I think most little girls at one point in their life would have picked horses over any prince charming. Why do we love horses or at least the idea of have a horse.
I have to say some of my best friends growing up were horses: Smokey, Mitzi, Pancho, Marya, Jet Set Lena and Tank are just of few of the horse that gave me the honor of riding with them. I also played with Barbie’s horse and she rode with the Lone Ranger, yes I owned Silver. I have several model horses and poster of horses.
“He’s of the color of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger…. he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.”
― William Shakespeare, Henry V
Horse are secondary character in most of my stories. I was blessed to be raised by a mother that loved horses. We always had them in our life. Her grandfather was a farmer and horse trainer for the Army.
It runs strong in our family. The pictures are my cousin Audrey.
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ”
― William Shakespeare, Henry V
The first day of the A to Z blog challenge is here!
I have been thinking about age…my Mr. Dark & Handsome just turned 50! What!? How could that be – we are still so young, right? Everyone says that 50 is the new 30 and with Mr. D&H I think it might be true. As we age so are our favorite actors. Hey, that starts with an A also. So I made a list of a few of my favorite aging actors that are taking a bite out of middle-age and making it a time to celebrate life. Aging is not a bad thing – it is either get older or die so I want to age with joy and pride. And if my Mr. D&H ages as these guys – well score for me. HAHA
# 1 One of my first TV crushes. He has loved and lost. After saying he would never marry again he has found love for the second time.
# 2 Denzel Washington, 60 – I think I fell in love with him in Glory. He seems so down to earth and grounded. A hard, gritty core surrounded by class and sophistication. What is not to love.
#3 George Clooney 53. The man who says he will never marries then when in his 50s falls hard. George is another one that had gotten better with age and you can’t have a list of sexy over 50 without him on it.
#4 Yes, Uncle Jesse is 51. He sings, makes music and has a silly side that is adorable. John Stamos is the image of classic Greek.
# 5 Robert Downey Jr has had a hard journey and is open an honest about past mistakes. We love the reformed bad boy, don’t we? He’s smart, funny and I imagine high maintenance to live with and love. But you can’t help but love him. Mr. Iron man just turned 50.
#6 Angelina’s man, Brad Pitt is 53. Father of six has a gaze you can’t look away from and that jaw. I love a strong jaw. What do you think of the scruff with grey, Sexy/Not? I say yes.
#7 Jon Bon Jovi 53 is still married to his high school sweetheart. They were married the same year Mr. D&H married me. (1989) I would think being being married to a star rocker could be a challenge but they seem to have made it work. Again with the jaw!
# 8 Approaching 50 Hugh Jackman has attacked middle age with the fierceness of Wolverine. And talk about triple threat this man can do it all. Plus he has been married for twenty years to a women that is ten years older than him.
#9 Fred Navarro
So I’m proud of my own hero – I think he can hold his own with the best of them.
So that leaves number 10 – I need your help. Who did I forget? Who would you put on the list?
With age, you see people fail more. You see yourself fail more. How do you keep that fearlessness of a kid? You keep going. Luckily, I’m not afraid to make a fool of myself. – Hugh Jackman
In the A to Z blogging challange we have arrived to the letter J….uhmm…what do you think comes to mind? I know an actor that has the last name of Jackman.
Another J that brings me joy is Jackson Pollock – “I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.”
If you have never “dripped painted” before, you should try it…it really is a joyful experience.
Now that I think about it – the person that brings me the most joy is Fred, his real name is Jesus. Yes, ironic because that makes me think of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who I give joyful thanks for everything in my life. The word teaches us to live a life without fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
I’m a child of the 80’s and one of my favorite past-times was watching MTV at my BF, DeDe’s house. (I lived out of town and only got four stations.) Bonnie Taylor’s song, Holding Out for a Hero, was one we loved watching over and over again. Looking at it now I find it a little bazaar and twisted.
My mom said, “She doesn’t need a hero, get that girl a gun.” My mother was a wee bit independent and yes, we had a 22 hanging over our front door. Always loaded, because you might need it, but that’s a story for another day.
Now I write about hero’s and post pictures of my favorites.
Yes, readers and writers know the difference between reality and fantasy. That’s the point. I mean when we watched Wizard of Oz we knew clicking our heels wouldn’t get us anywhere, we might imagine it, but we knew it wouldn’t really happen.
Same way with the heroes in romance novels. We want them to seem real, but not too real. That’s part of the fun, right?
There are all kind of heroes: the bad boy, the lawman, superheroes, and poets. You have the classic prince and outlaw. Some tortured souls and others are healers. The warriors and protectors stand strong above all others. The man that will sacrifice all for love even his ego.
Come on, I can’t talk about heroes without at least one picture of Thor. (Shout out Joni Hahn and Sasha Summers)
When we close the book, the real heroes are in our lives, men and women that are there everyday, are waiting for us even when we sneak away to another world.
What is your favorite kind of hero? If you leave a name or post a photo, I’m add them to my hero board in pinterest.
I am taking on the Blogging A to Z April challenge. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com Some how my post was here this morning, but when I got home it was nowhere to be seen. I smell an evil conspiracy so I’m calling a do over.
My theme is JOY and Happiness! Is there a better way to start out than the Amazing men of Australia? Enjoy
Enjoy! Do you have a favorite Australian. Give me a name and I’ll add him to the list.
A few months back I deemed the day after Monday – Hughsday. You know for Hugh Jackman. Why not, right? He seems to be a truly beautiful man, husband, father and all around talent.
There is another amazing man in my life, Fred Navarro. (I pretend Hugh is actually in my life – I’m good at fiction) I know first hand that Fred is an outstanding man, husband father. Well, I gave him his own day also….because I can. He gets my favorite day, Freday.
Today the universe is aligning my obsessions hobbies on this special Hughsday, March 25, Fred turns 49. SO the two days have collided into one perfect day for me. Happy Birthday Fred Navarro.
If you know me at all you know how much I admire Hugh Jackman.
Sigh…What was I saying? Oh, yes. A couple of my friends are dedicated to Chris Hemsworth, so they were doing Thorsday every Thursday.
I thought that was clever of them and it got me to thinking about my little crush on Hugh.
So I started Hughday. Fun, right?
Sometimes we need just a little bit of inspiration.
As a romance writer I have to research the perfect image for my heroes. Yes, it is a tough job, looking for just that right male for your next story. The face that will spark the inner conflict that will drive your plot and keep your readers turning pages. It is serous business…it is.
Well, Sunday night Mathew McConaughey, Texas Son with the smoothest voice, won Best Actor.
Now I’m on the hunt for the right word…Matthewday? uh….McConauday? …maybe Matthew McConaughey Monday? or just Alright, alright alright…Monday. That’s a mouth full.
What do you think? Matthew’s day might end up being a temporary one…I mean he IS up against Hughday, Thorsday and Freday. Freday? you ask…For those of you new, I picked the perfect day to honor my real life perfect hero. Fred Navarro – Freday – perfect, right?
So Please let me know what you think about McConauday? Maybe you have something better? Some in my house think this post was just an excuse to play with these pictures. Really?