International Kissing Day: The 7 Best Kissing Song List

Gosh. I cannot believe the special day came and went and I completely forgot to celebrate! International Kissing Day (IKD) took place on July 6, 2013, and sure enough, my tribute post, you know it, sat in my draft folder.

Memory failure on a grand scale!

Had I been more attentive and checked my blog’s milestone widget, you probably would have read this on the appropriate day. Instead, I went gallivanting with friends and now, I apologize.

BUT, hey, we can keep on celebrating anyway, right? Of course, right!

I discovered IKD last year, did a simple kiss post with quick quotations, and borrowed photograph via Google. This year, I thought, why not feature a few music videos that either have the word kissing in the title or mentioned in the song lyrics. Have a peek and tell me what you think… Continue reading

Hi Mom!

Hi Mom!

I know you do not have an e-mail account nor tote around a cell phone so, instead, let me say thank you in this short note for the example you gave of what a loving, unselfish and generous mother looks like.

Because your faith is strong, I have strength to see through many of life’s big obstacles…
Because you see goodness in everyone, I have your positive outlook in life…
Because you believe in the power of prayer, I know the power of Divine love.

Because you blessed me richly, may you be forever blessed.

Thank you praying the Hail Mary prayer repeatedly while I grew up. Now this beautiful prayer is forever in my memory.

Your loving daughter,


Happy blessed Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere!

*Ave Maria featuring the beautiful voice of Mirusia Louwerse

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Thank you and inspiration for this post came via a triple package:

Daily Prompt: Hi, Mom! | Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST: Mother’s DayIsland Traveler’s Weekly Image of Life: A Mother’s Love.

*Ave Maria in English:

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women & blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.

Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now & at the hour of our death, Amen.

On National Library Week: Look, Read, Love

What a smart spider to have the desire to read a book! And, what better place to go find a large selection of a variety of books than over at a library.

“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history,” wrote Carl T. Rowan.

As children, my brother and I spent many hours at the library and Desiderius Erasmus is right, “Your library is your paradise.” A paradise you can borrow and take home with you and once you are done, you go get another set of paradise!

Also, my mother must have known Sarah Jessica Parker and listened to her advice: “And if you are a parent, introduce your children to their neighborhood library. It will give them a real sense of independence to have their own library card and enjoy borrowing books.” 

Yup, mother and Sarah must have been pals for sure. But wait, not only Sarah, but mother surely had Laura Bush as her Facebook friend! “Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers,” says Laura, “And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”

Being that this week, April 14-20 is National Library Week, I celebrate in thanksgiving for a great mother (plus her gal-pals, Sarah and Laura 😉 ) who inspired the love for the neighborhood libraries.

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How big is your love for neighborhood libraries?  

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  © 2013 simply charming

photo source: Wikimedia Common

Cutest Kitten Needs YOUR HELP!!

Cutest Kitten Needs YOUR HELP!!

Please, if you can help little Pixels. She is entering to help the Animal Welfare Shelter kittens.

Pixels, rescued by Long Life Cats & Dogs (NPC) after she was hit by a car at only a few weeks of age.

 Pixel hopes to win the prize: Kitten food to pay it forward and give the food to animal rescue shelters.

Please help by voting for Pixels today and know you are assisting rescued animals through the gift of food.

Vote here: Royal Canin| Cutest Kitten Photo Contest


Pixel’s Meows For Help

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Will you vote for Pixel today and spread the word to all your friends? 

Thank you!

© 2013 simply charming

International Women’s Day| Eight “First” Ladies…

The International Women’s Day celebrates women around the world. As I read a few posts from both Ye Pirate Tales and Mirth and Motivation|End Violence Against Women, it inspired me to highlight a few women I think prove perfectly, Loretta Lynn’s words…

“A charming woman…doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself.”

To me, these eight “pioneers” not only stepped away from the crowd but also paved new paths for other women to find encouragement and opportunities. Here is my list in no particular order on…

The Eight “First” Ladies and their Wisdom Words:

1. Janet Wood Reno:

Portrait of Janet Reno

Janet Reno (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)

Janet was the first American woman General Attorney appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Wisdom words: “I try to do my best and make the best judgments I can.”

