sixtiestosixties

I was something in the 60s but now I'm just sixty something.

About Me

Hello! My name is Philis Miller Sarto. I say “you guys” or “y’all” depending on who I am talking to. I have lived in eleven states and through six decades. I grew up in upstate New York, left it in my rearview mirror after college and have been skipping around the country  following my work whore husband for the last forty years. In the interim we raised three great kids who inherited our nomadic gene and have all lived overseas at one time or another.

I launched several careers over the years including teaching, counseling, and life coaching which all quickly  got sidetracked by yet another move and/or another set of state certification requirements. I once  had to move into a dorm for a while at the age of 45 to finish my master’s degree because the moving van showed up at my front door with another family all ready to move in. Timing has never been one of my strong suits and all of this wandering has left me with a really bizarre resume. The advantage of being a career failure  hopper is the opportunity to be enriched by thousands of hours of volunteer work.  OK, so I never changed the world all that much like a true child of the sixties set out to do, but in the trying, the world changed me.

Every move gave me the choice of brooding in therapy, or jumping in wherever I found myself. I’ve done both. I think jumping in is much more fun. What I have loved the most about moving is meeting new people.  I have met many wonderful (and a few really awful) people over the years. Everybody has a story that is both comic and sad. Those of us who have been greeted in the mail with an AARP invitation  have a common cultural story as baby boomers. But we each also own a personal story. We should share these stories. I believe that in the end, we are our stories. And I beleive our stories are far from finished.


11 responses to “About Me

  1. Elizabeth says:

    great title!! i’m proud of you, keep them coming :)

  2. Carol says:

    Great blog, Philis! As Elizabeth above said, Keep ‘em coming!

  3. Joe Sarto says:

    On my way back to work another 12. Spent my morning minutes on your blog. Already made it a better day:) Can’t wait to share!

  4. Tom Miller says:

    hey sis–good job! Wow, eleven states. Me too plus Keflavik. Iceland for those who could care less.

  5. sharon says:

    hi. i saw the post in the susquehanna ’72 on fb that you had a blog. this is my first visit to it.
    i was class of ’72 at s.u.

    • sixtiestosixties says:

      Hi Sharon. I went to SU my freshman year and then transferred. I kept in touch with some of my friends there through the years. I was at the recent ’72 reunion with them. I loved the school and the people but decided I needed an education major so I left. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Philis, your blog is WONDERFUL, as is your point of view. Are you interested in reviewing a book on growing up in the ‘60s? I’ve discounted my ‘60s coming-of age-novel Ride the Snake (author Kevin Kelly) to FREE on Amazon as a Kindle download for the long weekend. Thanks for checking out the madness, and possibly reviewing the book!

    • sixtiestosixties says:

      Kevin, I did download your book and read it. You captured the era! Great first novel. Hope to see more from you.

      • Thank you for your kind words. In this brave new world of self-publishing, comments such as yours come as a soothing balm amid the frenetic uncertainty of the process. I’m glad you enjoyed my book and I hope you are able to take the time to write a couple of sentences on Amazon. Evidently, reviews make a difference there. The 60s was such a great era and I plan on delving more into it in the near future. Thanks again.

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