Sunday, 12 January 2020

Happy Birthday to us!

My birthday present from Jing and John:
 Keshan rug, Persian,45 years old.
Note Basil, doing some deep time dreaming…
Born on this day in 1950: me, in Tokyo. And, elder daughter Jane, 1978 here in Hong Kong. And blogger Ann Althouse, in Wilmington Delaware, 1951. 
(So I’m now a lapsed sexagenarian).
Happy Birthday to us!
ADDED (4 May 2020): Another mate turning 70 soon, I realise I forgot to add a favourite bit from the Confucian Analects, that I’ve quoted often over the years:
When you’re thirty you can stand on your own two feet
When you’re forty you can’t be fooled any more
When you’re fifty you know the ways of the world
When you’re sixty nothing anyone says upsets you
When you’re seventy, you can go where your 
heart desires... but don’t overreach.

[Why does he have to add that last rider? And, sadly, there’s no “eighty”.  Any lack of felicity or accuracy in that translation is mine. ...]

ADDED (14 Jan 20):
Notables born on this day include:

  • 1729 – Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher, academic, and politician (d. 1797)
  • 1856 – John Singer Sargent, American painter and academic (d. 1925)
  • 1876 – Jack London, American novelist and journalist (d. 1916)
  • 1893 – Hermann Göring, German commander, pilot, and politician, Minister President of Prussia (d. 1946)
  • 1899 – Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)
  • 1905 – Tex Ritter, American actor and singer (d. 1974)
  • 1930 – Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman, founded Tim Hortons (d. 1974)
  • 1951 – Rush Limbaugh, American talk show host and author
  • 1954 – Howard Stern, American radio host, actor, and author
  • 1964 – Jeff Bezos, American computer scientist and businessman, founded
  • from Why Evolution is True