21 April 2014

"Gazing Into His Soul..." (and an assignment)

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From The Original Fascinating Womanhood Pamphlets, page 175:

"If you wish to interest him, therefore, it is not necessary that you understand everything he says and does, it is only necessary that you manifestly understand and appreciate his manliness or manhood.  To be interesting to all men, a woman need merely acquire the habit of discovering and appreciating the manliness in every man she meets.

"If you will once get the habit of looking for the ideal masculinity in the men you meet, you will not find any of them uninteresting.  You will welcome the most tedious monologue as giving you an opportunity to observe the man's character and to ferret out his admirable qualities.   You will develop into a most appreciative listener and will invite unconsciously, almost, the confidence of almost every man with whom you converse."

When you give a man a compliment, remember, you must be truthful and sincere as well as 100% free of a desire to manipulate him.  If you are not free of a desire to manipulate, please work on your character first.

Assignment for Single Women without a Suitor:   Listen to an unmarried man in whom you have an interest to discover some special knowledge he possesses and give him a compliment about the knowledge.  Be casual about the compliment, be specific, and avoid gushing.

Assignment for Single Women with a Suitor:  Listen to your suitor as he discusses some masculine aspect of his life.  Make an admiring remark about this masculine trait or knowledge he possesses.  Be casual about the compliment, be specific, and avoid gushing.

Assignment for Married Women:  For you married ladies, only one "him" exists:  your husband.  Therefore, the assignment for you is to listen to your husband as he talks about his life:  family concerns, work, accomplishments.  Look at him as though you are gazing into his soul.  Then, you can tell him how very much you admire his masculine trait of ______ (whatever it is) and give him a kiss after giving the compliment. 

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas and assignments help.  Take 'em or leave 'em, your choice.

Agape always,

Copyright (c) 2004-2014 Cynthia Berenger.  All Rights Reserved.

20 April 2014

The Best Sunday Morning News Ever: "He is Risen"

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In Chapter Sixteen of the Gospel According to Saint Mark in the Douay-Rheims translation, we learn the following:

"And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought sweet spices, that coming, they might anoint Jesus. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen. And they said one to another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe: and they were astonished. Who saith to them: Be not affrighted; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he is risen, he is not here, behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee; there you shall see him, as he told you. But they going out, fled from the sepulchre. For a trembling and fear had seized them: and they said nothing to any man; for they were afraid."

A blessed Pascha to you and to yours!

Agape always,

19 April 2014

Quadragesima Cleaning, Day Forty

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Today is Holy Saturday when Christians the world over commemorate the day that the body of Jesus lay in the tomb, a time of emptiness, a time of hopeful waiting.

I am at the end of my forty days of contemplative cleaning.  I have learned a new sense of appreciation and gratitude for my family whom I am blessed to serve, for my home, and the other blessings in my life.  For those intrigued enough to travel with me, I thank you.  For those just dropping in and wondering what in the world they have encountered, perhaps start here and work through whatever posts seem interesting.

Today's Tasks:  In the foyer, clean the ironing board that doubles as a hat and coat rack.  Clean the shoe rack and vacuum the rug underneath.  Clean the inside of the front door, including the door frame, door knob, and lock.  Clean the floorboards and sweep and mop the tile floor.  Outside the front door,  sweep the cobwebs on the porch, clean the security door, and clean the front door, including the handle.  Polish the brass knocker.  (Nobody can use the knocker because of the security door, but that doesn't mean the knocker should not shine.)  Sweep the porch.

I am grateful for my Savior and the sweet promise of salvation.

Agape always,

18 April 2014

Quadragesima Cleaning, Day Thirty-Nine

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First, and more importantly that anything else, today is Good Friday, the day Christians the world over commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, whom we regard as our Lord and our Savior. 

Public Domain Image by Jesus Rincon from Wikimedia Commons.

Today's Tasks:  Sweep away the dust and cobwebs from the patio walls and overhang.  Clean the furniture, checking for damage.  Sweep the concrete.

I am grateful for our little patio.  Without it, we would have no outside space of our own.  With it, we have a place to enjoy fresh air, to visit with friends, to read and to pray and to contemplate.

Agape always,

17 April 2014

Quadragesima Cleaning, Day Thirty-Eight

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Each set of Quadragesima Cleaning Tasks takes an hour-ish.  You may, therefore, feel surprised to know that today's tasks will take me just about an hour.  The sliding glass door (better known as "the slider") leads from the Great Room to our Patio.  The door and its tracks and framing are not the problem; the problem is the vertical blind slats, all twenty-five of them.  The up-and-down stretches and reaches make an effective mini-workout, however.

Today's Tasks:  Clean the vertical blind slats (do the worst first).  Use the broom to dust the screen door.  Clean all four panels of glass, the slider tracks, and the framework both inside and out. 

I am grateful for this window on the world.  It provides natural light in the Great Room, a second door in case we ever need to escape, and allows me to see the parking lot in case I hear something weird (as in an auto burglary in progress).  

Agape always,

16 April 2014

Quadragesima Cleaning, Day Thirty-Seven

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Today I will put the final touches on the kitchen.  

Today's Tasks:  Clean the ceiling and walls, polish the remaining cupboard doors and drawer fronts, move all the decorative items and small appliances and clean counters underneath, clean the decorative items, clean the counters thoroughly, sweep and mop the floors.

I am planning a bit of a splurge for our Resurrection Sunday dinner:  a pork loin roast or leg of lamb (whichever is the better deal), scalloped potatoes, broccoli casserole, chocolate mousse for the youngsters and teetotalers, chocolate mousse with Kahlua (a gift from a friend) for the over-21 set. 

I am grateful for the ability to plan and to carry out a special meal plan.

Agape always,

15 April 2014

Quadragesima Cleaning, Day Thirty-Six

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A few of us stayed up to look at the peak of the first of four "Blood Moons," which occurred just a moment ago.  Theologians and astronomers have their own opinions about the meaning of the tetrad of eclipses; for myself, I simply enjoyed viewing a peach-colored eclipse with my loved ones, one of those simple pleasures about which Mrs. Andelin wrote.

This week is called Holy Week, commemorating the time leading up to Resurrection Sunday, which many people call Easter.  This week marks the end of Quadragesima and my little cleaning project.

Today's Tasks:  Open the microwave oven and clean inside.  Clean all exposed surfaces of the microwave oven. Clean the range hood.  Remove the burner coils from the range.  Clean the drip pans.  Raise the range top and clean underneath.  Clean oven shelves and replace. Remove bakeware from the storage drawer under the oven and wipe out the drawer.  Replace items.  Clean all exposed surfaces of the stove. 

Why is the oven not being cleaned?  Due to a respiratory issue, I cannot clean the oven, not even to supervise the self-cleaning feature.  A dear friend graciously cleans my oven twice a year by supervising the self-clean feature.  Since I use oven bags for any roasting, the oven is only lightly soiled. 

I am grateful to have efficient means to prepare food for my family.

Agape always, 
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