24 March 2017

Femininity Friday: You, Tarzan; Me, Jane? (Not for the youngsters)

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A couple of "Femininity Fridays" ago, I shared two short videos, one of which featured an FW student showing and telling what she would have done regarding a tricky situation before and after her FW class. In her "after" situation she said that she would leave a note on the bedroom door: "You, Tarzan; me, Jane.  Let's swing!"  

An intrepid reader wrote to me with this question:  

"Wouldn't leaving a note like that be too aggressive?" 

I perceive that the appropriateness of the note is a problem with audience identification.  Please let me explain.  Is every book right for every reader?  Is every speech or performance suited for every audience?  No, of course not.  Well, it seems to me that would hold true for husbands and seductive actions.  Wives need to consider their respective audiences (one's own Mr. Husband) and tailor the message accordingly.

Let me share an illustrative example from my own marriage to the Beloved Braveheart.  One afternoon about a year and a half into our marriage, I watched a talk show while I folded laundry.  The topic of the show was "Adding Spice to Your Marriage."  Now, Braveheart was a veritable human spice rack in that regard, and I needed no such information.  However, in the interest of broadening my life experience, I continued watching.  One of the experts made the following suggestion (and I am paraphrasing): "The next time you and your husband are on the way to a party, when you are about halfway to your destination, say to him, 'Oops!  I forgot to put my panties on!'"  The studio audience gasped and giggled nervously while I pictured the scene in my mind...

We're heading down a major highway toward some shindig or another.  I lean over and breathily deliver my supposedly spicy message.  Immediately, Braveheart breaks every traffic law known to man in order to do a 180 across the median and we head up the freeway toward home at breakneck speed.  "What do you mean, you forgot your panties?  How can an adult woman forget to wear underwear?"  The steam coming out of his ears starts to fog up the windows.  Thereafter, every time we leave the house, every time he calls me, every time he e-mails me, Braveheart asks if I remembered to wear my drawers.  

No, no, while some men might have appreciated a message about missing lingerie, my husband would have thought I was losing my connection with reality!

It's the same thing with the "You, Tarzan; Me, Jane.  Let's swing!" message or Marabel Morgan's idea about flashing one's husband on Hallowe'en.  Some men would love the actions; others would be turned off or would call 911.

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

Agape always,
Cynthia

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23 March 2017

The Annual Lady Day Special is Here!

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This special used to be called the “No Foolin’ Special” and used to run only for one day, April 1.  A couple of years back, I renamed the special for Lady Day, which is March 25.  Lady Day is known by most Christians as the Feast of the Annunciation in commemoration of the day that the Angel Gabriel visited Mary, the mother of Jesus.  

Lady Day is next Saturday, but I thought we would start a little early.

Here it is...


Through March 31, 2017, sign up for the Marriage Enrichment Basic class (class fee $40.00) and receive either the  Vintage Homemaking class (a $23.00 value) or the Basic Homekeeping and Organization class (a $17.00 value) free!  You will have access to both classes through the end of 2017.  You must sign up and pay your class fee by March 31, 2017.

The enrollment form is found at the following link (or send me an e-mail and I will send a form to you) -   https://app.box.com/s/xficonq7f7k0m7tfzjrcm7sxi7l32wd6

Agape always,
Cynthia

21 March 2017

A New Marriage Enrichment Class!

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This Marriage Enrichment class is open enrollment/open graduation, meaning that you may join us at any time and take up to six months to complete the thirteen-session class. Christian Marriage Enrichment is a new class, so not all thirteen of the sessions will be available on the first day; students can expect a new recording at least weekly, however.

Although the class emphasizes Christian marriage, women of all religious faiths are welcome. However, the class is not the place to critique Christian marriage principles.

The class is primarily for married or engaged women, but single women would likely find the information helpful for future reference.

The class takes place via an online Moodle classroom. Students have access to the recorded classes for six months as well as to quizzes, readings, and integration exercises that are found only in the Christian Marriage Enrichment class taught by Cynthia Berenger.

