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Friday, April 16, 2021

No Fool Like an April Fool by Joan Reeves

April is the month when spring gets a foothold on the weather and treats us to a lovely mix of rain showers and golden sunshineo.

Then the rain and the sun bring an abundance of blooming flowers.

Something else that blooms in spring is love. This season is noted for turning a young man's fancy to love—a young woman's too.

Sometimes, the would-be lovers  need a helping hand in the love department. (In the romance business, we call that helping hand a matchmaker.)

As Lorelei Lorelle, a famous historical romance author, once said, "It's easy to make a man and woman fall in love. I do it every time I sit down at the computer."

April Fool Proposition

Ms. Lorelle decides Brenna and Travis need that helping hand.

She plants the seed of an idea in Brenna's imagination and lets nature take its course.

Brenna is the middle button—that's what her grandmother who raised her and her older sister and younger brother—called her. Her sister was the wild child; her brother is the smart, happy-go-lucky girl-in-every-port bachelor. 

Brenna is the responsible one who takes care of everyone. In her quest to fulfill that role, she's given up every part of herself and become the even-tempered, calm, responsible young woman on whom everyone depends.

She doesn't realize she's put her personal life on hold until friend's mom—Lorelei Lorelle—tells her  that her sister won't commit to the man she loves because she doesn't want Brenna to be alone.

She advises Brenna to pretend to have a lover of her own and proposes Dr. Travis Larsen as the perfect man to play the part of her pretend lover.

Several days later, Fate seems to lend a hand, and she collides with Travis. As Colette once said, “You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” Brenna embraces that philosophy enthusiastically!

Introducing Travis Larsen

Oh, you're going to like Travis! He needs no persuasion to play pretend lover because...well, I guess you should find out for yourself.

April Fool Proposition is my latest release, and it's only 99¢ during the month of April.

Speaking of propositions, pretend lovers, and enthusiastic women who want a real life, let me leave you with some wisdom from that philopher Rita Rudner who observed, "Men reach their sexual peak at 18. Women reach theirs at 35. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke?"

Have a wonderful April!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

What's the Magic Word? by Bea Tifton

If someone walked up to a small child, or even a Millennial, and asked, “What are the magic words?” would they even know what that person was asking?  It’s been years since I’ve heard the expression, and “Please” and “Thank you” do seem to be at a premium these days.

But are people really getting ruder? Most sociologists seem to agree they are. Social media has enveloped us in separate, narcissistic bubbles, even people who ought to know better have forgotten their manners. Rudeness, it appears, is contagious. 

 I was always very aware of what I saw as rude behavior. When I was about four, my parents took my sister and me to the circus. Never a big fan of circuses, but there we were, sitting close to the front as the elephants paraded past us. Just in front of us, one large elephant, um, unburdened himself. As people wrinkled their noses, I said, in that piercing voice only the young seem to have, “Well! How RUDE!”

I’m an old soul. I love old television programs, movies, and historical fiction. When I read books from the Dark Ages, I marvel that anyone actually survived given the way people treated each other. So much for rudeness being new. And the mystery series I’m currently reading takes place in the Victorian-era United States. Yes, the Victorians had many strict codes of etiquette, but it was artificial in many ways. People treated each other terribly. I think we’ve had polite people and rude people both as long as we’ve had people. Social media and the news just make those stories of rudeness more accessible.

No one thinks they are the rude ones. But we know. Since we can’t change inherent rudeness, we  can at least have a little fun with it in our own heads. Why not describe this behavior in more colorful terms? Let’s resurrect some slang to cope with today’s world. 

Victorian Slang Terms for Undesirable Behavior:

Hornswoggler- a fraud or cheat.

Mumbling Cove-shabby person or unpleasant landlord.

Rat Bag- a bad person

Wooden Spoon- an idiot or someone who displays astounding stupidity.

Western United States Slang 1800s:

Bigmouth- a person who talks too much, usually about a subject the other person doesn’t want discussed or disclosed.

Bottom feeder- a dislikeable person, someone who abuses others.

Lunk or Lunkhead- slow- witted person

Sidewinder- someone who can’t be trusted, devious person

Whippersnapper- young, smart-aleck person. 


1920s Slang:

Bad Egg-a bad person

Pill- unlikeable or bratty person

Upstage- snob

Wurp- wet blanket-type person


If you are a polite person, as I know you are, Dear Reader, all you can do is just keep your cool and respond to rudeness with politeness. After all, we know the Magic Words.