22 March 2018

Wondering Wednesday (on Thursday): "What Can I Do about My Poor Character?"

Courtesy of Microsoft
Dear Ladies,

I received the following question from a Yahoo! group member: "I feel that my character is so bad that nothing can improve it.  [She went into some personal details that I won't share.] What could I do?"  This following is the answer I shared with the group:

My woman-to-woman, not-a-professional suggestion to improve character would be to look at the traits Mrs. A gives in the character chapter in her book and rank the worst (the one that challenges you the most), the second worst, etc., until all of them have a rating from worst to best.  Next, start with the most challenging character trait and work on improvement (remember, we look for progress, not perfection) for a month; move to the second most challenging and so on until you have worked through all of them.  Doing so will take you about a year, but at the end of the year, you should be able to look back and see improvement.  Work on the rest of Mrs. A's teachings as you go along to improve your self-esteem, which, in turn, will help you to realize your worth as a woman and make it less likely that you will make unwise choices.  As always, I hope that my little woman-to-woman ideas have helped.  

In the venue of my blog, I would add that I encourage everyone who can do so safely to read The Holy Bible each day for fifteen minutes.  Do so even if you are an atheist.  The Holy Bible, if nothing else, is chockablock with ancient wisdom that, for millennia, has helped people to improve their lives and the way they treat others (but that's just my opinion).  

Agape always,

21 March 2018

Embrace and Celebrate the Now

Almond Blossoms - Vincent van Gogh - Public Domain

Dear Gentleladies,

Today is the first full day of spring or autumn, depending on where you live.  What could you do to embrace and to celebrate the wonder of the season?  

Dreaming about the future or ruminating about the past seems to be the human tendency.  However, the past is over and the future never seems to play out the precise way we expect.  Whatever season of life we are in, whatever our circumstances, embrace and celebrate the now.  Enjoy being a single woman, or a mom, or a wife, or whatever stage of life you are.  Enjoy where you live.  Love your home, whatever it might be, trying to appreciate it, to improve it where possible, and to thank God for it.  

I know that's what I intend to do.

Agape always,

19 March 2018

Happy H Day!

Courtesy of Two Hearts Design
Hello, Fascinating Ones!

On March 19, most Christians worldwide commemorate the husband of Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, the long-suffering Saint Joseph.  Some years ago I had the idea of honoring Saint Joseph by naming the day "Husband's Day" in my home and doing something extra-special to bring a smile to my husband's face.

I encourage you to do something extra-nice for your husband today or, if not today, soon. I am not married right now, but I plan to chat with the youngsters about the traits of a wonderful husband.  

Agape always,

PS: Although I was inspired by my faith, you don't have to be a Christian to celebrate Husbands' Day.

09 March 2018

Femininity Friday: Happy Birthday, Barbie!

Barbie Cake by Heidi Sanders via CakeCentral.com

Dear Ladies,

One of the joyful memories of my young life was collecting and playing with Barbie and her friends.  I have been "waxing nostalgic" lately, and I thought, "Why not celebrate Barbie Day this year?"  So, I am!  I wore my Barbie Pink lipstick and a Barbie Pink hair ornament around my pony tail this morning when I went to the laundromat.  There's nothing like a little glamour to brighten an otherwise mundane morning!

I believe that Barbie exemplifies "Angela Human" in many ways.  She is radiantly healthy (if a bit on the thin side) and shares her joie de vivre with Christie, Francie, Midge, Skipper, Todd and Tutti, Stacy, Chelsea, and especially with her suitor, Kenneth Carson.  You know she always behaves in a virtuous way, and have you ever seen the dream house in a dusty mess?  Although she could improve on modesty, Barbie generally dresses and behaves in a feminine way.  She explores a variety of careers, but I perceive that once she and Ken marry, she would become the most glamorous stay-at-home wife and mom in town!

Some have criticized Barbie for being too thin at 5'9" and 110 pounds, and for the average doll that would be accurate.  However, Barbie originally was a teen fashion model; I, too, was a teen fashion model (albeit much less famous), and my weight at 5'7" was required not to exceed 108 pounds as the camera adds fifteen pounds to one's body.  Barbie's waist measurement has been criticized, too, but it is well to remember that Barbie's figure closely matches that of Jayne Mansfield, who was considered at the time to have a gorgeous, voluptuous figure and who was an early enthusiast of healthy eating and exercise.

Happy Birthday, Barbie!  May we both enjoy many happy returns of the day!

Agape always,


02 March 2018

Femininity Friday: March's Fascinating Times

Courtesy of Microsoft

Here follow my plans to have a marvelous March~

To Do:

Transition to Spring/Early Summer wardrobe
Check sales for winter items 
Continue with Quadragesima New Testament reading and house cleaning
Continue culling my possessions


The New Testament
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Special Days:

3: National Anthem Day - Sing, read, or listen to a performance of the National Anthem
9: Barbie’s Birthday (March 9, 1959) - Wear “Barbie Pink
12: Girl Scout Day - Sing a chorus of “Waddaley Atcha” or some other song learned in Scouts and make S’mores for dessert
14: Pi Day - Play some math games and enjoy a slice of pie
15: The Ides of March - Julius should have listened to Calpurnia!  Watch a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar either a formal production or an animated version
17: Saint Patrick’s Day - Enjoy corned beef and cabbage for dinner and make green milkshakes for dessert
19: Husband’s Day (Saint Joseph’s Day) - Chat with the youngsters about traits of a good husband
20: First Day of Spring - Enjoy lunch picnic style
25: Lady Day (The Feast of the Annunciation) - This is the day that Mary’s “Yes” to God is commemorated.  This year, March 25 is also Palm Sunday, so the Church will commemorate the Annunciation on April 9. 
29-31: Paschal Triduum