On Tuesday, God said, “It is good” twice –what a great day to begin a new trip around the sun. On my birthday, I wish for a happy heart, long life, and peace in Israel and around the world 💝💐✡🙏☮

I am grateful for all your wonderful, special friendships and the heartwarming birthday wishes I received from near and far. I send my love and blessings to everyone 💝🎶😘🥂

On May 28, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) above sea level 🏔

Born on this day:
Ian Fleming (1908) British author and journalist.
Gladys Knight (1944) American singer, songwriter, and actress
Rudy Giuliani (1944) Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001
Kylie Minogue (1968) Australian singer, songwriter, and actress
Pope Pius XI (1857)
Thomas Moore (1779) Irish poet, singer, songwriter
King George I of Great Britain (1660)

The days flew fast in morning lights
the evenings chased so many nights
I’ve watched the seasons come and go
the constant change of ebb and flow
the autumn leaves, the springtime bloom
winter rest and summers plume.

I’ve danced through decades
seen life change
seen great beauty and scary strange
I’ve walked through storms and sunny days
and found my peace in simple ways.

The years have taught me how to bend
to cherish friends and make amends
to share a laughter and tears to shed
to give an ear and hold a hand
to be grateful for all I have
the dreams that blossomed
and those now dead.

Seventy-one years seem very long
a lifetime stitched into a song
with every note and turning page
I get older with my age
but in my heart I am still the same
with same old zest for fun and games.

So here’s to life, be it sweet and long
to walking tall and standing strong
with open heart and mind so clear
I greet my birthday with a cheer.
Yakira Shimoni Fulks
May 28, 2024 | OC, California