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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Marriage 1920's Style - Part 2

You thought I'd forgotten that I labeled the last post Part 1, didn't you? I didn't forget; I couldn't write the next part because I misplaced my book just like to give my readers time to reflect on the wisdom found in my profound posts. :D

The following passages are also from The Trail of Conflict by Emilie Loring.

What wonders women were, some of them, Steve amended. He thought of the girls with whom he had dined and danced in the last two years. Many of them sensation-seeking privateers. Was it after-war reaction which made them so recklessly, flagrantly determined in their attempts to lure? They had succeeded only in repelling him but they had plenty of victims. How they crackled the glaze of their reputations. How they married and unmarried, those people whom he knew, and with what tragic consequences to their children.
A fragment from Kant which had been the text for a college theme teased at the tip of his tongue. He had it! "No one of us can do that, which if done by all, will destroy society." If this divorce business kept up it would destroy society.
She would keep her marriage vow at any cost to herself, Courtlandt thought, no matter how she might care for someone else. She was the sort of woman who would stand the wear and tear of daily companionship, making allowance for a man's moods but never knuckling to them. She'd bring him up with a round turn, but she'd laugh while she did it. He couldn't imagine her irritable or fretty or snappy. She had the saving grace of humor. If women could only learn the persuasive value of a laugh as against tears or sulks how many marriages would be saved from the scrap-heap. After all, any poor dumb-bell could get married; it was staying married which proved one's metal.
pp. 92-93
"Has he been up to his old tricks again?" His eyes fell as though by accident to her arms.

The woman's eyes, her lips, changed in expression. It was as though her features, red-hot with life and interest, had been run into a mold and hardened.

"He has that, Mr. Tommy."

"Is there any use in repeating what I have said before, that you ought to leave him?"

"An' I say as I said before, you're wrong, Mr. Tommy. I promised in the sight of God and man to stick to him as long as we both lived. I wasn't forced to marry Simms. I did it of my own free will - my own fool will," contemptuously. "I'd be a fine example to my children, wouldn't I, if I tried to get out of marriage just because it wasn't the romantic joy-ride I'd expected."
My, isn't our attitude today different! People have no-fault divorces and dissolve marriages due to issues of "incompatibility." God helping me, I aim to keep my marriage vows - for better or for worse.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Berries and Cream Blog Design Is Now Open for Business

Today Berries and Cream Blog Design (a newly named and designed RS Designs) officially opened for business. We are kicking off with a 2-week launch party (Feb. 14-28) which will feature a new prize giveaway contest every day. We are also having a grand opening sale at the store - everything is up to 25% off.

Stop by and take part in the fun. :)


Monday, February 09, 2009

Lessons from Children's Church

illustration courtesy of

Oh, how I love my kids! They make me laugh in the most unexpected ways.

Pookie Bear and Miss Muffet are in the same children's church class. Their teacher is also a teacher at the church's school, and her school class room is just a few doors down from the children's church class room. She has a fish tank with a male and a female seahorse in it, and she often takes the kids to see them when children's church is done a little bit early. My girls love the sea horses and are always talking about how they have grown.

As we were sitting down for lunch yesterday, Pookie Bear piped up:

We saw the sea horses this morning. The boy and the girl were stuck together. The boy said, "Come here, Sweetheart," and the girl said, "I don't think so!"
I hid behind Mr. Incredible while I doubled over in silent laughter.


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

7 Random Things Meme

DramaMama tagged me to reveal 7 random things about myself. Although I've done a similar post before, it has been quite a while, and I've decided to play along. :)

Here are the rules:

  1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog - some random, some weird.
  3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog (not doing this one - sorry)
  4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. (ditto)
Alright, let's get on with it. :)
  1. Berries and Cream Blog Design - How yummy is your blog? On February 14, my design business, RS Designs, will become Berries and Cream Blog Design. I've been MIA lately because I have been feverishly working to have everything ready for the big launch party on February 14-28. I only have 11 days left to finish all the final details. Yikes! That means I have to finish putting in the site's content, designing the store, uploading all products, setting up coupon codes, customizing the affiliate center, and creating all 15 pre-made blog designs in less than two weeks! Where has time flown?
  2. I got my hair cut last Friday. It is now shoulder-length and has layers that start around my jaw. I loved my long hair, but it was time for a drastic change, and I am very happy with the result.
  3. I was so proud of myself - I had to have the whole house clean at one time for an appraisal we had done last Monday. I actually managed to keep everything picked up and all the laundry washed and put away for the rest of the week.
  4. I cook breakfast and supper every day - usually from scratch. The kids and I usually eat pb&j for lunch, though. :)
  5. I have taught piano for 15 years. I'm actually rather tired of it. My love is now blog design.
  6. Mr. Incredible and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in August. I told him to decide which NASCAR race he wants to go to as his anniversary gift. It'll be fun. :)
  7. I love, love, love digital scrapbooking kits, but I use them to create blog designs. Of course, I have to make sure the kit designer allows for that kind of use. Right now, I am drooling over two kits from ScrapDish - Explosions of Fun and Magic Dreams. I'd love to use the lamp from Magic Dreams here at The Porch Light.
So now you know a little more about me. Wanna share a random fact about yourself in my comments?