14 August 2017

My New "Baby" has Arrived!

Cover of the chronological edition of my "blogoir."

Dear Ladies,

I finally (!) finished the first of the two editions of my memoir based on my blog, a blogoir.  

Half of the readers who were kind enough to vote in my "Help Me Organize My Blogoir" post chose chronological order and half chose thematic order, so I decided to assemble both.  

Compiling and connecting a thematic work turns out to be much more complex that I had anticipated (live and learn); therefore, I decided to go ahead with the chronological book first.

I would very much appreciate your prayers for the book's success.  I do hope that you will look at the eBook and, if you feel it would meet your needs, honor me with a purchase.  In addition to purchasing the book from my Etsy site, you can obtain the book from me directly.  Please leave me a comment or write to me at berengerfamily [at sign] yahoo [dot] com for details.  Thank you.

May God continue to heap blessings on you and yours!

Agape always,

Link:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/551140893/life-as-a-fascinating-woman-the?ref=shop_home_feat_4

04 August 2017

Femininity Friday: The Pleasure of Being a Woman

Jeanne Moreau - Jacques Fresco - CC by SA 3.0 via WikiCommons

One of my favorite actresses and another of my femininity stars died this past week.  I chose this particular image of Jeanne Moreau out of the many available via WikiCommons because it shows me (and you, I hope) the lesson of remaining feminine and girlish even well into old age.  Here, Mme Moreau is in her eighties, but she has accessorized in a very cute manner, has styled her hair a girlish hairdo, and is wearing light makeup that compliments her coloring.

Although Jeanne Moreau's acting amazed me and brought me and her millions of other worldwide fandom great joy, one of her roles impacted my philosophy of life and my teaching of femininity and marriage enrichment: her role as Amande in Nikita.  The film itself is powerful, showing the redemption of a young woman, by love, in the midst of an extremely violent and amoral world.  Although the film includes no nudity that I recall (many years have passed since I viewed the film), it is horrifically violent and deserves its "R" rating.

In the film, Amande is part of the young woman's preparation to become a state assassin for France.   In one of the pivotal scenes of the film, Amande makes the following short speech to Nikita, a speech that impacted my thinking about femininity (my translation from the French):

Let yourself be guided by pleasure, the pleasure of being a woman.  And don't forget that there are two things that are limitless: femininity and the ability to exploit it.

The first part of the speech revolutionized my thinking about Mrs. Andelin's work.  Everything about femininity exists to bring us pleasure: appearance, behavior, temperament, being a fascinating companion, living our other feminine roles.  All of this is given to women by God, I believe, to bring us pleasure.

The second part of the speech taught me that without the character teachings in her work, femininity could be used exploitively.

Here follows links to articles about Mme Moreau as well as the speech I referenced above from Nikita.

From The Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Moreau

From The Telegraph:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/five-ways-jeanne-moreau-nailed-take-french-chic/

02 August 2017

Wondering Wednesday: "I Love My Job: Do I Have to Quit?"

Courtesy of Microsoft
As I proceeded through the assembly of my blogoir, I noticed a post that I had originally written in 2012 but never posted.  The question remains relevant five years later.

My short answer is simple. Of course not. You are an adult and can do as you wish. Mrs. A worked outside the home early in her marriage, and Mrs. B (me) worked outside the home and works outside the home due to financial necessity.

My long answer is more complex. Legitimate work of any kind, done diligently, raises the dignity of the person. Homemaking and child-rearing are both vocation and work, with eternal rewards and consequences.  According to Saint Paul, women are to put their husbands and children as the first of their earthly concerns and to take good care of their homes.  That is difficult to do if one is working away from the home forty hours a week.  Ideally, and especially if a woman has dependent children, she would devote herself to her family, living the Four Feminine Roles to the utmost. 

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped. 

28 July 2017

Femininity Friday: My Femininity Star

Photo of Mrs. Kennedy Typing - 1960 - Public Domain
Dear Ladies,

I hope that you all are doing good, feeling well, and sharing your joie de vivre with others.

Today is a special day for me, for it is the birthday of my "Femininity Star," Mrs. John F. Kennedy, better known as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.  (I don't recognize her marriage to Onassis; I believe that while the marriage was legal, it wasn't valid.)  

Was Mrs. Kennedy a perfect person?  No, she decidedly was not.  She was, like the rest of us, a sinner and had her full share of faults.  For me,  however, Mrs. Kennedy served as a model of an intelligent woman who was secure enough in herself that she could remain a feminine woman, too.  Although Mrs. Kennedy dressed in beautiful couture clothing, my favorite photograph features her in a house dress at a typewriter, just as I am myself so many times.

Who is your Femininity Star?  Who helps provides a model for you to emulate in some way?  I would love to know, so please leave me a comment if you like or link to this post and share your ideas on your own blog.

I hope that my "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,

26 July 2017

Wondering Wednesday: "Where Can I Meet Mr. Right?"

The Accolade - Leighton - Public Domain
Gentle Readers,

I hope that everyone is doing good, feeling well, and sharing her joie de vivre with others.

Today's question is a paraphrase of one that I have been asked many times in many ways.

Since I don't know anyone personally, I cannot really say where an individual woman might meet her Mr. Right.  The following are a few "woman-to-woman" ideas that came to mind based on past actions of my own.  Your results may vary, and always keep personal safety at the forefront of any activity.

  • In one's own home.  If at all possible, I try to share hospitality on a monthly basis.  Since everything is very casual, one guest can bring someone new to the gathering.  Safety first, as always!
  • At one's religious organization.   I attend Church as often as possible and, back in the day, attended all the activities for singles and for families.
  • At the hardware store.  I need to shop for items to maintain my home, and I always look my best when I do.
  • At the fire station.  Many fire stations offer tours.  
  • At the police station.  Many police departments and sheriff's departments offer tours or "citizen's academies."  
  • At shareholder's meetings.  Be sure to research carefully before investing any money is my woman-to-woman suggestion.  I don't know how things are now, of course, but I used to purchase sometimes just enough stock to be invited to the shareholder's meetings. 
  • At volunteer activities.  I met someone very important to me while volunteering at the local hospital.
  • At work.  I know that many of my readers don't believe in women working away from home in any form, and I respect that.  Most of us, however, don't have that blessing and must work away from home at some point in our lives.
  • Just walking around.  My mother used to say, "Always have a manicure because you never know who might want to hold your hand." 😊
As always, I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,