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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Celine Dion, , , , , , Kathryn Grayson, , Luciano Pavarotti, , , , , Valentine's Day   

    BETTER HATE THAN NEVER 

    It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something. –Samuel Butler

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    Eight days from today, much of the civilized world will celebrate Valentine’s Day. Between now and then, the candy kiss and chocolate industry will make nothing short of a mint, selling sweet somethings to buyers to treat lovers….what some might call a vast capitalist conspiracy to take advantage of the lovesick. I* call it, “Bah! Humbug! A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every 14th of February!”

    Therefore and mean-while, I’m proposing to you the need for a date — a day to counterbalance that upcoming day of over-commercialized romance and mushy love with a date which celebrates its opposite: hot-blooded, hard-boiled HATE. And what better way to inspire a hateful frame of mind than appropriate mood music:

    *and Ebenezer Scrooge

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    Still not feeling the hate? All right, ladies, repeat after me: I Hate You, Darling….

    However, being the sensitive soul that I am, I’d rather you not hate me personally. So let’s broad-en the scope and close on this e-gal-itarian note:

    Hold on. We can’t close without a name for this hate date. Down With Love Day? Cupid Sucks Day? Miss Ogamist Day? Better Hate Than Never Day? Wait a sec — now we’re back where we started.

    This is the end.

     

     
    • Rakkelle 12:08 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      😂😂😂 You said “picking men’s pockets”. I’ll have you know that women purchase Valentine’s card, candy and even flowers for their men too.

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    • Catherine Haustein 12:28 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I usually don’t like it but I want to send out cards this year if I can find appropriate or maybe inappropriate ones.

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    • calmkate 7:27 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      lol can’t endorse a hate day as it’s too strong a negative emotion … how about a friendship day like the Indian’s celebrate … and agree it’s purely a commercial exercise but that’s an idiot tax :mrgreen:

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      • mistermuse 10:01 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        My ‘excuse’ for this post is that, like all my satirical posts (well, except for those dealing with Trump), it’s written in good fun. As for a Friendship day, my good friend, you’ll be happy to know there already is one — it’s the first Sunday in August in the US and a number of other countries. 🙂

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        • calmkate 6:21 pm on February 6, 2019 Permalink

          aha then we must campaign for it in oz … makes more sense to me until they commercialise that too …

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    • rivergirl1211 9:16 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Tamp down your inner Grinch and enjoy the holiday! Stuff yourself with chocolate and roll naked in the roses… Cupid would approve.

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      • mistermuse 10:16 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I, for one, don’t need Valentine’s Day to stuff myself with chocolate — I need a Willpower Day (at least six days a week) to keep from stuffing myself with chocolate. As for rolling naked in the roses (ouch!), one look at me and Cupid would definitely NOT approve (though I’m sure, in your case, his reaction would be highly favorable). 🙂

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    • scifihammy 9:44 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s called Anti-Valentine’s Day! 😀
      Nice post. 😀

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    • Elizabeth 12:46 pm on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Tina Turner’s wonderful “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” What’s love but a second hand emotion? Not explicitly hate, but the next best thing.

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    • Richard A Cahill 10:02 am on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

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      • mistermuse 1:11 pm on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Love stinks? Not to skunks (speaking of which, I wonder how The Donald is making out?).

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    • Silver Screenings 6:55 pm on February 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day, even when I was a kid, so I was glad to read your thoughts on it. 😉 Plus, beautiful music besides. You think of everything!

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      • mistermuse 10:30 pm on February 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for thinking I think of everything — now if I could only get my wife to come to the same opinion, I’d consider getting her something for Valentine’s Day (like my favorite candy, for instance).

        As for the music — the first song in particular — I was struck by the contrasting styles of Luciano Pavarotti and Celine Dion. He sang to the audience, hardly looked at her, and was ‘all business,’ while she never took her eyes off of him and emoted like ‘nobody’s business.’ Nonetheless, they both sang beautifully and I think the overall effect was quite captivating (but there I go, thinking again).

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    • etiliyle 5:52 am on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      ✨💕✨💕✨💕✨

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    • pjlazos 9:34 am on February 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, but love (and not necessarily romantic love) is the strongest force in the universe so why would I fight that?

