Taurus Astrology: April 20–May 20: Dependable, Persistent, Loyal, Patient, Generous.  Perfectly fine on being alone; this way things are done the way they want them to be done.  Fiercely loyal to friends and family–and dependable, but deeply sensitive.  They do not express their feelings openly.  Have immense perseverance, even when others have given up.  Very responsive to their surroundings.  They like decorations, color, or anything that appeals to all the senses. 

Taurus like possessions, with the Taurus home nicely decorated with lots of things. Taurus are down to earth, do not like gaudy, flashy or over- the-top-things.  They prefer comfortable and creative settings and objects.

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When Princess Elizabeth of England became queen in 1952

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[Credit: Dorothy Wilding Estate. lethtemgrumble blog]

I was a paperboy delivering newspapers on the South Side for the Chicago Herald American.

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I do have memories of folding papers for my route in February 1952.  I do remember those headlines,

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[Credit: IHT Archive]

though I hardly knew her, and knew but a little more about Great Britain.  Yet I soon learned that she and I were related–both born under the sign of Taurus!  I was smitten. 

I began clipping newspaper articles, pictures of her, and reading of her in TIME.  I was a loyal subject, following her LIFE events–that is until high school, when I supplanted her with a new queen, Kim Novak.

Always, though, to this day, the occasion of her and my birthday brings a smile and a thought of her, and maybe something memorable.  This year our birthdays are special: a big one for me: 

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but a bigger one for her: number 90.png So, here’s a shout out HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  to two special people born on 21 April.

baby jimmy cummings 8-3-1941 Baby Jimmy in Carriage [8-6-41]


elizabeth II  2016ELIZABETH II 2016 APRIL 21

 ©   James F. O’Neil  2016








  1. Persistent, loyal, patient, gorgeous…wait, did you say gorgeous or generous? Either way, the description works other than the part that says “perfectly fine on being alone”…not so much. Oh well, you can’t win them all 😉 From another May baby, Happy Birthday!

  2. mazzellaerasmo16 said:

    Buon compleanno Elisabetta, che Dio conservi la tua voglia di vivere.

  3. All hail the Queen and the birthday boy! Thank you for this sweet and insightful post! May all your birthday wishes come true.

  4. Happy Birthday, Jim! =) May your special day be as special as you are and may this coming year be your best year yet.

  5. Solveig said:

    Well happy birthday!

  6. Happy Birthday Jim.
    I’m a Taurean too, special birthday this year for me, the big 60, but Ilm a May girl.

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