038 – A Message At 50

A MESSAGE AT 50 – Glen Hartle

Today is my birthday
and even though
time is not chasing me
I know life has been openly
flattering me.

As if in a fairy tale,
the world is collapsing
outside my door
and with it every fibre
of my well being
is being called to task.

And I tell you – here – I am well.

socially –
– I am well.

The flattery has
served a purpose
and has supported
a capacity for awareness.
It has offered me
space to grow … and I have.

And here I know
that it isn’t about
self-preservation –
it probably never was.

It’s about leaning into the wind,
fuelling my appetite for expression,
understanding gratitude,
and taking appreciation
for the flattery and turning it into
appropriation of identity.

For I am me.

More today than yesterday,
and that’s a pretty good place
to start 50.


I took the above poem, and made it into a video:

And that video was the recipient of good will for my birthday in the form of likes and loves:

And inthe form of messages:

  • Ron Hodgins Happy happy birthday welcome to the 50 club. Hope your day is great!!!
  • Mavis Thompson Happy birthday Glen
    I was just kidding when we were going to party without you but it’s happening!!! We will party later-enjoy your day
  • Eric Ritterrath Happy BIG birthday Glen! 🎈🎈🧁🍨🥧🎂🍪🎈🎈
    Image may contain: food
  • Michelaine Lahaie Happy birthday Glen! Welcome to the club!
  • Jennifer Judd Happy Birthday Glen!
  • Mavis Thompson Not anymore after what I just did to shut down your party lol -stay safe – huge parties for your 51st birthday are trending now I have heard
  • Denis LaRose Happy birthday Glen
  • Francois Lalonde Happy Birthday Glen Hartletake care hugs
  • Jim Abrams Happy Birthday Glen, have a great day. Will have to celebrate later!!!
  • Wayne Critchley Wow! Happy birthday Glen!
  • Bruce Hawk Happy Birthday !
  • Lawrence Ward Happy Birthday Glen. Can remember your dad saying build me a boy & I’ll give you a dozen roses. & he did. Have a great day. 🍀👍🍀🍺🍺
  • Mark Killoran HAPPY B-DAY Glen! Lots of LOVING thoughts sent your way! HEALTH, HAPPINESS, PEACE, DOGS, NATURE, INSPIRATION & the odd dram of good SCOTCH! ENJOY!
  • Michael Todd Frederick Happy birthday birthday-twin Glen. What a great video, creative, original and reflective… just like you. Boy, the mail delivery in the country is amazing…. lit candles ? Wow rural delivery rocks !!
    Image may contain: 1 person, meme, possible text that says 'HEY GIRL IT'S MY BIRTHDAY BUT IT'S STILL ABOUT YOU'
  • Jeff van Zyl Happy Birthday! I hope you make the most of this milestone birthday in such unique times. Virtual hugs and best wishes.
  • Carol Ann Parlato A warm and peaceful Happy Birthday Glen…
  • Manuel Pottek I love the cake in the mailbox! I want tone of those! 😀 
  • Nicholas Galambos Happy birthday Glen – enjoy and celebrate!
  • Hal Klepak Just saw this. A bit saddened as you will imagine. But wonderful as well. (Cooped up as I am, I had no idea there was still so much snow)
  • Karen McIsaac Happy birthday glen, hope to see you soon
  • Debbie Ward A most Happy Birthday to you, Glen. 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈. Have a great day!!!🎈🎈🎈🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂CHEERS🥂🥂🥂
  • Brian Levesque All the best, birthday boy. Cheers!
  • Bailey Cooper Happy Birthday to the best uncle out there! I hope you enjoy your day 😊🎂
  • Mary Ann Abrams Happy 50th! Hopefully your furry family will celebrate with you!
    Image may contain: drink, possible text that says 'Happy HAVE A Birthday'