2. Maria Montessori:

Maria Montessori (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maria Montessori (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italian physician and educator, Maria developed the Montessori approach to educate children. She was the first woman to earn a medical degree from the University of Rome.

Wisdom words: “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”

“The first idea the child must acquire it that of the difference between good and evil.”

3. Marie Curie:

English: Marie Curie (born Maria Salomea Skłod...

English: Marie Curie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marie was a Polish physicist and chemist. Check these outstanding first woman achievements and you will agree, Marie, was a powerhouse of a woman!

  • Won Nobel Prize in two different science fields–the first, ever! 
  • First female professor at the University of Paris
  • In 1995, the first woman to have her own merits entombed in Paris’ Pantheon.  
  • First discovered the chemical element polonium–safe to say, she owns polonium. 🙂

Wisdom Words: “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

4. Clara Barton:

English: Clara Barton - steel engraving by Joh...

Clara Barton– Photo Credit: Wikipedia

During Clara’s time, very few women worked outside the home but did that stop her? No! She was first woman to hold a government job and went on to start the American Red Cross. No obstacles too big for Clara!

Wisdom words: “I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man’s work for LESS than a man’s pay.”

You tell them, Clara!

5. Anne Bradstreet:

one of the more common paintings of anne brads...

Anne Bradstreet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anne was the first American female writer and the first female poet to have her work published.

Wisdom words: “Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending.”

6. Lucille Ball:

Lucille Ball at Madame Tussaud's New York

Lucille Ball (Photo credit: InSapphoWeTrust

Lucille was the well-known star of the television show,  I Love Lucy, and the first woman to own a major television studio.

Wisdom words: “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” ( My favorite mantra!!)

7. Elizabeth Blackwell:

Deutsch: Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell–Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Elizabeth was the first American woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

Wisdom words: “If society will not admit of woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.”

8. Cyndi Lauper:

English: Cyndi Lauper in concert, Australia, 2011.

Cyndi Lauper in concert, Australia, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, seriously, we cannot omit Cyndi. She proves without a doubt, with her unique fashion and creative artistic works, to be a modern-day “first” woman. Her 1980 début album, She’s So Unusual, became the first album in history (by a female recording artist) to have FOUR top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Most popular song still heard over the airways… “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Wisdom words: “People can save the world by the way they think and by the way they behave and what they hold to be important.”

I thank the Universe not only for these eight women, but also those not so famous (but just as important)…like our mothers, caregivers and our teachers to name a few. The generous love and giving women share to the world truly is the beauty of femininity.

Any of these “first” ladies your favorite? Please share…

Happy International Women’s Day 2013


SUNDAY POST : Christmas

I read a quote today by Kate L. Bosher:

“Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t mind so much not having at other times.”

Nativity Lights

Christmas: The gift of peace…you are loved.

My wish for you if somehow, you mysteriously find yourself lonely during this holiday season, for – what, it is not exactly clear, that your special gift at Christmas be the peace of knowing you are truly loved.

Christmas Gift

Christmas: The gift of love.

Finally, Agnes M. Pahro wonderfully defines Christmas and it is my word gift to you, my readers.  Thank you again for being my constant online companion bringing me daily encouragement and inspiration.

You are all, simply charming!

Mother Mary

Christmas: The Gift is born…”Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call be blessed.” ~The Magnificat…Luke 1: 47-48

“What is Christmas?

It is tenderness for the past,

courage for the present,

hope for the future.

It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

~Agnes M. Pahro

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

Jakesprinter: What is Sunday if you do not have your SUNDAY POST? If you blog regularly, you probably already know about Jake, the graphic artist/photographer and host of the weekly Sunday Post.

Every week, Jake throws out a little hint, for example, this week, Christmas (naturally, duh!) is the inspiration. You take your little treasure and unleash your creative mind! Once done, share your heart creation with the rest of the Sunday Post contributors.

Find more contributors and how to participate here at Christmas.

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Merry Christmas