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INTO THE SEVENTIES by Patti Shene
Sunday, July 25, 2021 by Patti Shene

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INTO THE SEVENTIES

No, not the 1870’s or the 1970’s, but 70’s – as in within a matter of hours I will have crossed the line from sixty plus to age 70. If I recall correctly from the last time I viewed my birth certificate, the exact moment of venturing into this new territory is 7:07 a.m. EST, or 5:07 a.m. in the time zone in which I now reside.

 

 

At that point in time, I will have existed on this earth for 25,568 days (yes, 18 leap years have been factored in!), 613,632 hours, 36,817,920 minutes, and 2,209,075,200 seconds. For those of you who are math challenged, that’s two billion, two hundred and nine million, seventy-five thousand and two hundred.

 

 

As I gaze on those impressive numbers, I wonder, if someone were to create one of those pie charts or bar graphs that illustrated the manner in which I have spent my life, what would they find?

 

 

Which categories would claim the largest pieces of the “pie” or the highest spike on the bar graph?

 

 

Which categories would merit measurement?

 

 

I would like to see the amount of time I have engaged in:

Love

Worship

Prayer

Education

Creativity

Productivity

Kindness

Compassion

Listening

Empathy

Humility

 

 

As I bring memories of the past seventy years into my future, I pray they will serve to help me live my remaining years touching the lives of others with the warmth of God’s love, the knowledge of His word, and the peace of His presence.

 

 

 

Patti Shene Gonzales hosts Step Into the Light, a weekly interview style blog talk radio show, where guests share their journey from darkness to light. She hosts writers, published and unpublished, on her two blogs, The Over 50 Writer and Patti’s Porch on her website at pattishene.com. Patti is published in two anthologies and local publications and has three western novels in progress. She enjoys writing, reading, critiquing, and spending time with family and friends.  Patti lives in Colorado with her devoted feline companion, Duncan.


Comments

Jerolyn From Colorado At 7/26/2021 8:21:49 PM

Happy birthday! Great thoughts for this milestone year!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you, Jerolyn. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you were here.

Becky Van Vleet From CO At 7/26/2021 7:01:59 PM

Happy Birthday, Patti. Oh, my, seventies! I'm close behind with my own birthday 4 days ago. I've never thought about what my life would look like if diagrammed out into a graph or pie. But you've certainly given me something to think about. May God bless you in your seventies decade, my friend!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky! Sorry I missed your special day! Happy belated birthday. Hope you had an awesome day. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Natalya Lakhno From CA At 7/26/2021 4:01:55 PM

May goodness and mercy accompany you today and all the days of your beautiful life. Blessings! Happy birthday!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you so much Natalya! So glad you stopped by.

Jean Alfieri From CO At 7/26/2021 2:59:05 PM

LOVED this, Patti. It would be interesting to see a break-down of life according to categories, wouldn't it?! - Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and many more to come!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jean! Thank you for the birthday wishes and the encouragement. Great to have you as a podcast partner! So glad you stopped by.

Erma From Idaho At 7/26/2021 9:50:02 AM

Happy birthday, Patti!! I can certainly say that you touched my life with your warmth, your joy for life, and your love for the Lord!!! You are a treasured gift, and I thank God for you!!! ...pie charts are for academics, hearts - that's where it's at!! <3

Reply by: Patti Shene

Aw, thank you, sweet friend! I treasure your friendship, your support, and your encouragement. Appreciate you stopping by.

Paula Shane From Las Animas, CO At 7/26/2021 9:45:55 AM

Happy Birthday Pat????

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Paula! Thank you for the birthday wishes. So glad you stopped by and let me know you were here.

Jennifer Hallmark From AL At 7/26/2021 8:45:55 AM

Happy birthday, Patti ??????????

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, Jennifer, and for taking the time to stop by and say hello!

Dave From Alabama At 7/26/2021 5:58:03 AM

Welcome to our decade, Patti! Thought you'd never catch up.

Reply by: Patti Shene

HA! I've been running so fast to catch up, Dave, that I almost ran over you!

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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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