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    • America On Coffee 9:46 am on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Another non available

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      • mistermuse 1:57 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You didn’t indicate which of the post’s 3 clips is non-available. If you’ll be specific, I’ll try to find a substitute for the song. Thanks.

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    • America On Coffee 2:19 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My mistake. Luciano pavarotti does not show.

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      • mistermuse 6:15 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        AOC, there are a number of clips of this performance, so if this one doesn’t take, you can Google Luciano Pavarotti Celine Dion I Love You Then I Hate You for others to choose from. It would be worth the effort because it’s a powerful emotional performance which gave me a new appreciation of Dion’s voice (of course, Pavarotti’s voice ‘speaks for itself’):

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    • America On Coffee 12:32 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Got it. Thanks. Love Pavarotti, he is so opera I love Celine too, she is so modern classic. Unique combo.

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    • moorezart 10:54 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 11:49 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hate to tell you, but I love you when you reblog my posts (strictly platonically, you understand).

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    • America On Coffee 7:10 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Listening to Jane Walsh and Kathryn Grayson’s version, i cannot imagine how the song has remained a classic. My guess, it has to be because of the lyrics.

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      • mistermuse 10:21 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, they are three different songs. The first is a 1997 adaptation by Celine Dion of an earlier song titled NEVER, NEVER, NEVER by Shirley Bassey. The other two were composed (both music and lyrics) by the great Cole Porter: I HATE YOU DARLING (1941) is from his musical “Let’s Face It” and I HATE MEN (1948) is from one of my favorite musicals, “Kiss Me Kate,” which was made in 1953 into a film starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Pardon me if I disagree, but I like both the music and lyrics of his songs — it doesn’t get much better than Cole Porter!

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    • America On Coffee 9:16 pm on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mistermuse you’ve really hit on some memories here. Kiss Me Kate… I love it. Mistermuse, you are classic!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hit The Road Jack, , , , , , romantic holidays, , Snooky Ookums, Sweetest Day, , Valentine's Day,   

    DAYS OF OUR WIVES 

    The third Sunday in September, which by all (ac)counts is today, is WIFE APPRECIATION DAY. First and foremost, it’s a day for all us husbands to give thanks….thanks that we don’t live in olden times of guys like King Solomon, who had hundreds of wives for whose favors he had to pay dearly to prove his appreciation, not only this day, but on wedding anniversaries, birthdays, and romantic holidays like the ancient equivalents of Sweetest Day, Valentine’s Day, and, of course, Groundhog Day. My wallet (which I affectionately call Wally) is having a nervous breakdown just thinking about that empty feeling….and praying he doesn’t wake up tomorrow morning reliving this day.

    Fortunately, we live in more civilized times where monogamy is the rule and just one wife is the ruler. Wally can rest assured that I see all such days as over-commercialized evil plots furthered by vile capitalists interested only in separating Wally and me from our hard-earned jack* (surnamed Washington, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant and Franklin) — and my would-be better half had better see it that way, because I control the Jack in my Wally, and I will not be moved by shape-up-or-ship-out demands….

    *jack, n. Money. Orig. a sporting term, common 1920s. –Dictionary of American Slang

    Whoa! Let us not be too hasty — you know I was only kidding, don’t you, Honey Buns? Lay that pistol down, babe….

    As a matter of fact, Snooky Wooky Ookums, I do have something for you on WIFE APPRECIATION DAY: something to bring back memories of those halcyon days when lovers can’t get enough of each other (as The Donald continues to feel about The Donald):

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    Sorry, Wally. Sorry, Jack.  When you gotta go, you gotta go.

     

     

     

     
    • leggypeggy 12:06 am on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Years ago I read an article that said retailers used to refer to the husband/dad as ‘The Wallet’.

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      • mistermuse 12:20 am on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Wally would probably remember that better than I do. I was too busy trying to keep Wally from getting the empty feeling I mentioned in my post. 🙂

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    • K. A. Bryce 12:58 am on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I am not in the habit of making negative comments about other people’s posts–there is nothing to be gained by it. I do agree that commercialism has us by the sore spots when it comes to promoting things for profit instead of focusing on what such a day should mean–a courtesy at the very least and an opportunity to say thank you to someone who has shared equally in your lives together as partners, legally or otherwise. Smiles>KB

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      • mistermuse 7:55 am on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Of course, this post wasn’t intended to be taken seriously, KB (well, except for the part about The Donald not being able to get enough of The Donald). Smiles right back atcha! 🙂

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    • Garfield Hug 2:45 am on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Ohh I did not know there is such a day dedicated. Another commercial project of the retailers I guess. Ahh well, if husbands and wives apprecate each other daily, then there is no need for just this one day! Or it is as what my MR EX would say to cop out of getting presents to give out ha ha! Have a fun day Mistermuse!