  • Richard Vezeau Happy birthday my friend, a virtual hug to you and an expression of love for all the cheer you bring your friends and your community…
  • Shane Olson Glen, wishing you an extra special happy birthday! Welcome to the 50’s club. It just gets better my friend. Lots of hugs to you!
  • Fiona Scurrah Wishing you a very happy birthday 🥳 and a fabulous year ahead! Cheers! 🎈🎉
  • Orofino Balice Happy birthday Glen Hartle all the best xo
  • Steve Burr Wishing you a great birthday.
  • Telah Morrison Happy birthday Glen and welcome to the club!
  • Basil Tanguay Happy Birthday!
  • Tania Lynn Cadeau Awesome video! Happy Birthday!
  • Jean-Marc Beliveau Happy Birthday Glen.
  • Dean Nernberg Hey old man, hello from the other side . . . !
  • Lisa Ward Bartsch Happy birthday Glen! Hope you have an amazing day.🎂🍾🍻
  • Ed Weismantel Happy birthday , your old now, no more cottage trips, front porch is going to be it, have a great day ,
    is family near, you in Ontario?, Sorry I forgot, I am so old I forget am old
  • Randal Storey Happy 50th my dear sweet friend! Wishing you continued happiness and success for another 50 years! Hugs!
  • Judy Berger Happy birthday hope you have a great day 🎂🎂🎂🍨🍨 sending you came and Ice cream
  • Maribel Cruz Happy birthday, Glen❤️🎉
  • Vickie Chatelain Bonne fête!!! 😊🎊
  • Louise Guay Très beau et touchant! Bon anniversaire Glen!
  • Marshall Rowat Happy Birthday, Glen!
  • Cheryl Dolan Happy Birthday my dear friend. My first thoughts when I woke up this morning was of you and all the good times we have had. Missing you. Will have to celebrate a belated birthday. Thinking of a picnic overlooking Moffat Lake and maybe a canoe ride. Until then I could wave from the bridge. Hugs! Love the video. Especially the cake part.
  • Andre Champagne Have a great birthday Glen and stay safe!!! 🍻🎂🍻
  • Louis Gauvin Happy Birthday beautiful human.
  • Judy Berger 🎂🎂🎂🍨🍨
  • André St-Pierre Happy birthday mister , wish You the best of everything !!!
  • Will Jones Happy Birthday buddy !
  • Lynne Lavery If I was there, I’d sing it to you, so just read this with a best in your heart: Happy Birthday to you; Happy Birthday to you’; Happy Birthday dear Gleenn; Happy Birthday to you….And many morrrrre! 🎶🎶🎶🎂🎂🎂🌈🌈🌈♥️🎉♥️🎉♥️🎉♥️🎉♥️
  • Lynne Lavery Beat…not best…but maybe that works , too. The best beat!
  • Madeline Blais Happy birthday!
  • Lee-Pierre Shirey OH MY! Facebook failed to inform me of this momentous occasion! Happy Birthday, my friend! So glad you are well. Congratulations! We will celebrate properly at a later date!
  • Nadine Kittle Happy Birthday Glen, enjoy your day the best you can, pretty sure the dogs have a great day planned. Thanks for all the awesome photos, poems and videos, keep them coming!
  • Erna MacFadyen Happy Birthday Glen, hope you have a good one , just got done sending Birthday greetings to Lawrence to .🍷🍷🍷🎂🎂🎉🎉
  • Matt Minor Happy Birthday, Glen! Best wishesfor another great year and 50 more.
  • Roslyn Carter Happy half century Glen!
  • Ghislaine Quinn Bonne Fête Glen aujourd’hui c’est aussi ma fête, j’aimerais retourner à 50 le temps passe trop vite. Ton message m’a braucoup émue!
    Jacques et moi te souhaitons une belle journée🥰
  • Vincent Depoivre Happy B-Day handsome! Bisous 😘
  • Carol Hartle Happy Birthday Glen🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🍻
  • Dave W Happy happy
