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Be My Valentine: The Fantasy Voice and Song

The Song.

This is THE song of romance. The Very Song. Chills. Weak knees. Tears of Joy. Longing. All from a song. This song.

The Voice.

This is THE voice of romance. This voice requires a misting fan for the listening female (and probably some male listeners too). Click here to listen. [He starts at 00:11:00 ]


Go on! Share “the voice” and “the song” in your life. Share the love!






Be My Valentine! Day 3 of Crushes: Hey Girl!


No clue how to give credit for a Meme. Tell me and I’ll do it. I try to give credit.


Granted, I’m old enough to be Ryan Gosling’s Mom (he was born when I was 18 after all), but I have a crush on the Hey Girl Ryan. Not Ryan Gosling, the actor, you understand, but his alter-ego. Especially when he’s being all sweet about reading and crafting, teaching, homeschooling and other girly-stuff. So, today I give you the most crush-worthy Hey Girl memes featuring Ryan Gosling.

In the memes Ryan is every girl’s dream boy friend. He loves to go to Michael’s and shop for craft supplies. He understands just how demanding being a teacher can be. He is supportive of librarians. He adores talking about all the available homeschool curricula ever developed.


Ryan is supportive, patient and adoring. Ryan is that guy who is so hopelessly in love with his girl friend that, though his eyes twinkle with laughter and his lip curls almost to a smile, he just goes on listening and adoring. Even when the wife/girl friend the Meme is addressed to cancels cable for Netflix for homeschooling documentaries and he has to skip the Super Bowl. He’s a fantasy.

The Ryan of Hey Girl loves his girl friend’s body shape, her clothing style and never complains, never wants her to try a new look or wear stripper shoes or hooker tights. He does do rude things like belch. He lives to give a back rub and ONLY a back rub, in spite of a few glimmers to the contrary.

Here then are a few of my very favorite Hey Girls:


Ryan UNDERSTANDS us. He years for the same things we yearn for–time for crafts, favorite girly t.v. shows–he cried watching Season 3 of Downton Abbey–coffee and yoga pants. He supports our dreams. He isn’t always grabbing a girl’s butt or luring her into sex by fixing her a bubble bath. If Ryan fixed a bubble bath, he’d sit down and read Jane Austen aloud while a girl soaked–in candlelight. He’d feed her fine chocolates or hold the glass so she could sip cold champagne or brew her favorite hot tea. He’d have the towels fluffing in the drier and put out HER favorite nightie for her. There’d be chocolates on the neatly turned down bed and a rose on her nightstand. And, he’d smile and simply say “Good night” and mean it. Did I mention he’d make sure those bed linens had antique lace and embroidery?


Ryan embraces our faith, glories in our crafts and is all about us! He’s a fantasy, a dream, and a good giggle. He’s the other side of the great lummox we really love–the one who thinks Wings are a food group, that his junior high briefs still fit and that “sexy” is coming to bed in t-shirt that isn’t from Hooters. But while ladies swoon over Ryan, they know he’s an internet crush. He’s the guy we occasionally wish for, but know we’ll never get because he’s no more real than that Highlander in those free romance novels.

And, when Ryan does show his “guy” side, it’s too adorable for words. He doesn’t stick his “gun” in his girl’s back and say “check it out…..” Unlike real guys, who cringe at their own awkward attempts to translate guy needs into girl-approved speak, Ryan just knows how to phrase things so they are “hot” and not “gross.” HIS girlfriend/wife always wants to say “yes, ” because he just gets it–he speaks the language (yes, that pun about getting it was intended). Now, if only there were “Ryan classes” for real boyfriends! (We won’t ruin the mood by imagining men writing a “girlfriend” class…..)


So, today I give you Hey Girl’s Ryan–the ultimate fantasy boy friend/husband.

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Be My Valentine–Day Two of my Crushes! A Fictionalized History Crush


Richard Grenville! You vex women’s souls, you fictional rogue! 

History is the true love of my life, so it stands to figure that I have a few ‘history crushes.’ And, when one of those has been brought to life by a writer as utterly amazing as Daphne Du Maurier…well, Be. Still. My. Achy-Breaky. Heart. and, please crank up that A.C.!! Hot flashin’ Mama here! Just thinking the words Richard Grenville….no need to sing “Come on baby light my fire–” more like “Call 9-1-1.”

King's GeneralBack in the days of the other Civil War–the English one, The King’s General, aka Richard Grenville stormed the country. In Du Maurier’s tale he has a romance for the centuries with Honor Harris. To say more would be to spoil the book for you. Yes, it is longer than the Book Club mandated 300 pages, but is it ever worth it. It’s your favorite Dancing With the Stars Couple, plus your favorite Romantic Movie, plus a big does of manly man all rolled into one. Cue “Lady In Red” and “Natural Woman” and whatever other romantic music you need, plus the moody suspense that only Du Maurier could write. But be prepared to sit your horse thru the most rollicking Grand National ever!!! Richard takes us all for quite a ride.


ITV, the BBC and/or PBS need to put this one on the screen. It’s the Borgias without the raunchy sex (and, sadly, without Jeremy Irons), it’s Downton Abbey of the 1600s. I loved this book so much I’m still having hot flashes for Richard. I’m still weepy that I  finished it. This is not a soppy love story–this is a fictional world! You are inside the minds of Richard and Honor. You are living IN the English Civil War.

The photo on the right shows Daphne Du Maurier and her husband, the dashing World War II General Frederick “Boy” Browning and their children–one of whom, Tessa, would later marry the son of World War II’s legendary Field Marshall Montgomery (aka “Monty”).

To learn more about the English Civil War, click here

To read more about the real King’s General, click here

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