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 10:06 am on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well done, mistermuse! I believe that with this post, your job is likely done. Jack and Wally should skate through this virtually unscathed…

      (The fact that you knew this day would impress most wives, as it’s tough enough getting husbands to keep track of birthdays and anniversaries!)

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 10:09 am on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      P.S. did you know it’s also National Guacamole Day? There must be some connection we can make there… lol!

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    • arekhill1 2:16 pm on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I am not married Sr. Muse, but I have had the same girl for 8 years now. When is Main Squeeze Appreciation Day? I have an ex-wife, but I have failed to appreciate her for many years now. If there was a Guy Who Married Your Ex-Wife Appreciation Day, I’d have to send out three cards already.

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      • mistermuse 6:36 pm on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Your ex must be one popular gal, Ricardo. She apparently goes shopping for husbands the way most women go shopping for bargains….which, come to think of it, maybe they were (present company excepted, of course). 🙂

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 5:32 pm on September 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, the things the capitalists invent to empty our Wallies 🙂

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    • mistermuse 2:43 pm on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You’re right on the money with that comment, Rosaliene. 🙂

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    • literaryeyes 8:12 pm on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Ha ha, “just one wife is the ruler.” Um, suggestion, just say I love you. Money is only an object. Diamonds slumber in safety deposit boxes. Plants die. Etc. I know, who asked me? My inner ruler?

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      • mistermuse 11:29 pm on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        “just say I love you”?

        Just kidding. If love had nothing to do with it, I wouldn’t be married 50 years! 🙂

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    • floatinggold 8:42 pm on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I had no idea!
      Do you have a contact page?

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      • mistermuse 11:38 pm on September 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your comment, but I have no idea what you had no idea about….nor, why you asked what you asked. Contact can be made as you’ve already done: via comment.

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        • floatinggold 9:52 am on September 18, 2018 Permalink

          My apologies for not making myself clear.
          I had no idea regarding the “wives day”, so I found it amusing.
          And I asked about the contact page, because there is something I would like to ask, which is off-topic. Most people don’t like unrelated conversation in the comment section.

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      • mistermuse 11:26 am on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks again — I’m glad you liked the post, and I appreciate the clarification. Regarding contact, WordPress is the only ‘social media’ I do (no Facebook, Twitter, etc.), so feel free to ask your off-topic question here.

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        • floatinggold 12:34 pm on September 18, 2018 Permalink

          I noticed that you have unfollowed me recently. And so I was wondering if it was something I said, or did. I’d appreciate your feedback to learn for the future.
          Thanks.

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      • mistermuse 3:44 pm on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t answer your question with certainty, floatinggold, because I’m not sure how it happened. I have come across instances where I discovered that someone I followed for sometime had become unfollowed without my being aware of it. Whether I did it inadvertently or it was one of those mysterious disappearances into cyberspace that occasionally happen on WordPress, I have no way of knowing. Normally I don’t unfollow someone unless that person has shown no interest in my posts for an extended period, or I find that a blog I at first found promising didn’t sustain my interest (just not on the same wavelength — no reflection on the blogger).

        In any case, I’ll put you back on “follow” and we’ll both live happily ever after (or whenever)! 🙂

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        • floatinggold 10:04 am on September 19, 2018 Permalink

          Thank you for this explanation. Makes sense to me.
          Cheers to a long and prosperous life!

