Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ABC of Aphrodisiacs - Or Good Health Foods

The definition of an aphrodisiac is a food, plant, or scent that inspires romantic notions. It’s another way of saying that the particular food stimulates or increases sexual libido. Some of the food considered as aphrodisiacs may reduce stress, uplift the mood, and energise both body and mind.

Foods which are considered aphrodisiacs may appeal to the senses. The fruit or vegetable may resemble sexual organs. Or the food may be sensual in texture when eaten. Lastly the food provides nutrients that support the libido.

In his book, ‘The art of Love’, Ovid, the Roman poet, notes that the healthy youth has no need of any further assistance. Other writers on the subject of aphrodisiacs agree that good health, achieved through balanced diet, is the real aphrodisiac.

Here is a few A foods that have been thought to be helpful in bedroom play, and some of the modern findings. More will be shared with you in future posts.

1. Almonds
Almonds have been identified as having aphrodisiac properties as far back as the Bronze Age, and have been symbols of fertility and sexual attraction. Samson is said to have courted Delilah with fragrant almond branches, Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as fertility charms, while traditional Indian medicine had it that almonds awaken sexual desire.

Alexandre Dumas, author of The Count of Monte Cristo, is said to have prepared himself for his meeting with his mistress by eating a good helping of almond soup.

Not only is the almonds considered good for your love life, their very smell is said to increase libido in women.

Considered the king of nuts which Arabs and Chinese have eaten for centuries to increase their sexual powers, modern experts see them rich in nutriments essential for reproductive health, great food for brain activity and for increasing sexual desire.

2. Aniseed
With a sweet licorice flavor, ancient Greek and Roman civilizations believed anise strengthened female sexual arousal, while ancient love manuals recommended it as an aphrodisiac. Historically it was added to wedding cakes to stimulate vigor on that all important wedding night.

An excellent source of minerals, aniseed is said to have calming effect, relieving anxiety and nervousness and also increasing the libido. According to experts, drinking one glass of water infused with the crushed seeds can increase sex drive.

While in ancient Greece and Rome the seeds were so valuable they were often used to pay taxes, in the modern world people still see aniseed as helpful with ailments ranging from digestive issues to low libido.

The ancient Greeks loved the apple. Instead of kneeling on one knee to pop the question, the smitten Greek youth supposedly tossed an apple to the lady of his choice, and if she deigned to catch it, it was an answer to the question he was too shy to ask.

A modern study conducted in Italy (yes, seemingly a number of sexually active Italian women aged 18 to 43 volunteered to be part of a study relating to female sexual functions) found that eating more apples lead to better sex for women.

PS: Got a favourite recipe of your own? Please share.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

What happened in 1967

Apart from giving a couple a certificate to commemorate the renewal of vows, I also give a certificate summerising some of the interesting happenings in the year they married.

The couple whose Renewal of Vows Ceremony I conducted today have been married for fifty years. Here are some interesting happenings I found for the year 1967when they married. Incidentally, the couple met at the Cloudland Ballroom, Brisbane. Married in Redcliffe 8th April 1967. And renewed their vows in Redcliffe 8th April 2017.

·        In Australia 100,000 couples exchanged their wedding vows.

·        Roy Emerson won the Australian Open men’s singles while John Newcombe won the US Open.

·        In South Africa Dr. Christiaan N Barnard performed the first heart transplant.

·        In London, the Barclay Bank put in the first ATM Teller Machine

·        In Fashion the mini skirt appeared

·        The first live telecast football grand final was between Canterbury-Bankstown and South Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

·        General Motors Holden exported its 100,000th car and launched its first compact sedan, the Torana

·        Normie Rowe won the inaugural King of Pop award

·        Johnny Farnham released his 'Sadie the Cleaning Lady'.

·        Popular TV shows included Prisoner, General Hospital, Jeopardy!

·        Popular singers included The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Bee Gees

·        Red Handed won the Melbourne Cup

·        Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming in heavy surf at Cheviot Beach, near Portsea, Victoria

Saturday, April 1, 2017

You are what you eat

On my recent research for a book I’m writing on food and lovers, I came across ‘The Doctors Book in Food Remedies’,which is literally a dictionary on foods, and disorders that can be helped by eating right.

While we all pay lip service to the saying, ’we are what we eat’, in effect that phrase slides off our tongue and into an abyss as far as acting on the idea is concerned. If we are hit by a health problem it’s not food that we turn to, it’s the pharmacy or our friendly doctor.

And yet, we are what we eat, and when we don’t eat right, the results could be catastrophic. Under the chapter of ‘Ageing’, for example, a doctor has this to say, ‘I’ve seen people who thought they were having trouble with senility and who supposedly couldn’t look after themselves. What they really had was nutritional deficiency’.

There are similar thought-provoking chapters on Alzheimer’s Disease, Blood Pressure Control, Cataracts, Dental Health Food, Food Allergy, Gallstones, Heart Disease, Infertility, Menopausal Problems, Overweigh etc.

Yes, it’s an ABC of health issues and the foods which either help to fight them or keep them out of your life altogether.

No, it didn’t tell me anything about the right food for lovers – for that, I think I’ll have to look at some of the Arabic and Indian love manuals like ‘The Perfumed Garden’ or ‘Kama Sutra’ - but it has made me aware that by eating right I could be extending my writing life by years and years and years…..

I understand the longest anyone has lived so far is 122 years. Well, I’ve got a long way to go just to get to that, let alone beyond.

Will what you eat on your honeymoon  make a difference? Check out the book 'Honeymoon! A Sizzle  or a Fizzle?' to find some suggestions.