  • Eric Descoteaux Happy birthday Glen. I consider 50 to be the exact middle of our life, our rump year (I assume we’ll live to 100). It’s all downhill from here. As a gift for this most special of birthdays, I got you the most precious and valuable commodity on the planSee More
  • Jean-Louis Bouchard How thoughtful of the Fairy to have lit your candle.
  • Katharine Fletcher Happy birthday to you!
  • Robert Ranger Happy Birthday 🥳… awesome video, it will be something memorable to look back on …!!!
  • Holly Lehto Malish Happy Birthday old friend ❤️🎶🎂
  • Wayne Smith Happy Birthday Glen🎂. Watching you in the beautiful solitude of your homestead makes we wonder how you ever coped with our crowd in February. Love experiencing your farm and hearing the poetry of your life xo
  • Leo Riz Feliz cumpleaños Glen. Muchas bendiciones para ti. 🎉🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂
  • Ross Slater Happy Birthday Glen!
  • Dianne Thomas Happy Birthday Glen Hartle🎂🎉
  • Ian Burchett Happy Birthday
    Andre was convinced it is your 51st
  • Eric Michaud Bonne fête Glen! Stay healthy!
  • Rob Smith Happy birthday, Glen. It was a pleasure to meet you recently. Have a wonderful day and a happy decade ahead. 🎉🎂🥂
  • Lacey MacFadyen Happy birthday uncle glen! Miss you! 💕💕
  • Marilee DeLombard Happy birthday, Glen! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your first 50 years. Your sweet gratitude moves my heart. Thanks , too for the happy birthday video – brought a smile on a (potentially) grey day. Wishing you a wonderful bd!
  • Mark Dankwerth Happy birthday my friend. I loved your message and video to all of us! I wish you much happiness today and always xo
  • Stacy Brant Happy birthday wishes to you 🎂🎂
  • Michael Desautels Love it! Happy Birthday – or as the french say – Bun Fight!
  • Dédé Bai En De Glen completed 50 years and is starting his 51st year!!!!
  • Daniel Zamora Glen Hartle happy happy birthday!!!
  • Stefani Lamoureux Happy birthday!!🎁🎂🤗🎈
  • Robert Mayer A Birthday to remember. Have a great day Glen!
  • Ted Dreger Happy Birthday, Mister!
  • Trish Nagel Happy birthday Glen! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. ❤️
  • Carolyn Hug Thanks for the visit Happy BDAY 🥳🥳🥳
  • Michael Black Happy birthday, Glen! Cheers 🎉🍰🥂
  • Joey D Ok well first, I don’t believe you’re 50 and second somebody call Netflix because this is a documentary I want to watch! Happy birthday Glen! Enjoy that cupcake!
  • Carol Hartle Wow that’s awesome. Damn Glen how are you 50!😳. I hope all of the farm animals that are part of your family show you extra special love today.
  • Real Fortin Happy Birthday Glen, looking and sounding great for 50 🙂
  • Simon Mills Wow Glen. That was beautiful. Happy Birthday (again).
  • Cherri Marie Happy birthday! 🎉😘
  • Sean Garland Happy birthday, Glen Hartle 😘🎂🥂
  • Lamar Stone Awesome! Happy Birthday, Glen!
  • Kathryn Foss Happy Birthday Glen! 🥰🥰🥰🥰
  • Randy Juden I love this. BTW, is that the cupcake that I sent you???
  • Jonathan N File Happy birthday, Glen!
  • Cibeles Wilson Happy birthday to my fav Renaissance man!
  • Anne Hertzel Blackman Beeton How you are 5, etc.
  • Rob Ce Beautiful reflection.
    Continue to stay well. Happy 50th!
  • Tracy Scott May this be your best trip around the sun yet!! And awesome video; especially the cupcake ending…. Happiest Birthday wishes to you!
  • Tony Ollenberger That was awesome! Happy birthday old friend 🎂
  • Michelaine Lahaie Spectacular, my friend!
  • James Cooper Happy Birthday!!!!! Hope it was excellent!!
  • Tricia Dupilka Happy birthday!!