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    • rivergirl1211 3:09 pm on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Why have I never heard of this most wondrous of holidays? Surely Hallmark has a card….
      Excuse me while I go tell my husband that he has many Wife Appreciation Days to make up for…

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      • mistermuse 8:46 am on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        What I (and probably your husband) would like to know is Why is there no Husband Appreciation Day? 😦 🙂

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        • rivergirl1211 6:21 pm on September 19, 2018 Permalink

          I’d say every day is Husband Appreciation Day….. but you might throw something at me.
          😉

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    • calmkate 5:45 am on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol never heard of it, must be another commercial plot … glad your wife didn’t use her pistol … she must be a super fun gal to be married to such a romantic generous joker 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Kate, as far as I’m concerned, every day should be Wife Appreciation Day (but without expectation of gifts — ha ha). 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , Old Fashioned Love, , Valentine's Day,   

    THIS POST IS FOR THE (LOVE)BIRDS 

    Now that NATIONAL BIRD DAY (see previous post) has come and flown, it’s time to transition from birds and bird song to love and love songs, in preparation for February 14 (VALENTINE’S DAY, aka ‘Woe To Guys Who Ignore It Day’). Let us begin the béguin*, boys and girls, by gauging your romantic wherewithall with this simple question:

    *French for flirtation

    Assuming that dealing with This Thing Called Love leaves you Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (and, if it doesn’t, you must be either a robot or a Republican), I suggest getting back to basics, starting with having that Old Fashioned Love in your heart:

    Relationships are like music: it’s essential to hit the right notes, but man does not live by instruments alone. For example, without lyrics, the title to the above song might just as well be Yabba Dabba Doo. Here is the same song sung with sweet words of undying love:

    I hope that the above is starting to get you guys in a romantic frame of mind. With little more than a month left before V-Day, I have only six more posts to fill your hearts with enough good old-fashioned love to pass muster with your SO. So, mister, rest assured I will work Night And Day to ready you to be in the I’m In The Mood For Love spirit.

     

     

     
    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 2:16 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Loved the music and the post – and laughed aloud over “a robot or a Republican.” Yabba Dabba Doo got a big grin, and you brought back memories of a particular piano man during my wanton days in grad school — when I rushed to the French Quarter the moment I could, and stayed much later (and drank much more) than made sense, given all.

      I always look forward to visiting your blog, and always leave with a smile.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
      – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • Mél@nie 3:59 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      EXCELLENT, Monsieur Muse! je viens d’avoir le béguin for your post… 🙂

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      avoir le béguin pour = to have a crush on… 🙂

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    • Carmen 6:04 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, of course I must love this post! 🙂 Great music! (as always!)

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      • Carmen 6:08 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Well, Ella Fitzgerald was anyway. The other two were not available (just in my country?) I’ll look ’em up, though.

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        • mistermuse 8:14 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink

          Thanks, Carmen. Sorry to hear that the OLD FASHIONED LOVE clips were unavailable to you, but you can probably find it performed by other artists, as I saw quite a few clips when I Googled it. 🙂

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    • linnetmoss 7:50 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And while we’re on the subject of lovebirds, if you haven’t seen La La Land, you must! I kept asking myself, why can’t the music in today’s Broadway musicals sound more like THAT?

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      • mistermuse 8:22 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve read excellent reviews, and seen the trailer, of La La Land — sounds like my kind of movie! I will indeed have to see it.

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    • Don Frankel 3:37 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Birds do it bees do it…”

      Then there’s. “The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…”

      What’s with all the bees?

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    • mistermuse 5:26 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Good question, Don. Lovers are vulnerable to getting ‘stung,’ but why lay it all on bees? Why not “The birds and the wasps” or “The birds and the mosquitoes” or “The birds and the scorpions?” If I were a bee, I would consider filing a honey of a lawsuit against the Powers that Be for beeing so hurtful.

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      • Don Frankel 8:56 am on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right Muse. In fact the only positive cultural exposition of Bees was in the ‘Bee Movie’ by Seinfeld. Otherwise it’s always negative images of people getting stung and nasty comments like. “Was you ever stung by a dead Bee.” From To Have and Have Not.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:19 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful songs. Ella is a favorite. V-day?? I’m still recovering from Christmas!

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      • mistermuse 10:29 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana — Ella’s a favorite of mine as well. As for recovering from Christmas, think of how poor Santa must be feeling after squeezing down millions of chimneys all night until dawn Christmas morning. 😦

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    • BroadBlogs 6:37 pm on January 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I see so many birds popping up on blogs lately. I guess spring is on the way.

