My birthday is December 29, right between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, when everyone is mostly partied out. I consider it a blessing that my family never did that “This is your birthday -slash- Christmas gift” nonsense other December babies endure. My dearest friends still make it a point to celebrate, sometime between December 1 and 31, and I always feel super-special. I don’t usually expect others to come out with us, though. This year is different. This year, I wrote and published the first book in my series, complete with a companion workbook. This year, I began a daily video that has really been enjoyable and well-received. This birthday is one to celebrate, so Thursday night, 12/29/2016, from 7:30-9:30, if you’re in Tulsa, come to the Phoenix on the corner of 6th and Peoria. Have a cupcake and play a round of StoryCubes, Bananagrams or poetry tag, listen to some music and chat. I’ll read a little bit from Wisdom – Better than Wishing, and I’ll have books to sign if you and your friends want to start the new year with 31 days of skill-building, spirit-lifting daily readings. You don’t have to bring a present, just bring a friend. I’m sure there will be plenty of chocolate-cherry or pineapple cream cheese cupcakes for everyone. Don’t like cupcakes? That’s okay, the Phoenix has great coffee, tea, cider and beer, as well as yummy sandwiches and other food.