Valentine’s Past, Present, Future


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Valentine’s Day 2014

The best gift my husband has given me over forty-one years is that he taught me to ‘live life’ instead of standing on the sidelines as an ‘observer’. Continue reading

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10 Ways to Downton Abbey


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Family Tree

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If you are a Downton Abbey fan and familiar with the characters of family and staff, then you are aware that Robert Crawley born in Downton, Yorkshire, Earl of Grantham AKA Lord Grantham, has fallen upon some financial distress. 

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And if you are a follower of Hide A Heart’s blog, you may have come to realise I have a tendency to ‘live by imagination’.

The concept is a strong carry over from childhood when I truly believed life would be like a movie musical in which my ‘imaginary’ husband and I would sing and dance our way through life. Real life has proven to include a few sour notes and missteps, but I hold fast to the idea of ‘living by imagination’ as one of my most cherished coping skills. You see, I ‘practice’ elegance and grace as one way of ‘creating magic’ in our home and the love note that connects us with Downton Abbey. Continue reading

En Garde Valentine!


Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 7.05.03 AMIf you have ever dropped by to read the HideAHeart blog you are aware that I suffer serious Rhinoceros Principle multiplied by a factor of 1,000 so you will not be surprised by my Valentine story.

In our 19th year of marriage, I saw and fell in love with the film LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE. My husband did not view the movie because he is not a fan of subtitles. I think it was from the book of the same title that I found the recipe for the ‘aphrodisiac brew’ and enthusiastically launched a plan to prepare the potion for his Valentine surprise! Continue reading

Happy New Year Paris Letters Project


Secret Garden Journal

Twenty years ago I kept a journal detailing the journey I took to the world of cancer, treatment decisions and recovery. While still in recovery from treatment and very unhappy, I locked then wrapped the journal in plain brown paper and mailed it to Paris with no return address. Continue reading

Smiling is Healthy for Brain Joy


Before you spend a lot of money on health aids, you have access to one without spending a dime! It’s known as the ‘smile quotient’ and it is quantifiable ‘brain joy’! Continue reading

Somewhere in My Youth and Childhood


When growing up, my two favorite musicals were Peter Pan and The Sound of Music. One ignited my imagination with the wonder of magic and the other opened my eyes to beauty and exquisite possibility. Undoubtedly some psychologically illuminating tidbit about me! Nevertheless, magic and possibility are the components that make up the transfusion cocktail to which I have clung all my life. Continue reading

Feathering Your Empty Nest




So your last child has started college and you have taken up residence in the EMPTY NEST. Now it’s time to find out if you and your spouse have anything to talk about besides ‘the children’. The ‘Empty Nest’ can be a vacant place for many couples. For years they have invested so much energy into the ‘kids’ and so little time and energy in the ‘couple’ that what to do..what to say…how to do it…and how to say it can be a really daunting problem. Here’s a simple idea that could be the catalyst to fan the flames, it won’t break the bank, fits into a Christmas Stocking, is a perfect gift for Valentines Day or Anniversary and it is easy to use! Interested?

Cathy
© Copyright 2009 Cathy Bowles