      And Valentines Day for the love birds. ❤

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    • mistermuse 9:59 pm on January 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Birds may be popping up on blogs now, but come spring, they’ll be pooping up our windshields and other exposed auto parts. Fortunately I have a garage.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Battle of the sexes, , , , , , , , , , , , Valentine's Day,   

    ROMANCE WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY 

    To a romantic girl, all roads lead to Romeo. –Evan Esar

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    August is ROMANCE AWARENESS MONTH. I’m not sure why a month is needed to raise awareness of romance (a week, or even a day, seems more than sufficient to awaken all but the most world-weary of libidos)….however, if it must take a month, I suppose August will do as well as any other. But then who needs Valentine’s Day  — enough is enough!

    That may sound tantamount to telling Cupid to take a hike, but before you Romeos and Juliets go Roman off in a huff, be aware I have nothing against romance so long as it doesn’t get out of hand….which, as it happens, makes the title of my previous post (DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD) appear as if I’d simultaneously had today’s post in mind. Alas, I am not that far-sighted, but as a killer of two birds with one stone, and as a preview of coming attractions, I must admit the title was prescient (and I assure you that the two birds killed weren’t lovebirds).

    Anyway, what can I say about romance that hasn’t already been intimated by many others? Not much, I’m happy to say, because it comports with my creative energy level in these dog days of August. Therefore, I shall turn to those others who have already waxed eloquent about puppy love and the like, and relieve myself of further arduous cogitation:

    Love is the emotion that a woman always feels for a poodle, and sometimes for a man. –George Jean Nathan

    Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love. –Disraeli

    Marriage is a romance in which the heroine dies in the first chapter. –Cecelia Egan

    This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, Doc, my brother’s crazy! He thinks he’s a chicken. The doc says, Well, why don’t you turn him in? And the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that’s how I feel about relationships. They’re totally irrational, crazy and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs. –Woody Allen

    Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. –Jules Renard

    The realist always falls in love with a girl he has grown up with, the romanticist with a girl from “off somewhere.” –Robert Frost

    Fools rush in where bachelors fear to wed. –Evan Esar

    Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. Women have a more subtle instinct: what they like is to be a man’s last romance. –Oscar Wilde

    By the time you swear you’re his, shivering and sighing,
    And he vows his passion is infinite, undying —
    Lady, make a note of this: One of you is lying.

    –Dorothy Parker

    Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy. –Henry Kissinger

    In as much as we began this romantic excursion with several punning allusions to Rome, it seems fitting to close with scenes from one of my favorite films, the Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck romantic comedy, ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953):

     
    • arekhill1 10:56 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “You can tell if you’re in love if all of your emotions can be described exactly by the lyrics of popular songs.”

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      • mistermuse 11:54 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know who whose quote that is, but perhaps the last person you’d think it applies to was the acerbic satirist Dorothy Parker….and yet she wrote the lyrics to this love song sung by Billie Holiday, backed by the great Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra:

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    • Don Frankel 6:47 pm on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes and a great clip of Roman Holiday. Love that Song too.

      Acerbic one minute dreaming the next, sounds like maybe somebody was in love.

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      • mistermuse 8:39 pm on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. It sounds as if you’ve seen ROMAN HOLIDAY, but if not, I highly recommend it — it’s a great movie.
        Dorothy Parker was married to her second husband (Alan Campbell, a bisexual) from 1934 to 1947, so when she wrote I WISHED ON THE MOON in 1935, she may well have been in love, even though (according to Wikipedia) she said he was “queer as a billy goat” (or maybe she just had a fondness for goats).

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    • linnetmoss 8:44 am on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love these, especially the Oscar Wilde quote 🙂

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    • Jane 9:44 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always been a bit of an Audrey Hepburn fan (OK, maybe a big fan) and I’ve watched Roman Holiday many times. Gregory Peck is a favourite too. I can’t help being sad at the end of watching it though. Love, responsibility…it’s not easy. A lot in life is all about compromise. Romance is delightful. Real life gets tricky. I think the Dorothy Parker quote probably struck a chord with me most! Now that I’m approaching 50, I think I appreciate Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.” 😉

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      • mistermuse 6:57 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Jane, your well-observed comment deserves a more complete response than the rather hasty one I dashed off last night. I agree (although many politicians sadly think otherwise) that “A lot of life is all about compromise.” And I equally agree (my humorous/satirical post to the contrary) that “Romance is delightful” and there are few better movies that exemplify that than ROMAN HOLIDAY. Real life indeed gets tricky, as is so bittersweetly depicted in that film.

