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All Things Bright and Beautiful

This Blog is dedicated to all things in life that are bright and beautiful, a title taken from James Herriot’s book, All Things Bright and Beautiful, a book full of enchanting stories of his life as a vet traveling all over the Yorkshire countryside.  I share my treasures, the humor in daily life, pictures of art and ideas, here. The official blog can be found on the Thoughts. Ideas. Advice tab.

You can also find delish recipes under Foodie, advice for singles in character development and navigating the dating realm under Single, and articles I’ve written on married life and sex under Marriage & Sex.

Health is purposed for those pursuing the vitality of the body, mind, and soul.  Articles can be found there on health ranging from physical to personal growth.  Nature + Beauty is my personal journey through finding a balance in embracing natural beauty along with the science behind what products work and which don’t.

If you want to find out more about who I am, Personal is the page to go to.

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These are all my photos I’ve taken – I’m kind of addicted to taking pictures of everything – everywhere, minus the one with the model holding the gun – that’s just classic beauty there (part of The Model as Muse collection).

Enjoy!

24 thoughts on “All Things Bright and Beautiful

  1. There’s nothing more wonderful than sharing a beautiful park with someone you love. My entire blog is written with your precious little boy’s future in mind. Despite what lesbian-led, radical, second-wave feminism viciously promotes, men, and especially boys, deserve our love and devotion. When it’s time for your son to cross the bridge into manhood, from age 7-10, you must encourage him to spend as much time with his father as possible cause he will never truly become a man through your love alone. He needs his father as a role model. Continue to enjoy him while you have him all to yourself. This is your time, to hug and kiss him all day. Good luck and God bless.

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  6. “Addicted to taking photos of everything” … I can relate to that~! Currently with me it’s anything that moves, chews grass, can fly, doesn’t chew grass, doesn’t move … but we get the picture.

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  8. You’d be nominated for the “Bite Me I’m Yours” award if I ever set one up, ‘cos these are some lovely shots. And now back to watch the rest of the show …

  9. girlwithadragonflytattoo,

    I was going to reply over at Rollo’s place, but by the time our power came back on, everyone had moved on to a new article, so I decided to come over here. And then I started to look around your site, and I’m glad that I did.

    Thank you very much for your kind words about my comment over there. (therationalmale[]com/2015/01/23/arm-candy/comment-page-4/#comment-84464, for anyone who is wondering what I am talking about.)

    And you are absolutely right that “Some women create a beautiful marriage, and some are all about themselves. You MAY have more of the latter when you are dealing with 9’s 10’s.. but definitely not always. Inner beauty really does matter”.

    I emphasized the 7/8 and 9/10, not to imply that outer beauty was ever inversely correlated with inner beauty, but to remind people that outer beauty without inner beauty is of little value.

    “… I go to a wives group JUST so that I can support my husband …”

    Loyalty and looking out for each other is truly essential, and the one type of relationship that I have yet to see fail is a “two of us against the world” marriage.

    Your amazing site provides articles that have excellent information and insights, so I will be making a copy of them for my “valuable stuff” archive.

    One article that particularly resonated with me was “When an Older Generation Acknowledges You Have a Beautiful Marriage Relationship, You KNOW You’re Doing Something Right”, especially the family reaction part.

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    Anyway, back to your article.

    That “Our parents reacted even harsher, mine completely kicked me out when they found out I was secretly engaged, they missed our wedding!” shows that you had it way harder, because our only troublemakers were her extended family.

    “It was very clear, everyone seemed to resent it …”

    Why do these people think that it should be any of their business, in the first place?

    My wife, Redhead, was home-schooled and never went to college, but is one of the brightest (in mind and spirit) women that I have ever known. She was young when we met, and remains an unpretentious and frugal country girl, through and through.

    She has been making her own simple but beautiful dresses and sandals since she was twelve, and wearing them, instead of running around barefoot, is what she considers “dressing up”. This is part of her allure, but I love to spoil a cheap date, so sometimes I just have to throw her over my shoulder and take her shopping.

    She likes to find creative ways to initiate playtime, but tickling is always a reliable backup. One time I felt an odd breeze on my ear, which took a while to register. My first thought was that there was something wrong with the air conditioning vents, but when I turned around, I saw a four foot long straw poking out from behind some cabinets.

    She then sticks out her tongue, does her little dance, and proclaims: “you can’t do anything to me, because I’m just a girl (with “girl” having two syllables)”. And then the chase is on! She practiced rhythmic gymnastics for quite a few years, and remains nimble to the point that she can scoot around the couch faster than a freakin cat.

    We were like two random zipper halves that somehow ended up matching perfectly. As I found out later, she, her parents, and Baby Sister (Redhead’s mini-me) are the black sheep of the family, because they reject damaging behaviors and are therefore considered “unsophisticated simpletons”.

    Her father had somehow managed to find a unicorn, and this must run in her family, because her daughters turned out to be the same way. But I had become thoroughly jaded by that point, so I just “knew” that this little sweetheart was too good to be true. But as luck would have it, her extended family was not good people.

    Redhead and I had met around the holidays, and at the next family gathering, I was graced with an endless parade of pedestalizing manginas, haughty feminists, and harpy wives all just wanting to “help” me to not make “the biggest mistake of my life”, because Redhead was “a little strange” (because she was simple, kindhearted, feminine, and thoroughly uninterested in fembot social mores).

    That evening, I realized that my modest checklist had just been expanded to hundreds of items, with Redhead still satisfying every single one. It was obvious that if there was ever going to be a time, this was it.

    We agreed that waiting much longer would be pointless and silly, so we got married less than a month after our first encounter, and created an inward-focused relationship. And because looking out for each other and making things easy for each other was thus appreciated, it turned out to be the most fun.

    • Wow Eon! Your wife sounds so incredibly fascinating! Thank you for leaving this encouraging comment :) We do definitely have that “two of us against the world” kind of mentality in our marriage because, as you read, it really was just the two of just who believed in our marriage in the first place. We both feel so blessed to have each other.

      Thank you for that Green Medicine site – truly interesting and have been reading some articles on there, especially the ones about children’s health concerns.

      Your paragraph here could’ve been about us! I make dresses (but not sandals – how cool!) too, “She has been making her own simple but beautiful dresses and sandals since she was twelve, and wearing them, instead of running around barefoot, is what she considers “dressing up”. This is part of her allure, but I love to spoil a cheap date, so sometimes I just have to throw her over my shoulder and take her shopping.” You sound just like my husband in how you think… and how ya’ll play sounds like us as well – how cute! Awww, seriously, thank you for your in depth comment about your life & marriage, its much appreciated. :)

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