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,

24 July 2017

"She Takes a Stand Against Liberation" from 1970

The Favorite Poet - Lawrence Alma-Tadema - Public Domain
Gentle Readers,

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

While I was working away at my blogoir this morning (after caring for my family and our little home, of course), I received an alert from the New York Times for this article about Mrs. Andelin:  "She Takes a Stand Against Liberation" from 1970.  

Although the article includes some factual mistakes, what I found interesting about the article was Mrs. Andelin's take on the degradation of the women who embrace The Four Feminine Roles:  “Women's lib has degraded women's importance in the home, making pots, pans and children menial tasks and urging women to find fulfillment in contributions outside the home.”

The more things change; the more they remain the same.

Agape always,

Direct link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/1970/09/28/archives/she-takes-a-stand-against-liberation.html 

22 July 2017

An Important Announcement Regarding My Teaching

Sea Promenade - Michael Ancher - Public Domain

From the biography section on my website:  "Cynthia was authorized to teach classes by Helen B. Andelin, now of blessed memory, and in 2012, Brian Andelin, now also of blessed memory, confirmed his support of her teaching with his late mother's books.  In 2016, Dixie Forsyth began authorizing teachers, and Cynthia was authorized by her to teach.  On July 22, 2017, Cynthia was informed of the new requirement of teaching with Mrs. Forsyth's book, which Cynthia did not wish to do as she has no acquaintance with the book.  Therefore, on that date, Cynthia requested to have her name removed from Mrs. Forsyth's website.  Cynthia will continue to teach using Mrs. Andelin's books as textbooks."  

Link to my website: https://fwclass.wixsite.com/cynthiaberenger/about-cynthia

18 July 2017

Words of Wisdom Gleaned from One Family's Tragedy

Courtesy of Microsoft
Dear Ladies,

I read an article (link below) on USA Today just a few minutes ago about a newborn girl who died after being exposed to the Herpes Simplex Virus, a very common virus.  The family is in my prayers.  A tragedy worsened, it seems to me, by the near certainty that it could have been prevented.

Agape always,

Link to the article:

14 July 2017

Femininity Friday: An Acceptance Exercise

Courtesy of Microsoft
Dear Ladies,

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

I hope, as well, that you enjoy the following excerpt from page 115 of my book, A Fascinating Companion, which is available on Lulu and on Etsy.
"I completed this assignment during premarital counseling, and my students have found the exercise to be helpful in learning to look at their own and their suitors’, fiancés’, or husbands’ better side. 
Step One: Take a sheet of paper and fold it lengthwise. On one column write all your strong points. If needed, look back at your list of positive traits from earlier in the class. On the other column, write your faults. 
Step Two: On a second sheet of paper, do the same for your loved one. 
Step Three: Take the two sheets of paper and fold the “fault” column so that it’s in the back. 
Step Four: Tape together the two sheets of paper so that the two “strengths” columns are side-by-side. You can use the resulting paper to look to your own and to your loved one’s better side. Many women have found that their own and their significant others’ strengths complement each other." 

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

Agape always,