I write a lot of pieces about celebrities I’ve met in my professional life. They are fun to remember and share. Sometimes it feels like name dropping or playing a broken record if the story is written too frequently. Friends and acquaintances assure me there’s an audience for these stories and I should continue to share the memories.

Today’s piece is about the most important person in my life.  We’ve been friends for more than half a century.  We’ve been married for 28 years.  We share some of the most bizarre stories you’re likely to hear.

By the Mumford – Photo: Garry Armstrong

You know her well.  My Wife, Marilyn.  She is, among other things, the SERENDIPITY lady. Today is Marilyn’s birthday. I hope many of Marilyn’s SERENDIPITY friends, mates and fellow bloggers are celebrating her day.  She has opened windows on the world for countless people around the world with her pieces.

Marilyn writes voraciously, about all things great and small. Marilyn is passionate about our world and those who live on our planet. I sometimes fear that Marilyn’s passion for making things right will make her head explode.  She’s always been that way since we first met as college kids and were bent on changing the world.  That world, the 60’s and all its turbulence, needed change. Decades later, I’m not sure if we’ve left any imprints on our journey through life. The one constant in our lives is Marilyn’s determination to “out” the idiots, pretenders and felons of all persuasion who strive to pollute our quality of life.

It’s a tall order. Perhaps a mission impossible. But Marilyn is driven to make our collective lives better.  Her sword is the pen, her computer keyboard. I watch her work relentlessly, every day, morning through night, her face focused on subject matter of yet another blog.  Marilyn never seems to tire even when her body is sending obvious signals to slow down.  I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut. Marilyn doesn’t suffer fools. Yes, she’s been my rock for all these years.  Go figure.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Marilyn always makes sure that the birthdays of family and friends are remembered, celebrated in some way. Not the easy “Hallmark” way that takes little effort or imagination.  Marilyn is always thoughtful.  It’s a quality that I’ve found very unique in my professional and personal life.

Our celebration of Marilyn’s birthday pales in comparison with how mine is recognized.  Hopefully, we’ll go out for dinner and Marilyn won’t have to cook yet another dinner.  Her birthday card hasn’t arrived.  Thanks very much, U.S. Postal Service.  No, I haven’t forgotten! I know Marilyn is disappointed.  We DID have a visit from her son Owen and his friend, Dave, who have been the bright lights on Marilyn’s day. They brought a basket of Shrimp, realizing we don’t eat cake or sweets in our golden years.  I think their visit lifted Marilyn’s spirits. I’m grateful.

I’m beyond grateful to have Marilyn in my life. I leave a lot to be desired as the spouse who is admired by the public which only knows his media image. Marilyn has worked hard to make our marriage succeed when I’ve been engulfed in my own selfish pursuits.

I think we were lucky to find each other again after having gone down different roads for many years.

I can easily say the 28 years of marriage have been the best years of my life.

Happy Birthday, Mi Amor.

Author: Garry Armstrong

As a reporter for Channel 7 in Boston for 31 years, I was witness to most of the major events affecting the region. I met a lot of people ... politicians, actors, moguls, criminals and many regular folks caught up in extraordinary situations. Sometimes, I write about the people I've met and places I've been. Sometimes, I write about life, my family, my dogs and me. Or what might otherwise be called Life.


  1. A beautiful birthday present! One to be savoured and enjoyed for days to come. Marilyn, I wish you the happiest birthday! Until recently, I wasn’t particularly into birthdays (mine) they came they went. I hope your day is special, lovely, memorable and special. As you are to all of us! xoxo

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      1. Well she and you, both, brighten my day. I always look forward to what SERENDIPITY has to say today! I’m hoping that you are able to do something special, dine out if the snow allows, whatever is special. Your a wonderful man Garry. Its obvious from her comments, Marilyn loves you and you love her as well. Great appreciation there, which I think is so important, and special to see.

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  2. It’s heartening to read of a couple who is so devoted and who appreciates each other so much, even after so long. That’s mighty rare. I wished Ms. Marilyn a happy one on another post that she wrote, but it bears saying again: Happy Birthday!

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    1. Emb, the friendship part of love keeps the fires burning through the years — even as we watch ANOTHER Nor’easter dump more snow on us.


  3. Marilyn, she’s definitely a “one-of-a-kind” knock-off, so to speak. Her passion for making things right is also why she’s such a good sparring partner, or PITA, or both. I’ve known her for, at least, as long as you have and we’ve been fighting…, er…, sparring for as long, but I love her to death and wish her the best of birthdays.

    You wrote; “realizing we don’t eat cake or sweets in our golden years.” I’m callin’ you out on this one Garry because we can’t overlook those “Apple Thingys,” now can we?

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    1. BRO, you caught me. Them ‘apple thingies’. Actually, I abstained during our recent shopping trek. I am proud of myself. I’m consciously aware of what too many apple thingies will to do to me.


    1. Martha. I think you and Marilyn might make for a sizeable explosion on any given day. We need a hazmat team on standby. The newest Nor’easter has her attention right now. It may make MY head explode!

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      1. Marilyn and me? We don’t agree 100%, that’s true, but I think fundamentally we’re pretty much in harmony. I’m sorry about the storm — I’m also afraid you’re going to get another one soon. 😦

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    1. Reflections, I guess God knew I needed someone to keep me on the straight and narrow plus help me grow up. Presto, Marilyn. It’s a lifetime chore for her.

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  4. At some point in the evening, Garry and I closed our computers. Part of my birthday deal was that Garry would watch the entire extended version of “Lord of the Rings” with me. Since that’s something like 13 hours of movie, not counting the extra discs … around seven tonight, we started watching.

    We saw the movies when they first came out — on each one’s opening day. I think they are the only movies we ever went to see on opening day unless Garry was covering them for a news event. So for all those to whom we didn’t respond today, I apologize. I REALLY wanted to start watching the movie. It’s going to take the rest of the week to finish watching the entire sequence.

    Love to you all and thank you so much for making this a truly wonderful day!

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    1. It’s no “chore” watching “Lord Of The Rings”. It’s an epic adventure and I’m enjoying it more the second time around. We are watching at a leisurely pace although I felt “fatigued after watching two discs yesterday…like I was participating in the ring quest.

      It was a long day. We got up “early” so Marilyn could accompany me to the RMV to renew my driver’s license. She held my hand and made sure my head didn’t explode. I even think my new license pic is “decent”. At least I don’t look like a perv or serial killer.

      Thanks, Marilyn!


  5. SMOOTH Sir… Very Smooth! (But i’d expect nothing less from your good self) 🙂

    Wonderful tribute and gift.

    (Third times the charm!) Happy Birthday Spike! 🙂

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    1. Tas, thank you. The NZ countryside is beautiful. Those wide shots make it look like heaven for those who ride the high country.

      NZ is on my/our bucket list.

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