollari on Babylon 5 was a joy to watch, and I have very pronounced, strong memories of his role in the series.

Here’s wishing Peter Jurasik a very Happy Birthday today!

And he still *does* look stunning in purple! 🙂

If Thou Didst Live, ‘Twould be Thy Birthday April 23, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Yes, today is the birthday of the Bard. Well, sort of, since he is, of course, dead. Which makes today moot from the point of view of it being William Shakespeare‘s birthday.

In any event, folks, to celebrate today’s being the Bard’s birthday, go and read something by Shakespeare. I am reading “Hamlet” today in appreciation of the Bard. Wonderful play. Another of the real Passion Plays, you might say (and if you know the reference to that one, give yourself 25 bonus points).

Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson! April 16, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson!

Today is Belinda Stewart-Wilson’s birthday. The actress grew up on military bases in the UK, Germany, and Austria before the family finally settled down in London. Best known for her role as Polly McKenzie in The Inbetweeners, Belinda played the role of the doomed Christine Johnson in the third season of ITV’s Primeval tv series.

Here’s wishing Belinda Stewart-Wilson a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi! April 14, 2018

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For those who might be interested, or who are just plain Doctor Who fans…

Peter Capaldi, the actor to most recently play the Twelfth (or Thirteenth, depending) Doctor in the Doctor Who series celebrates his birthday today.

While I can’t say that I’m a great fan of New Who, I absolutely adored Mr. Capaldi’s acting in everything I’ve seen him in. I actually came to like him in the role of the Doctor, and found him to have elements of my favourite Doctors over the Classic years of the show. Sad to say, Mr. Capaldi has already left the role of the Doctor, and we await the new series with Jodie Whitaker in the rule.

So here’s wishing Peter Capaldi a happy 59th! 🙂