Being alive, Pain, Poetry, Reflection

Will she smile?

  She cried again. Over the time that had passed. Of the years she lost to her duties. Of the years she abandoned for fear. Sorrow etched her brow. She can only feel the tightening in her chest. She can only hear echoes of how she used to be. Submerged in this grief she cannot… Continue reading Will she smile?

Book reviews, Fiction, Reflection, Women

#Interview with author of “Victorine” 19th century artist and model

I had the pleasure of discussing the soon-to-be released (17 Mar) book Victorine, with its author, Drema Drudge. In this interview published in LitWorldInterviews, Drema provides insights into the life of a female artist in 19th century Paris. Victorine Meurent was Édouard Manet’s self-professed favorite model, and an artist in her own right, with paintings… Continue reading #Interview with author of “Victorine” 19th century artist and model

Opinion, Reflection

Ocean’s 8, any good?

Ocean’s 8. It wasn’t an awesome (as in the “epic” sense) movie. It was fun and I enjoyed it. And here’s why. First, what it does not have. There was no exaggerated aggression nor obscenity. There was no gratuitous sex or violence, and so no cringe-worthy scenes and therefore appropriate for my teenage daughter and… Continue reading Ocean’s 8, any good?

Opinion, Reflection

A woman, loss and politics

What does it mean to be ‘”woman”?
A thought that crossed my mind, again. Today. Whatever that means… 🙂

MEANINGS AND MUSINGS

I cannot escape this sense of loss, this great sorrow.

I am woman, and that alone is enough to speak to the many ways in which I am deeply disappointed by the outcome of the US election. I realised the energy, the hope I had invested to see a woman make it in what is purportedly the greatest country in the world.

I am not referring to party politics. I don’t want to speak of claims of fraud or lies, and misogynistic or corrupt behaviour. I am not calling it. My experience is not American, I am not one.

But I know the politics that is played out in my life, whether I have chosen to welcome it or intentionally invited it or have it imposed upon me. And the outcome of the election epitomised it.

So I will speak about being woman. What does it take for a…

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In relationship, The Self

A real occasion

Authenticity – when your beliefs, your words and your actions are aligned. Be real, that’s the common understanding. Simple, isn’t it? I do my best to be honest with my children, including about Santa or the Easter Bunny. I am not a “truth” activist, out seeking to destroy fantasies but when they were old enough… Continue reading A real occasion

Being Woman, In relationship, Living life

Once a mother…

“One day someone calls her “Mother”. That is what she remains for the rest of her life.” Cao XueQin What a profound quote. And one which is open to many interpretations. What does it mean to you? You women who are mothers, and who are not? Men who have known Mothers in your life?  What… Continue reading Once a mother…

Being Woman, Living life, Opinion

A woman, loss and politics

I cannot escape this sense of loss, this great sorrow. I am woman, and that alone is enough to speak to the many ways in which I am deeply disappointed by the outcome of the US election. I realised the energy, the hope I had invested to see a woman make it in what is… Continue reading A woman, loss and politics

Being Woman, Inspire, Opinion

Woman of your dreams

If you could be the woman of your dreams, who would you be? My answer: Me, myself and I.  No matter what my experiences might have been, are and may be, they are just that, experiences.  And I live them.  As you do yours.  You are amazing! 🙂     If you could be the… Continue reading Woman of your dreams

Being Woman, Quotes

10 Quotes of Woman.

No woman can resist these quotes, am I right? 🙂

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“The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.” Jean de la Bruyere

“One is not born a woman, but becomes one.” Simone de Beauvoir

“If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.” Charles Caleb Colton

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.” D.H. Lawrence

“When in a relationship, a real man doesn’t make his woman jealous of others, he makes others jealous of his woman.” Steve Maraboli,

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” Steve Maraboli

“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live…

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Beauty, Being alive, Inspire, On writing, Quotes, The Self

The artistry of poetry

Perhaps life has something to teach, perhaps it takes a life lived to hear the voice of poetry, perhaps I have changed, perhaps... perhaps... perhaps that is why I have come to appreciate poetry. Yet for many years, I'm the 'poetry is not for me' type of person. In my mind writing poetry is all… Continue reading The artistry of poetry

Being Woman, Spirit & Soul, The Self

Being in a Woman’s Body

This is one of many blessings in my life. In my life, I have had 2 pregnancies, 2 live births and so 2 beautiful children. Do the Maths. Many are less fortunate. And women bear the loss, trauma, pain and sense of responsibility greatly. Miscarriages, abortion, stillbirths… no matter the circumstances, whatever the religious, moral… Continue reading Being in a Woman’s Body

Being Woman, The Self

Map of a Woman’s Heart

Do you agree?  Love at the centre, surrounded by vanity, selfishness, sentimentality and superficiality, with some good sense thrown in. I wondered if the 'love' depicted on the map is spiritual love, the Universal Love that encompasses all that is, that which is embodied in every particle of the Universe, the energy that gives expression… Continue reading Map of a Woman’s Heart

Beauty, Being alive, Being Woman

Phenomenal Woman #MayaAngelou

  Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips.… Continue reading Phenomenal Woman #MayaAngelou

Quotes, Talking dirty

Talking dirty … about Beauty

    "Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband."      Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American writer, satirist       Being Chinese, it is imperative for me to put across alternate/different image of beauty? 🙂   Till next time,   - FlorenceT   P/S Why talking dirty? See the… Continue reading Talking dirty … about Beauty

Music, Talking dirty

Talking dirty (A) Ageing

Talking dirty? To put this in context, see the first post in this series of how this began. Ageing... well, I can't choose so here are two amazing quotes... do you wonder why the book from which these quotes were extracted is titled "Talking Dirty"? Not exactly controversial, is it...?   The age of a… Continue reading Talking dirty (A) Ageing