Saturday, January 28, 2023


Today is January 28th. It’s the birthday of various remarkable people I’ve had the good fortune to cross paths with. February 28th is my wife’s birthday, as well as my long-time Orff colleague James Harding. July 28th is my birthday. My two daughters were born on September 30thand November 26th. Add them together and divide by two and you get— 28!

In numerology, 28 is seen as a sign of change and new beginnings, as well as a number associated with balance, harmony and compassion. It is often seen as a symbol of coming together or merging two opposing forces, whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual. If your birth number is 28, this may be a powerful sign that you have the ability to unite seemingly incompatible energies and bring about positive change by being able to see both sides of an issue and find solutions that addresses everyone’s concerns. 

28 days is also close to a complete moon cycle and 28 years to the Saturn cycle (one complete orbit around the sun). In astrology, in the first Saturn return a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. With the second return, maturity. And with the third and usually final return, a person enters wise old age. 


My 28th birthday was significant, as it came on the last day of a year’s trip around the world that was the perfect capstone to the freewheeling sense of youth. When I turned 28 on the 28th, I celebrated my birthday in Tokyo, Japan and then flew to San Francisco, where because of crossing the dateline, I celebrated it again there. My wife and I both returned to teach at the school where we would teach for 37 and 41 more years respectively, got married within two months and pregnant within four. 


On my 56th  birthday, my Dad was in his final days and would leave us a few weeks later. I was now the oldest male in the immediate family, a sign that I had hopefully arrived at maturity. If the fates be kind, I hope to reach my 84th birthday, perhaps with some measure of wisdom accompanying me. (84, incidentally, is the age of one of my friends above celebrating her birthday today.)


In 28 minutes, dinner will be ready, so time for me to sign off. Happy 28! 


PS Note: This is the 28th post of the New Year!


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