Today I Turn 60

Woman in plaid shirt pets a horse

There was a time I considered that to be old. Not today.

I have always enjoyed horses.

Today, I believe it is a gift and mine has been exceptional.

I spent 30 years raising 4 children. I got divorced. I learned how to work with my hands, and put myself through tech school.

My kids are beautiful. Yes, I am biased. Photo by author.

I handled reindeer for Santa, drove around this Big, Beautiful Country – CT to MN, MN to Texas, and back. I worked pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. I portaged with friends in the Boundary Waters of Canada, meeting a mama bear and her cub. I crossed the Gulf Stream from FL to the Bahamas in a a36-foot sailboat.

A favorite photo from my pipeline adventure. Guess which one is me?

I landed a job, bought a car, bought a house.

Through it all, I wrote poetry, enjoyed being in Nature and mainly, I grew in my trust of the Lord.

Yes, life has been up and down, but overall, rich in experience and beauty and friendships.

I held a live sea star in the Bahamas. A thrill!

I learned Wim Hof Breathing, meditation at the Common Ground in MN and practice gratitude. Join me!

Life is just beginning, in a new way.

I am offering my gift to the world today. If you are in need of something to remind you of the brevity, fragility and beauty of life, simply take it for free by putting a zero in the payment box. This download of an award-winning poem and photo can be accessed through Gumroad.

If you decide to leave a payment, I will donate 50% to UNICEF (after paying the Gumroad fee.) I believe children are our future, yet they disproportionately bear the brunt of every disaster – natural and man-made.

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By Catstrav

Reindeer handler. NDT tech. Mother of four. Aspiring astronaut.


  1. Beautiful post by one of the most beautiful 60 year olds I know! May your journey of faith and love be long, and may you continue to bless as you follow life’s twists and turns.

  2. Love this as always. Your passion for all that is contained in the world around you never ceases to amaze me! You are such a power of example in your love for the Lord. Blessings to you dear friend. ❤️

    P.S. Wasn’t I supposed to come take a look at your property?

  3. Thank you dear friend. I’d love for you to come by and help me guess what is sprouting around my yard!!!
    I will message you so we can find a time. Hugs!

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