True Love ~ A Mother’s Day Poem – #MothersDay2019

To all mothers of children and and fur babies alike – Happy Mothers Day!
Enjoy Dorinda’s poem.

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

I wrote this in 2014 and have shared it the past couple of years. It has now become my traditional Mother’s Day Poem.  For all the beautiful women who bring joy and love to child’s heart, have a blessed and beautiful day!!  ❤

A mother’s love is true

For it beautifully blossoms

Like a rose, softly unfolding,


Opening the heart,

Nurturing the soul

©2014 Dorinda Duclos All Rights Reserved
Photo: Pixabay

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TTT: Top 10 Romantic Songs

Time for a Top Ten Tuesday…

That Artsy Reader Girl has a list of topics for Top Ten Tuesday blog posts. Check it out to participate with other book lovers.

music and romance

My Top Ten Romantic Songs: (in no particular order)

  1. Time of My Life from the movie Dirty Dancing

  2. Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh

  3. Three Times a Lady by the Commodores

  4. Hero by Enrique Iglesias

  5. The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley

  6. Kiss From a Rose by Seal

  7. Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack

  8. I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder

  9. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

  10. I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden

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There’s tons more — what are a few of your favorites?

5 Valentine’s Day Gifts Even Better Than Flowers & Candy

Valentine’s Day, time to conform to the Valentine’s Day traditions and give chocolates and roses to your sweetheart.

red roses

But is it? Are you a conformist or do you like to shake things up a bit? Maybe your sweetheart is the one who loves being unique and unconventional? Either way, here are 5 ideas of “nontraditional” Valentine’s Day gifts:

  1. Spa Treatment – If your sweetie loves to be pampered, what better way than with a massage, facial or whatever at your local spa. Most spas will be offering specials and sales around this time. Win-win!
  2. Dinner In – If you don’t like waiting an hour for a table at a restaurant, why not take advantage of the modern approach of curbside pickup? You still get the three course meal but in a more intimate setting to spike up the romance 🙂  candlelight dinner
  3. Donation to Charity – Show your love by giving to someone else in your sweetheart’s name. Pick something they are passionate about (oceans, parks, children, medical research, etc.) and give. This is also a win-win!
  4. Entertainment – Is your sweetheart into sports events, concerts or cultural events? Tickets for one of these events could put a big smile on your sweetheart’s face and points on your love-meter.  red lips on envelope
  5. Volunteer – This one doesn’t cost you anything but your time. Show your love for your fellow-man or animal by volunteering a few hours at a soup kitchen, at your local shelter to play with the animals or to collect for a food drive. Another win-win situation.  kittens

So tell me – are you a conformist? What non-traditional gifts have you received or given?

I’d love to hear about it!

Here’s wishing everyone a very loving Valentine’s Day.romantic couple


Is There An Autumn Romance In Your Future?

Autumn is one of the most romantic times of year:

  • Snuggling up under a flannel blanket gazing at the stars
  • Walking hand-in-hand through nature’s fall display of leaves
  • Cuddling up next to a crackling fireplace

But an Autumn Romance is a romantic relationship that occurs later in life.

Elderly love


Because you are never too old for romance.

elderly couple


Because we never out-grow romance.

Love after 50


Looking for an Autumn Romance?

  • If you’re into online dating there are sites specifically for older adults, such as Our Time, Elite Singles and Just Senior Singles.
  • Take up a new hobby and you just might meet someone with similar interests.
  • Attend over-50 type events in your community.
  • Concerts of groups who were popular in your day and activities centered around the music of your day (ex. Music of the 60’s, 70’s, etc.) will be full of like-aged people.
  • Take a bus tour, often offered through churches or community centers, and connect with others who enjoy travel or cultural.

Has anyone experienced an Autumn Romance? I’d love to hear how it began and how it’s going!

Leave me a comment – you may help someone else looking for love and companionship.





Love Dance

For poetry with passion and romance, try Hector…

Of Love and Passion


Love Dance


In a dance of colors a feathery display

in this a game of attraction,

words seeking a favorable reaction

to a glimpse of possibilities-

And what I seek but a loving woman

to fill my nights with passion,

 if not love then a warm body,

to carelessly fall

 into my heated arms

for a thousand and one nights

of seductive schemes-

I want to get lost in the charms

of a beautiful woman,

for this dance I will play

all my favorite games

with the brightest colors of all,

hoping love would somehow

find its way to my dreams-


I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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Love Is In The Air!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and love is definitely in the air.

couple dancing

Love of spouses, children & pets:

Love Comes in All Shapes & Sizes


If there is a wedding in your future…

Let Feng Shue Make Your Wedding Lucky

wedding at the beach

Beautiful Beach Wedding Attire

Also check out my Wedding page on Pinterest…

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Want to attract love into your life…

10 Feng Shui Tips for Love & Romance

Spice Up Your Love Life


And if you need some last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts…

Check out my Valentine’s Day page on Pinterest

Or for 5 Fun and Frugal Last Minute Valentine Gifts try this site


I wish everyone a fun and loving Valentine’s Day!