        And speaking of “delightful,” your thoughtful reply certainly qualifies. 🙂

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        • Jane 7:23 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink

          Thank you, Mistermuse, for the equally thoughtful and delightful responses. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 10:05 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You can’t go wrong with a Dorothy Parker quote. I written about her and/or the Algonquin Round Table (of which she was a big part) several times, and may do so again before long (she has a birthday coming up on Aug. 22).

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    • inesephoto 9:11 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great post, and I love the quotes and the video – Italian cinematography is exquisite.

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    • inesephoto 9:22 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, half of my comment just got posted, but I haven’t finished yet 🙂 Audrey Hepburn is an exquisite actress, and she fits in Italian settings like no one other non-Italian actress. Still, my favorite romantic movies are Italian, and I love the music from these movies. Old timer I am 😉

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    • mistermuse 10:40 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Another romantic American film set in Italy that you might like is SUMMERTIME (1955), starring Katherine (rather than Audrey) Hepburn as an American on holiday in Venice, co-starring Rossano Brazzi. 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 10:16 pm on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pretty funny. Who knew Kissinger was such a wit! Happy romancing 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:37 am on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. We’ve both spoken of Kissinger in the past tense (“WAS such a wit”), but he’s still alive at age 93. Let’s hope people don’t speak of us in the past tense when we’ve seen better days! 🙂

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      • D. Wallace Peach 8:27 am on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, he was a wit when he said it. Didn’t mean to imply he was dead. Hopefully, he’s still just as sharp-witted today. 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 9:35 pm on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It seems strange to need romance awareness month, and yet we do have February 14 as a day devoted to romance. And I always wished there were nicer weather for that day. I guess now there is — for a whole month!

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    • mistermuse 7:16 am on August 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Where I live, August is too much of a ‘nice weather’ thing (heat & humidity). I vote for May (meeting halfway between Feb. & August) to celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Romance Awareness Month.

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  • mistermuse 12:09 am on February 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    LOVE IN BLOOM – WHO WAS THAT GUY? 

    A WEDDING DAY LOOK-ALIKE

    My love is like a red, red rose —
    Don’t ask why; a poet just knows.
    She’s the fairest flower aborning….
    Even first thing in the morning.

    She’s been the blessing of my life —
    I bet you think that she’s my wife.
    You say someone put that wedding band on her finger.
    On the other hand, there’s such a thing as a dead ringer.

     
    • arekhill1 10:13 am on February 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Does Senora Muse pay attention to what you write? I find it’s best to conceal some of my output from my S.O.

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    • mistermuse 11:14 am on February 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Usually not, Ricardo…but then she doesn’t pay attention to what I say, either – so, no big deal. Besides, just because bachelor (WHO WAS THAT GUY) muse bit the dust on our wedding day doesn’t mean married muse thinks Senora Muse hasn’t been “the blessing of my life” (just in case she’s reading this – ha ha).

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 10:12 pm on February 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I enjoyed the beginning of your poem, LOVE IN BLOOM which was so sweet and romantic. Then I was dismayed to read the ending. Ricardo is right…do not let your wife see this because if I were she, I would be furious. Hell hath no fury, etc.

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    • mistermuse 11:52 pm on February 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Be not furious, fair Michaeline, for appearances oft not reflect truly what thine eyes see when yon poet writeth with tongue in cheek. I assureth thee that Lady Muse doth hath a bounteous sense of humor and wouldst fain laughest heartily at my bit of drollery whilest she chaseth after me all overeth the castle with broadsword and battleaxe.

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    • Don Frankel 10:30 am on February 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was pretty sure that was your wife you were referring to and she’s more than used to you by now.

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    • mistermuse 11:02 am on February 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      She’d better be. The big 50th (wedding anniversary) is coming up in a few years, and it would be a big waste to blow it with any last minute cold feet.

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  • mistermuse 6:29 am on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    A VALENTINE TO MY INCURABLY ILL* DAUGHTER 

    I wish I could cast a magic spell

    Or push Cupid to get real and make you well

    But, since Cupid’s a myth and can’t be shoved,

    What IS real is that you are loved.

    Love,

    Dad

    *with Myalgic Encephalomelitis

     
    • carmen 5:12 am on December 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh. ..I am so sorry mistermuse. Virtual hugs aren’t real, but I’m sending you one anyway.

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    • mistermuse 7:47 am on December 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that (but at least I tried). 🙂

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