Blog Fridays: A Poem of Remembrance

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December is here! Christmas and New Year’s vastly approaches. It’s amazing to think that this year is almost over, but crazy enough, that the year went by so fast. Before we’ll know it we will be celebrating our first president, George Washington’s birthday. A day off for some of us {smile}. I was telling my niece before she turned 18 that before she knows it she’ll not only turn 18 but, in the blink of an eye, she’ll be 30. Happy Around the Corner Birthday Niece lol.

Though this blog seems more like an end of the year I felt it important to remember all year long to remember the Creator and how marvelous He truly is. Again, I know this is strange, but we must take time to look back to where we were to where we are now and understand the importance of – it is not the thing we possess. It is that we’ve been kept here to be a light for someone. Thank you for being a light in mine. It’s very much appreciated!

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I present to you a reminiscent moment of October …. “Lest I Forget” ….

Written by Katherine Matthews

Age Matters! Women — We Have a Sex Drive, Too!

Leonardo DiCaprio's Girlfriend Camila Morrone Says She Isn't Bothered by Their 23-Year Age Gap
Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone

The 23 years between Leonardo DiCaprio (45) and Camila Morrone (22) has spread like wild fire. She explains the “May to December” (an expression to describe relationships meaning May is younger {in the spring of life} and December is older {in the winter of life}) romance is fine. “I don’t understand the criticism received about our age difference. It’s nothing new, and age … it’s nothing but a number,” she explains in an interview with Los Angeles Times.

Since yesterday’s posting I wondered why it was more common with men than women. Did it really make that much of a difference. In personal talks with different couples over the years I learned that an older man tended to look for younger women for various reasons such as: virility, child bearing, inheritance, the appearance, ego, and she can take care of him. The list goes on, however, these few were jaw-dropping within itself.

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We as women have a sex drive too! It matters who is on our arm and we want a man who will take care of us. Maybe not as defined by men but we, too, seek for someone who will, in the long run, be able to satisfy our persons’ as well. This all, considering, seems rather sexist. But maybe that’s the underlining point.

Men Confess: 22 reasons why younger guys fall for older women

By Felicia Brings and Susan Winter

“Aquaman” actor Jason Momoa, 40, still blushes when he talks about his wife, actress Lisa Bonet, 51.

The star, who is on the shortlist for People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive 2019” title, called her “literally my childhood crush” and “dream girl” in a recent interview with Esquire.

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Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet

“If someone says something isn’t possible,” Momoa said, “I’m like, ‘Listen here, I married Lisa Bonet. Anything is [expletive] possible.'”

It still seems more common for men to seek out younger women, but one of TODAY’s most-read stories continues to be this post on why younger men fall for older women. We’ve celebrated the long-term relationships between actor Hugh Jackman, who is 13 years younger than wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Then there’s French President Emmanuel Macron, 41, and his 66-year-old wife Brigitte. Macron has said the criticism of his marriage stems from sexism.

But it’s not only younger famous men who understand the attraction to mature women.

In “Older Women, Younger Men: New Options for Love and Romance,” authors Felicia Brings and Susan Winter interviewed more than 200 men to discover the allure of the so-called “Mrs. Robinson syndrome.” You’ll be surprised at what men find appealing about older women.

“I’d do it again? Definitely, no question. Oh yeah, and once you’ve done it, you definitely look at older women in another way.”—Nick, 33

We’ve made our position known and shared the thoughts and experiences of the women to whom we talked. Now it’s time to let the men speak for themselves. One important question we asked was what they felt an older woman has to offer. Here are some answers which are clear, articulate and to the point. Their sentiments represent a very large proportion of the opinions we heard expressed.

Check out these interviews …

In the end … it is two mature people coming together to make something work. Relationships are hard work and if one is not on board it won’t work regardless of the difference in age or gender!

Is Age Just A Number?

Let’s take a closer look in what studies show about age difference in relationships.

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What celebrity couple has the biggest age difference? 17 Celebrity Couples With Big Age Differences

  1. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. …
  2. Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. …
  3. Donald and Melania Trump. …
  4. Beyoncé and Jay Z. …
  5. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. …
  6. AnnaLynne McCord and Dominic Purcell. …
  7. Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen. …
  8. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo

Across Western countries, about 8% of all married heterosexual couples can be classified as having a large age gap (ten years or more). These generally involve older men partnered with younger women. About 1% of age-gap couples involve an older woman partnered with a younger man. Apr 19, 2018

What is an acceptable age difference between couples? According to the rule, the age of the younger partner (regardless of gender) should be no less than seven more than half the older partner’s age. Martin, then, shouldn’t date anyone younger than 26 and a half; Lawrence shouldn’t go above 34. The rule is widely cited, but its origins are hard to pin down. Aug 31, 2014

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Mary Kate and Olivier Sarkozy

Can age gap relationships work? Making age gap relationships work — More people are open to age gap relationships for themselves than you may think. According to one study, most men and women prefer to date someone close to their own age but are open to someone 10 to 15 years their junior or senior. … Age was never an issue because he didn’t act his age. Nov 21, 2018

Can a 20 year age gap work? The Older You Are, the Easier It GetsResearch has found that the age gap between a 20year-old and a 40-year-old can cause more issues than the gap between, say, a 50-year-old and a 70-year-old. Mar 14, 2019

We shall continue this search ….

Silently Speaking

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Dr. Maya Angelou. I heard her share one of her stories of not speaking for almost 6 years due to a rape. When she told of the rape to her family her uncle killed the man and she believed her words caused the man to die. The power of words could kill! The power of words could kill! The power of WORDS …

What is it for me to exist? What is it for me to speak? In some way, fashion or form I share. I share good. I share bad. I share … words. The power of them all, I’m not sure what they entail. The dreaded unspoken words, “You’re a failure” speaks to me constantly. They break me. They mold me. They comfort me. They kill me but they also make me alive. How can this be? How can something that has died be resurrected? Failure kills my everyday but the Word brings me back to life!

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

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KATch-UP Mondays: Ruined Passions?

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Blogging? Hmmm, I’m starting to rethink this whole idea. It’s another one of those “why am I writing” moments that has reared its head. Last week, I learned of someone I know telling a family member that I’m not intelligent. Of course, it has been up for question insomuch of my Dad saying, “You don’t know if you’re intelligent?” (lol).

It plagues my mind this morning!

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Has it ruined my passion to write, blog, anything of the sort that had been a “passion” from the start? Great question! If it has then it also questions if a passion really existed. Hmmm, interesting.

This is the day that this writing will be left up in the air!

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Blog Fridays: Black Friday — Purchase a Slave Today?!

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I NEVER knew this! I thought Black Friday was just a day to go shopping because everything is on sale. It’s a great way to purchase some Christmas gifts at, practically, half the price. How ignorant I am to not realize the actual behind the popular day after Thanksgiving celebration!

Celebration?! Seems rather far-fetched doesn’t it? But it isn’t. There are so many people who have planned out their shopping spree today. Some were willing, even, to sleep outside to make sure they could get that 50 inch TV. I’m not sure if this part still exists. I think they’ve tried to come up with a better solution due to riotous acts occurring in some locations. But, all in all, it’s a bit much to sleep outside for a TV or even for some other type of “gift”.

1869 On Friday, September 24 1869, in what became referred to as “Black Friday”, the US gold market crashed and Fisk and Gould’s actions left Wall Street barons bankrupt. It was not until later years that the post-Thanksgiving period became associated with the name.

Amazing of how one bad thing was changed into something positive. I guess that is the way we supposed to see things. Selling slaves was horrible and, yet, many, many years later we’re celebrating by buying something on sale!

Makes you think!!