Find it on Amazon and Smashwords

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

What Every Celebrant Should Know

Australian Celebrant Resources
Marriage Celebrant Manual 

Learning all you need to know about being a marriage celebrant is one thing. Finding the right information when you need it is another.

Here's one of the most comprehensive manuals dealing with the status of Civil Marriage Celebrants in Australia.

Whether it's completing the legal forms before the ceremony including ensuring the correctness of the Notice of Intended Marriage and the Declaration form at the back of the official Marriage Certificate

or establishing the correct ID of the bride and groom and the variety of different situations some of them face

or correcting errors before, during and after the ceremony

or dealing with unusual or unexpected circumstances

or making sure of the correctness and completeness of the forms and information you sent to the Registry Office to register the marriage

or understanding the implication of the Code of Practice in connection with your dealing with the couple

"What Every Celebrant Should Know: Manual for the Civil Marriage Celebrant and the Non-aligned Religious Marriage Celebrant" has it all.

Almost 200 pages, it anticipates your questions and problems. 

It will not only give you answers to help you avoid the common pitfalls most celebrants - even the experienced one - fall into, but also gives helpful advice for your business aspirations as a professional and effective civil marriage celebrant.

Whenever you face a situation you're not quite sure of, the manual will be there to help you.

Here is the Table of Contents
Chapter One: The Aspiring and the Trainee Celebrant
Chapter Two: The appointed Marriage Celebrant
Chapter Three: The Couple and the Celebrant
Chapter Four: The Business of being a Celebrant
Chapter Five: Process of Getting Married
Chapter Six: Legal Marriage in Australia
Chapter Seven: Legal Documents
Chapter Eight: Documents Lost or Unavailable
Chapter Nine: Celebrant’s Responsibilities
Chapter Ten: Unusual Circumstances
Chapter Eleven: The Marriage Ceremony
Chapter Twelve: Marriage Certificate
Chapter Thirteen: The Couple and the Legal Forms
Chapter Fourteen: Useful Information
Chapter Fifteen: Necessary Information
Sample Booking Form
Sample Wedding Attendants’ Details
Sample Wedding Participants’ Details
Sample Wedding Ceremony Steps
Sample Feedback Form
Characteristics of a Celebrant
Response to Client’s Feedback
Copy of the Code of Practice
Books and Certificates by the Author

What Every Celebrant Should know is available as a PDF and Word Document. When you order the book both the PDF and Word Document will be emailed to you so you can use which ever version you prefer.

You download them to your own computer, print and bind them yourself or have Office Works do it for you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wedding Flowers

Many flowers have meanings attached to them. Some brides will select those which signal the required message. Here are some flowers and their messages:

Camellia You are perfection

Cherry blossoms - You are my best friend

Forget-me-nots - My love is true

Ivy - You may always trust me

Jonquils - I return your affection

Orange blossom - My love is pure

Peach blossom - I am captivated by you

Purple lilac - You are my first love

Red and white roses - We are one

Red tulip - Let everyone know I love you

Red chrysanthemum - I love you

White roses - I am worthy of your love

Ranunculus - You charm me with your beauty

Red pinks - My love is pure  

Fashionable Bouquets
Fashions vary, and there was a time when a bride, on her wedding day, carried a veritable garden. Over the years brides have walked down the aisle carrying one flower, picked in their own backyard. In an informal bush-setting some have carried cultivated blooms augmented with fluffy wattle. Instead of the exotic orchids some have used native varieties. As a symbol of the smooth and rough patches of life some combine fragile blooms against a background of cactus leaves.

Dressed wholly in white, a bride may choose to carry a matching white bouquet. If her bridesmaids, to complement their dark outfits are carrying dark flowers, she may dilute the colour of their bouquets by including some of her white blooms. A bride who feels she is looking too stark as a totally white bride adds colour by dispersing some of her attendants’ flowers in her own bouquet. In a casual setting a bride may decide to have all bouquets in one colour. If she is in white and the bridesmaids are wearing blue all bouquets may be made up predominantly in yellow.

When the bridesmaids and the groomsmen are wearing contrasting colours a bride may choose flowers which harmonise with both. If the groomsmen are in blue and the bridesmaids are in yellow, all bouquets may be made up of blue and yellow flowers. White blooms or green foliage may be added as a neutralising agent.

Those brides who have a particular interest in being provided with good wedding photographs will deliberately scatter a few coloured flowers among their predominately white flowers or add a few green leaves. Or if the bouquet is to be wholly white, to allow the camera to catch some outlines, will ask for a loosely arranged bouquet.

Brides who intend to play around with their own flower arranging choose flowers which are long-lasting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Engagement Ring part of the Wedding Ceremony

Brides often wonder, should they wear their Engagement Ring during the Wedding Ceremony or remove it altogether for the whole Wedding Day? 

Then there’s the bride who decides not to wear the Engagement Ring during the Wedding Ceremony but place it on her finger immediately after signing the Marriage Register.

And then there’s the third option - the bride does wear her engagement ring during the Wedding Ceremony, but on the right hand instead of the left. 

And the fourth option is to make the Engagement Ring part of the Wedding Ceremony. 

Throughout the Wedding Ceremony, including the exchanging of the Wedding Rings, the Bride wears the Engagement Ring on the fourth finger of her right hand. Then just before the Celebrant declares the couple as husband and wife, he or she may say something like this:

                 John, when you first made your commitment to Mary, the Engagement Ring symbolized your intentions to your future relationship.  

Now that you have exchanged your wedding vows, please take the engagement ring from Mary’s right hand, and place it where it belongs – next to the wedding ring. 

And then the Celebrant concludes the Wedding Ceremony with the official declaration.