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I know it’s not that simple … but wouldn’t most of the world’s problems be solved if everyone did what they taught us in kindergarten?



This is not an original thought. Robert Fulgham wrote a poem and a best-selling book titled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

In the Jan Duffy romance novels, has Jan learned those lessons well enough to work out her entanglements with three delicious men … and finally settle on the right one? Read and find out. (The last book of the series, Jan’s Romantic Decision, will publish before the end of 2013.)

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With a Song in My Heart_TextThis song has been running through my mind. “With a song in my heart, I behold your adorable face.”

Most people know the song, but what are the familiar lyrics, and where did it come from?

Here is the information.


With a Song in My Heart

Lyrics by Lorenz Hart; music by Richard Rogers

[From the 1929 Rogers and Hart musical "Spring Is Here". It was also the title song in the 1952 movie about the singer Jane Froman who entertained troops during World War II although she had been crippled in a plane crash. Susan Hayward played the part, but Miss Froman sang the song for the soundtrack.]



With a song in my heart

I behold your adorable face.

Just a song at the start

but it soon is a hymn to your grace.

When the music swells

I’m touching your hand

It tells me you’re standing near, and ..

At the sound of your voice

heaven opens its portals to me.

Can I help but rejoice

that a song such as ours came to be?

But I always knew

I would live life through

with a song in my heart for you.


I think Andy and Jan could sing this song to each other. Three books of the four-book Jan Duffy romance series are available. The fourth will publish by end of 2013. You’ll want to read their love story.

Sweetest Love Story Ever?

Love in Bloom_TextThis Fleischer cartoon from 1936 may be the sweetest love story ever.

It’s worth 7 minutes of your time to watch it.

The background music—”Love in Bloom” by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin—was published in 1934. Jack Benny played it on the violin and used it as his theme.

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LaughingCoupleHere’s a great song by Cole Porter

I Get a Kick out of You

My story is much too sad to be told,
But practically everything leaves me totally cold.
The exception I know is the case
When I’m out on a quiet spree,
Fighting vainly the old ennui,
And I suddenly turn and see your fabulous face.

I get no kick from champagne.
Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all.
So tell me why should it be true
That I get a kick out of you?

I’d get no kick from cocaine.
I’m sure that if I took even one sniff
It would bore me terrifically, too.
Yet I get a kick out of you.

I get a kick every time I see
You standing there before me.
I get a kick though it’s clear to see
You obviously do not adore me.

I get no kick in a plane.
Flying too high with some guy in the sky
Is my idea of nothing to do.
Yet I get a kick out of you.


In the Jan Duffy novels, somebody gets a big kick out of Jan. He thinks she’s a riot. And he loves her. Read all about it.


EatPlayLove_TextHere is some good advice from my pups/pugs, Huey and Jolie.

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In the Jan Duffy novels, Jan owns a cafe, so “eat” figures in a lot. So do “play” … and especially “LOVE.”


Must a Summer Romance End?

SummerRomance_TextQuestion: How do you know your summer romance will last into the fall?

Answer: When he starts talking about future events.

Example: I met my husband at a summer house on Long Island. I thought it would probably be all over after Labor Day … until he said, “You’re going to really love the Halloween party.”

I thought, “Oh … he’s planning to see me at least until October!”

We’ve been married umpteen years now.


In the Jan Duffy novels, love lasts through the Long Island summer … fall … winter … spring….


Frank and Ava_textEVERYBODY TOLD HER NOT TO MARRY HIM, INCLUDING HER MOTHER.  But Ava Gardner married Frank Sinatra anyway.

It wasn’t because he was rich and famous. When they married, her star was rising and his had faded (although he had a big comeback later). Ava had more money, more fame, and more power than Frank did. She was often called “the most desirable woman in the world.”

The ghost writer of her biography asked her why she had married him when everybody warned her not to.

She said, “He was good in the feathers. If a guy is good in the feathers, you’re not going to listen to anybody.” [Click to tweet Ava's advice!]


In the Jan Duffy novels, Jan encounters more than one guy who’s good in the feathers. Read all about it!



Someone to Watch Over Me

SomeoneToWatchOverMe_TextGeorge Gershwin said it in a song.

Someone to Watch Over Me

by George Gershwin

There’s a somebody I’m longing to see
I hope that he turns out to be
Someone to watch over me

I’m a little lamb who’s lost in a wood
I know I could always be good
To one who’ll watch over me

Although he may not be the man some girls think of
As handsome to my heart
He carries the key

Won’t you tell him please to put on some speed
Follow my lead, oh how I need
Someone to watch over me


In the Jan Duffy novels, Jan is truly longing for someone … but we can’t be sure who he is until book 4 of the series appears in fall 2013!


Moon in Orbit_TextJennifer Haigh described a woman in her novel “Baker Towers” this way:


“His attention made her shy, a sensation she’d rarely felt. Seldom could she think of anything to say, but it didn’t seem to matter. It was enough to be in the room with him….she was dumbstruck, a silent moon in his orbit.”


Have you ever felt that way about someone?


In the Jan Duffy novels neither Jan nor anyone else wants to be a moon in someone’s orbit. But some people do want that. I have felt that way myself.


John Denver_Text(2)If I should live forever and all my dreams come true,  my memories of love will be of you.

Is this John Denver song the best love song ever?
I think so. And it’s my husband’s favorite.


“Perhaps Love”

Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm.
It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm.
And in those times of trouble when you are most alone,
the memory of love will bring you home.Perhaps love is like a window, perhaps an open door.
It invites you to come closer, it wants to show you more.
And even if you lose yourself and don’t know what to do,
the memory of love will see you through.Oh, love to some is like a cloud, to some as strong as steel.
For some a way of living, for some a way to feel.
And some say love is holding on and some say letting go.
And some say love is everything and some say they don’t know.
Perhaps love is like the ocean, full of conflict, full of change.
Like a fire when it’s cold outside or thunder when it rains.
If I should live forever and all my dreams come true, my memories of love will be of you.

[Listen to the song. ]


In the Jan Duffy novels, this is how Jan feels about Andy … and we hope it’s how Andy feels about Jan.

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