was growing up my two best friends were smart, athletic and confident. I was small, an average student, shy, and
far from being athletic. I would become
rather blue and my confidence would fall.
My dad would quote Max L. Forman " Always hold your head up, but be
careful to keep your nose at a friendly level."
confidence is very important at any age.
Here's a few of my favorite quotes that pick me up when I'm feeling
1. Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
2. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's
eyes. ~Sally Field
3. It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're
not. ~Author Unknown
4. We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too
easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies. ~Roderick Thorp, Rainbow
5. It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to. ~W.C.
6. If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint,"
then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ~Vincent Van
7. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of
waiting for someone to bring you flowers. ~Veronica A. Shoffstall,
"After a While," 1971
8. People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine
when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is
revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
9. I am not a has-been. I am a will be. ~Lauren Bacall
10. Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing
to be wrong. ~Peter T. Mcintyre
11. Never dull your shine for somebody else. ~Tyra Banks, America's
Next Top Model, "The Girl Who Is Afraid of Heights," original
air-date 17 October 2007
12. Oliver Wendell Holmes once attended a meeting in which he was the
shortest man present. "Dr. Holmes," quipped a friend, "I
should think you'd feel rather small among us big fellows." "I
do," retorted Holmes, "I feel like a dime among a lot of
pennies." ~Author Unknown
13. You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Some class reunions are held during the summer (like my high school) but often they are held during the homecoming event of a school (like my college). In my small town most class reunions are held during Blueberry Festival or during the high school Homecoming.
When it comes to class reunions, there is sweet nostalgia, sharing of memories and some times the rekindling of romance. I'm the reunion secretary for my Class of 1985 Reunion. I've been finding "lost" classmates since 1995. From my end of planning a reunion can be nerve-wracking and the night of the party is a complete relief. However, while talking to classmates prior to reunions I've heard many stories of apprehension and concern in regards to relating one's former self to the present. While attending a college reunion I heard the full power of who was married to whom and who was divorced. Gossip fodder usually included "Class couples" who broke up before graduation, later married other people, then divorced after a short marriage. Bets were being placed on whether those old flames would strike up again.
I'm curious - have you rekindled with an old flame at a reunion?
Tell me in the comments below.
Rachel Willis signed up for a 1Night Stand with hopes of finding something that is missing in her life. Is it a coincidence her date is scheduled during a class reunion? And why did the one person she’s avoided for years have to show up?
Dusty Stiles never recovered from the one that got away. Madame Eve is his last hope to get her back.
Will one night be enough to erase the pain of the past and rekindle the passion they once shared?
Deep in thought and alone, she continued to watch the fountains. The scrape of a chair nearby distracted her. Large, warm hands grasped her shoulders. She jumped but couldn’t turn to see who stood behind her. The sweet melody of citrus with a hint of spice tickled her nose. The signature scent and familiar touch belonged to only one man.
“Hello, Rachel.” A man’s deep voice washed over her as he caressed her nape with his lips.
“Hello, Dusty.” The words came out with a sigh. “It’s been a long time.”
“Too long, babe.” He pulled her back against his broad chest.
“You’re awfully brave to come up to me like this. You startled me, and I could have cracked one of your ribs with my elbow.” She playfully jabbed at him.
“You could never hurt me.” He ran his hands down her arms and pinned her elbows at her sides. “At least not physically.”
“Is that what you think?” She stiffened in his grasp.
“Baby, there are ways you could kill me.” The silken tone still softened her dissent. “You are fucking gorgeous in this dress. I imagine you wearing something like this as a wedding gown.”
Her stomach flipped with excitement at his praise. The strapless white bustier dress bared her shoulders. A tilt of her head gave him easier access to her neck, where he placed soft kisses. He slid his hand under her arm and around her satin-covered torso. He would be pleased at what lay hidden under the layers of lace making up the skirt. Wait a minute. The white stockings and satin thong were meant to impress her date, not him! She tried to pull away, but he held her firm.
“I saw you watching me, and I know that expression in your eyes.” His voice caressed her ear, sending waves of heat through her. “Come with me.”
Fall is a beautiful
time of year here in Michigan. I love the incredible palate of colorful trees
and shrubbery. Nature’s pure fragrance of leaves and earth as well as the
temptations of pumpkin pie, baked apples, and hot mulled cider create a
wonderful setting. This time of year is also the time to pull out the winter
woolies and time for some old fashion cuddling. It is a time for Autumn
Here are a few tips to
help you leap into romance!
football fever. As many of you know, I am a Football Mom to three boys and
spend countless hours at their games.
Being at a game snuggled up to my honey under a stadium blanket while
sharing hot cocoa helps us capture a bit of romance. When I look around during the game, I see we
are not the only couple using the opportunity.
a special morning. Romance isn’t just for nighttime. Make a special breakfast.
Pack it into a picnic basket and eat outside or visit your local cider mill and
enjoy some cider and doughnuts.
the patio at night. Or build a bonfire for two. Curl up together under a
blanket and sip a cup of hot apple cider.
leaves. This is something the whole family can do. Rake a pile of leaves and
yes…. Jump in! It’s not just for
kids. Let your hair down and play! Laughing is great foreplay.
the trails. Go for a walk holding hands or a nice bike ride. Stop periodically
to enjoy the view.
This is a great way to stay in shape and relieve tension as
well as giving you a chance to talk.
However, if you come to a hill… I dare you to roll down it!
camping. Try it in your own backyard.
Cook outside on a grill or over a bonfire. Enjoy the fresh air and each other.
a carnival, county fair or craft show. Wander around holding hands and nibbling
on Elephant Ears.
a fireside picnic. Slip into something sexy. Pour your favorite wine and play
your favorite love songs.
on a hayride. Many apple orchards offer hay rides through November. Night time
hay rides are very romantic. Enjoy a scenic tour while sitting close to each
other and holding hands like a couple of teenagers.
a local vineyard. Many offer tours
through December. Take advantage of their sampling room and select a bottle to
a train ride. In Michigan we have the
Snow Train that runs only during the winter. However, many areas offer special
color tours and dinners. Check with your local railroads for more information.
apple picking. Whether it’s at an orchard or your own backyard, pick some
apples together then head into the kitchen for some fun. Make an apple pie and
crack open some whipped cream. Just make sure to leave enough whipped cream to
have on the pie! *wink, wink*
for a stroll in a park. Take time to let your inner child out. Play hopscotch
or push each other on the swings.