Life in Autumn

“Life at 80 years old is the moment of authenticity and perfection. The time to reflect on goodness and blessings. Life at eighty just keeps getting happier.” by Lori Pelikan Strobel


Happy Birthday Grampa!

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Over the next few weeks, I will be posting some pictures of the beauty of life in autumn. I will just add a few words or captions to the pictures to keep it simple.


Please share with me your thoughts of what the beauty of life in autumn means to you.



4 Responses to “Life in Autumn”

  1. Ralph Graner says:

    Lori, I have always gotten rather reflective during autumn as October 8 is my birthday. As I am turning 67 this year, I am not approaching my “golden years” with joy. As my best friend Brian Hermes and I concur, we have dodged a lot of bullets in the past, now we are taking on some hits (physically). I don’t particularly like loosing the strength and stamina of my youth. I hike, bike, kayak, ski, snowshoe (according to the season) and do martial arts daily, and I keep saying… “oh, to be in your 20s.” On the plus side, I do enjoy the freedoms that retirement has given me. Traveling the country and camping in our Airstream, and continuing our hiking and kayaking is such a rewarding experience, as we are now sharing these times with my son, daughter-in-law and now grandson. I keep pushing myself hard, as I have never been a person who can take limitations easily. Sorry that I’m not sending you a lot of beautiful sentiments about being older. Maybe that’s my problem. My wife always says that I need to relax more and take one day at a time. Possibly that will come with time. I hope that this finds you in good health and happy in life. You have always been such a positive person.

    • Lori Pelikan Strobel says:

      Mr. Graner,
      First of all Happy Birthday and many more!

      Thank you for your thoughts and comments. I certainly understand your concern about physical limitations and health scares associated with age. It sounds like you are doing all the right things to keep yourself healthy and happy. You fill your life with exercise, hobbies, and family.

      As I looked at my father in law at his celebration, I saw him revel in the blessings of his life. I saw him reflect on that moment of perfection and truth where he was surrounded by everyone who loved him.

      So as you turn 67 years old, keep jumping into living your life.

      I hope to wish you a Happy 80th birthday someday too- heck by then you will be saying “oh, to be in your 60’s!” 🙂



  2. Rich Strobel says:

    Great job Lori. My heart and Foundation.

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