The Christian Marriage Enrichment class includes six months' access to the following:


  • Over thirteen hours of recorded online Marriage Enrichment classes, including both video and audio (a $100.00 value)
  • Quizzes, readings, and integration exercises exclusively for this class
  • Private Moodle classroom forum to discuss the lesson material with other students. The one restriction will be that students not write uncharitably about other people, particularly their husbands. If a student has a situation about which she would like feedback from classmates, she should send me the information, and I will post it in the classroom for discussion. Weekly student participation is encouraged but not required.
The thirteen class sessions correspond to the chapters in Mrs. Cooper's book (with my own spin, naturally!) and are as follows:


❧ "God's Plan for Marriage"

❧ "Your Relationship with God

❧ "Mr. Husband's Self-Esteem"

❧ "Loving Mr. Husband As He Is"

❧ "Submission Does Not Mean Second Best"

❧ "Following Mr. Husband's Leadership"

❧ "God's Protection of Us"

❧ "God's Best for Us"

❧ "Inner Beauty"

❧ "Handling Problems and Trials"

❧ "Outer Beauty"

❧ "Physical Fulfillment in Marriage"

❧ "New Beginnings"

What the Class Isn't...
  • A place to write uncharitably about others (violates basic Christian principles)
  • Professional marital counseling (I'm not a licensed counselor)
  • Professional spiritual counseling or instruction (I'm not a clergyman)
  • Professional legal counseling or information (I'm not an attorney)
  • Professional medical consultation (I'm not a physician)
Date: Join any day and take six months to complete the class.

Time: Except for scheduled maintenance times, the classrooms are available 24/7.

Cost: $25.00

Book: Each participant will need her own copy of Mrs. Cooper's book You Can Be the Wife of a Happy Husband, either the 2010 version or an earlier version.

To Enroll: Please write to me at fwclass (at) yahoo (dot) com, and I will send to you an enrollment form to complete. Alternatively, you may find a copy of the form by copying and pasting the following link in your browser - https://app.box.com/s/xficonq7f7k0m7tfzjrcm7sxi7l32wd6. Download and complete form, and e-mail the completed form to me.

After I receive your form, I will send to you a PayPal invoice. When the invoice is fulfilled, you may start your class, usually within twenty-four hours.

Please don't hesitate to write or to comment with any questions that you have.

Agape always,
Cynthia



17 March 2017

Femininity Friday: Ten Ways to Honor Mr. Husband on Husbands' Day

The Marriage of Mary and Joseph
Dear Ladies,

This coming Sunday, March 19, is Husbands' Day!  March 19 is the day that most Christians honor Joseph, the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus.  But you don't have to be a Christian to honor your husband on this special day.  

When I was married, I loved giving Braveheart a little bit of extra indulgence on Husbands' Day.  You will know best just how to please your Mr. Husband; I offer these ten ideas to start your imagination working.

  1. Give him a Certificate of Leadership and really mean it;
  2. Treat him to a foot bath and foot massage;
  3. Give him a manicure (no polish is usually needed 😃) and kiss his fingertips;
  4. Shave his face while you are wearing a particularly attractive outfit; 
  5. "Kidnap" him and take him on a picnic for two (you can bring a book to read to each other);
  6. Join him in the shower or bathtub;
  7. Serve him his favorite brand of beer or another treat he rarely is able to enjoy;
  8. Watch his favorite film with him and don't complain about the violence, bathroom "humor," Bond girls, etc. (I used to close my eyes during the violent scenes);
  9. Write a name poem in beautiful lettering and frame it to be displayed where he will see it often;
  10. Have a family Karaoke night and sing a special song to him.
As always, I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,
Cynthia

10 March 2017

Femininity Friday: FW-Related Videos

Michael Ancher - Sea Promenade - Public Domain Image

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

Every few months or so, I run "Fascinating Womanhood" through the YouTube search engine to see what appears.  Yesterday, the following two videos popped up, both of them quite interesting.  What joy was brought into my heart by seeing the late, great Mrs. A.!  The early FW teachers and their techniques were a joy to see, too. 

The videos seem  to be from a PBS news series structured along the lines of Sixty Minutes.  The first video in interesting in its entirety.  The second video holds particular interest in that the lady who receives the Christmas gift shows exactly how to receive a gift in a girlish manner.  After about the 3:40 mark, the second video relates to Cinderella and Artie Shaw, among other matters.

Enjoy with every blessing!

Agape always,
Cynthia