Tuesday, June 25, 2013
my birthday

 I think I am looking more and more like this chubby baby-me---Only, with a lot more lines!

Below, digging for what?  Who knows. But I always have been attracted to the earth, and all it's wonderful gifts and goodies......
I remember on The Farm, in Pennsylvania, near the stream that fed into the Swimming Hole, there was natural clay right there in the water. All you had to do was dig it out with your hand.  
To me, it was 'treasure'.
I cannot believe a whole year has gone by....But, it has. 
And on Thursday, June 27th, I will be
That just doesn't seem possible.
On Wednesday, the 26th, I will be celebrating with a little 'Ladies Who Lunch'....
The Usual Suspects
will be here.
My favorite photo ever taken of me....Joey Feury took this picture.
We were in Lee Grant and Joey Feury's backyard---up on a hill overlooking 
Zuma Beach, CA.
It was August, 1969
Below, here we are. 
Joey and me, at an earlier time.
1964-65. The Malibu Colony---by the pool, at their rented house---me with the ever constant cigarette in my hand.
That seems a lifetime ago.
I gave that terrible habit up on November 12th, 1970.
That was the day I smoked my very last cigarette!
And, below, May, 2001, my last trip to New York. We are in the Sun Room of Lee and Joey's apartment on The West Side.....
That's my dear friend Kim Hamilton, sitting on the floor, and me, with one of Lee and Joey's beloved Cats....
That was such a special evening.....
(Both Kim and I are falling apart now.....Oy)

And, part of that same trip was to see my dear sweet friend, Betty G., in Stephen Sondheim's great great musical, "Follies".  It was her Birthday, and we saw the Matinee and then went out for dinner and came back and saw the evening performance, as well.....Another wonderful day and evening!
The most amazing thing about this picture? Betty had the same exact Dressing Room in 2001 that she had had back in 1963, when we moved from The Booth Theatre to The Belasco Theatre on West 44th street, while doing "Spoon River".
A lot of history.
And, above, a Birthday of mine, 1993......we were in England. A number of us made the trip to see Betty do her One-Woman show, "Betty Garrett And Other Sings" in London.
For my Birthday we took a day trip to The Cotswold's.
This was an incredibly happy and memorable day and evening......
May everyone have a Birthday day and evening like this one, every Birthday of your life!
Not two years old yet....but let's just say this was over 80 years ago....!
And now, on to 82!

More To Come........

had this to say:

May you have the very happiest of birthdays! I look forward to your Ladies who Lunch post. *hugs*

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 6:30:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Happy birthday and God bless you, Naomi!!! I hope you have many more!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 7:39:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I'm singing loudly, Naomi! Can you hear me.... all the way from Canada?
I hope you have a wonderful day, lots of virtual hugs from me.
Hope there'll be some lunch pictures posted in the future!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:58:00 AM PDT 

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Naomi, from the way you write, my friend, it is hard to imagine you are 82 years old! WHERE DID ALL THE TIME GO?? I just love old photos because they bring back some of the sweetest memories of the best times in our lives as the one you described on your birthday day and evening with that one pic of all of you. Everyone looks so happy and the sun was shining, such a beautiful shot. Good thing memories are always fresh and you can always travel to a better place and time with just one look at these photos. Wishing you a beautiful b-day with much joy and health and fun with the ladies who lunch! Great baby pics, btw, and such a sweet post. Thanks for sharing.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 1:03:00 PM PDT 

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Happy Birthday Naomi. You have the same birthday as my childhood friend. Both of you are outstanding people--must be in the stars.
Looking forward to the ladies that lunch.
BTW, that favorite pic of you reminds me a bit of Liz Taylor.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 1:18:00 PM PDT 

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I can only say, you are brilliant!! xx

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:05:00 PM PDT 

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I love them all but my favorite is probably the one where you are in blue and so very happy. But, funny, because of the matching coat on the back of the chair I got the impression the photo was moving or superimposed. May you have a rich birthday with lots of chocolate, friends, toys and more!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:24:00 PM PDT 

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Happy birthday, my dear! Happy you gave up smoking, as that is likely why you are here to share all of these wonderful memories with us. I shall look forward to seeing pics of ladies who lunch! XO

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 5:34:00 PM PDT 

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What a great montage you've posted. Happy birthday, indeed. 82! Not so bad.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 7:04:00 PM PDT 

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Happy Birthday beautiful incredible Naomi...
Thanks for always stopping by and saying Hi and leaving such amazing and positive comments...

much much love,
cynthia and Giuseppe

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 8:52:00 PM PDT 

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I bet you are getting ready for your wonderful birthday lunch today!

Happy Happy birthday Naomi!! I hope it's as special as you are!