Temporary Has Many Faces

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is Temporary. So much in life is temporary even though they may last for years.

The time our children spend with us may last about 18 years but looking back it feels so temporary 🙂

This is the growth record of my sons, written on a wood beam in our old house. We photographed it before we sold our house and moved south so I would be able to keep it with me forever.

growth charts

For a look at my other photo challenge entries:

Air Plant Collage

I Love Bridges

Dense Is Sometimes A Good Thing

Two Warm Hearts For Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day my husband and I gave each other two warm hearts – nestled inside two soft, furry bodies with twitchy ears and little noses. That’s right, we gave each other the wonderful gift of adopting two sweet kittens.

This is Quinn…she’s a bundle of energy with a loving purr and the most beautiful soft, gray and white coat.

light gray kitten

light gray kitten

This is Harley…she is the less brave of the two, with white feet and a more tortoiseshell coat. You have to wait for her to come to you but once she does she will shower you with love.

tabby kitten

tabby kitten

Their names are separated parts of the word Harlequin. Harley and Quinn. Cute, huh?

Have you rescued/adopted any pets?

Wishing everyone a love-filled Valentine’s Day!

Photo Challenge: Love Comes in All Shapes & Sizes

The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge is to focus on Love and what it means to us. I find love in several ways and thought I would share with you a few of them.

  • The love of a spouse – This is my husband when we went to Niagara Falls, NY this year, for our 30th wedding anniversary. It takes love to last that long 🙂  Jim at Niagara Falls
  • The love of children – I’m beginning the process of “empty nesting” with one boy done with college and one just starting.  boys in suits
  • The love of pets – There is nothing like the unconditional love of a pet!  cat
  • Skipping the next obvious loves of parents, family and friends we come to the love of life –  we enjoy life by camping and traveling

    Our summer home


What are some of your loves?

To check out the last Weekly Photo Challenge, click Weekly Photo Challenge: My State of Mind.

#Girllove Challenge

Recently, Marje over at Kyrosmagica tagged me in the #Girllove Challenge.


The girllove challenge was launched by Lilly Singh, known as Superwoman on her YouTube Channel. A beautiful, 27-year-old Canadian vlogger, actress and rapper, she became fed up with the hatred girls can show to their fellow females in schools, jobs and definitely on social media. She created an empowering video with women sharing their respect for other women in their lives. Click to watch this great video The Girllove Challenge. All proceeds from the views go to The Malala Fund, helping educate girls around the world. (Loved her book I am Malala, by the way! A must read for women and men)

The Girllove Challenge asks women to compliment other women over social media using the hashtag #Girllove.

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For blogs, the challenge includes:

  1. Tell your followers who inspires you, a famous woman who may be dealing with negativity on a daily basis.
  2. Tell your followers who inspires you in real life. Someone you interact with quite often.
  3. Tag 5 women bloggers who you feel some girllove for and compliment them. Tell them why you love them then comment on their latest post with a link to your #Girllove post.

If you get tagged, follow these steps on your own blog and if you’d like to do it anyways – then do it! More love to spread around!

I have been enjoying Marje’s blog for a few years now and I thank her for the love! She is a fellow author and has tons of good writing tips on her blog. She also has book reviews, author interviews, inspiring images, quotes and her own poetry and Haikus. You could spend hours just reading her posts and what an enjoyable time it would be.

So, here goes:

Princess Diana always inspired me with her grace, generosity and elegance. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Royals, but I don’t think I could deal with the rules and protocol day in and day out. And I really think Princess Diana got the short end of the stick from the Royals and the press. Then she eventually finds some true happiness with Dodi Fayed and is killed shortly after. I am inspired by her strength in the face of negative press (even in the Royal household) to do so much charity work and raise two sons, then by her courage to seek a divorce and true happiness for herself.

Courtesy of Biography Online

Courtesy of Biography Online

“I’d like people to think of me as someone who cares about them.” Princess Diana

To learn more about Princess Diana and her life, click Biography Online.

The woman who inspires me in real life is my mother. I’ve always been close to my mom, but it wasn’t until I had a family of my own that I really understood all she went through to raise my two sisters and me. To raise kids, you need a big bag of patience from which you can draw an unlimited amount to see you through each day. My mom taught me patience but also to treasure each and every day with my sons because all too quickly kids grow up and move out. Following her example, I’ve learned to remember those less fortunate than I, that forgiveness is important and to seek out my dreams despite any obstacles. Thanks Mom!

5 women’s blogs I’ve recently discovered are:

Friendly Fairy Tales – Brenda Davis Harsham writes kid-friendly stories and poems. If you’re still a kid at heart, like me, you will enjoy her site.

The Linda Life finds the all important humor in life. She’s also pretty crafty 🙂

Gypsy Life – “Life is a journey not the destination.” I can relate to her gypsy tendencies for I love to travel, too.

Musin with Susan – Susan Gutterman has wonderful photography, bringing more beauty to the world.

The Ninth Life – K. L. Register is a fellow writer and spaghetti lover. Her blog shows her journey through life with all its ups and downs to encourage others.

That is my post on #Girllove. Now, go out there ladies and show a little love 🙂

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