I love all your photos! I had no idea you came to the UK, nice to see the sun was shinning for you!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 6:40:00 AM PDT 

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Oh and I forgot to say thank you so much for the link to Jen Stark, I have seen her work before and think it's incredible. I know what you mean about the floors with the stripes, they are similar in style to her work, yes!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 6:44:00 AM PDT 

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A Very Happy Birthday my dear Naomi!! I hope your birthday will be filled with much happiness and much joy!!
What a beautiful post, Naomi, full of wonderful photos and lovely memories.
I agree with you, your actual face still looks like your baby face! You were a beautiful little baby, a beautiful girl and you are a beautiful woman, such a special person!
Love all photos!! The picture took by Joey Feury is just gorgeous! Love also the happy picture took on your birthday in 1993.
In my thoughts I will be there to celebrate with you.
I am looking forward to see the pictures of the "Ladies who Lunch" post!
Many hugs and much, much love!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 7:10:00 AM PDT 

Blogger Mar
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Loved all your pictures here. Enjoy your birthday brunch with the ladies and have a wonderful and happy birthday tomorrow, dear Naomi! Cheers!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 8:43:00 AM PDT 

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A very Happy Birthday...Some wonderful photos.

And now I'm looking forward to some party pix (!)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:57:00 AM PDT 

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Hooray! I didn't miss your Birthday!!! Happy 82nd Naomi!! I am soooo happy to hear you are having a Ladies that LUnch today!! While things may not be how we hoped they'd be as we get older..I am very happy for you that you've had this very special group of friends for so long in your life.

I feel sure Betty is looking down and smiling and joining you in spirit for the Birthday Luncheon!

Your photo's are precious.. and so are you. Thank you for your friendship, even if it is only from Blogs..I so enjoy you and your blog and your sharing your friends with me and others.

Happy Birthday Naomi!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:00:00 PM PDT 

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Well Naomi, it is the 27th here in Australia which means it must be your birthday! Happy Birthday my dear. And 82?? No way. Have a fabulous day... xxxxx

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:51:00 PM PDT 

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Happy birthday, Naomi!!! I'm singing happy birthday from Atlanta. :)

I love it when you share pictures like the ones with you and your friends. So nice. I hope it's the best birthday ever!

Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:19:00 AM PDT 

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What a very special life you have had. I know you are having a blast today! Happy Birthday! MANY MORE
(What an adorable child you were!)

Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 7:49:00 AM PDT 

Blogger Pat
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Another great post. I hope the lunch and the actual day were happy ones.
Fancy you being in the Cotswolds - you certainly were a great supportive friend to Betty.
Many Many Happy Returns dear Naomi.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 4:29:00 AM PDT 

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you're wonderful at every stage of your life
from adorable baby to nature living child to amazingly talented woman

hugs from me and Hope

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 4:36:00 AM PDT 

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Happy Belated birthday and I hope you have a great year. Farm Boss has his 70th on Saturday and I have put together a few photos of his life as a surprise to him. It's fun to look at someone over a lifetime as you shared here :)

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:58:00 AM PDT 

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Happy belated Birthday, Naomi. I hope you had a great celebration yesterday. BTW, you sure were a cute kid. No surprise, I suppose, considering what you looked like later on.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:46:00 AM PDT 

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I hope you had a wonderful birthday and a great party. You, my dear, have packed a great deal into your 82 years. You should be so proud. And you have many years ahead to do the same. I love your photos. Gorgeous in every one of them. We love reading about your life and every post is interesting and always a great read. I hope you are well and cannot wait to see the birthday lunch pictures. Love your parties.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 4:32:00 PM PDT 

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Just have to say that you look PRETTY DARNED GREAT. Your attitude and humor makes you even better.

Belated happy birthday,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Old friends are the best. I still gather with elementary school girlfriends. They know the worst about me yet still love me.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:47:00 PM PDT 

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Happy belated birthday! We celebrated my aunt's 84th this past Friday ... she is in the hospital but that didn't stop us! Angel food cake, fresh strawberries, whipped cream...she loved it :-)

Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:58:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Happy belated birthday, sweet lady! xoxo

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 11:58:00 AM PDT 

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Best of Birthday wishes pouring in, wishing you best of health and happiness always. Your love and passion is felt all over across the globe to me :)

Cheers to more good years Noami :D

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 5:01:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Happy (belated) birthday, Naomi!

Friday, July 5, 2013 at 6:36:00 AM PDT 

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Naomi, I hope you will forgive me for missing your birthday. This move and all that it entails has my brain turning to mush - and I am forgetting details that I ought not forget!! I hope you had a lovely day.

Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 6:12:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

happy happy birthday! these are such beautiful photos that hold so many stories/memories for you - it's so generous of you to share with us - again, happy happy birthday!

Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6:47:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Happy belated birthday. LOVE the photos.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:38:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Happy Belated Birthday! I love seeing these photos through the years -- such wonderful memories! Wishing you a lovely year!

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 9:30:00 AM PDT 

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